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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 programme aims to equip the student with a comprehensive grounding in marketing and business. This ensures that the student has the practical skills and knowledge required at a junior level in marketing.

A particular emphasis of the programme is given to fostering communications skills, computer skills, entrepreneurial skills and marketing skills. Students may choose to take a language option – French, German, or Spanish as part of the programme. Students who pass the Higher Certificate are eligible to apply for the Bachelor Degree in Business – Marketing in ITT Dublin and elsewhere.

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TA103 - Marketing
IT Tallaght

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TA103 - Marketing
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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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BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration
BIPXX  5M2067  Information Processing
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BROXX  5M2105  Retail Practice
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
BEBXX  5M0828  eBusiness
CITXX    Information Technology
  5M5048  Creative Media
EMPXX    Media Production
AACDX  5M1984  Art, Craft and Design
ADESX  5M2208  Design

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In our present positive and progressive industrial climate there are plenty of opportunities for marketeers in companies both at home and abroad. This course may also be of special interest to those who would like to establish or are running their own business or those who would like to pursue a career in a marketing oriented organisation

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