The Science in Society program contains courses that teach students how to identify, analyze and managing complex societal problems (1st Semester). The program is concluded with an internship in which the student applies the acquired knowledge and skills (2nd Semester).

In the 1st Semester students follow three compulsory courses: Research Methods for Analyzing Complex Problems (6 EC), Analyzing Governmental Policy (6 EC), and Communication, Organization and Management (6 EC). Additionally, the students choose two or three elective courses (12 EC total).

In the 2nd Semester, starting in February, the students follow an internship (30 EC).

See the following link for a detailed description of each course

Program Major Science in Society – 60 EC
 compulsory and elective courses
semester 1 semester 2
period 1 period 2 period 3
Research methods for analyzing complex problems (6 EC) Communication, Organization and Management (6 EC) Epidemiology (3EC) Internship Science in Society (30EC)
Policy, Politics and Participation (6EC) Clinical development and clinical trials (3EC)
Business Management in Health and Life Sciences (6EC) International comparative Analysis of Health care systems (6EC)
Analysis of Governmental Policy (6 EC) Science in Dialogue (6EC) Science  Museology (6EC)
Disability and Development (6EC) Innovation Behavior and Economy (3EC)
Health, Globalisation and Human Rights (6EC) Ethics in Life Sciences (3EC)
Management of innovative technologies in CBH (6EC)


To subscribe for the Major Science in Society, please take the following steps:

1. If you are not a student at the VU yet, please subscribe as a ‘bijvakstudent’ of the master program MPA at the VU first. Subscribe at least six weeks before the semester starts. Go to the register form and select ‘bijvakregistratie’. For more information, see the Dutch or English information page.
2. Subscribe for each of your courses individually on VUnet using the course codes in the study programme. Subscribe at least four weeks before the semester starts.

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