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Biology: Biology and Science Communication & Society

The specialisation Biology and Science Communication and Society (SCS) offers students the possibility to combine physics and science communication.

Students are prepared for a career in popularisation of science or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mind-set.

Students who complete the specialisation Biology Sciences and Science Communication and Society are admissible to a PhD programme in biology or in science communication.

Coordinator: Dr. Anne Land-Zandstra

Email: [a.m.land@biology.leidenuniv.nl]

Year 1: Biology programme

Year 2: Communication programme

For a description of the full programme read the more information button!

For the timetable and registration in usis and codes for the Biology year, see under ‘files’ (bestanden).

Year 1: Biology

The Biology component consists of the following:

  • Research Project Biology of 36 EC

  • Advanced theory (courses and lectures) of 24 EC

The Biology component can be extended with an additional 20 EC (courses or extension of the research project to 80 EC in total). The research project has to take place in one of the research groups of the IBL, CML or Naturalis, other Institutes of the Faculty of Sciences or LUMC. Theoretical components should be minimally at level 400. The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and the research project must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners through approval of the individual study plan of a student and approval of the research agreement.

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Compulsory elements:

Advanced Statistics 4
Genomic Architecture 6
Research Project Biology 36

One of the following courses is compulsory:

Orientation on From Cells to Organisms 2
Orientation on Evolutionary Biology 2
Orientation on Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology 2
Orientation on Biodiversity and Sustainability 2

At least 12 EC of the courses (or courses from the list of biology electives or other electives) are compulsory:

Advanced Cell Biology 4
Advanced Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology 3
Animal Cognition 6
Development and Evolution 6
Ecosystem Services 6
Human Impacts on Biodiversity 6
Innate Immune systems 6
Mechanisms of Disease 6
Paleobiology 3
Systematics and Biodiversity 6

Year 2: Communication

The coordinator of the Science Communication & Society (SCS) component of the programme is: Dr. A.M. Land-Zandstra, email: a.m.land@biology.leidenuniv.nl

The Communication component consists of the following:

  • SCS Fundamentals, 19 EC

  • Scientific Narration and Visualization, 4 EC

  • SCS research proposal, 3 EC

  • SCS internship(s), 14-34 EC

Course information on the SCS courses can be obtained from the Communication programme

Biology Electives

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Advanced Academic Skills Elite Course 6
Biogeochemistry of System Earth 3
Bird species in animal experimentation 2
Book exam 6
Fish species in animal experimentation 2
Metabolomics 6
Pharmaceuticals from Plants 5
Plant Families of the Tropics 5
Top Lectures in Biology 3
Tropical Biodiversity and Field Methods south East Asia (next course in 2021-2022) 6

Other Electives

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Electives Faculty of Science or LUMC (please check with the coordinator of the course whether you can join the course):

Advances in Data Mining 6
Computational Molecular Biology 6
Image Analysis with Applications in Microscopy 6
Model organisms in cancer drug discovery and development 4
Multiscale Mathematical Biology (BM) 6
Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6
Science Methodology (SCM) 4
Other approved electives 1-6

More info

Description

The specialisation Science Communication and Society concerns science communication in a broad sense. The programme prepares students for a career in popularisation of science, for example, as a science communicator, a science policymaker or a public relations or health communication officer, or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mind-set. For future science teachers the specialisation is also a valuable preparation. Students with an MSc specialisation Science Communication and Society are admissible to a PhD programme in their MSc research field or in Science Communication.

Programme

The MSc programme in combination with the Science Communication and Society (SCS) specialisation consists of two components:

  • a component within the chosen MSc programme.

  • a Science Communication and Society component.

Preferably, the component within the chosen MSc programme should be followed during the first year of study, the Science Communication and Society component should be followed during the second year. The SCS specialisation programme comprises at least 40 EC. A maximum of 20 EC of electives can be filled in with either SCS courses, or with components within the MSc programme of choice.

