Timetable information in the Course Catalogue may be subject to change.

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Veterinary Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Communication and engagement with One Health Models of Disease - Theory and training (VESC11249)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIn this course, you will receive bespoke training in public engagement and science communication (PESC) methods. It will equip you with the necessary skills to communicate your research to non-specialists and engage in effective dialogue on the ethical and societal impacts of your work with a wide range of audiences. Interactive training sessions will develop your knowledge and understanding of PESC, and you will also develop your skills through experiential learning, by supporting workshops at the University of Edinburgh¿s Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC) and via other public engagement events and science communication activities.
Course description In year 2 of PhD with Integrated Study, Students will undertake a range of training and activities in communication and public engagement with research that will delivered by the Roslin Institute¿s Public Engagement team at the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC and other external partners.

EBSOC courses
¿ Basic principles of Public Engagement and Communication
¿ Evaluating public engagement
¿ Engagement with the use of animals in research
¿ Writing for non-specialist audiences
¿ Practicalities of event management for public engagement

Practical experience
In addition to attending the five training sessions, students will be required to put their learning into practice during three days of experiential learning, as agreed with the course organisers. To obtain a suitable breadth of experience, each student will need to select at least one activity offered in each of the three categories outlined below:

¿ Science communication ¿ blogs and social media posts
¿ Delivery of public engagement activities
¿ Preparation and management of public engagement activities
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 00, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment: The course will be assessed via a 1500-word reflective report on training and learning acquired.

100% of assessment.
Feedback Students will be given written feedback on their reports.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have advanced oral and written communication skills, ensuring they are able to effectively engage in dialogue about their research with both the scientific community and broader public audiences.
  2. design effective Public Engagement with research activities.
  3. plan, organise and manage Public Engagement with Research activities and events.
  4. effectively evaluate the impact of Public Engagement with research activities.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1) They use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.
2) They are effective and proactive individuals, skilled in influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity.
3) They use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.
4) They will identify and creatively tackle problems, and seek out opportunities for learning.
Course organiserProf Jonathan Fitzgerald
Tel: (0131 6)51 9235
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Hurst
Tel: (0131 6)51 3685
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information