What will I learn?

In this programme, you will gain theoretical insights and practical skills in both formal and informal educational practices. Your science discipline will be put in a broader societal perspective, and you will develop your own views on how your discipline should be relevant to secondary education and to the public at large. The internships and the research project in science education and communication will support you to develop as a skillful practitioner as well as an innovator.

This two-year programme can be your gateway to careers, such as:

  • Teacher in secondary or higher education
  • Educational design
  • Science writing or editing
  • Museum education
  • Science education research.

Programme objective

As a graduate of this programme, you will have:

  • A deep understanding of your science discipline in a societal and educational context.
  • Professional skills as a teacher, a designer, and a communicator.
  • Mastery of systematic research approaches to evaluate and improve your professional practices.
  • Attitudes and skills as reflective practitioners, in terms of subject specialist knowledge, skills and pedagogical practices.

Specializations

After a joint first semester, you will specialise in one of the programme tracks:

  • Teacher Degree (in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or Computer Science)
  • Research and Development in Science Education and Communication

NLT Qualification

Apart from being qualified as a teacher in chemistry, computer science, physics, and mathematics, you are also qualified to teach Nature, Life and Technology, after completion of this Master’s programme (Teacher Degree).

Career prospects:

The career prospects for our graduates are good. Approximately half of our students start a career as teacher. Others find a job as an educational researcher at a university, or they find a job in another setting in which they can transmit their science knowledge to others.

Getting started as a teacher

After completing the track Teacher Degree, you will be qualified as a teacher for one of the school subjects in both lower and upper secondary education. The employment prospects for teachers in science subjects are generally good, but there are differences between school subjects. There are many vacancies for teachers in chemistry, computer science, physics, and mathematics, and there are fewer opportunities for biology teachers.

Apart from being qualified as a teacher in chemistry, computer science, physics, and mathematics, you are also qualified to teach Nature, Life and Technology, after completion of this master’s programme.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€20,473.00 (US$ 23,826) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,

Utrecht,

3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For international students

The programme Science Education and Communication is open to students with a Bachelor's degree (BSc) with a major emphasis on one of the natural sciences, mathematics or computer science. In addition, the successful candidate will have a strong interest in both the theories and the practices of Science Education and Communication, and will avail of social and communicative competencies at a sufficient level to grow into a Science Education and Communication professional.

In order to qualify for a teacher qualification within the programme, there are additional content requirements. Bachelor degrees that satisfy these requirements are:

  • BSc degree in Biology (biology teacher)
  • BSc degree in Chemistry (chemistry teacher)
  • BSc degree in Physics (physics teacher)
  • BSC degree in Mathematics (mathematics teacher)
  • BSc degree in Computer Science (computer science teacher)

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

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

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