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Astronomy: Astronomy and Science Communication and Society

Structure of the Programme (120 EC)

The Science Communication and Society (SCS) specialisation concerns science communication in a broad sense. It 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. The 2-year programme consists of an Astronomy component, to be followed in the first year, and a Science Communication and Society component, to be followed in the second year:

Year 1

Level EC
Mandatory Courses
Stellar Structure and Evolution 500 6
Other Astronomy Core Course 500 6
Non-Astronomy Courses 400-500 6-12
Other Astronomy Courses 400-500 6-12
Research Projects
Medium Research Project in Astronomy 600 30

Year 2

Level EC
Introductory Course
SCS Fundamentals 400 19
Internships/Research Projects
Research Proposal 600 3
Internship and Research Projects 600 14-34
Astronomy or SCS Courses 400-500 0-10

Master Study Plan

At the start of the master’s programme in September, students are required to draw up a complete overview of the courses and projects they are planning to follow in the 2 subsequent academic years. This Master Study Plan needs to be approved by the Study Advisor Astronomy. To select courses, students need to consult the course list for academic year 2015-2016 (see below), and/or the course list for academic year 2016-2017 (see: Astronomy and Science Communication and Society, 2016-2017).

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For more information on the specific requirements of this specialisation, please look at:

Courses 2015-16

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Astronomy Core Courses:

Origin and Evolution of the Universe 6
Stellar Structure and Evolution 6

General Astronomy Courses:

Computational Astrophysics 6
Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 6
Star and Planet Formation 6

Instrumentation-related Astronomy Courses:

High Contrast Imaging 3
Optics and Instruments 6
Project Management for Scientists 3
Astronomy from Space 3
Detection of Light a 3
Detection of Light a + b 6

Specialist Astronomy Courses:

Compact Objects and Accretion 3
Databases and Data Mining in Astronomy 3
Observational Cosmology 3
Astrochemistry 3

Inter-faculty Electives:

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

Non-Astronomy Courses:

These courses can be selected from the courses offered by the following Leiden MSc programmes:

SCS Programme:

For more information on courses and programme, please see: