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What will I learn?

The Biology and Science Communication and Society master's specialisation focuses on the interaction between science and society.

Why study Biology and Science Communication and Society?

Increasingly, the general public wants to be and needs to be informed about scientific topics. At the same time, scientists need to show accountability to the general public about their research. In this specialisation you bridge the gap between experts and the public by combining high quality research in biology with extensive training in science communication. After completion you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to either become science communicator with a strong biology background, or a biologist with a communicating mindset.

Why study Biology and Science Communication and Society at Leiden University?

  • The specialisation provides you with at least one full year of research training in Biology, followed by a year of courses, internships and research in the field om science communication.
  • Within the programme, you have ample opportunities to assemble our own study path based on your own interests and ambitions.
  • You will get hands-on experience during a science communication research or practical internship within a relevant organisation, such as popular science magazines, science museums, radio or television.

Biology and Science Communication and Society: the right master’s programme for you?

Do you want to bridge the gap between scientific research and the public? Do you want to combine high quality biology research with professional science communication? Then, this master’s specialisation is an excellent opportunity for you. You will be prepared for a career as a science or health communicator, policy maker, PR officer, science journalist, health officer, museum educator or a researcher with a communicating mindset.

Career prospects

After graduation you have a lot of opportunities: the field of science communication is very broad. You can also aim for a career in industry or research.

A Master in Biology at Leiden University gives you an internationally recognised degree that prepares you for a PhD study. Moreover, our focus on training transferable skills will make you a much wanted professional in and outside research.

Career

Approximately half of our graduates choose a career in scientific research, many as a PhD student. Universities, research institutes, and medical centres are the major employers. Other alumni work at consultancy agencies or in the public domain as policy-makers, science communicators or teachers. Graduates also occupy management positions or have project responsibilities in a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial sectors, from bioscience-based companies to environmental management agencies. Some students even start their own company.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€18,016.00 (14,55,250) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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