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To help our members grow and build their careers, we've compiled a handy set of practical guides on different aspects of science writing and science journalism. This content is exclusively available for members of the ABSW.

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Previously all this content was held as a Wiki, which meant that any member could get stuck in to share their wisdom. However, we found that the interface was tricky to use. So, we've pulled all the content out and it is now here for you to enjoy. If you have ideas for new guides or suggestions on currently available guides, just get in contact with us and we'll see what we can do.

Here's a list of currently available guides. Enjoy!

Our guide to style will give you an introduction to what style is, why it is important and some starting points to watch out for when writing an article or longer pieces of work. We have also provided some links to resources where you can learn more about style.

There are many courses available in the UK (and beyond) on Science Journalism, Communications, Journalism and Broadcasting. Here is our list.

The ABSW welcomes additions, updates and other input for this directory. Just get in contact with us if you have suggestions. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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These web addresses are a moveable feast. Universities often change them. If you come up against a brick wall, hunt around. And why not tell us if you come across a changed address? Preferably with updated details. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The European Commission also publishes the European Guide to Science Journalism Training. The 2010 version (PDF) is available on this page, which has other useful publications.

Science Communication


Cardiff University

MSc Science, Media & Communication

Cornwall College, Newquay (validated and awarded by University of Plymouth)

Foundation Degree in Wildlife Education and Media (NB: This is a two year course with the option of a final year top-up to BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology)


MSc Science Communication & Public Engagement

Glasgow (Dumfries)    

MSc Environmental Change & Society



MSc Public Engagement & Science Communication

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

MSc in Science Communication

MSc in Science Media Production


MSc Science, Communication & Society


University of Lincoln, Lincoln School of Journalism

MA Science & Environmental Journalism


MSc Science Communication

Manchester Met 

MSc Science Communication


Queens University at Armmagh with Dublin City University

MSc in Science Communication


MSc Science Communication


MSc Science, Technology & Society

BSc Science & Society


University of the West of England

MSc Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication



Bournemouth University

Multi-Media Journalism

City University, London

Broadcast Journalism MA

University of Lincoln

Lincoln School of Journalism

Highbury College, Portsmouth

PG Diploma in Broadcast Journalism

University of the West of Scotland

PG Diploma in Broadcast Journalism

General Journalism

Most of the entries in this section offer various courses in aspect of journalism and communications.

Birmingham City University

Birmingham School of Media

Cardiff University

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

De Montfort University

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism

Goldsmiths, University of London

Media & Communications

University of Lincoln

Lincoln School of Journalism

Nottingham Trent University

Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism

Leeds Trinity University College

MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Print Journalism

University of Central Lancashire

Department of Journalism

Sheffield Hallam University

Communication, media and journalism

University of Strathclyde

Strathclyde School of Journalism & Communication

University of Westminster

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Part Time

The Open University

MSc in Science (Communicating Science/Science and the Public)

Data Journalism

At the ABSW Science Journalism Summer School held in July 2015 Jonathan Stoneman, freelance trainer in Open Data gave delegates a weath of information on data journalism.  

An embargo is a request by a source of non-public information that the news provided is not published until a certain time or date. Embargoes are used widely in the media, and are particularly frequently used by major scientific journals. Here's our short guide.

To a certain extent, all journalistic work ought to be “investigative”. Guardian journalist Nick Davies once remarked that the phrase “investigative journalism” is like “wet rain”.

Nonetheless, the investigative journalist is different to the extent that they are often seeking hidden information about people, places or things. Here is our introductory guide.

Looking for a job in journalism can be daunting, even for the experienced. Many opportunities come from who you know, rather than what you know. That said, plenty of jobs are advertised and there are oppportunities out there. Remember also that even if you don't get a job you apply for, having made contact with a media outlet you can offer freelance work–which may become the source of a permanent job offer some time in the future. In a similar vein, even short-term freelance work taken now can develop into something more stable and longer term.

High profile libel cases involving science writers and journalists has shown how an understanding of libel laws is essential to avoid lengthy court battles. Here is our guide to libel laws and privacy.

Most of these places are either free to join or charge a small fee for annual membership. The exception is the London Library which is very expensive to join but a very popular place for writers of all kinds (NB it is an humanities library). Some are ideal for ad hoc events, while others are better for a planned period of work or research.