The Science Communication Group invites applications from students wishing to study for the degree of MPhil or PhD by undertaking research in any area or discipline in which the communication of science is of central concern. This includes, for instance, the Public Understanding or Engagement with Science, Technology and Medicine, the formulation and implementation of Science and Technology Policy (especially in the area of lay or public input into policy decision making), the role of communication in the professional practice of the sciences and of technology, informal science education (through, for instance, museums and galleries), and science in relation to the arts (for instance, in literature, in the visual arts, in film, on television and radio, on the web).
PhD Supervisors and Their Research Topics

Dr Felicity Mellor
Mass media coverage of science
Critical analysis of popularisations of physics
The politics of public science

Dr Stephen Webster
The nature of art-science collaboration
The tacit epistemology of scientists
The philosophy of biology
Science biography


It is likely that those wishing to do research in these areas will have a background and first or further degrees in the sciences. In most cases we would expect applicants also to demonstrate baseline understanding in a social science or humanities discipline, probably acquired through a taught first or master's degree in an appropriate subject (such as one of the taught masters offered by Science Communication Group).


For full-time students the minimum period of study is normally two years for the MPhil degree, three years for the PhD degree. For those studying on a part-time basis the minimum period of attendance is more flexible.

Research Facilities

As a postgraduate student of the University of London, a postgraduate registered at Imperial College has access to all the research facilities of the federal university, including its extensive range of specialist libraries and postgraduate seminar series. Science Communication Group also has basic production facilities for television and radio, available for research project work through practice in those media.


Imperial College has a limited amount of accommodation for postgraduate students.

Potential sources of funding include European or overseas scholarships, and those charitable trusts which will support work at the interface between the sciences and the humanities.

The annual fees for MPhil and PhD students for the academic year 2016-2017 are: Home and European Union students: £10,700 full-time; £5,350 part-time. Overseas students: £30,000 full-time; £15,000 part-time.
Further Information

Further enquires regarding PhD admissions should be addressed in the first instance to Dr Stephen Webster; (020) 7594 8760.