Physics and Science Communication and Society

The Master’s specialisation in Physics and 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.

The 2-year programme, which is fully taught in English, consists of an Physics 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 Physics 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 Physics. The Master’s degree in Physics and SCS also gives access to doctoral programmes in Physics.

For further information, please visit:

the SCS website.
the SCS e-Prospectus.

Reasons to Choose Physics in Leiden

  1. The programme places a strong emphasis on research training. Students can spend up to 60% of their time on research projects.
  2. Leiden University is known for its top-level international research and excellent research groups, both theoretical and experimental, in which master’s students participate during their research projects. Many master’s students obtain their degree with a publication in an international refereed journal.
  3. The programme offers a wide choice of individual profiles. Five specialisations have been defined within this master’s programme. Individual plans can always be discussed with the study adviser and submitted to the Board of Examiners for approval.
  4. The close connection between the MSc programme and the Leiden Institute of Physics results in an open atmosphere, in which students are invited to attend lectures and symposia and to participate in scientific discussions.

More information: Science Communication and Society

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Physics
  • Degree Master of Science in Physics
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date Flexible, for international students preferably September or February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60202

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