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Science Education and Communication

How does the world of science connect with the worlds of education and society? How do teachers bridge science and education? How is science and its processes communicated in the media? What is the role of informal institutions in shaping the public's understanding of science?

If you are interested in these questions then this programme is for you! We aim to bridge the gap between those who know science, those who teach science, and those who communicate science. The programme builds upon an international network of existing institutional links, teaching and research experience, and a well-established Master's degree program offered in Dutch for the past 14 years. The international programme will provide you with a solid foundation in the science, theory, and practice of innovative teaching and effective communication in science and mathematics.

The Master's degree programme in Mathematics and Science Education and Communication is a flexible, two-year program, with two tracks you can choose from: Education and Communication. Both tracks are based on a highly interactive and interdisciplinary global curriculum that integrates theory, research, and practice through a series of contemporary courses and internships.

Through this transformative experience you will gain deep scientific understandings and develop research, teaching, and communication skills needed to assume a range of roles and succeed in diverse formal and informal workplaces:

  • Schools
  • Science Museums and Centers
  • Media
  • Community Organizations
  • Research and Academia
Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Science Education and Communication
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60708
Language of instruction
English, Dutch
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • A highly interactive and interdisciplinary global curriculum
  • Tracks s in education and communication
  • The communication specialization is largely practice-based
  • An international context
  • There have been two Nobel Prize winners in our faculty: Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics)
Programme

Curriculum

Both tracks start with a joint selection of courses. You conduct a scientific research project within your own science or mathematics expertise. In the course 'Science Communication Skills' written and verbal communication skills are further developed. 'Science Education and Communication Design' covers the design process of a website and teaching and communication materials. 'Introduction to Research in Science Education and Communication' examines methods of scientific research.

Programme options
Education (track)

At this point in time, the Education specialization is only available in Dutch.

Please select the 'Dutch students' tab for more information.

More information about this option

Communication (track)

The Communication specialization teaches students to be able to act as a mediator between science experts and non-experts audiences international contexts.

You explore the position of mathematics and natural sciences in society, taking into account historical backgrounds and the current state of scientific research in these areas In courses such as 'Science Communication and Journalism' and 'Science and the Public' students orient on the main pathways through which scientific knowledge reaches society. Focusing on the written press, as well as museums, the internet, radio and television. In hands-on workshops students learn how to write popular science texts and design exhibits for science centres, based on recent insights from research. In the course 'Science, Communication and Society' students are engaged in risk communication and the role of the public debate in science communication. The programme is very much focused on professional training and students' individual development. In your 'External Science Communication Project' you bring their knowledge into practice with an in-company internship. You are given a large degree of freedom to decide for which client you want to work. Many students opt to work for popular scientific magazines, museums, websites, or for radio or television programmes.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Voor het volgen van de lerarenopleidingsvariant (Track Educatie) kunnen aanvullende eisen worden gesteld, te bepalen door de toelatingscommissie.

previous education

Universitair bachelordiploma in wiskunde, informatica, kunstmatige intelligentie, natuurkunde, sterrenkunde, scheikunde, biologie, farmacie, technische opleidingen, of gerelateerde disciplines.

De masteropleiding Educatie en Communicatie in de Bètawetenschappen is toegankelijk voor iedereen die een bachelordiploma van een bèta-opleiding heeft behaald aan een universiteit in Nederland. Omdat er een grote diversiteit is aan zulke opleidingen zal de toelatingscommissie altijd beslissen over toelating.

In sommige gevallen kan het zijn dat je voor de educatierichting nog extra vakken moet doen om te beschikken over voldoende (brede) kennis. Daarom is altijd een toelatingsverzoek nodig voor de educatierichting; de toelatingscommissie beslist over welke aanvullende vakken vereist zijn.

other admission requirements

In principe ben je NIET toelaatbaar met:

  • Een hbo-bachelor
  • 2de-graads lerarenopleiding in combinatie met een hbo-bachelor

Het schakeltraject naar de EC-master is dan te groot. Een 1e-graads bevoegdheid (bijv. in de wiskunde) kun je dan alleen nog behalen via een hbo-master lerarenopleiding. Slechts enkele hbo-opleidingen geven wel toelating na een schakelprogramma:

  • Werktuigbouwkunde
  • Biomedisch Laboratorium Onderzoek
  • Chemie

Staat jouw opleiding niet in dit rijtje, maar denk je dat je toch een hbo-bachelordiploma hebt dat zeer bètawetenschappelijk is, neem dan contact op met de studieadviseur. Heb je al een universitair masterdiploma in een bèta-richting? Dan is er een verkort programma mogelijk via de LVHO: http://www.rug.nl/education/lerarenopleiding/onderwijs/lerarenopleidingalsmasternamaster/

Registration procedure

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
MathematicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

BiologyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

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Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

Computing ScienceAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

AstronomyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

Chemical Science & EngineeringAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

ChemistryAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

Applied MathematicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

Applied PhysicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

Life Science and TechnologyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

Artificial IntelligenceAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

PharmacyAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

PhysicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

Communicatietrack drempelloos, educatietrack onder voorwaarden. Neem contact op met studie-adviseur.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/msc/ for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

language test

PLEASE NOTE: our language proficiency requirements differ from those of the other programmes at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. To be admitted for the Dutch-taught Education-track, you will need to prove your proficiency in Dutch by means of an NT2-II test. To be admitted for the English-taught Communication-track, all applicants must satisfy the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS section scores: 7.0 for speaking and writing; 6.5 for reading and listening
  • TOEFL section scores: 25 (speaking), 27 (writing), 21 (reading and listening)
  • University of Groningen Language Centre English test section scores: C1 speaking and writing; B2 or C1 for reading and listening
  • Cambrigde English CAE or CPE certificate: overall score at least 180

For exemptions and information on how to submit your language test, please visit ….. https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/msc/language-requirements

previous education

Bachelor's degree programme in mathematics, computing science, physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, pharmacy, engineering, or related disciplines. This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
IELTS overall band7
IELTS listening6.5
IELTS reading6.5
IELTS writing7
IELTS speaking7

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

Possible companies and organizations include: Schools, Science Museums and Centers, Media, Community Organizations, Research and Academia

Job examples

  • Spokesperson at a museum or an institute
  • Science journalist for a newspaper or broadcasting company
  • Teacher in upper-level secondary education
Research

Instituut voor Didactiek en Onderwijsontwikkeling

The Institute for Science Education and Communication conducts research aimed at improving teaching in mathematics and science education. Research projects are carried out in secondary and university education.

ISEC staff members teach courses in science education and communication, among others in the two year masters’ degree programme Education and Communication in Mathematics and Science. This masters’ programme is a cooperation with the University Centre for Teaching and Learning.
ISEC works on the development of courses and curricula in the Faculty of Science and Engineering in collaboration with Undergraduate School of Science and Graduate School of Science.

For more information, please see http://www.rug.nl/research/didactiek-onderwijsontwikkeling/

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								Testimonial of Johanna Stegink

    Breder dan je eigen vakgebied

    – Johanna Stegink
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    'Deze master bevalt me goed! Je bent zoveel breder bezig dan alleen je eigen vakgebied. Dus het is niet alleen wiskunde voor mij, maar ik moet ook iets over biologie of scheikunde kunnen uitleggen. Zo moesten we laatst een kort filmpje over bioplastics maken, zoals in Klokhuis. Dat was geweldig, we deden alles zelf: een script maken, filmen, monteren.

    Je bent dus vaak praktisch bezig in deze master. De werkdruk is ook heel anders dan in de bachelor: je moet elke week wel opdrachten uitvoeren en inleveren in plaats van vooral aan het einde van de periode. Omdat het aantal studenten niet heel groot is, is er veel contact met de docenten. Daardoor nemen we ook actief deel aan de colleges, je kunt makkelijk zelf iets inbrengen. Het is hier niet zo dat een docent een uur lang staat te vertellen.

    Ik heb voor de communicatiekant gekozen om meer opties te hebben dan lesgeven. Je leert feitelijk lesgeven aan een breder publiek dan alleen scholieren. Overigens wil ik hierna ook nog de educatiespecialisatie volgen. En daarna? Dat hangt er vanaf hoe het lesgeven me bevalt en wat voor werk ik kan vinden. Ik wil in ieder geval mensen enthousiast maken voor wiskunde!'

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