Science Education and Communication

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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?

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typeeducational, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
volledig Dutch
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd, deeltijd
numerus fixusnee

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 and English 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 Science Education and Communication is a flexible, two-year program, with six tracks you can choose from. There are five Education tracks (Biology, Informatics, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) - that lead to a teaching qualification for high school and Communication. All 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

Listen to our podcast with our student Maihly about her experiences in the Education Master.

Waarom aan de University of Groningen?

  • A highly interactive and interdisciplinary global curriculum
  • Tracks in education and communication
  • The programme 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)


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track Education

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

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

track 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.

For the complete curriculum, please see:


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Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2025

aanmelding deadline : 15 oktober 2024
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2024
wettelijk tarief : € 1863 (€932 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 10600
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 24200

1 september 2025

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2025
collegegeld nog niet bekend

The Admissions Office will advise the Board of Admissions 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.

Do you prefer an early decision on your request of admission? Don't wait until 1 May, but use one of the earlier deadlines for this Master's programme (for a start on 1 September).

If the University of Groningen has received your complete application before, then you will receive a decision at the latest on:

Application - Decision:

1 December– 15 January

1 February – 1 March

15 March – 15 April

1 May - 15 June




aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Caya Muijs
During the programme, we learn a lot of different skills that are useful for future careers.

Caya Muijs - Student of the MSc Science Education and Communication (Communication track)

After finishing a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, I realized that I wasn't really into the research side of the programme but wanted to do something more related to people...
Some examples that I liked the most: I have made a video as if it was for the Dutch TV programme Het Klokhuis, I have written an article that has been published in the university paper, and I am currently doing an internship at Science Linx, where I am developing course material for primary schools.During the programme, we learn a lot of different skills that are useful for future careers. Because of the diversity of courses, I feel that I have a good base from which to start the next step: a career in science communication!

lees verder ...
Delân Çağlar,
Cees Draaijer
Hugo Bronkhorst
Het mooiste is wanneer leerlingen de stof begrijpen en meer plezier krijgen

Mattijs Hooghwinkel


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Science Education and Communication
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
5 eerstejaars
60% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
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Na de studie

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The Communication specialization prepares students for a career in the field of science communication and education. It offers students a large variety of career perspectives

Our alumni have obtained careers as spokespersons or consultants at scientific associations. Others have become editors or journalists for popular science magazines, some work at science museums or science centres. Some graduates have become freelance science communicators or pursued academic or scientific careers. The broad scope of the degree programme makes our students also suitable candidates for positions in policy making or knowledge transfer.

The Education specialization (in Dutch) prepares students for a career as a teacher of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology or computer science, qualified to teach in upper-level secondary education. A position in educational development or educational research is also a possibility.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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

Potentiële beroepen

docent op een middelbare school of hogeschool
educational advisor
onderzoeker op het gebied van wetenschapscommunicatie of -educatie
voorlichter bij een museum of instituut
wetenschapsjournalist voor een dagblad of omroep
bron: StudieData


Academic Advisors FSE Study Science

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Meer informatie?
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