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Policy and Development in Science and Society


Admission Requirements

Policy and Development in Science and Society is a 13-week course which is part of the Science Communication and Society specialisation. The course is open to MSc students from the Faculty of Science and to MSc students in the Biomedical Sciences programme of LUMC. Other students who are interested in following this course, should contact their own study advisor for permission.

There is a limited amount of spots for students who want to follow this course as an elective course and are not following the SCS specialisation. Make sure to register in time to obtain a spot in the course.

Please apply for this course through this registration form.


During the course Policy and Development in Science and Society, you will learn about different funding mechanism for science communication and concepts of science diplomacy and science for development You will be introduced to the various aspects of science policy including key players at the national, European and global level. You will be required to search, read, and process literature, and discuss publications about science policy, funding and science diplomacy. At the end of the course, you will use those skills to develop science communication projects, write a simple funding proposal to a particular European call for science communication projects.

Course Objectives

After completion of Policy and Development in Science and Society students are able to:

  • Describe the main models of science communication.

  • Understand how science policy and science communication relate.

  • Categorise key areas and stakeholders of science policy at national, European and global level.

  • Summarize key concepts of Science for Development and Science Diplomacy.

  • List funding mechanisms for Science Communication.

  • Outline and elaborate a funding proposal in the context of science communication.


Preliminary schedule: Classes will take place on Monday morning 9.15 - 12 from September 4 – November 20, 2023; Monday afternoons should be kept available for group work. Room schedule will follow.

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of Instruction

Lectures, in-class activities, self-study, group work

Assessment Method

During this course, you will be developing a funding proposal.

Reading List



Please apply for this course through this registration form. You also need to register via MyStudyMap (uSis).

From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.


For any information regarding this course or the SCS specialisation in general you can contact our department through: