MSc in Mathematics and Science Education and Communication


Program Description

How does the world of science connect with the worlds of education and society? How do teachers bridge science and education? How are science and its processes communicated in the media? What is the role of informal institutions in shaping the public's understanding of science?

If you are interested in these questions then this program is for you! We aim to bridge the gap between those who know the science, those who teach science, and those who communicate science. The program builds upon an international network of existing institutional links, teaching and research experience, and a well-established Master's degree program offered in Dutch for the past 14 years. The international program will provide you with a solid foundation in the science, theory, and practice of innovative teaching and effective communication in science and mathematics.

The Master's degree program in Science Education and Communication is a flexible, two-year program, with two tracks you can choose from: Education and Communication. Both 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

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • A highly interactive and interdisciplinary global curriculum
  • Tracks in education and communication
  • The communication specialization is largely practice-based
  • An international context
  • There have been two Nobel Prize winners in our faculty: Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics)

Admission requirements


Both 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 the methods of scientific research.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

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Knowledge minimum Voor het volgen van de lerarenopleidingsvariant (Track Educatie) kunnen aanvullende eisen worden gesteld, te bepalen door de toelatingscommissie.
Previous education

Universitair bachelordiploma in wiskunde, informatica, kunstmatige intelligentie, natuurkunde, sterrenkunde, scheikunde, biologie, farmacie, technische opleidingen, of gerelateerde disciplines.

De masteropleiding Educatie en Communicatie in de Bètawetenschappen is toegankelijk voor iedereen die een bachelordiploma van een bèta-opleiding heeft behaald aan een universiteit in Nederland. Omdat er een grote diversiteit is aan zulke opleidingen zal de toelatingscommissie altijd beslissen over toelating.

In sommige gevallen kan het zijn dat je voor de educatierichting nog extra vakken moet doen om te beschikken over voldoende (brede) kennis. Daarom is altijd een toelatingsverzoek nodig voor de educatierichting; de toelatingscommissie beslist over welke aanvullende vakken vereist zijn.

Other admission requirements

In principe ben je NIET toelaatbaar met:

  • Een hbo-bachelor
  • 2de-graads lerarenopleiding in combinatie met een hbo-bachelor

Het schakeltraject naar de EC-master is dan te groot. Een 1e-graads bevoegdheid (bijv. in de wiskunde) kun je dan alleen nog behalen via een hbo-master lerarenopleiding. Slechts enkele hbo-opleidingen geven wel toelating na een schakelprogramma:

  • Werktuigbouwkunde
  • Biomedisch Laboratorium Onderzoek
  • Chemie

Staat jouw opleiding niet in dit rijtje, maar denk je dat je toch een hbo-bachelordiploma hebt dat zeer bètawetenschappelijk is, neem dan contact op met de studieadviseur.

International diploma

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Language test

Please note: 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
  • Cambridge 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 the 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.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced) C1
IELTS overall band 7
IELTS listening 6.5.
IELTS reading 6.5
IELTS writing 7
IELTS speaking 7

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020
EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 1534 part-time
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 1534 dual
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

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

Job examples

  • The spokesperson at a museum or an institute
  • The science journalist for a newspaper or broadcasting company
  • Teacher in upper-level secondary education


The Institute for Science Education and Communication

The Institute for Science Education and Communication conducts research aimed at improving teaching in mathematics and science education. Research projects are carried out in secondary and university education.

ISEC staff members teach courses in science education and communication, among others in the two-year masters’ degree program Education and Communication in Mathematics and Science. This masters’ program is a cooperation with the University Centre for Teaching and Learning.

ISEC works on the development of courses and curricula in the Faculty of Science and Engineering in collaboration with the Undergraduate School of Science and Graduate School of Science.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

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