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 september
taalvolledig English
volledig Dutch
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd, deeltijd, duaal
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 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) 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

Waarom aan de University of Groningen?

  • A highly interactive and interdisciplinary global curriculum
  • Tracks 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)


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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:


taal van onderwijs100% en
100% nl
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

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.

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 course 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




estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale 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 studentenleven


1 studenten volgen deze opleiding
100% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2019
?% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de University of Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Masters Association of Science and Engineering
MASE, short for Masters Association of Science and Engineering, is the newly founded study association for students of the small FSE Masters in Nanoscience, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Mechanical Engineering and Science Education and Communication.
MASE aims to organize social, cultural, career orienting, networking, and internationalization activities. Study association MASE is housed in the Linnaeusborg, in room 0067.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Cees Draaijer


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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. 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 journalist 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 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
voorlichter bij een museum of instituut
wetenschapsjournalist voor een dagblad of omroep
bron: StudieData


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Meer informatie?
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