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Academic and Professional Skills (Science)


Admission Requirements

Not applicable


In this course you will learn and practice skills that prepare you for your time after your graduation. We will work on team-work, practical aspects of science in action, future career options, networking and personal development. The course will consist of lectures, guest-lectures and a practical project in groups. The subject of the project can vary from writing a research proposal, preparing an educational project for secondary schools or writing part of a business plan.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will have developed a vision for their professional future and know how to work towards those goals.
In particular, students:

  • Have obtained more detailed insights in future career options and where to find future jobs.

  • Have insights in their own inter- and intrapersonal skills and their roles in a team.

  • Have experience with the management and execution of a teameffort towards a set goal.


Physics Schedule
For detailed information go to Timetable in Brightspace

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 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

Due to the nature of this course, we will make use of a variety of instruction modes. We will also build upon the Science Skills Platform, accessible through Brightspace.

  • Lectures

  • In-class activities

  • Guest lectures

  • Workshops

  • Group work

  • Self study

See Brightspace

Assessment method


The students are assessed on attendance and participation, teamwork and the quality of the final project.

Reading list

Relevant reading material will be provided through Brightspace.


As a student, you are responsible for registering for each course component. This can be done via Mystudymap. You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2.

Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from July onwards; registration for courses in the second semester is possible from December onwards. For more information, see this page

Please note that it is mandatory for all students to register for their exams. This can be done up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the exam or up to five calendar days in case of a retake exam (retake registration opens 30 days before the retake takes place). You cannot participate in the exam or retake without a valid registration in My Studymap


Contact details lecturer: J. Cramer