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Brian Macken

Science Communicator

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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.


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This is a course combines political science with opportunities to pursue a range of subjects in business, law, modern languages, the social sciences, and information technology. The degree aims at giving students a range of academic and practical skills in the fields of political science and governance, with opportunities to expand and develop their interests in other disciplines.

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CK210 - Government

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CK210 - Government
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
BLSXX  5M3789  Legal Studies
BALBX  6M4985  Business

Essential Module Requirements:
BBSAX / 5M2468 / BBSXX / 5M2102 / DCHSX / 5M4468 / ELESX / 5M2073 / BLSXX / 5M3789
Must have distinctions in 5 modules in the QQI FET/FETAC qualification which must include any four of the following modules:
B20005 or 5N1610
B20131 or 5N2091
B20132 or 5N1394
B20151 or 5N1350
E20024 or 5N1444
G20001 or 5N0690
G20022 or 5N1837
G20031 or 5N1370
W20008 or 5N1356

EASSX / 5M2181
Must have distinctions in 5 modules which must include:
G20001 or 5N0690

Plus four of the following modules:
G20031 or 5N1370
L22541 or 5N0754
B20132 or 5N1394
D20032 or 5N1279
E20169 or 5N0765
G20022 or 5N1837
L22273 or 5N1273
N22377 or 5N4127
N22726 or 5N1280
N22747 or 5N2177

Must have distinctions in 5 modules in the QQI FET/FETAC qualification from the following:

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Many and varied career possibilities such as political advisor, political programme researcher/advisor, journalism, PR, Public Service, administration management.

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