Science Communication and Society
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.
NOTE: Because of COVID-19, we are expecting to move our program partly or completely online. However, we will keep to the same schedule, so expect a full time course load.
Admissible to the specialisation SCS are all students that are admitted to a Master Programme of the Faculty of Science (see programs below) 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.
The entire MSc programme in combination with the Science Communication and Society (SCS) specialisation consists of two components:
a component within the chosen MSc programme (Mathematics, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biology, Life Science and Technology, Biomedical Sciences (LUMC)), 60-80 EC
a Science Communication and Society component, 40-60 EC
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 and a maximum of 60 EC, including:
SCS Fundamentals (19 EC)
Scientific Narration and Visualization (4 EC)
SCS research proposal (3 EC)
SCS internship(s) (14-34 EC).