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Master in Journalism and Communication of Science, Technology, Environment and Health

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Prof. Dr. D. Carlos Maciá Barber, Prof. Dr. D. Santiago Graiño


Journalism and Audiovisual Communication

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    Since 2001, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid taught annually this training program in order to train journalists and popularizers of science, technology, health and the environment to meet professional profile increasingly demanded by companies, research centers, universities, media and public administrations. The first objective of the program is to help solve the deficit of journalists and scientific, technological, environmental and health disseminators that exists in Spain and many other countries, but also improve training for those already in office. There are not many well-trained and qualified people who can inform and effectively communicate the production and scientific, technological, environmental and health problems, both in the press and media of all types and press offices and communication of research centers, universities and companies. There is therefore an unmet demand for well-qualified professionals, everything seems to indicate that grow in the future.

    In 2015 for the first time that master until then face is taught online with a face part consisting of practical teaching in television studios, radio and writing on the campus for an intensive educational program which runs for two weeks concentrated. Being an online Master, attendance at this face practical teaching is not compulsory.

    The Master is done in collaboration with the Spanish Association of Health Communication (AECS), the Association of Environmental Information Journalists (APIA), the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the National Association of Health (ANIS) the SINC Agency (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology), Greenpeace, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN), Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), Fundación Telefónica, Enresa Foundation, the agency EFE, Greenpeace, the magazine very interesting, among others. Therefore, the Master is aimed at graduates, lawyers and engineers seeking any specialty training in science communication concerning supported by industry organizations.


    Communicate the complexity is a difficult task, for which many common systems and tools of public communication and journalism are ineffective, totally they fail, or even are harmful. Hence without both theoretical knowledge and specific training as practice, extremely difficult to journalism or disclosure in these matters effectively.


    Module 1. Introduction to science and communication (12 ECTS)

    It is designed so that students from the journalism Yde communication receive basic training in the disciplines that enable knowledge and understanding of science, technology, health and environmental processes, while students coming from the scientific-technological area have, in turn, a basic grasp of the fundamentals of communication and journalism.

    • Science in the present tense (3ECTS).
    • History and philosophy of science (3ECTS).
    • History and theory of journalism and communication (3ECTS).
    • Economy, society and science policy (3ECTS).

    Module 2. journalism and science communication (12 ECTS)

    It provides the basic information needed for understanding and mastering processes and techniques and information dissemination about science. especially important to accurately define the problems scientists face journalists and popularizers in the exercise of their professional activity is granted.

    • Public communication of complex content and specialized journalism (3ECTS).
    • Sources in scientific communication (3ECTS).
    • Ethics of communication and science journalism (3ECTS).
    • Scientometrics (3ECTS).

    Module 3. Methods and techniques in journalism and science communication (semipresencial module) All subjects from this module have an important practical part. (12 credits)

    It aims to teach the most important methods and techniques of scientific journalism and disclosure. It describes the skills are taught to achieve adequate management tools and techniques.

    • Communication techniques and science journalism on television and radio (3ECTS).
    • Communication techniques and science journalism in newspapers and magazines (3ECTS).
    • Scientific Communication 2.0 (2ECTS).
    • Press office and communication of scientific institutions (3ECTS).
    • Journalistic Writing science (1ECTS).

    Module 4. Specialization module (12 ECTS)

    Designed to teach the most important specialties of science journalism and disclosure. It describes the knowledge and skills are taught to achieve adequate knowledge of each specialty and manage their tools and techniques.

    • Environmental journalism and communication (3ECTS).
    • Journalism and health communication (3ECTS).
    • Journalism and communication (3ECTS) technology.
    • Journalism and Communication of the physical and natural sciences (3ECTS).

    Final Master work: 6 ECTS

    Practices: 6 ECTS

    As for the organization of the Master, from October to May is taught online so the subjects listed above. Every four weeks two subjects are taught in parallel. In early June we offer the student who engages in intensive classroom teaching practice for two weeks. Attendance is voluntary to be a master online. In September, after the summer holidays, the final work of Master are presented. The presentation can be done in person or online manner.

    Organization of teaching

    As for the organization of the Master, from late September to May it is taught entirely online through the use of virtual classroom where the material, videos of teachers and guests, as well as classes live via web streaming is published. Every four weeks two subjects are taught in parallel so that students can delve into each of the subjects.


