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Biology: Biology and Education

This MSc specialisation will start on Monday 5 September, 2011 at 9.00 in room 1.5.31, Sylvius Laboratory, with an information lecture.

This is a specialisation of the Biology Master.
Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Johan Memelink, email: j.memelink@biology.leidenuniv.nl

For a description of the full programme read the information button!

The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and the research project must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners. Courses may be elected from the MCB and EBC programmes.

Year 1: Biology programme
Year 2: Education programme

First Year: Biology

The Biology component consist of the following:

  • Biology research project of 36-40 EC (including 3-4 EC for the project proposal and initial oral presentation, 4 EC for the MSc thesis and 1 EC for the final colloquium)
  • Advanced theory (courses and lectures) of 20-24 EC to be selected in correspondence with the research topic.

The research project will preferably be in one of the research groups of the Institute of Biology (IBL), Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) or NCB Naturalis.

All theory is minimally at level 400.

The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and the research project must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners. For the courses you may choose from the MCB and EBC programmes (see links below and see timetable 2011-2012)
Programme Molecular and Cellular Biosciences 2011-2012
Programme Evolution Biodiversity and Conservation 2011-2012

Second Year: Education

The coordinator of the Communication component of the programme is Drs. W van der Wolk, email: wolk@iclon.leidenuniv.nl

The Education part of the MSc program Biology and Education is offered as a joint program of the faculty and the Leiden School of Education (ICLON) and consists of the following components:
Educational Theory: Level 300, 5 EC
Supervision of Professional Development Level 400, 7 EC
Teaching Methodology: Level 500, 10 EC
Specialisation: Level 600, 8 EC
Teaching Practice: 30 EC

For further description and information about the programme see the following link: Website ICLON

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Description

The MSc program Biology and Education prepares students for a career in teaching Biology. The program includes a 60-EC Biology research program. Students with a MSc in Biology and Education are also admissible to a PhD program.

Qualifications for admission

Students from any university in the Netherlands with a BSc degree in Biology will be admitted to the program. For all other (international) candidates, the Board of Admissions will judge how equivalent their BSc degree is to the Dutch degree. Applicants with a major in Biology will certainly be strongly considered. It is strongly recommended that the BSc program has included the course ‘Learning, Presentation and Communication’, offered by the Leiden School of Education (ICLON), or an equivalent course. Applicants must provide proof of proficiency in Dutch.

Program

Biology (60 EC)
The research component of the Biology and Education specialisation consists of a biology research project of 36-40 EC (including 3-4 EC for the project proposal and initial oral presentation, 4 EC for the MSc thesis and 1 EC for the final colloquium) and 20-24 EC of advanced theory (courses and lectures) to be selected in relation to the research topic. The research project will preferably be in one of the research groups of the Institute of Biology (IBL), Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) or NCB Naturalis. A research project within one of the ‘Life Science’ research groups of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC), at the Leiden-Amsterdam Centre of Drug Research (LACDR) or at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) may substitute for a research project within the IBL pending prior approval by the Board of Examiners. For students who will do a research project in one of the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences departments of the IBL it is mandatory to successfully finalize phase 1 of the MCB specialisation. Theoretical components should be minimally at level 400. The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and the research project must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners.

Education (60 EC)
The Education option of the MSc program Biology and Education is offered as a joint program of the faculty and the Leiden School of Education (ICLON) and consists of the following components:

Educational Theory: Level 300, 5 EC
Supervision of Professional Development: Level 400, 7 EC
Teaching Methodology: Level 500, 10 EC
Specialisation: Level 600, 8 EC
Teaching Practice: 30 EC

In their specialisation, student teachers develop their competences to substantially improve their practice (e.g., by developing and testing instruction on a specific topic). This program is adequate to obtain the so-called “eerste graads lesbevoegdheid” in biology needed for teaching at Dutch high schools.