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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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Horticulture

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Course overview

Course Code STE2 5M2586
QQI Award Code 5M2586 Horticulture
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to provide training for those interested in all aspects of horticulture. It equips learners with the scientific concepts, practical knowledge and skills to work in various areas of horticulture - from growing your own fruit and vegetables to designing and planting a prize winning garden. This course stresses the importance of horticultural principles in addressing many of the problems facing society today including urban flooding, soil contamination, biodiversity and health concerns.

What will you Study?

This course is designed to provide training for those interested in all aspects of horticulture. It equips learners with the scientific concepts, practical knowledge and skills to work in various areas of horticulture - from growing your own fruit and vegetables to designing and planting a prize winning garden. This course stresses the importance of horticultural principles in addressing many of the problems facing society today including urban flooding, soil contamination, biodiversity and health concerns.

Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

Communications 5N0690

Work Practice 5N1433

Soil Science & Growing Media 5N2530

Plant Identification & Use 5N2527

Plant Science 5N2528

Plant Protection 5N2546

Organic Production 5N2549

Word Processing 5N1358
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Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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