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Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication

Barcelona, January 2015 - December 2015

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Today we find ourselves in a period of history defined by the evolution and transition from an industrial society to the so-called knowledge society, whose development is primarily based on the rapid incorporation of scientific innovation into everyday life. The transformations which accompany this evolution are not just economic, but also cultural and social. For this reason, it is becoming increasingly necessary to implement strategies for the dissemination of this new knowledge and its possible uses and applications, as well as the ethical, social, economic and political questions it raises.

Scientific communication , understood as the process of public transmission and circulation of scientific knowledge has an essential role to play in the development of society. Science affects all aspects of human life: professional, intellectual, health, environmental, well-being, leisure, and so on. An understanding of the range of new technologies and advancements in knowledge is essential: It expands society's critical capacity, in small day-to-day decisions as well as in various professional areas, not forgetting the ethical debate and how it relates to the major challenges of the future. The way in which new knowledge is disseminated, and those responsible for doing so, are key factors in the formation of public opinion and attitudes regarding science.

Scientists, doctors, journalists, professionals working in science centres and museums, and institutional communications agents in research centres, universities, pharmaceutical laboratories, NGOs, public administration, cultural management, etc. are all involved in the process of communicating science to the general public and are increasingly visible in this role, resulting in a growing number of professional opportunities.

The Master's in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication (MCC) outlines the key aspects of this transmission of knowledge, how it is generated and managed. The programme ends with an in-house work placement in media, museums, businesses or institutions involved in the sector, as well as a supervised research project. The work placement and research project will be decided based on the interests of the student, under the supervision of the programme's directors.


The Master's in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication analyses:

  • the sources of scientific information;
  • the ways of transmitting this information;
  • the relationships between experts, technological industries and society;
  • the social impact of scientific discoveries;
  • the related ethical problems;
  • the public perception of science.

The medical communication component of the Master's in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication focuses on the dissemination of medical and health knowledge. This knowledge carries significant economic and social implications, and forms the foundation of the health education of the population. For this reason, society is increasingly calling for correct, thorough and rigorous scientific communications.

The environmental communication component examines how information relating to the major environmental questions is disseminated, with a special focus on the challenges of biotechnology and genetic engineering. This part of the course aims to clarify the diversity of ideas about environmental knowledge, culture and education.

The Master's in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication is updated every year according to social and scientific developments, and the transformations which take place within the communications system. In addition, the Master's programme provides a prospective study of the evolution of the various areas and disciplines involved based on an analysis of current problems. In essence, this Master's provides an innovative training experience with a high social return and significant applications and career prospects.

Link to the blog of the Science Communication Observatory (OCC) of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).

The Master's in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication depends on the collaboration of the "la Caixa" Foundation, which provides scholarships to cover between 20% and 40% of course fees. A scholarship committee is responsible for the awarding of grants.



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