You will explore science communication as an interaction between science and various stakeholders in politics, the economy and other publics. You will be part of a multi-cultural learning experience that reflects the ideals of the course and the backgrounds of its students.
You will develop key skills not just in communication but in data analysis, critical thinking, and innovative approaches in an ever-changing media landscape. You will also study various aspects of general sciences and engineering.
For all this it is essential to foster a critical but evidence-based approach to media practice, science policy and even science itself. The need for such an approach is greater now than ever before in an age of “alternative facts” and “post truth” politics.
Companies and universities are also having to face the challenge of reconfiguring their old public relations activities into new public engagement strategies which promote Corporate Social Responsibility and bring publics into the research process.
This is the new world for which you will be uniquely prepared!
Our three and a half year programme focusses on linking communication practice with rigorous research methodologies. You will learn the tools of the trade of science and innovation journalism, public relations and marketing, as well as the political side of science, including risk communication, public affairs and regulation.
You will also study various aspects of science, ranging from a solid introduction to fundamental sciences to engineering, and the interdisciplinary field of bionics.
Some students enter our Bachelor programme with previous work experience or education in natural or social sciences, but neither experience nor previous university degrees are formal entry requirements (though credit-transfers may shorten the study time). All students are offered special language training, be it in English, German or other languages.
All teaching during the course is in English, just as all the courses in our faculty, and there are no fees.
The degree programme takes seven half-year semesters; the first two of which present the basics of science and communication. In a later summer semester (usually the sixth or maybe forth semester) students go out to a company, research institution or a partner university to gain experience and extend their horizons. After this the students deepen their understanding of the subject, finishing with a research thesis in their seventh semester.
The future Science Communicators we are training, will be able to enter many careers in the following areas:
Campus Kleve. The Lower Rhine region is full of picturesque landscapes and rich historical traditions. Kleve offers a high living standard for individuals and families in a safe, crime-free and centralised urban environment with low costs of living. The three nearby international airports – in Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Weeze – make Kleve accessible by air from nearly anywhere in the world.
Winter semester (October)
This programme is taught in English, which gives people from all over the world the opportunity to earn a quality education according to the rigorous and internationally recognised academic standards of Germany.
7 semesters of full-time study (3,5 years)
The Programme is embedded into the engineering and natural science faculty of Rhine-Waal University, “Technology & Bionics”, which allows us to offer full-fledged interdisciplinarity in practice, for instance in Physics or Bionics labs, student initiatives to build and test submarines, joint courses with e.g. the students from our “Biomaterials Science” degree programme.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Mandatory 8-week preparatory internship/work placement (to be completed before the 4th semester); additional Work Placements of 20 weeks or more (by the end of the course, usually in the 4th or 6th semester).
Prof. Alexander Gerber
Phone: +49 (2821) 80673-641
Prof. Alexander Struck
Phone: +49 (2821) 80673-616
Write us to firstname.lastname@example.org!