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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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GA680
Mechanical Engineering

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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This course will teach students how machines and other mechanical systems work and how they are designed and controlled - how the gear box, clutch and engine in a car operate, how medical devices are fabricated and designed. What the key properties of the materials used in the manufacture of these components are. What methods are used to fabricate and control these products.

The workload is balanced between approximately 50% formal lectures and 50% laboratories and workshop practice. A typical week has anything from twenty-seven to thirty hours of instruction. Tuition is given on the latest CAD packages and leading edge CNC turning and milling machines.


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Our graduates work in product and process design, manufacturing, medical device engineering, electronic component manufacturing, facilities engineering, maintenance engineering and energy systems. Some of our graduates also find excellent careers in technical sales and customer servicing.



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