Is this Master’s programme the right fit for me?

The Master’s programme in Science Education and Communication is meant for you if you have completed a Bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences or technology subjects. If you would like to communicate about and provide advice on your own field of study and be a link between science and technology and society. If you want to deepen and broaden your knowledge of your own discipline and, in addition, want to discover the new field of study that is science communication.

Which teaching methods are used?

We work on real practical communication problems in small groups. This takes place in a community or practice in which we closely collaborate with professionals on complex innovations. There is lots of interaction during the courses and you can contribute your own ideas and experiences. The method of testing is mostly papers and exercises, and sometimes written examinations.

What is the relationship between Science Communication and my own background in technology or the natural sciences?

The programme consists of 60 EC science communication courses. The remaining 60 EC consist of more deepening or broadening courses in your own field of study. The programme is customised, so it is possible to make your own choices regarding your programme. After completing the programme you will get a Master of Science degree.

Do you have to do an internship?

An internship is a part of the study programme. We also recommend doing your graduation project in a company.

What is the job outlook for graduates?

Specialists in science communication are increasingly in demand. Read more here. Our graduates have found jobs at, for example, Airbus, TNO, Damen Shipyards, KPN and NLR.

What is the ratio of skills to theory?

As Science Education and Communication is a technical university degree programme, the courses focus predominantly on theories, design and engineering.  Skills such as writing and presentation, and a media training course are interwoven with the courses.

What is the difference between SEC at TU Delft and other Master’s programmes like journalism and marketing?
  • TU Delft is the only university where you can study towards an MSc degree in Science Communication.
  • TU Delft is the only Dutch university that offers the option of doing a double degree.
  • The focus of our programme on business-to-business interactions in transformative innovation processes such as energy transition and health transition.
  • In our programme, the emphasis is on social system thinking, design thinking and design-based research.
  • At TU Delft, Science Communication works predominantly on real cases with real clients with whom we co-design in C-Lab, our community of practice.
  • Science Communication in Delft  leads to Master’s theses that are inter- and transdisciplinary and result in you being an adaptive engineer, communication professional or researcher with 21st-century skills.

Other universities:

  • Universiteit Utrecht focuses more on journalism and informal education and the general public.
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen investigates the interaction between science and society with a focus on science shops and the general public.
  • Wageningen University & Research is focused on innovation but more from the point of view of social studies of science and linguistics.
  • The focus of the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam) is on interaction with the general public through dialogue and engagement.
Where can I get more information?

You can find us at the TU Delft Master Event for more information. This event usually takes place in November and March. If you have any questions after reading the information available on this website or after attending a Master Event, please contact the programme coordinator and academic counsellor at info-sec@tudelft.nl.

Are all courses given in English?

Yes, the master’s programme is wholly taught in English.

What level of proficiency in English language do we expect?

Students in the MSc SEC, track Science Communication preferably achieve higher scores on English Language proficiency tests than candidates for admission to other Master’s programmes at TU Delft.

  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 90 (internet-based test)
  • Or IELTS (academic version) overall Band score of at least 7.0
Is the programme accredited?

The Master’s programme in Science Education and Communication is accredited as a 3TU master’s programme by NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands & Flanders).

How heavy is the study load?

120 EC means a full-time study load for two years. Communication courses are scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The courses require that you also work on assignments outside the scheduled class hour. You can always set up a customised programme and study planning together with the academic counsellor to make sure you are able to do all the science & technology and communication courses within the planned 2 or 3 years.

What is the pre-master programme?

Ordinarily, applicants seeking admission to the MSc programme in Science Education and Communication must possess a Bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences or technology subjects related to those taught at Delft University of Technology.

For students who do not meet these requirements, it might be possible to follow an individual pre-master programme. Please contact the coordinator for more information at info-sec@tudelft.nl.

Is it possible to follow a dual-time programme?

It is not possible to do an official dual-time programme. It is possible to spread out your courses over a longer time, but you have to remain registered as a full time student.

What is the tuition fee for a second Master’s degree or double degree?

At TU Delft you will pay the statutory fee (and not the institutional fee) for obtaining a second Master’s degree or a double degree. Please see Tuition fee & Finances for more information.