Academic Year 2024-2025

Communication of Science and Innovation - SCICOMM is a first level University Master's program proposed by the Department of Sociology and Social Research.

The first level Master in Communication of Science and Innovation aims to offer professional skills in the communication of research and innovation and to train key figures for the development of communication strategies, dialogue and public engagement in research organizations, in production contexts  oriented towards innovation, in the field of scientific culture (science centers, science festivals), in administration sectors that focus on research and innovation.

The language of the Master is English.

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Educational goals

The main objective of the Master is to train key figures for the development of communication strategies, dialogue and public engagement within research organizations, innovation-oriented production contexts and the sectors of scientific culture (science centers, science festivals), and administrative where the focus is on research and innovation.

The main educational objectives of the Master are:

  • Development of skills to play a key role in communication and public engagement strategies in research organizations, in innovation-oriented work environments, in science, culture and research policy.
  • Being at the forefront of the newest trends and approaches in the communication of science and innovation.
  • Understanding of key models and concepts in the field of science communication.
  • Development of a critical understanding of the potential and limits of contemporary media in shaping public discourse about science.
  • Development skills to critically evaluate the quality of communication strategies, both in relation to organizational aims and audiences’ expectations.
  • Being able to connect the everyday practice of science and innovation communication with state-of-the-art research about science and technology in society.

Recipients and entrance requirements

Applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications may submit a request for  inclusion in the  Master's selection procedure:

  • three-year degree;
  • master's or single-cycle master's degree;
  • old system degree;
  • foreign qualification, recognized as suitable according to current legislation.

Undergraduates who intend to achieve the qualification referred to in the afore mentioned paragraph by 31st August 2024 may also apply to participate in the Master. In case of successful completion of the selection, the undergraduates who confirm their enrollment will be admitted to participate in the Master "with reserve" until they obtain the title, which has to be obtained by 31st August anyway. Once they have obtained the qualification, they must promptly notify it by writing an email to masters [at] unitn.it (subject: Master%20SCICOMM) .

Enrollment in the Master's program is compatible with the enrollment in another course of study, if the two courses meet the compatibility requirements established by the MUR (M.D. 930/2022 Articles 2 and 3). For more information on requirements and compatibility between courses see the following link: https://infostudenti.unitn.it/en/simultaneous-enrollment.

Criteria for admission

The applications for the Master, made exclusively through online application must be submitted between 11th March 2024 and 22nd May 2024 at the following link: https://webapps.unitn.it/Apply/it/Web/Home/master-uni

The deadline for online applications has been extended to May 31st by 12 o'clock.

The Master governing board will select the candidates by evaluating their Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum , and a  brief motivational essay. Candidates will be awarded a score according to the following criteria:

  • Curriculum vitae et studiorum: maximum 80 points;
  • Motivational essay (see model published on the site): maximum 20 points.

The 15 highest-scoring eligible candidates are admitted on the Master course: they will subsequently be invited to confirm their registration by paying the registration fee. The Master will begin with a minimum of 10 enrolments.

Attendance

The lessons begin in September 2024 and end in June 2025.
The Master's program is made up 164 hours of classroom activities, including lectures.
An  250-hour internship of in-house training is scheduled.
The Master requires the compulsory attendance of all scheduled teaching activities, with a minimum attendance of 70% of the front or remote teaching.

The final exam consists of a project written under the supervision of a professor/expert, discussed before a special commission appointed by the Board of Directors of the Master.

Students who have regularly participated in the activities of the Master and who have passed the course assessment tests and the final examination will be awarded, in June 2025, the Diploma of 1st level University Masters in Communication of Science and Innovation - SCICOMM.

The lessons will be taken at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento. Teaching activities will take place online, in synchronous mode.

Registration fee and scholarships

The registration fee is 2,916.00 Euro and should be paid in two instalments, the first instalment of € 1.466,00 (one thousand four hundred and sixty-six euro) upon registration (by June 27th 2024) and the second one of € 1.450,00 (one thousand four hundred and fifty euro) by 21th February 2025.

Scholarship will be awarded. More details are visible in the published announcement.

Summary of deadlines

  • Online application for admission : between 11th March 2024 and 22nd June 2024 
  • Publication of list of admissions: by 13th June 2024
  • Enrolment and payment of registration  fee: by 27th June 2024
  • Payment of second instalment by 21 February 2025
  • Teaching of Master programme begins: 2nd September 2024
  • Master program’s conclusion: by 30th June 2025