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Media skills training

This one-day course develops skills in working with television, radio, newspapers and other media.

Very hands-on practice with direct feedback! The best way to learn media skills!


It was really great to get an insight into the media communication world – something that is often alien to most scientists.


The practice interviews and feedback were really useful – I particularly like the fact we had a chance to repeat the TV interview to try to put into practice the feedback we received.


Register for this course

Our writing and media skills courses are designed for individuals at late-stage PhD/post-doc level and above, who have experience in conducting independent research.

Forthcoming course dates will be announced on this page when available.

See below for course information and fees. This course is held at the Royal Society, London from 9.00am – 5.00pm. 


On this one-day course you will work with an experienced TV production team, a top voice coach, and a leading science communicator to prepare and practice media interviews.

Dealing with the media can be daunting. Will they understand your work? What if they get it wrong? Will you perform at your best?

During the course you will discover how the media works, and how to use that knowledge. You will be shown how to interrogate your work into a story the media will be interested in, and what to expect when the media calls. The tutors will work with you to prepare your story for interview, and you will learn techniques so that you, and your message, come across as well as possible.

Benefits for participants

  • Hear what it’s like in the interview hot seat from space scientist and presenter of the BBC’s 'Sky at Night' Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE.
  • Conquer nerves and find your voice with coach, Royal Shakespeare Company trained Victoria Pritchard.
  • Learn communication techniques from award winning TV producers and journalists.
  • Practice on-camera and radio interviews: you will do a friendly ‘soft’ interview, a remote interview from an unattended studio, and a hard interview on camera. Participants will receive their individual video and audio files following the course.

This course is designed by Screenhouse and is tutored by leading production and communications professionals. View a draft programme

Course fee and bursaries

The course fee is £450 + VAT. Payment is required in full prior to the course to confirm your place.

The course fee is covered for Royal Society research fellowship holders, including the University Research Fellowship, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship, Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, Newton International Fellowship, Wolfson Research Merit Award and Industry Fellowship. The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 provide bursaries to cover the cost of the course for scientists whom they fund.

Cancellation policy

If cancellation occurs more than 3 weeks in advance of the course date, but less than 4 weeks, a 50% refund will be given. However, if cancellation occurs with less than 3 weeks’ notice, unfortunately no refund will be possible.


For all enquiries, please email

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