MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Cultures of Arts, Science & Tech

The Master of Science in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) is designed to train young academics to do research at the crossroads of three important spheres of modern culture: science, technology (STS) and the arts. It starts out from the assumption that these domains employ comparable key notions such as ‘progress’, ‘experiment’ and ‘creativity’. CAST is unique in combining these three domains into one comprehensive programme of study. The programme focuses on the 20th and 21st centuries, with explicit attention to the historical roots in the 17th – 19th centuries. The central tenet of CAST is that science (including the humanities and social sciences), technology (in its material forms and as a discipline) and the arts (both in elite and popular expressions) are such pervasive constituents of highly developed societies, that our modern culture can only be understood when these key roles are recognized and explicitly studied. This two-year programme is taught in English.

Fast facts

Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology at Maastricht University…

  • is a selective, two-year international Master of Science programme, which takes a maximum of 25 students per year
  • consists of 5 modules in the first years, and an internship and final thesis in the second year
  • can in exceptional situations, for students with an appropriate MA degree, be completed in one year*
  • is a research master's designed to enable you to either continue your studies with a PhD programme, or directly accept a research job in a knowledge-intensive institute
  • offers you the opportunity to work closely with experienced researchers and to participate in their research practice through colloquia and projects
  • offers you the opportunity to work in an international context
  • is rooted in the research programme of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, which has repeatedly been evaluated by international committees as being of outstanding quality
  • is taught in English
  • is completely included in the Dutch system of study funding ('studiefinanciering'), so that Dutch students receive a fifth year of funding

Summer School

If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 23, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
4,012 EUR
June 1, 2017
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Maastricht
Application deadline June 1, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 4,012 EUR