UniversityUniversity of Otago
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Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
University of Otago
Dunedin is a UNESCO City of Literature, supports an International Science Festival, and is the wildlife capital of New Zealand, with colonies of seals, albatross and penguins in the city's boundaries. It is perhaps no accident, therefore, that it has also become a hub for natural history filmmaking. The outstanding natural environment and dynamic cultural environment provide an excellent setting for the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication, the home of story-telling and science.
SCOM 402 The Craft of Storytelling
SCOM 409 Introduction to Science Communication
SCOM 411 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 1
SCOM 495 Thesis Preparation and Proposal
and two of SCOM 403 Science and Creative Non-Fiction Writing
SCOM 406 Science Exhibitions and Interpretation
SCOM 412 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 2
Up to two other papers at 400-level may be substituted with approval from the Director of the Centre for Science Communication) SCOM 411 is prerequisite for SCOM 412.
Thesis: SCOM 5A (60 points) and SCOM 5B (60 points) (in most cases, including a significant creative component)
Note: SCOM 432, 433 and 439 may be substituted for SCOM 402, 403, 404 and 409 as Distance options.
Structure of the Programme
Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Sciences), on the advice of the Head of the Department of Science Communication.
Every applicant must either
In considering an applicant’s qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant’s performance in the programme.
An applicant seeking admission to the thesis-only option of the programme (see 2 (c) below) on the basis of the Degree of Bachelor of Sciences with Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication or equivalent, must have a B+ average within the papers required for that degree.
English language requirements