MSc Science Education and Communication

University of Groningen
24 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

About this program

MSc Science Education and Communication

The Master's degree program in Science Education and Communication is a flexible, two-year program, with six tracks you can choose from. There are five Education tracks (Biology, Informatics, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) and Communication. All tracks are based on a highly interactive and interdisciplinary global curriculum that integrates theory, research, and practice through a series of contemporary courses and internships.

Through this transformative experience you will gain deep scientific understandings and develop research, teaching, and communication skills needed to assume a range of roles and succeed in diverse formal and informal workplaces:

  • Schools
  • Science Museums and Centers
  • Media
  • Community Organizations
  • Research and Academia

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

knowledge minimum - Additional requirements may be set for taking the teacher training variant (Track Education), to be determined by the admissions committee.

previous education - University Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, Engineering, or related disciplines.

The Master's degree in Education and Communication in Science is open to anyone who has obtained a bachelor's degree in science at a university in the Netherlands. Because there is a great diversity of such courses, the admissions committee will always decide on admission.

In some cases, you may have to take additional courses for the education field in order to have sufficient (broad) knowledge. That is why a request for admission is always required for the education field; the admissions committee decides which additional courses are required.

other admission requirements - In principle you are NOT admissible with:

  • A HBO bachelor
  • 2nd degree teacher training in combination with a HBO bachelor's degree

The switching path to the EC master is then too large. You can then only obtain a 1st-degree qualification (eg in mathematics) via a higher professional education master's degree in teacher training.

Only a few HBO programs do grant admission after a bridging program:

  • mechanical engineering
  • Biomedical Laboratory Research
  • Chemie

If your study program is not on this list, but if you think you still have a bachelor's degree that is highly scientific, please contact the study advisor.

International diploma

language test - our language proficiency requirements differ from those of the other programs at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. To be admitted for the Dutch-taught Education-track, you will need to prove your proficiency in Dutch by means of an NT2-II test. To be admitted for the English-taught Communication-track, all applicants must satisfy the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS section scores: 7.0 for speaking and writing; 6.5 for reading and listening
  • TOEFL section scores: 25 (speaking), 27 (writing), 21 (reading and listening)
  • University of Groningen Language Centre English test section scores: C1 speaking and writing; B2 or C1 for reading and listening
  • Cambrigde English CAE or CPE certificate: overall score at least 180

previous education - Bachelor's degree program in Mathematics, Computing Science, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, Engineering, or related disciplines. This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The Admissions Board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master program for which you applied.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

All tracks start with a joint selection of courses. You conduct a scientific research project within your own science or mathematics expertise. In the course 'Science Communication Skills' written and verbal communication skills are further developed. 'Science Education and Communication Design' covers the design process of a website and teaching and communication materials. 'Introduction to Research in Science Education and Communication' examines methods of scientific research.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 18,850 per year


Credits - 120 ECTS

MSc in Science Education and Communication

Career paths

Possible companies and organizations include: Schools, Science Museums and Centers, Media, Community Organizations, Research and Academia.

  • Researcher in science communication or education
  • Spokesperson at a museum or an institute
  • Science journalist for a newspaper or broadcasting company
  • Teacher in upper-level secondary education

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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