Astronomy and Science Communication and Society

The Master’s specialisation in Astronomy and Science Communication and Society (SCS) concerns science communication in a broad sense. It prepares students for a career in popularisation of science, for example, as a science communicator, a science policymaker or a public relations officer, or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mind-set.

The 2-year programme, which is fully taught in English, consists of an Astronomy component, to be followed in the first year, and a Science Communication and Society component, to be followed in the second year.

Students who follow the Astronomy and SCS specialisation have an excellent opportunity to broaden their studies outside their own discipline, and, during the internship, are able to get a taste of working as a scientific communicator.

The communication skills you develop are valuable if you would like to pursue a scientific career, for example as PhD in Astronomy. The Master’s degree in Astronomy and SCS also gives access to doctoral programmes in Astronomy.

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Reasons to choose Astronomy and SCS in Leiden

  1. Leiden Observatory is a vibrant university astronomy department with a distinguished history. It has both a strong international reputation, and is widely known to turn out masters and doctoral students of the highest quality.
  2. Research at the cutting edge of modern astronomy is an integral part of the master’s programme. Students graduate with a broad knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics.
  3. The favorable student-staff ratio guarantees a high degree of interaction with and personal attention from the senior staff.
  4. The Observatory provides an international atmosphere. It has close ties with other astronomy institutes in Europe and the U.S. Many students, postdocs and staff come from abroad.
  5. Leiden astronomers have access to the foremost observing facilities and the largest high performance computer facilities in the world.
  6. The Observatory provides a very welcoming, informal atmosphere, in which social activities flourish.
  7. The Leiden programme is particularly appreciated for its emphasis on the interface between observation and theory: interpretation, modeling and simulation.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Astronomy
  • Degree Master of Science in Astronomy
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September or February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60200

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