    Practices Campus

    In late May offer students involved in classroom teaching practice intensively for a week at the Campus of Getafe. During these days, the student will have the opportunity to practice video and television as well as radio and writing using studies, cabins and spaces of the Faculty of Communication at the UC3M. Attendance is voluntary this week being a master online. In addition, part of the contents can be followed via web streaming.


    TFM defense and completion of the Master

    In May and July, the final work of Master are presented. The presentation can be done in person or online manner, according to student preference.


    The faculty is composed of professionals of journalism and communication at the highest level of different Spanish media, the Carlos III University of partner companies of the Master, as well as other institutions and universities.


    • Carlos Macía Barber, professor UC3M.
    • Santiago Graiño, professor UC3M.

    Academic coordinator:

    • Daniel Catalán Matamoros, professor UC3M.

    Teachers responsible for the subject

    • Antonio Rodríguez de las Heras, professor of Contemporary History, UC3M.
    • Andrea Langbecker, Ph.D. in science journalism from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.
    • Daniel Catalán Matamoros, professor of Scientific and Environmental Journalism,  UC3M, vice president of the Spanish Association of Health Communication.
    • David Lopez Buforn, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Communication Studies Professor, UC3M.
    • Fernando Broncano, Professor of Philosophy of Science, UC3M.
    • Clara Sainz de Baranda Andujar, professor of the Department. Of Journalism and Communication Studies, UC3M.
    • Alberto Murcia, professor, UC3M
    • Ignacio Fernández Bayo, science journalist and director of the media company reported.
    • Javier Fernández del Moral, professor of journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid.
    • Javier Galan, professor of journalism, UC3M
    • Rut Gomez Sobrino, UN consultant and journalist specializing in the environment.
    • Juan Carlos Nieto Hernandez, Professor of Specialized Journalism at the Universidad San Pablo CEU.
    • Veronica Fuentes, scientific journalist SINC Agency, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology.
    • Carlos Macía Barber, a professor, UC3M.
    • Santiago Graiño, Communication Manager of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, General Director of Body 8 Journalistic Services, Associate Professor of Journalism, UC3M.


    Teacher Advisory Board and Support

    • Alejandra Walzer, Associate Profesor UC3M.
    • Ana María Herrera, cordinator of the Office of Scientific Information UC3M.
    • Antonio Calvo, president of the Spanish Association of Scientific Communication.
    • Antonio Rodríguez de las Heras, professor UC3M.
    • Belén Usero, Associate Profesor of Business Administration UC3M.
    • Carlos García Zorita, deputy director of the Department of Library and Documentation UC3M.
    • Clara Eugenia García García, General Deputy Director of Planning, Research and Monitoring of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
    • Clara Navío, president of the Spanish Association of Environmental Journalists.
    • Eduardo Balguerías, director general of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.
    • Elías Sanz Casado, professor UC3M.
    • Fernando García-Romanillos Valverde, member of the Editorial Committee of Vocento Group.
    • Fernando Tucho, Profesor at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.
    • Francisco Marcellán, professor of Applied Mathematics UC3M.
    • Javier Fernaud Quintana, responsible for IP television and social networks. Communication Department of the FECYT.
    • Javier Méndez Álvarez, an astrophysicist at the Isaac Newton Telescope Group, Observatorio del Roque Muchachos (Isla de la Palma).
    • Javier Ordóñez, Professor of History of Science at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
    • Jesús Vega, professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
    • Joaquín Fernández Sánchez, a journalist with Radio Nacional of Spain.
    • José Pardina, director of Muy Interesante
    • Juan Carlos Sánchez Illán, Associate Profesor of journalism UC3M.
    • Juan José Gómez, communications director for the National Cancer Research Center.
    • Juan Mulet, general director of Cotec.
    • Juan Pedro Molina,assistant professor UC3M.
    • Juan Yunquera, assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Ausiovisual Communication UC3M.
    • Luis Pablo Francescutti, professor of journalistic writing and science journalism at the Rey Juan Carlos University.
    • María Victoria Pavón, Associate Profesor UC3M.
    • Mercedes Pardo,president of the Spanish Committee on Global Change and professor of environmental sociology UC3M.
    • Miguel Muñoz-Cruzado y Barba, president of the Spanish Association of Health Communication and professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Málaga.
    • Obdulio Martín, Director of Educational Projects and Communication Fundación Telefónica.
    • Pablo Jáuregui, head of the science section of the newspaper El Mundo.
    • Pedro Amalio Serena, CSIC research scientist employed at the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid.
    • Pedro Serena, researcher at the Institute of Materials Science of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
    • Pilar Tigeras, Assistant Vice President of Scientific and Culture Organization.
    • Raúl Magallón,professor in the Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication UC3M.
    • Sandra Sutherland, Editor of TVE news.
    • Teresa Sandoval, Associate Profesor in the Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication UC3M.
    • Clara Sainz de Baranda, professor of journalism UC3M.



