The aim of PSTS is to enable students to perform philosophical and multidisciplinary analyses of applied science and technology and their place in society.
Can we anticipate the future implications of nanotechnology in society? Are there ethical limits to genetic modifications of animals and human beings? How do new devices help to change our behaviour and our perceptions of the world? Questions like these are explored in MSc programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS).
PSTS is a two-year English-language master’s programme with a strong international orientation. Students and staff come from abroad, and also students have the opportunity to spend their second year abroad.
The master’s programme PSTS should be very interesting to BSc and BPhil students who are interested in a programme in which science and technology are related to a larger societal context. We offer two specializations: 1. Philosophy of Technology and 2. Science, Technology and Society. Our outstanding research in these areas contributes to these specializations.
From experience, we know that a master’s degree in the area of PSTS opens up interesting career possibilities for students, including positions in government and policy, academic and R&D research, teaching and consultancy.
* Philosophy of Technology
The "Philosophy of Technology" track begins with a broad, largely philosophical programme. Students ultimately specialise in one of the following areas: philosophy of technology, philosophy and ethics of information technology, biotechnology, medical and environmental technology, philosophy of engineering science, engineering ethics, philosophy of technological risks or philosophy of technology, society and culture
* Science, Technology and Society
The "Science, Technology and Society" track offers students a combined philosophical multidisciplinary programme, resulting in multidisciplinary specialisation in one of the following areas: mutual shaping of technology and society, design and use of technology, long-term socio-technical transformations, technology assessment and scenario building or socio-political and normative issues in the governance of new science and technology.
Graduates from the programme PSTS are professionals with a broad perspective on science and technology. Our experience with a Dutch precursor of this programme has taught us that there is demand for people with this type of profile from both the corporate world and government. Our graduates usually have no trouble finding a job and even earn somewhat more than the average scientist or engineer. You can be employed professionally in a broad variety of professions, for instance as academic researcher, R&D-researcher, consultant, policy maker or designer. Of course, our study advisor will be available to assist you in planning your career after PSTS.
Formal Admission Requirements
The following are the formal admission requirements for the MSc programme PSTS:
1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in:
-- (applied) natural science, engineering science, computer science, biomedical science or environmental science, or
-- any other discipline, in addition to either
a)a programme of courses in science or engineering at the university level, equating at least one year of study, or
b) at least one year of professional employment in science or engineering, broadly construed, for example as a science writer, laboratory assistant, or computer programmer, or
c)a specialization in a non qualifying Bachelor’s programme with a strong emphasis on (applied) science or technology; for example, because it focused on the application of technology in a particular professional area.
--Philosophy in combination with at least a minor in a (applied) natural science, engineering science, computer science, biomedical science or environmental science. (minor = 30 EC bachelor level research university).
2. Sufficient mastery of the English language (reading, writing, speaking, listening).A IELTS minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS or an internet-based TOEFL (iBT) minimum score of 100, or equivalent is required.
3.Sufficient entry-level academic skills, including skills in reading, writing, textual analysis, and library skills.
4.Fair or good grades (grade point average) at the Bachelor’s level. (In weighing grades,the Admission’s Board will also take into consideration the quality of the institution where the applicant took his/her Bachelor’s programme.)
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