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Astronomy and Science Communication and Society (MSc)

The Astronomy and Science Communication and Society master's specialisation focuses on the interaction between science and society.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Increasingly, the general public wants to be and needs to be informed about scientific topics. At the same time, scientists need to show accountability to the general public about their research. In this specialisation you bridge the gap between experts and the public by combining high quality research in astronomy with extensive training in science communication. After completion you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to either become science communicator with a strong astronomy background, or an astromer with a communicating mindset.

Read more about our Astronomy and Science Communication and Society programme.

Why study Astronomy and Science Communication & Society (SCS) at Leiden University?

  • The specialisation provides you with at least one full year of research training in Astronomy, followed by a year of courses, internships and research in the field of science communication.
  • You have access to world-class and cutting edge research in modern astronomy at Leiden Observatory.
  • You will get hands-on experience during a science communication research or practical internship within a relevant organisation, such as popular science magazines, science museums, radio or television.

Find more reasons to choose Astronomy and Science Communication and Society at Leiden University.

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Astronomy and SCS: the right master’s programme for you?

Do you want to bridge the gap between scientific research and the public? Want to combine high quality astronomy research with professional science communication? Then, this master’s specialisation is an excellent opportunity for you. You will be prepared for a career as a science or health communicator, policy maker, PR officer, science journalist, health officer, museum educator or an astronomy researcher with a communicating mindset.

Read more about the entry requirements for Astronomy and Science Communication and Society.

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