Stellenbosch University offers an M.Phil. Programme in the field of science and technology studies, with a specialisation in science and public engagement. The course content focuses on challenges associated with the communication between science, public audiences and stakeholder groups in society, with a special focus on Africa. The course provides an overview of science communication as a field of research, and touches upon issues of credibility and trust in the communication of scientific evidence and its importance for political discourse.
The course is ideal for part-time study. Most students use year one for the coursework (with lectures in blocks of two to three days spread across the academic year) and year two for a research assignment. During the research component, students work closely with the research group associated with the South African Research Chair in Science Communication, hosted at CREST. Students are urged to work on topics closely related to the research areas of the chair. The key research areas of the Chair are: public perceptions and expectations of science; science in the mass media; science communication by scientists and scientific organisations; and science communication and social media.
Bursaries: CREST offers a limited number of bursaries. We will invite all students accepted to the programme to apply for bursaries during October 2019.
Entry requirements: Applicants need to be in possession of an honours degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification at NQF level 8.
Please direct all enquiries to Mrs Bernia Drake at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0)21 808 3394.
Students who are interested to study science journalism should contact the Journalism Department at Stellenbosch University.