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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 31 August, 2015 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 20 EC (courses or extension of the research project). 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 through approval of the individual study plan of a student and approval of the research agreement.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Research Project Biology 36

Advanced theory:

Advanced Statistics 3
Genomic Architecture 6
Book exam 3

One of the courses:

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

At least 9 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, 20-40 EC
    The training period will be in the field of science communication (e.g. science journalism, museology, new media, health communication). The total training period may consist of one internship, or can be divided into several (2 or 3) smaller interships or projects. Each internship/project includes a written report and an oral presentation. The total training period includes a minimum of 10 EC of research in science communication.

The choice of internships and projects should be approved beforehand by the coordinator of the specialisation and the MSc programme coordinator.

Registration
You have to register via uSis. You register for a classnumber. Find the numbers you need on the following website: Sign up for classes

For further description and information see the following link: Science Communication & Society website

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:

Advanced Academic Skills Elite Course 6
Animal Cognition 6
Biodiversity and Conservation (seminar) 4
Economic Botany 4
Plant Families of the Tropics 5
Top Lectures Basic 1
Top Lectures Elite 3
Tropical Biodiversity and Field Methods (South East Asia / Caribbean) 6
Practical Assistance 2-10

Other Electives

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Other approved electives 1-6

Electives Faculty of Science

Science Methodology 4
Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6

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Description

The specialisation Science Communication and 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 mind-set. Students with an MSc specialisation Science Communication and Society are admissible to a PhD programme in their MSc research field or in Science Communication.

Qualifications for admission

Admissible to the specialisation SCS are all students that are admitted to a Master Programme of the Faculty of Science or the Master Programme in Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine (LUMC) provided that the rules and regulations of the subject Master Programme do allow so. Preferably, the BSc programme has included some coursework in (science) communication. In addition, international applicants must provide proof of proficiency in English with an IELTS ≥ 6.5.

Programme

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

  • a research component within the MSc programme
  • a Science Communication & Society component
    Completion of the specialisation SCS requires a minimum of 40 EC and a maximum of 60 EC within the communication component.

Biology
The Biology research component of the Science Communication & Society 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 20 EC (courses or extension of the research project).
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 through approval of the individual study plan of a student and approval of the research agreement.

Communication

Mandatory:

  • Fundamentals of Science Communication and Society: Level 400, 17 EC
  • Project Proposal Communication: Level 600, 3 EC
  • Training period Communication: Level 600, 20-40 EC
    The training period will be in the field of science communication (e.g. science journalism, museology, new media, health communication). The total training period may consist of one internship, or can be divided into several (2 or 3) smaller interships or projects. Each internship/project includes a written report and an oral presentation. The total training period includes a minimum of 10 EC of research in science communication.

The choice of internships and projects should be approved beforehand by the coordinator of the specialisation and the 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. Through the submission of this study program, the Board of Examiners determines whether the individual study program can be approved.