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What will I learn?

Science and technology have a profound influence on society, but the reverse is also true: society significantly shapes the ways in which science and technology evolve. However, experience shows that scientists on the one hand and the general public, government and businesses on the other aren’t always able to clearly understand one another. That is why experts with a background in science and an understanding of social processes are indispensable. This specialisation will equip you with the knowledge, tools and skills to be a professional intermediary between science and society whilst getting a broader societal perspective.

What will you learn?

This specialisation will teach you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to build a bridge between scientific expertise and societal practices. The issues you’ll deal with in the future will be connected to your own scientific background. Therefore, you’ll become a biologist, chemist, mathematician, etc. that can reflect on the implications of scientific results and can give advice on how to turn this knowledge into practical use for policymaking or communication purposes. This reflection will not just be scientific; you’ll also learn how to detect the philosophical, political and ethical side of scientific developments. You’ll make scientists familiar with social perceptions as much as you’ll be advising governments and businesses or informing the general public on scientific matters.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Science in Society

The societal specialisation Science in Society equips you with the tools and skills to become a professional intermediary between science and society whilst providing you with a broader societal perspective that will be useful in a scientific career.

Master’s students who complete this specialisation develop careers in various fields:

  • Intermediary organisations between science and society: policy, advisory bodies, interest groups and governments
  • Interdisciplinary research, connecting science and society
  • Science communication: as a journalist, communication advisor or information officer

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (13,73,183) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,

NIJMEGEN,

Gelderland,

6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

For international students

A completed Bachelor's degree in Chemistry

Entering the Master’s programme in Molecular Sciences requires a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Technology
  • An equivalent Chemistry-related programme

Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Admission's Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted. The Admission Office will also indicate if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90 + subscores ≥ 22;
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6,5 overall + subscores ≥ 6,0 + writing subscore ≥ 6,5;
Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: C or higher.

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).

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