MA in Science Communication at the University of Leeds

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Leeds offers a Taught MA in Science Communication.

The course is offered in partnership with The Institute of Communication Studies, a multidisciplinary enterprise which brings together specialists from politics, sociology, history, engineering, international relations and journalism.

The Course provides students with a general understanding of the nature of media communication, with an emphasis on understanding science communication in particular. The MA in Science Communication offers a combination of specialist skills in the history of science communication and in contemporary communications research, giving a uniquely wide perspective on the subject.

Candidates should normally have a good honours degree in an appropriate discipline.

We now welcome applications for the academic year 2009-10.

For further information please contact Dr Juha Saatsi.

Email: [email protected]

Open Day

There will be a departmental Open Day for prospective PGs on 11th February 2009. We aim to offer substantial reimbursement of travel costs to all of our guests.

In the Open Day you can: find out about our various MA courses; meet potential teachers and supervisors; learn about our 3 Research Centres; learn about application procedures and funding options; meet the vibrant community of graduate students.

Registration is required but free (and lunch is included). To register, please contact Jenneke Stevens at [email protected]

For enquiries concerning the Open Day and postgraduate study in Philosophy at Leeds, please contact Professor John Divers at [email protected].


The Department of Philosophy at Leeds is one of the largest in the UK. In 2009-10 the Department of Philosophy will be home to 27 permanent members of academic staff as well as a further 10 or so associated academic members of staff (research fellows, temporary lecturers and post-doctoral fellows). The department has a dedicated research Centre of History and Philosophy of Science, one of the longest-established centres of research and teaching for history and philosophy of science in the UK. Interests range widely across the field of modern Western science since 1500, covering the history of physical, biological and social sciences, social history of science, philosophy and sociology of science and technology, philosophy of the social sciences, history of medicine and philosophy of physics.

Philosophy at Leeds (including HPS) did extremely well in the recent RAE. Overall, 65% of our research was rated “world class” or “internationally excellent” (matching the percentages of leading UK philosophy departments such as Oxford and Cambridge), and we were ranked third behind Oxford Philosophy and Cambridge HPS in terms of ‘research power’. The Department continues to intensify and expand its research activity. We are particularly highly rated in Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Physics and History of Science and Technology and have further substantial strengths in most areas of contemporary analytic philosophy including: Ethics and Meta-Ethics, Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Language, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language.

Full information on the department: (members of staff, their research interests, our graduate community and our research centres) see