Academic Year 2020/2021

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.

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:

  • an understanding of the social and cultural contexts of science and innovation, how they have changed and the implications for communication;
  • reading and analysis of the communicative dynamics characteristic of contemporary research and innovation, and the ability to translate this into effective and sustainable operational strategies;
  • in-depth knowledge of the potential and limitations of contemporary communication media in the field of research and innovation communication,  including practical and laboratory activities;
  • the ability to develop and critically evaluate the quality of communication activities, not only from the point of view of organizational objectives but also maintaining coherence with the expectations of audiences and recipients;
  • the close integration of the latest research outcomes on science and society with communication of science and innovation and the design of operational strategies.

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 2021, the Diploma of 1st level University Masters in Communication of Science and Innovation - SCICOMM.

Attendance

The lessons begin in September 2020 and end in June 2021.
The Master's program is made up 156 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 total expected hours.

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:

  • a degree obtained according to legislation in force prior to Ministerial Decree 509/99;
  • a degree obtained in accordance with Ministerial Decree 270/04 or Ministerial Decree 509/99;
  • an overseas certificate, acknowledged as fulfilling eligibility requirements

Undergraduates who will graduate before teaching activities begin, are allowed onto the Master selection procedure. In the event of passing the selection procedure, they will be accepted on the Master "with reserve", until the degree title is obtained.

Registration for the Master is incompatible with the simultaneous enrollment on any other university study course.

Criteria for admission

The applications for the Master, made exclusively through application online starting from March 2, 2020, must be submitted by 12 noon on 27 April 2020.

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: maximum 20 points.

The 13 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 7 enrolments.

Registration fee and scholarships

The registration fee is 2,750.00 Euro and should be paid in two instalments, the first instalment upon registration and the second by 28th February 2021.

A scholarship of 1,375.00 Euro will be awarded by the Master programme to the highest-ranking candidate on the admittance list if there are a minimum of 13 students registered on the course.

The Master will offer one scholarship reserved for the first non-EU student in the ranking, covering full tuition fees plus € 2.500,00 to cover housing costs.

On the basis of available resources, the Master direction may offer study prizes in the form of partial exemption from fees payment. Additional scholarships offered by external bodies will be publicised, together with the selection criteria.

Summary of deadlines

  • Online application for admission : by 27 April 2020 12.00
  • Publication of list of admissions: by 28 May 2020
  • Enrolment and payment of registration  fee: by 21 June 2020
  • Payment of second instalment by 28 February 2021
  • Teaching of Master programme begins: 25 September 2020