      The Master is aimed at graduates of any specialty and offers 30 seats to ensure a highly personalized training.

      The minimum number of students enrolled to celebrate the Master is 15, noting 30 the maximum number of students to admit.

      The management will consider requests as they are received, taking into account the curriculum vitae, academic record, professional profile, motivations set out in the pre-registration and, if deemed appropriate, through personal interview with the candidate. Admission to each student will communicate by email and post.

      Documents to be provided:

      • Application form
      • Photocopy of Title
      • Academic record (set of subjects and grades obtained during titration)
      • Curriculum vitae
      • Photocopy of DNI (Spanish students), Passport (foreign students)

      Admission request

      The request is made electronically through our application.



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      The registration fee is 5,000 euros, the payment of which can be divided into three installments, distributed as follows:

      • First term: once the admission to the Master has been notified in writing, you must enter the amount of € 1,000, as payment of the first term and reservation of place. The tuition fee will not be refunded in any case, unless there are duly accredited exceptional causes that will be assessed by the Master's Directorate.
      • Second term: € 2,000 with a deadline on October 31, 2018.
      • Third term: € 2,000 with deadline on March 15, 2019.

      The tuition covers the costs of registration, teaching, the use of the library, of the computer rooms and other facilities of the University, as well as the didactic material that will be delivered to the students during the course.


    The master trains students to work professionally as scientific, technological, environmental and health journalists and / or responsible for communication and dissemination in the media (radio, press, television and Internet), in press and communication offices of research centers, institutions and companies, scientific and technological museums, hospitals, public administrations, etc.

    The Universidad Carlos III of Madrid has a Professional Orientation and Planning Service under the Fundación Carlos III of Madrid that can be accessed by the students of the Master as students of the University.

    The Management of the Master manages agreements with companies and institutions for the possible realization of specific practices for students.

    With the preparation acquired, former students have obtained contracts in public and private institutions such as the Very Interesting Magazine, Editorial Edelvives, Office of Scientific Information at the University Carlos III of Madrid, Office of Scientific Information at the University of Alcalá, Office of Information of the Ministry of Education and Science, Department of Communication of the FECYT, Divulga, Medical Writer-Clinical Oncology, PharmaMar, Orange, of FT Group. Communication Department of the CSIC, National Oncology Research Center (CNIO), etc.

    In the last edition, during the development of the master and at the end, 14 students began some type of work activity (scholarship, internship), four in the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, two in Very Interesting, two in Public Newspaper, three in Divulga. and two in the Information and Scientific News Service (SINC), belonging to the FECYC.

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    El Máster en Periodismo y Comunicación de la Ciencia, Tecnología, Medio Ambiente y Salud concederá ayudas económicas al estudio mediante acuerdos con instituciones dependiendo del número de alumnos matriculados. Los alumnos receptores de estas ayudas realizarán tareas de colaboración y apoyo en el Máster.



    From October 2019 to September 2020.


    On-line. The entire Master is taken online.
    During the course of the Master's Degree, a module of face-to-face voluntary assistance practices will be organized in the studies of the Department of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication of the Carlos III University of Madrid. This module will be taught intensively not exceeding two weeks.

    E-learning platform

    The UC3M Global Classroom platform is used for the development of the Master. Through this platform, students access the contents of the Master that include, among others, the educational material corresponding to each subject along with the activities, tasks, discussion forums, video presentations, etc.

    In addition, the enrollment entitles the student to use the resources and services of the University, such as access to the library both in person and online, as well as access to the bibliographic catalogs that are available online.


    The Master will prepare students for a professional profile demanded by companies, research centers, universities, the media, the Administration, universities ... providing them with the theoretical basis and practical knowledge to effectively communicate science , technology, health and the environment.

    Graduates graduate from it as qualified professionals in the techniques of journalism and communication applied to scientific, technological, health and environmental information and dissemination. The Master provides the information, the elements of analysis and the practical experience sufficient to know the theoretical corpus and the characteristics of the activity, especially its theoretical bases, its practical exercise, its possibilities and its problems, providing knowledge of the methods and necessary tools for proper professional practice.

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