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Physics - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Physics and Science Communication and Society (MSc)

About the programme

The Physics and SCS specialisation consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System (EC) points and consists of an astronomy component (60 - 80 EC) and a science communication component (40 - 60 EC).

Programme overview

The curriculum of this master’s specialisation consists of a physics component to be followed in the first year, and a Science Communication and Society component in the second year. The physics research component can be extended with an additional 20 EC.

Physics component (60 – 80 EC)

  • Compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • Research Project (36 EC)
  • Electives (9 EC)

Science Communication and Society component (40-60 EC)

  • SCS Fundamentals (19 EC)
  • Scientific Narration and Visualization (4 EC)
  • SCS Project Proposal (3 EC)
  • SCS Internship(s) (14-34 EC)

Read more about the programme outline and courses

Educational methods

  • Colloquium
  • Lectures
  • Individual papers
  • Lab work
  • Presentations
  • Research
  • Projects
  • Seminars
  • Work group
  • Internship

Study guidance

The Physics MSc programme has a small intake and a relatively large staff to student ratio. It can thus afford to provide students with individualized attention. The study programme is discussed and decided with the Study Advisor who remains a reference point throughout the programme. The staff to student ratio is particularly low. Interaction during classes is informal and strongly encouraged. Besides direct interaction with the lecturer, classes are supported by PhD students and often post-docs. Interaction during the research project(s) is direct and informal and takes place within a small group of which an MSc student is integral part. There are regular group meetings. Interaction often extends outside office hours and incorporates social events.