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 specializations you can choose from: Education and Communication. Both specializations 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

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instituteRijksuniversiteit Groningen
Faculty of Science and Engineering
diplomaEducatie en Communicatie in de Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
program typeregular
program formfull-time, part-time, dual
program duration2 years
credits (ECTS)120 EC
numerus fixusno numerus clausus
geen honoursprogramma
application no60614

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

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    Rijksuniversiteit GroningenBroerstraat 5, Groningen


Hoe is de opleiding opgebouwd?
instruction language100% en
100% nl
teaching types20% self study
20% theory
60% practice
modes of instruction
contact hours

evening educationn.v.t.
distance learningn.v.t.

This program has been accredited on November 24 2009 by the Dutch-Flamish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) and has received the following grades:

realized qualitysufficient
program cohesionsufficient
required study effortsufficient
staff qualitygood
staff sizesufficient
study guidancesufficient
bron: NVAO
Both specializations 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.



specialisatie - Education

At this point in time, the Education specialization is only available in Dutch.
Please select the 'Dutch students' tab for more information.


specialisatie - Communication

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.

Toelating en kosten

toelatingstartmoment en kosten
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.

Program start and application deadlines

1 February 2018
admission deadline 1 November 2017
statutory tarif : €
institutional tarif : €
non-EU/EER tarif : €
Netherlands Fellowship programme : €
1 September 2017
admission deadline 1 May 2017
statutory tarif : € 2006
institutional tarif : €
non-EU/EER tarif : €
Netherlands Fellowship programme : €
1 September 2018
admission deadline 1 May 2018
statutory tarif : €
institutional tarif : €
non-EU/EER tarif : €
Netherlands Fellowship programme : €

application requirements

knowledge minimumBEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.
language testMAKE SURE TO VISIT for all the necessary information about required language tests.

PLEASE NOTE: our language requirements differ from the rest of the faculty!
All students for whom English is not their native language must satisfy the following requirements (this also applies to Dutch students who wish to take the English version of the programme):
  • Speaking, writing: IELTS 7.0 (equivalent to TOEFL 95, CEFR C1, Cambridge English CAP > 180)
  • Reading, listening: IELTS 6.5 (equivalent to TOEFL 80, CEFR B2/C1 (preferably C1), Cambridge English CAE > 160)
previous educationBachelor'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.

Studenten en studentenleven

Wat kost studeren?

gemiddelde kosten voor een student Mathematics and Science Education and Communication in Groningen

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171 aan totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en docenten aan het woord

Mathematics and Science Education and Communication

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel44.0


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Mathematics and Science Education and Communication aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 21 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4 uit 5.