Astronomy and Science Communication and Society, 2017-2018
Structure of the Programme
The Science Communication and Society (SCS) specialisation 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 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:
Programme first year: Astronomy (60 EC)
|Astronomy Core Courses, at least||500||12|
|Astronomy Courses of any type||400-500||6-12|
|Master's Research Project in Astronomy||600||30|
Programme second year: Science Communication and Society (60 EC)
|Scientific Narration and Visualization||500||4|
|Internship and Research|
|SCS Project Proposal||600||3|
Master Study Plan
At the start of the master’s programme, students are required to draw up the Master Study Plan: a complete list of planned courses and projects for two subsequent academic years in consultation with the Study Advisor Astronomy. To select courses, consult the course list for academic year 2017-2018 (see below) and the preliminary course list for academic year 2018-2019.
During the Astronomy master’s education programme, we support you in making choices that are relevant to your future career. You will be stimulated to think about your ambitions and potential and to reflect on how to reach your goals. By actively exploring the possibilities, you enable yourself to make motivated study and career choices.
We organise various activities to help you think about questions like:
- What are my strong skills and what skills can I still learn?
- In which subjects do I want to specialise?
- What subject will I choose for my Master Research Project?
- Which electives fit my future ambitions?
- Which type of job would I like to do after my Astronomy master’s?
- What kind of employer would I like to work for?
Click here for the Astronomy career event calendar. This calendar contains an up-to-date overview of all career events relevant to Astronomy master’s students, including:
- Intake with Astronomy Study Advisor
- Lectures from alumni
- Career Information Meeting Astronomy (CIMAS)
- Leiden Observatory Science Day
- Science Career Event (Bètabanenmarkt)
- Company visits, dinners and lectures
- Bio Science Park Excursion
- Leiden University Mentor Network
- Field-specific conferences (Physics@Veldhoven, Fysica, Nederlandse Astronomen Conferentie)
In the Astronomy course descriptions in this e-Prospectus, behaviour-oriented skills are listed for each course. Although these soft skills cannot be measured like course objectives, being aware of the skills you acquire is important. They determine how you approach your work and your life and are therefore highly relevant to shaping your study path and future career.The soft skills you will come across in the Astronomy course descriptions include:
- Problem solving - recognizing and analyzing problems, solution-oriented thinking
- Analytical skills - analytical thinking, abstraction, evidence
- Structured thinking - structure, modulated thinking, computational thinking, programming
- Complex ICT-skills - data analysis, programming, simulations, complex ICT applications
- Project management - planning, scope, boundaries, result-orientation
- Responsibility - ownership, self-discipline, bear mistakes, accountability
- Motivation - commitment, pro-active attitude, initiative
- Self-regulation - independence, self-esteem, aware of own goals, motives and capacities
- Verbal communication - presenting, speaking, listening
- Written communication - writing skills, reporting, summarizing
- Collaboration - teamwork, group support, loyalty, attendance
- Flexibility - adaptability, dealing with change, teachability, eagerness to learn
- Critical thinking - asking questions, checking assumptions
- Creative thinking - resourcefulness, curiosity, thinking out of the box
- Integrity - honesty, moral, ethics, personal values
Questions about your study and/or career path? Make an appointment with the Astronomy Study Advisor.