Thursday, April 22, 2010

MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing

MIT offers a one-year master's degree program in science writing. What is science writing? Here's a snippet from the MIT website:
Science writing means writing about science and technology for general readers. It appears in ordinary newsstand magazines and newspapers, in popular books, on the walls of museums, on television or radio programs. It grapples with genes, fractals, synapses, and quarks, but always with grace and style. Its practitioners worry as much about how to tell the story of science as the science itself—and yet, in maddening paradox, as much about the science as its telling. Science writing tackles big ideas, important issues. It's ambitious, creative, hard to do—harder yet to do well.
Among the alumni, some have written books, others have published in magazines and newspapers, several of them have science blogs, and others are working as full-time science writers.

Recently, I've received many questions related to careers in medical writing and medical communications. If you enjoy being creative and you like to write, then you might really enjoy the independence and autonomy you can experience as a medical writer. Several other universities offer graduate degree courses in science writing, biomedical writing, medical journalism, etc. For instance, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Writing and also offers Certificates in Medical WritingBoston University offers a Master of Science Degree in Science and Medical Journalism. The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill also offers a Master's Program in Medical & Science Journalism.

To learn more about the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing, click here.

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