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Biology: Biology and Science Communication & Society

The specialisation Biology and Science Communication and Society (SCS) offers students the possibility to combine physics and science communication.
Students are prepared for a career in popularisation of science or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mind-set.
Students who complete the specialisation Biology Sciences and Science Communication and Society are admissible to a PhD programme in biology or in science communication.

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Peter Klinkhamer Email: p.g.l.klinkhamer@biology.leidenuniv.nl

This MSc specialisation will start on Monday 2 September, 2019 at the Sylvius Laboratory, with an information lecture.

Year 1: Biology programme
Year 2: Communication programme

For a description of the full programme read the more information button!
For the timetable and registration in usis and codes for the Biology year, see under ‘files’ (bestanden).

Year 1: Biology

The Biology component consists of the following:

  • Research Project Biology 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 to 80 EC in total). The research project has to take place in one of the research groups of the IBL, CML or Naturalis, other Institutes of the Faculty of Sciences or LUMC. 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.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory elements:

Advanced Statistics 4
Genomic Architecture 6
Research Project Biology 36

One of the following courses is compulsory:

Orientation on From Cells to Organisms 2
Orientation on Evolutionary Biology 2
Orientation on Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology 2
Orientation on Biodiversity and Sustainability 2

At least 12 EC of the courses (or courses from the list of biology electives or other electives) are compulsory:

Advanced Cell Biology 4
Advanced Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology 3
Animal Personality 6
Development and Evolution 6
Ecotoxicology 6
Human Impacts on Biodiversity 6
Innate Immune Systems 6
Integrative Taxonomy 6
Mechanisms of Disease 6
Methods in Biodiversity Analysis 6
Paleobiology 3

Year 2: Communication

The coordinator of the Science Communication & Society (SCS) component of the programme is: Dr. A.M. Land-Zandstra, email: a.m.land@biology.leidenuniv.nl

The Communication component consists of the following:

  • SCS Fundamentals, 19 EC

  • Scientific Narration and Visualization, 4 EC

  • SCS research proposal, 3 EC

  • SCS internship(s), 14-34 EC

Course information on the SCS courses can be obtained from the SCS page in the e-Prospectus

Biology Electives

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Advanced Academic Skills Elite Course 6
Biogeochemistry of System Earth 3
Bird species in animal experimentation 2
Book exam 6
Fish species in animal experimentation 2
Metabolomics 6
Pharmaceuticals from Plants 4
Plant Families of the Tropics 5
Top Lectures Elite 3
Tropical Biodiversity and Field Methods (South East Asia) 6
Practical Assistance 2-10

Other Electives

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Electives Faculty of Science or LUMC (please check with the coordinator of the course whether you can join the course):

Advances in Data Mining 6
Computational Molecular Biology 6
Image Analysis with Applications in Microscopy 6
Model organisms in cancer drug discovery and development 4
Multiscale Mathematical Biology (BM) 6
Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6
Science Methodology (SCM) 4
Other approved electives 1-6

Study and Career Orientation

Contact

Education Office Biology
Email: assistentopleiding@biology.leidenuniv.nl

Description

During the master several meetings and activities concerning Study and Career Orientation will be organized in collaboration with the Science Career Service. Through lectures, information meetings, individual and / or group assignments, students are stimulated to orientate on a future professional career.

Learning goals

Goals:
Study and Career Orientation aims to get students to think about his or her choices during the masters degree in biology and to stimulate students to orientate on a future career. Topics covered are, for example:

  • Think about your own career wishes and potentials;

  • Orientate yourself on the job market and possibilities for Biologists;

  • Develop your skills such as making a CV, writing a job application letter and presenting yourself;

  • Be aware that a social/professional network can help you;

  • Prepare yourself for interviews and application procedures including psychological tests and assessments.

End terms:
After having followed this course, a student can, on the basis of the student's personal profile and individual and group orientation, make a motivated choice for a future career.

Schedule

Different meetings and activities per year. The timetable can be found under ‘files’

Blackboard

More information about Study and Career Orientation can be found on Blackboard ‘Teaching programme BSc and MSc Biology’ / Master

More info

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 or health communication officer, or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mind-set. For future science teachers the specialisation is also a valuable preparation. Students with an MSc specialisation Science Communication and Society are admissible to a PhD programme in their MSc research field or in Science Communication.

Programme

The MSc programme in combination with the Science Communication and Society (SCS) specialisation consists of two components:

  • a component within the chosen MSc programme.

  • a Science Communication and Society component.

Preferably, the component within the chosen MSc programme should be followed during the first year of study, the Science Communication and Society component should be followed during the second year. The SCS specialisation programme comprises at least 40 EC. A maximum of 20 EC of electives can be filled in with either SCS courses, or with components within the MSc programme of choice.

Biology
The Biology component consist 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 IBL, CML or Naturalis, other Institutes of the Faculty of Sciences or LUMC. A “Fish specific animal experimentation course (2 EC) or a “Bird specific animal experimentation course (2 EC) is obligatory in case of a research project in which experiments with fish or birds are involved.
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.

Science Communication and Society The Science Communication and Society component consists of the following:

  • SCS Fundamentals, 19 EC

  • Scientific Narration and Visualization, 4 EC

  • SCS research proposal, 3 EC

  • SCS internship(s), 14-34 EC

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.