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Biology: Biology and Science Communication & Society

This is a specialisation of the Biology Master.
Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Peter Klinkhamer, email: p.g.l.klinkhamer@biology.leidenuniv.nl

This MSc specialisation will start on Monday 2 September, 2013 at 9.00 at the Sylvius Laboratory, with an information lecture.

Website Instituut Biologie Leiden – Onderzoeksgroepen

Year 1: Biology programme
Year 2: Communication programme

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

First Year: Biology

The Biology component consists of the following:

  • Biology research project of 36 EC
  • Advanced theory (courses and lectures) of 24 EC

The biology component can be extended with an additional 17 EC (courses or extension of the research project) to 77 EC in total.
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 the Examiners.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Research Project Biology 36

Advanced theory:

Genomic Architecture 6
Advanced Statistics 3
Book exam 3

One of the courses:

Orientation on Animal Biology and Disease Models 3
Orientation on Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation 3
Orientation on Microbial Biotechnology and Health 3
Orientation on Plant Sciences and Natural Products 3

One of the Top Lectures courses:

Top Lectures in EBC 3
Top Lectures in MCB 3

At least 6 EC of specialisation courses or approved electives, see Tab 'Electives'

Second Year: Communication

The coordinator of the Communication component of the programme is:
Prof. Dr. J van den Broek, email: broek@edufwn.leidenuniv.nl

The Communication component consists of the following:

Mandatory:

  • Fundamentals of Science Communication and Society: Level 400, 17 EC
  • Project Proposal Communication: Level 600, 3 EC
  • Training period Communication: Level 600, 23-30 EC
  • Specialisation Components: Level >400, 0-17 EC
    The training period can be in the field of Journalism, Museology or New Media and includes a written report, and an oral presentation.

The Specialisation components can be:

  • Courses within the research component of the MSc programme
  • Courses in Communication
  • Individual Book Examination
  • Second Training Period
  • Thesis or Literature Review
    In the case of a second Training Period, each Training period should be 20 EC, the Project Proposal should be written for the first Training Period.

The choice of the training period and specialisation components should be approved beforehand by the SCS specialisation coordinator and MSc programme coordinator.

For further description and information about the programme see the following link: Website Science Communication & Society

Biology Electives

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Specialisation courses of the Biology Master Specialisations:

Conservation Biology 6
Development and Evolution 6
Global Regulatory Networks in Bacteria (GRNB) 6
Mechanisms of Disease 6
Metabolomics 6
Methods in Biodiversity Analysis 6
The Immune system of plants 6

Approved Electives:

PHD Orientation Course 6
Behavioral Biology 3
Biodiversity and Conservation (seminar) 4
Colloquium ‘Spotlight Research talks’ 3
Economic Botany 4
Plant Families of the Tropics 5
Tropical Biology in Borneo 6
Practical Assistance 2-8

Other Electives

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Laboratory Animal Science 4
Other approved electives 1-6

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Description

The specialisation Science Communication & Society concerns science communication in a broad sense. The programme prepares students for a career in popularisation of science, for example, as a science communicator, a science policymaker or a public relations officer, or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mindset. Students with an MSc specialisation Science Communication & Society are admissible to a PhD programme in their MSc research or in Science Communication.

Qualifications for admission

Students should be admitted to an MSc programme within the Faculty of Science. For all other (international) candidates, the Board of Admissions will judge the equivalence to these BSc degrees of their previous training. Preferably, the BSc programme has included the 10-EC-course Learning, Presentation and Communication, offered by the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON), or equivalent courses. Applicants must provide proof of proficiency in Dutch.

Programme

The programme of the of the Science Communication & Society (SCS) specialisation consist of two components

  • a research component within the MSc programme
  • a communication component
    Completion of the specialisation SCS requires a minimum of 43 EC and a maximum of 60 EC within the communication component.

Biology
The Biology research component of the Science Communication & Society specialisation specialisation consists of a research project of 36 EC and 24 EC of advanced theory (courses and lectures). The biology component can be extended with an additional 17 EC (courses or extension of the research project to 77 EC in total).
The research project has to take place in one of the research groups of the Institute Biology Leiden (IBL), Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) or Naturalis Biodiversity Center.
A research project within one of the ‘Life Science’ research groups of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC), at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) or at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) may substitute for a research project within the IBL pending prior approval by the Board of Examiners. 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.

Communication

Mandatory:

  • Fundamentals of Science Communication and Society: Level 400, 17 EC
  • Project Proposal Communication: Level 600, 3 EC
  • Training period Communication: Level 600, 23-30 EC
  • Specialisation Components: Level >400, 0-17 EC
    The training period can be in the field of Journalism, Museology or New Media and includes a written report, and an oral presentation.

The Specialisation components can be:

  • Courses within the research component of the MSc programme
  • Courses in Communication
  • Individual Book Examination
  • Second Training Period
  • Thesis or Literature Review
    In the case of a second Training Period, each Training period should be 20 EC, the Project Proposal should be written for the first Training Period.

The choice of the training period and specialisation components should be approved beforehand by the SCS specialisation coordinator and MSc programme coordinator.

Approval of program

All master students have to submit a master study program, consisting of choices of courses and one or two research projects, to the studyadvisor in November (start September) or in April (start February). Through the submission of this study program, the Board of Examiners determines whether the individual study program can be approved.