Frequently asked questions

Qualifications

This course is ideal for:

  • professionals who work in communications-related roles,
  • journalists,
  • PhDs aiming for careers in industry or the private sector,
  • researchers  forging an academic career in need of learning how to communicate and present research to convince funding bodies, inform policymakers, or simply engage the public;
  • graduate students highly motivated in pursuing a career in science communication.

We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds, identities, communities and industries and are committed to having a class that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

SciComm Master is a post-graduate diploma designed for first or second cycle graduates who wish to continue their studies.
It runs for one year and involve the acquisition of 60 university learning credits.
To ensure the recognition and equivalence of the degree, participants should check their country’s specific requirements, as the education system varies and in some countries, the equivalent qualification may be considered as a post-graduate certificate or another type of diploma.

No, you are not required to provide an official English language proficiency test score. 
We accept a self-declaration of good English language knowledge 
(Download template)
The self-declaration should affirm your good knowledge of the English language and your ability to understand and participate in the program conducted in English. It should be an honest representation of your language skills.
The self-declaration is intended to ensure that participants can effectively communicate and comprehend the course content as throughout the program, you will be expected to actively engage in coursework and discussions in English.

Lessons

SciComm Master is designed to help you, as a working professional, pace yourself over the duration of the course, and allow you to attend the lessons and improve your skills without compromising on work responsibilities.

The lessons will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from September through March.
The timing of the lessons will vary to accommodate the time zones of international students. The exact timing for each lesson will be communicated in advance to ensure that it suits the majority of participants.

Fact sheet

Lessons September – March
Place Online only
Hour of synchronous lessons per week 6 to 8
Days of synchronous lessons  Tuesdays and Thursdays
Internship February – May (flexible working time)
Credits 60

Both. At the beginning of each module, you’ll be presented with the course content and assignments necessary for completion.

Synchronous lessons are scheduled twice a week to keep global students in sync regardless of time zones. The seminar-style class also gives you the chance to engage with a network of peers and expert faculty on topical areas that are key to your professional development.
We can record class sessions as a backup in case you cannot attend a lesson due to work commitments or issues with time zones or internet connectivity.

Pre-recorded lessons are organized into weekly modules and cover different topics through videos, presentations, readings and exercises.
You can log in to the course and complete activities throughout the week at your own pace, at the times and on the days that are most convenient for you.

To pass each course, you must fulfill a minimum attendance of 70%.
Additionally, you must complete and pass the required assessments. Assessments may include written or oral tests, as determined by the course instructor.

If you haven’t reached this threshold, don’t worry, we will give you the opportunity to catch up and stay on track  through additional lectures and/or assignments, to demonstrate you have achieved the learning goals.

However, it’s crucial to emphasize that if, by the end of the master’s program, you haven’t met the minimum attendance requirement, you will not be eligible for graduation.

Students who fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement (70% of the remote teaching hours) and/or do not pass the required verification tests will not be eligible for the 1st level University Master’s Degree.
Nevertheless, they will receive a certificate indicating their actual attendance, the list of activities they participated in, and the results of any tests they passed.

The master offers an innovative online learning experience structured to help you focus and maintain the self-discipline needed to study remotely.

We will start a chat on Telegram to connect with you before the course begins, or shortly after, to clear up any questions you have about the syllabus or requirements, and to enable students to connect among them.

We feel that establishing a relationship with you early on will help you build trust and understanding throughout the term, especially since you may not be able to meet in person.

During the term, from time to time we will schedule online meetings as well, to stay in touch with you and/or to coordinate more formal study group opportunities where you can participate in sessions organized by us, with a facilitator leading the discussion.

Also, the master’s coordinator will support you with any administrative or technical queries you might have, providing you with maximum personal benefit and minimal time spent.

Payments

Yes, the tuition fees are the same for all countries, and there is no differentiation based on the student’s country of origin. We maintain a uniform fee structure to ensure fairness and equality among all program participants.

Yes, there is a scholarship offered in the amount of EUR 1,450.00, which is equivalent to the second instalment of the program fees. This scholarship is specifically awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest ranking in the admission list.
Additionally, there is the possibility of scholarships offered by external institutions. These scholarships (if any) are awarded by the Director and the Master Coordinator, in consultation with an external referee, and they consider the candidates’ merit and profiles.
It’s important to note that there are no distinctions made between national and international students in the scholarship award process.