Science Media Production
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Science Media Production

Develop the expertise required to work in broadcast media television or radio.

Prepare for a science communication career in broadcast media with a focus on audio-visual production

Produce thought-provoking documentary film and audio to a professional standard

Gain hands-on experience through a work placement with a broadcaster or television production company

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £12,600 Home

    • £28,600 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in a scientific or science-related subject

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Course overview

Develop the expertise required to work in broadcast media television or radio on this one-year course.

This degree is designed to enhance your creative and intellectual abilities as a reflexive practitioner. You'll discover how to produce documentary film and audio to a professional standard.

This course also examines the relationship between science and society, and the challenges faced by the modern-day documentary maker.

Sharpen your technical skills through a series of intensive practical workshops, carried out in our in-house TV and radio facilities.

Apply this knowledge to the production of a final documentary over the summer.

You'll also gain hands-on media industry experience on a work placement with a broadcaster or television production company.

If you would prefer a course with a broader choice of study, we also offer an MSc in Science Communication.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll complete five academic modules and one practical module.

Core modules

Gain hands-on experience in a media production setting on an internship or work placement. 

The work placement allows you to develop the skills and knowledge gained on the course in the real world of broadcast science communication.

Placements are set up through the College, although you may also undertake your own initiatives in consultation with the College.

You’ll also research and produce your own programme based on your ideas for a short television documentary or a radio show.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Supervised workshops
  • Person giving seminar
  • Online reading
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Individual research project
    Supervised projects
  • Supervised work placements

Assessment methods

  • Essays
  • Practical coursework projects and group projects
  • Final project

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry



Science Media Diversity Scholarship

Value per award

  • Tuition fees and £18,982 for living costs

Who it's for

  • UK candidates from a minority ethnicity with a STEM degree
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Imperial grants and scholarships

Who it's for

  • See what scholarships and grants are available – eligibility varies
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External scholarships

Who it's for

  • See what scholarships are available from outside Imperial – eligibility varies
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How will studying at Imperial help my career?

Consultant with a speech bubble

Learn the skills necessary to work in broadcast media, film, and a variety of communication fields.

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Previous graduates from the Science Communication Unit have progressed to careers in TV, film and radio production.

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Other potential career paths include presenting, journalism, and PR/comms.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications