Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication

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Pioneering master in Spain, with more than 25 years training communicators. You will learn in a practical way and in direct contact with recognized professionals in scientific, medical and environmental communication who are leaders in the sector.

  • Scientific Communication
  • Popularization
  • Specialized Communication
Next edition
Classes start
18 October, 2021
Program ends
01 July, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Schedule
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm and some Tuesdays and Fridays from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm. The first two weeks of the program will be intensive.
Language
Spanish
Modality
On-campus
ECTS credits
60
Price
8600 €

Today more than ever the importance and impact of scientific communication on society have been evidenced. The way in which new knowledge is disseminated and the agents responsible for such communication are decisive in shaping public opinions and attitudes regarding science and technology.

Throughout the program you will learn about the history of science and technology; you will analyse the main sources of scientific information and their forms of transmission; analyse the relationships between the professional world, technology industries and society; see how discoveries impact on people; and learn about ethical problems associated with the field of communication.

You will learn from experts and professionals from different modalities and institutions related to the communication of science. Experts such as Vladimir de Semir, creator of the Science and Technology supplement of La Vanguardia; Guillermo Fernández, consultant for museum projects at the La Caixa Social Foundation (CaixaForum); and Bienvenido León, professor of Audiovisual Scientific Dissemination at the University of Navarra, among others. 

You will be trained with optimal knowledge for a profession with wide and relevant professional opportunities in the fields of specialization in the press and scientific dissemination, institutional communication and scientific museology.

Thanks to the collaboration of Obra Social "La Caixa", you will be able to participate in the Gutenberg Campus, in which more than 300 communicators, scientists, experts and researchers in scientific culture from all over Spain and Europe participate each year.

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Why choose this program

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Position your professional career

The program offers great interdisciplinarity, a balance between theory and practice (with visits to museums, recording studios, etc.) and a unique group dynamic. In addition, through the preparation of the thesis you will create a project that integrates the knowledge acquired and that you can use as a cover letter to enter the world of dissemination.

02

Participate in a large range of internships

You will be able to carry out professional internships in institutions such as the National Centre for Oncological Research, the Institute of Evolutionary Biology CSIC-UPF, the Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB), the Alba Synchrotron, the Catalan Association for Scientific Communication (ACCC), the Centreo for Genomic Regulation Foundation, the LaCaixa Foundation, La Marató of TV3, among others.

03

Increase your network of contacts

You will be part of the Alumni network, made up of professionals from recognized companies and institutions in the sector (media, communication, departments of research centres, hospitals and universities, science museums, organizations dedicated to scientific dissemination, etc.) from different parts of the world.

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Participate in one of the leading Master's in the sector

26 face-to-face courses and 8 online courses make it one of the benchmark programs in the scientific, medical and environmental communication sector. Its reputation has brought together participants from more than 20 different countries.

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Learn from experts in each field

The teaching staff of the Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication is made up of professionals and experts from each of the learning areas.

Who is it for?

The Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication is aimed at university graduates who wish to become professionals in scientific communication, a field with notable applications and professional opportunities. The profile of the students is heterogeneous: in the classroom science profiles and communication profiles are mixed, which creates a fluid class dynamic, allowing two-way learning.

Admission and enrolment

Curriculum

The Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication is structured along 14 core subjects organized into 7 topics and focused on three lines of training: science, medicine and the environment.

Science and scientific culture
The science and technology system

The raw material with which the scientific communication professional works is science. But what are we talking about when we use the word "science" today? Is it the same to talk about science as it is to talk about research? What relationships are established between science and society? What is scientific excellence, how is it measured and what should it be?

Science, society and citizen participation

Research projects increasingly include a plan of outreach activities that is required when submitting to public calls. For this reason, in this topic we have integrated into a single term, that of public engagement activities of different formats and with a different level of citizen participation. Most of the classes are based on practical learning, based on the experimentation of the students with different formats and on solving real problems.

Science and communication
Scientific journalism and dissemination of science

Scientific journalism and popularization of science are close concepts, although many communicators prefer to highlight the differences between them. In this subject, the student will deepen their knowledge of both professional environments, from their origins and historical evolution to the current situation and future trends. Scientific news and the sources of information. The dissemination of science through books, cinema, theatre and television. Science fiction and popular science. Different models of science journalism in the media: daily press, specialized sections and supplements, audiovisuals (television, news, specialized programmes and documentaries), informative scientific magazines, scientific news agencies, etc. In addition, through different practical workshops you will discover various tools and formats for communication and scientific dissemination.

Scientific journalism workshop
Health and communication
Health, biomedicine and society

The public communication of issues that have to do with health can become key to decision-making, both for citizens and for health professionals themselves and people with political responsibility. The first objective of this topic is to review some of the main health problems and to understand what is being done to prevent, control or treat them. The student will have the opportunity to delve into the main research tools used in this area, such as the clinical trial for the study of drugs or the main tools used in epidemiology and public health for the study of diseases. In the medical journalism workshop, you will work with some of the characteristic concepts of this field, such as the use of statistics and numerical information, and information on drugs in the experimental phase. In the communication workshop, real cases of health crisis situations (epidemics, food crises, etc.) will be analysed and a practical exercise will be developed concerning them.

Medical journalism workshop
Environment and communication
Environment, sustainability and communication

Environmental journalism arises in parallel to the development of environmental sciences and, in general, awareness from science and from certain social movements, due to the consequences of human activity on the environment. In the theoretical part of this topic, the development of environmental journalism will be analysed from different points of view, mainly: a) from philosophy, literature and science; and b) from political, economic and social reporting. The environmental journalism workshop is conceived as a deepening of writing and argumentation tasks carried out previously in this Master. The basic objective is to practice and expand knowledge in the field of journalism and environmental communication, as well as to promote the ability to analyse the content offered by the media. In the environmental crisis communication workshop, the fundamental mechanisms and strategies that are put in place, in the specific field of communication, will be reviewed in the face of an environmental crisis situation, simulating practical situations and analysing real cases.

Environmental journalism workshop
Institutional Scientific Comunication
Institutional communication

The objective of this topic is to analyse the communicative elements of science communication in the field of organizations, with special emphasis on communication offices and public relations. Corporate communication groups together a series of strategies and tools available to an organization to give an institution notoriety by building a certain image among its different internal and external audiences, and decide on how certain messages are delivered. The key strategic elements of the organization (values, mission, vision, objectives, strategy and policies) are agreed upon, shared and integrated into the organization through communicative actions.

Institutional communication workshop
Communication tools
Video workshop

The objective of this topic is for students to get to know and practice with the different formats and tools through which science can be communicated, from audiovisual communication. During this topic, the student must develop a video under direct monitoring and personalized tutoring from the teaching staff.

Digital narratives workshop

The objective of this topic is for students to get to know and practice with the different formats and tools through which science can be communicated, from the multiple digital communication channels. During this topic, the student must develop a digital content plan, and some infographics under direct monitoring and personalized tutoring from the teaching staff.

Radio workshop

The objective of this topic is for students to get to know and practice with the different formats and tools through which science can be communicated on the radio. During this topic, the student must develop a radio programme under direct monitoring and personalized tutoring from the teaching staff.

Scientific museology workshop

The objective of this topic is for students to get to know and practice with the different formats and tools through which science can be communicated, from the museology point of view. During this topic, the student must develop a small scientific exhibition under direct monitoring and personalized tutoring from the teaching staff.

Master's thesis
Master's final project

The development of the project within the framework of the Master in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication involves the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques that are acquired in the program through the development of a written product. The final resulting project must allow the incorporation of the contents of the subjects that are the object of the program, as well as other knowledge and the experience and judgment of the participants.

Thus, the objective of the project is for the participant to consistently integrate the knowledge acquired through the program in such a way as to put into practice their diagnostic and problem-solving skills.

5 possible project typologies are proposed: Business and/or competitive initiative; communicative or informative product; communication plan; analysis and exploration project; and projects with special characteristics. There are no specific restrictions, although participants must find topics of sufficient interest, of a certain entity and of relevance for them to be accepted by the Program Management.

The project is developed individually during the program and the participant will have the support of a mentor assigned by the Program Management.

Complementary activities

Non-teaching Tuesdays will be reserved for optional complementary activities concerning Scientific Culture. Each student must participate in at least two of the recommended activities.

BSM Inside is a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master's and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today's organizations. 

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities. 

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way. 

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will obtain a Máster en Comunicación Científica, Médica y Ambiental, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.

Faculty

Academic directors

Gema Revuelta De la Poza

Adjunct lecturer at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of Pompeu Fabra University.

Coordinator

Carolina Llorente Lope

Associate lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University.

Faculty

Gema Revuelta De la Poza

Adjunct lecturer at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of Pompeu Fabra University.

  • Cristina Aced
    Independent communications consultant, specialising in the digital world.
    PhD on Information and Knowledge Society from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
    Collaborating lecturer at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
    She also lectures at various universities and business schools (UPF, UOC, UB, EAE, UJI, University of Malaga) and provides in-company training. She has collaborated with: TMB, Fundació Jaume Bofill, Menarini, Abertis, TV3 and the Red Cross, among others. She is the author of more than 10 books on digital communication, most recently: Relaciones públicas 2.0. Cómo gestionar la comunicación corporativa en el entorno digital (Editorial UOC, 2018); Nuevas narrativas digitales. Aplicaciones en relaciones públicas, periodismo y marca personal (Amazon Kindle, 2015); and Redes sociales en una semana (Gestión 2000, 2010).
  • Javier Esteban Armentia Fructuoso
    Astrophysics. Director of the Pamplona Planetarium. Society for the Advancement of Critical Thought.
  • Luisa Fernanda Barbosa Gomez
    Associate researcher at the Centre of Science, Communication and Society Studies at Pompeu Fabra University and manager of multinational projects funded by the European Commission to promote responsible research and innovation and citizen participation.
    BSc in Biology, Master in Neuroscience and in Scientific Communication.
    Also, she has worked for more than four years in connection with the education system through Editorial Santillana, producing science books and other teaching materials, and as an associate lecturer in biology and neuroscience at Universidad Manuela Beltrán University, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Miquel Barceló García
    Professor of Computing Studies at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Science fiction expert.
  • Jordi Camí
    Manager at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Lab (PRBB)
    Professor of Pharmacology at the Pompeu Fabra University
    Also, he has been the manager of Pascual Maragall Foundation
  • Marc de Semir
    Director of Corporate Communication and Sponsorship at the Bertelsmann Foundation.
    Management Development Program from IESE Business School.
    He is also a consultant on the Open University of Catalonia's degree in Communication, member of the Communications Committee at the Catalan Association of Hospitals, and Catalan delegate to the National Association of Health Reporters.
  • Vladimir de Semir
    Journalist. Chairman of the Advisory Council and Social Council for the Centre for Science, Communication and Society Studies for the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University. Member of the scientific committee for the international Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) network. Patron of the Victor Grífols i Lucas Foundation. Co-Director of theInforme Quiral: Medicina, Comunicación y Sociedad. [Quiral Report: Medicine, Communication and Society]. Regular columnist for the Spanish edition of the Huffington Post and the Catalan newspaper Ara. Author of Decir la Ciencia: divulgación y periodismo científico de Galileo a Twitter.
    Former deputy director, coordinator of the Supplements division and creator of the La Vanguardia newspaper's Science and Technology supplement (1982-1997).
    Founding president of the Catalan Association of Scientific Communication (1990). Director of Pompeu Fabra University's Science Communication Observatory and adjunct lecturer in Scientific Journalism at UPF's Department of Communication (1994-2014). Member of the European Commission's expert commission on Culture and Public Perception of Science and Director of the European Project Science and the City (ESCITY) (2002-2009). Commissioner for the Dissemination and Promotion of Scientific Culture of Barcelona City Council (2003-2008). Member of the Deontology and Ethics Committee of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement -France (2009-2013).
  • Bienvenido León
    PhD in Science and Environmental Communication from the University of Navarra.
    Adjunct lecturer in Audiovisual Scientific Information at the University of Navarra.
  • Andreu Segura
    Member of the Catalan Bioethics Committee and the Catalan Advisory Council on Public Health
    Degree in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona
    Also, he is the Founder of the Epidemiological Bulletin of Catalonia (BEC) and head of the first AIDS prevention and control program, as well as the University Institute of Public Health until its dissolution. Coordinator of various programs on Public Health and Preventive Medicine and collaborating tutor at the University of Barcelona and in all of Spain’s public health schools. President and Coordinator of workgroups at the Public Health Society of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and the Spanish Association of Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS).
  • Maria Josep Picó
    Journalist, writer and columnist. Winner of National Environmental Journalism Award 2005.


 

Methodology

Through a practical focus and an applied methodology, the program offers participants the possibility to learn and put into practice all the necessary tools to develop professionally in the field of medical, scientific and environmental communication.

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Continuous assessment

You will have a qualitative returned correction, by the teacher of the subject.

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Practical learning

You will learn the topics of the course through practical workshops and first-person experiences.

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Final work adapted to your needs

You can choose a thesis according to your interests: Business or competitive initiative; a communicative or informative product; a communication plan or analysis; and exploration project on a sector or on the themes of the master's degree.

Evaluation

All the subjects of the master's degree will be evaluated continuously. The evaluation will consist of the correction of the submissions (individual or group), the multiple answer exams and participation in the classroom. This type of evaluation ensures an equitable distribution of effort and a progressive acquisition of knowledge.

Students will not receive quantitative grades as a mark, but will be informed whether or not they have passed each of the tests and, in most of these, they will also be offered an individualized and formative correction.

In the multiple choice exams, each student will have access to their results and will know, anonymously, the result of the group.

Some of the tests will be evaluated not only by the corresponding teaching staff but also by judges made up of professionals from the sector being analysed. The individual master's project will receive a quantitative assessment as described in the Project Guide that students will receive at the beginning of the course.

The continuous evaluation of the subjects and the compulsory minimum attendance of 80% of the classes require a high level of involvement of the students. In the event that a participant cannot attend any of the sessions, they must contact the operational coordinator to justify their absence.

Tools

Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The teaching during the master, which was pioneering in its characteristics when it was born 27 years ago, has always been aimed at professional training in all areas of scientific communication: journalism, corporate communication, and museology.
Each course adapts and updates the program according to the evolution experienced by these sectors, in parallel to that of the sciences themselves. The best data is precisely the job opportunities that the participants have had during all these years, adapting in parallel to the evolution of the sector.

Student profile

Every year the program brings together a group of participants of which approximately 70% are scientists (in all its facets). The remaining 30% come mainly from the world of social sciences (journalists, communicators, marketers, sociologists, linguists, and philosophers).

As to the origin of the participants, the majority are from Spain, Latin America and Europe. 

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Average age

23%

International students

23%

Previous studies in Biology

15%

Previous studies in Journalism

Career opportunities

The internships of the program are not compulsory, but extracurricular. The period for their implementation is between the program start date and September 15 of the following year.

At the end of the program you will be able to enjoy the opportunity of belonging to its network of former students, among which are professionals with positions in recognized companies and institutions in the sector such as Colciencias, Redes, Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics, Diario Médico, Novartis, Biblioteca del National Congress of Chile or the National Geographic, PRBB-UPF, etc.


  • Director of communication

Directs and manages communication departments in research centres, hospitals, laboratories, science museums, universities, and technological or environmental companies.

  • Journalist specialized in science, medicine, or the environment

Researches and/or creates content in written, audiovisual, and digital media. Both in generalist communication media, as in magazines, audiovisual programmes, or digital media specialized in science, medicine, or the environment.

  • Scientific dissemination event manager

Plans and coordinates scientific outreach events for museums, universities, and technology or environmental companies. This is the contact person for the media. Creates and writes informative and promotional material, dossiers, and press releases.

  • Curator / Curator of Scientific Exhibitions

Organizes and manages scientific museum exhibitions. Prepares the scientific discourse for the exhibition. Coordinates, writes and compiles catalogues and information brochures, texts that accompany the exhibits, dossiers and press releases, promotional materials, and grant applications.

  • Head of communication for research projects

Creates, directs, and executes the communication plan for research projects in laboratories, hospitals, research centres, science museums, universities, and technology or environmental companies.

  • Community Manager

Generates digital content and manages the Social Networks and blogs of universities, science museums, technology or environmental companies, research centres, hospitals, or laboratories. 

  • Scientific, medical, or environmental writer

Writes articles, corporate and project dossiers, blog posts, etc. in research centres, hospitals, museums, universities, and technology or environmental companies.

  • Scientific, medical, or environmental publicist

Manages and communicates scientific, medical or environmental knowledge for research centres, hospitals, museums, universities, and technological or environmental companies. You will be the interlocutor for the media, audiences, the public, educational centres, and social groups.

  • Scientific radio or podcast programme coordinator

Coordinates radio programmes and interviews experts from the fields of science, medicine, or the environment. Produces popular scientific podcasts.

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

A university degree is needed to apply for the Master.

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution
111/11/202026/11/2020
203/12/202018/12/2020
317/12/202031/12/2020
412/01/202128/01/2021
502/02/202117/02/2021
623/02/202110/03/2021
716/03/202131/03/2021
808/04/202123/04/2021
927/04/202112/05/2021
1013/05/202128/05/2021
1127/05/202111/06/2021
1208/06/202123/06/2021
1322/06/202107/07/2021
1406/07/202121/07/2021
1520/07/202130/07/2021
1602/09/202117/09/2021
1716/09/202101/10/2021
1805/10/202120/10/2021
1921/10/202105/11/2021

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.

Admission

  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.

Enrolment

  • Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 1008.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Talent Scholarship

Apply for one of our Talent Scholarships, specifically awarded to master students who can demonstrate an exceptional academic, professional or personal trajectory.

Beca UPF-BSM

Apply for one of our UPF-BSM Scholarships, awarded specifically to Pompeu Fabra University students with a good academic record.

Social Value Scholarships

UPF Barcelona School of Management, for this next academic year, and aiming at the commitment for social welfare, offers the Social Value Scholarships with the objective of supporting and favoring the groups that the School considers a priority. Enter and consult the details.

Grants and discounts

External financial aid

A large number of external entities and institutions offer financial aid options to students who want to enrol on one of our master programs and postgraduate courses.

 

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

MCC MCCOL - Agreement with the College of Biologists of Catalonia

10% discount for members who prove to be part of this professional association

MCC MCCOL - Catalan Association for Scientific Communication

10% discount for members who prove to be part of this professional association

MCC MCCOL - Spanish Association of Scientific Communication

10% discount for members who prove to be part of this professional association

Early Bird discount

Discount available to applications submitted before the stated deadline.

UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).

Funding

Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

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