Tracks in Biology & Medical Biology

Science in Society

Equipping students with the tools and skills to become a professional intermediary between science and society whilst getting a broader societal perspective that will be useful in a scientific career.

Science and technology clearly have a profound influence on society, but the reverse is also true: society significantly shapes the ways in which science and technology evolve. Economic interests, public opinion and policy shifts are decisive for the shaping of science and technology. However, experience has shown that scientists on the one hand and the general public, government and businesses on the other aren’t always able to clearly understand one another. That is why experts with a background in science and an understanding of social processes are indispensable.

Scientific expertise and societal practices

The Master’s specialisation in Science in Society will therefore teach you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to build a bridge between scientific expertise and societal practices. The issues you’ll deal with in the future will probably be connected to your own scientific background. Therefore, you’ll become a biologist, chemist, mathematician, etc. that can reflect on the implications of scientific results and can give advice on how to turn this knowledge into practical use for policymaking or communication purposes. This reflection will not just be scientific; you’ll also learn how to detect the philosophical, political and ethical side of issues. You’ll make scientists familiar with social perceptions as much as you’ll be advising governments and businesses or informing the general public.

This intermediary role is highly sought after and will prepare you for a dynamic career in various fields and work environments such as policy, advisory bodies, interest groups and governments, as well as interdisciplinary research that connects science and society. Although not part of the compulsory part of the programme, this specialisation can also prepare you for the field of science journalism or communication, for you can make that the focus of your graduation project.

Why study Science in Society at Radboud University?

  • You’ll further deepen your knowledge in your scientific field in the first year and then learn to connect scientific knowledge with divergent perspectives and interests of various stakeholders in your second year.
  • This specialisation is closely connected to the Institute for Science, Innovation & Society (ISIS); this institute brings together a group of experts from various disciplines and backgrounds in order to jointly tackle societal issues.
  • You get to take classes with students from all natural and computer scientific fields.
  • You’ll get to work in positions that deal with complex real-world issues while still being able to closely enjoy the wonders of scientific research.

Science, Management and Innovation

Getting proficient in what happens in the world of business and public administration: how innovation is managed in company strategies, how government designs policy and how that interacts with societal challenges.

Both the public sector and businesses struggle with the question of how to address sustainability, health, energy and IT security issues. Many of the challenges that society faces are rooted in the natural or computer sciences but have strong links to other disciplines. Solutions require scientists with an additional understanding of the societal aspects of these problems, and the ability to speak the language of and work with all possible stakeholders like scientists, civil servants and politicians.

The Master’s specialisation in Science, Management and Innovation will therefore take you out of the lab and place you right in the heart of society. After the first year in which you broaden your knowledge in your scientific field, you’ll learn the skills you can use to make a direct contribution to society. This contribution can range from the creation of policies that tackle social issues to project development or market research.

The combination of expertise – science, policy and business – is highly sought after and will prepare you for a dynamic career in business, a job in the public sector or in the a social (research) organisation. If you want to start your own business, this specialisation is the most appropriate choice on offer in Radboud University’s Faculty of Science.

Why study Science, Management and Innovation at Radboud University?

  • A unique programme in which you further develop your knowledge in your scientific field in the first year and then learn to apply your science-based background to a business or policy question in your second year.
  • You’ll gain working experience outside of academia during your Master’s and gain experience of ‘soft’ skills like policy and strategy, writing, interviewing as well as presentation and cooperation skills. These skills will widen your job opportunities.
  • It’s a great experience to work together with students from various disciplines and backgrounds.
  • You create a unique profile by choosing from one of the following five themes: Climate & Energy, Health, Water & Biodiversity (only for Biology Master’s), Managing ICT innovations (only for Computing Science Master’s), Security (only for Computer Security Master’s).

Science and Education

The Master’s specialisation in Science and Education educates students toward becoming a first-degree teacher on Dutch secondary schools. Please note that the second year of this programme is given in Dutch.

During the first year of this Masterspecialisation, you will follow courses belonging to your Master programme (e.g. Physics, Chemistry or Biology). It is advised that you follow one of the specified specialisation programmes, however, you are free to compile another programme. Please contact your study advisor for more information.

The second year is completely education oriented and organised by the ‘Radboud docenten academie‘ (RDA).

The whole Master’s programme of 120 EC has to be approved by your Examination Board.

Alternatively, it is also possible to enrol in the education training after completion of the masters programme. This training is independent from the Faculty of Science and coordinated entirely by the Radboud teaching academy.

Enrolling in the Science and Education programme at Radboud Docenten Academie:

Students should consult the responsible teacher at RDA at an early stage, in order to check their programme for deficiencies.

The address of the RDA is:
Radboud Docenten Academie
Erasmusplein, tel. 024-35 15572