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Programme of Science in Society

Of the two-year programme, the content of the specialisation year in Science in Society (SiS) is described in a separate prospectus. The Molecular Sciences specific part is outlined here and consists of the following components totaling 60 EC to be done in the first year:

A. A minimum of 15 EC scientific Master courses, to be approved by the Examination Board. Master courses at the Faculty of Science are automatically approved, with the exception of courses offered within the societal specialisations (SMI and SIS);

B. A research project* of minimally 29 EC (NWI-MOL501A), including practical work, report, presentation, and optional specialisation courses relevant to the internship (max. 6 EC);
This research project can be done on any research department available to Molecular Sciences students.

C. NWI-MOL412 Career orientation (1 EC)

D. free electives (3 EC)

E. Philosophy course (3 EC.)

F. 9 EC Electives, either courses (A), a longer research project (B), or a literature thesis (NWI-MOL601, 6 EC), or a combination of these.

The second year comprises a 60 EC programme from Science in Society. In this programme there is also a 3 EC free elective component. Both free elective components can be combined to follow a 6 EC course.

* Internships
As a rule of thumb: One week full time = 1.5 EC
30 EC = 20 weeks = one semester

If you take courses, or work as a teaching assistant during your internship, obviously the time needs to be compensated and the internship takes longer.

By adding elective space D and/or F the length of either internship can be increased. The size of your internship has to be decided before the start of the internship i.e. written down in the internship plan you agree upon with your supervisor.

If you want to prolong an internship that has already started, you need to ask permission from the internship coordinator and the exam board. Prolonging an internship this way can be done by 6 or 9 EC. This rule is meant to prevent both using the internship in the end to use up ‘spare EC’s’ and to prevent internships to be extended ad hoc to ‘do one more experiment’.