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Begin your application process at www.otago.ac.nz/study/enrolment/
You'll find information about fees at http://www.otago.ac.nz/study/fees/
You'll find information about scholarships at http://www.otago.ac.nz/study/scholarships/index.html
International enquiries: www.otago.ac.nz/internationalenquiries
Note: SCOM 406 (Communicating Science) is available to all graduate students at the University of Otago and students can enrol for that paper in the usual way right up until the start of classes.
Master of Science Communication (MSciComm)
For the three streams of the MSciComm (ie Filmmaking, Writing and Science in Society) the following applies:
Each stream is limited to 12 students. Entry will be via a competitive process. Therefore, entry cannot be deferred and must be taken up in the year offered.
• A university degree – some preference may be given to those with degrees containing science, but it is not necessary for someone to have science in their backgrounds – only that they be committed to communicating science. As well as those with science degrees we have regularly taken students with backgrounds in the arts, art history, design, architecture, computing, medicine, film studies and veterinary science.
• A minimum of a "B" average in 300 level papers
• In exceptional circumstances, those without a degree but extensive industry experience in the area of science communication may be considered
• Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated accomplishments in areas relevant to each stream.
• Examples could include: filmmaking, photography, writing, or design.
References and Interview
• References are needed from two independent referees. Please request these references to be sent directly to The Manager, Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago, 133 Union Street East, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand prior to the closing date for applications. Or alternatively you can request your reference to be emailed to email@example.com
Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone or in person. The Admissions Panel for the MSciComm reserves the right not to fill places if, in their view, there are not suitable candidates. The Panel’s decision shall be final. Final acceptances will be decided at a meeting of the Admissions Panel. Applicants will be notified by mail (and email where possible) in early December of the outcome of their application.
The initial deadline for applications is 31 October; there is a second round due 31 January for any remaining places (however, places cannot be guaranteed to be available then, and, because of time constraints, this round is intended mainly for New Zealand and Australian students).
What You Need for Your Application
For your application you will need the following:
•For Science and Natural History Filmmaking: a portfolio indicative of your creative abilities (examples could include: filmmaking, photography, or design), plus
a one-page story on an aspect of science that interests you, including ideas on how you would communicate this story to a specified audience. Any part of your portfolio that cannot be uploaded through the submission portal (eVision) will need to be sent to The Manager, Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago, 133 Union Street East, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand and must arrive prior to the closing date for applications. Alternatively, if your portfolio can be sent via email, then you can email your portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org
•For Creative Nonfiction Writing: a short story (of approximately 1000 words) and a proposal for a nonfiction book. Any part of your portfolio that cannot be uploaded through the submission portal (eVision) can be mailed to The Manager, Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago, 133 Union Street East, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand, or alternatively it can emailed to email@example.com
•For Science in Society: examples of any written or photographic creative work, especially any published work. A brief written story (no more than 300 words) on a scientific topic (including natural history), with an indication of how you would communicate this story to either primary school children or visitors to a museum. Any part of your portfolio that cannot be uploaded through the submission portal (eVision) will need to be sent to The Manager, Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago, 133 Union Street East, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand, and must arrive prior to the closing date for applications. Alternatively you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in early December.
There will be a second deadline of applications for any remaining places of 15 January.
Please note that this deadline is intended mainly for New Zealand and Australian students (i.e., those not requiring visas). Other students may apply, but would need to satisfy the Admissions Panel that a visa to study in New Zealand could be obtained in time.
Successful applicants from this second round will be notified by the end of January.
All students, regardless of nationality, are encouraged to apply for the first round on 31 October as there is no guarantee that any places will remain open for the 31 January round.