Science Communication & Bionics
Science communication is much more than communicating science and at Rhein-Waal you will discover that our course is much more than studying for a degree.
You will explore science communication as an interaction between science and various stakeholders in politics, the economy and the general public. 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.
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 methodology. 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.
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.
Our Science Communication & Bionics students will be able to enter many careers in the following areas:
- Public relations departments in universities, extramural research institutes, government organisations or companies
- Communications offices in NGOs, unions and lobby groups
- Research communications in companies and for large research projects
- Editors and freelance journalists in specialised magazines, newspapers, for television, radio and online
- Consultants and communicators in PR and marketing agencies, particularly when the customer has a scientific or technical focus
- Press offices of charities and foundations sponsoring scientific works, cluster organisations, research councils and similar institutions
- Parliamentary science advice mechanisms, technology assessment or regulatory bodies
- Editors for scientific publishers