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What will I learn?

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

What does this master's programme entail?

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 chemistry with extensive training in science communication. After completion you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to either become science communicator with a strong chemistry background, or a researcher with a communicating mindset.

Why study Chemistry and Science Communication and Society (SCS) at Leiden University?

The specialisation provides you with at least one full year of research training in Chemistry, followed by a year of courses, internships and research in the field om science communication.
You can tailor your Chemistry programme based on your ambitions and interests within the research areas Chemical Biology or Energy & Sustainability.
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.

Chemistry and SCS: the right master’s programme for you?

Do you want to bridge the gap between scientific research and the public? Want to combine high quality chemistry 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.

Acquired skills and competence

The Master of Science programme guarantees thorough research training founded on a sound theoretical basis. After graduating you have excellent knowledge of fundamental Chemistry and highly developed research skills. Moreover you have obtained the skills and knowledge to apply your Chemistry background to SCS careers. Some examples of career at the interface of science and public affairs are: science writer, science policymaker, public relations officer or research scientist with particular communication skills.

Career

After completing the Chemistry master's programme you will have a broad array of career prospects. All students with a Master of Science in Chemistry are admissible to a PhD programme. If you have the desire to apply your knowledge of chemistry outside the university, there are good job possibilities in Research & Development departments in industry, business, public utility companies, teaching, consultancy and government bodies. Many students eventually attain higher management positions.

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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