Biology
The Biology component consist of a research project of 36 EC and 24 EC of advanced theory (courses and lectures). The Biology component can be extended with an additional 20 EC (courses or extension of the research project). The research project has to take place in one of the research groups of the IBL, CML or Naturalis, other Institutes of the Faculty of Sciences or LUMC. A “Fish specific animal experimentation course (2 EC) or a “Bird specific animal experimentation course (2 EC) is obligatory in case of a research project in which experiments with fish or birds are involved.
Theoretical components should be minimally at level 400. The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and the research project must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners through approval of the individual study plan of a student and approval of the research agreement.

Science Communication and Society
The Science Communication and Society component consists of the following:

  • SCS Fundamentals, 19 EC

  • Scientific Narration and Visualization, 4 EC

  • SCS research proposal, 3 EC

  • SCS internship(s), 14-34 EC

Approval of program

All master students have to submit a master study program, consisting of choices of courses and one or two research projects, to the studyadvisor. Through the submission of this study program, the Board of Examiners determines whether the individual study program can be approved.

Career Orientation

During study program MSc Biology we want to provide you with the best possible preparation for the job market. In addition to knowledge, it is important that you develop skills, gain practical experience, orientate on positions & careers, and reflect on your own profile and development. In addition to substantive knowledge, it is also important to be aware of the so-called transferable skills that you develop outside and during your education. These are, for example, your cognitive skills such as critical thinking and communication. Altogether, this contributes to your development as a professional and offers good preparation for the labour market.

At various times during your studies, questions about this subject may arise, such as: How can you use the knowledge and skills you gain within and outside your study program in the labor market? Which direction do you choose within your study and why? What are you already able to do, and what skills do you still want to learn? How do you translate the courses you choose into something you would like to do later?

You may have already discussed this with the study advisor, mentor, tutor, the Science Career Service, fellow students or made use of the Leiden University Career Zone. All kinds of activities are organized where you get the chance to orientate yourself on the job market and gives opportunities to reflect on your own development, possibilities and (study) career profile as well. Central to this are the questions: "What are my capabilities?", "What do I want?" and "How do I achieve my goals?".

In the prospectus, learning objectives have been formulated for each subject, the purpose of which is to inform you which components are covered in the development of your (study) career profile and preparation for the labour market. Various activities are also organized that help you in making all kinds of career choices and to develop skills. An overview of activities is shown below.

Activities

  • (Study) career meetings

  • Alumni lectures

  • Company visits and company dinners

  • Lunch & Learn lectures by companies

  • IBL Symposia

  • Introductory meeting with the study advisor

  • Information meeting student counsellor

  • (International) Leiden Leadership Programme

  • Mentorship and tutoring

  • Workshops en Career Colleges (Science Career Service)

  • Science Career Event

  • Regular information sessions with the study advisor

  • Research Project Market

  • Research skills as part of the master research project

Science Career Service

Science Career Service, one of the utilities of the Science faculty, offers information and advice on study (re)orientation, career planning and personal professional profile as well as preparation for the job market, such as job applications. Facilities provided to students include online information, walk-in consultations, workshops and individual counselling sessions. In addition, Science Career Service offers expertise and support to programmes that want to strengthen the connection between their curriculum and the job market. This can vary from providing specific guest lectures/workshops to advising on integrating career orientation programmes into the curriculum.

LU Career Zone

The Leiden University Career Zone is the website for students and alumni of Leiden University to support their (study) career planning. You will find advice, information, video recordings of webinars and tools such as professional tests to get an idea of your personal profile. You can also explore positions and sectors, you will find tips about CV, job application, LinkedIn and there is a vacancy platform that you can make use of.

Mentornetwerk

Leiden University likes to prepare students and young alumni well for the job market. For this we use the knowledge and experience of Leiden alumni. To bring students and young alumni with questions about their careers into contact with experienced alumni, Leiden University has established the Mentor Network. Students and young alumni can register for free.

Contact

Do you have questions about your (study) career choices and has the above information not been able to help you further? Your study adviser (msc-studyadviser@lic.leidenuniv.nl) is always available to discuss your plans and concerns BioMScStudieadviseur@biology.leidenuniv.nl.