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Astronomy: Astronomy and Science Communication and Society

Structure of the Programme

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:

Programme (120 EC)

Level EC
SCS Fundamentals 400 15
Astronomy Core Courses, at least 500 12
Astronomy Courses of any type 400-500 6-12
Non-Astronomy Courses 400-500 6-12
Astronomy or SCS Courses 400-500 0-20
Internship and Research Projects
Master's Research Project in Astronomy 600 30
Research Proposal 600 3
Internship 600 20-40

Master Study Plan

At the start of the Master’s programme, students are required to draw up the Master Study Plan: a complete list of planned courses and projects for two subsequent academic years in consultation with the Study Advisor Astronomy. To select courses, students need to consult the course list for academic year 2016-2017 (see below), and/or the course list for academic year 2017-2018 (available in Spring 2017).

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Courses 2016-2017

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Astronomy Core Courses:

Origin and Evolution of the Universe 6
Galaxies: structure, dynamics and evolution 6
Interstellar Medium 6
Stellar Structure and Evolution 6

General Astronomy Courses:

Large Scale Structure and Galaxy Formation 6

Instrumentation-related Astronomy Courses:

Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments 6
Observational High-Energy Astrophysics 3
Detection of Light a 3
Detection of Light a + b 6
Radio Astronomy 6

Specialist Astronomy Courses:

High-energy Astrophysics 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:

Science Communication and Society Programme:

For more information on courses and programme, please see the SCS e-prospectus and the SCS website