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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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SG146
Accounting

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

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This course puts students on route to achieving a professional accounting qualification. After three years, graduates will hold an honours degree in accounting and can expect to be exempt from all CAP1 examinations with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI). The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies, problem-based learning and computer laboratory work. 


 
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Three distinctions and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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The majority of graduates from this course progress to a professional accounting qualification. The course also provides the necessary skills for a career in the finance function of any organisation, banking and financial services, second level teaching (add-on HDip required) or lecturing (add-on MA required).



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