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

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the RMCAST programme must have:

  • relevant bachelor's degree in the humanities or social sciences
  • all basic computer and word processing skills
  • a personal letter (800-1200 words) describing your motivation for joining the Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology programme

Language requirements

Non-native speakers or applicants who have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet the requirement concerning a sufficient command of English by passing one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of at least 7.0 and a writing score of at least 7.0, or
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with an overall score of at least 100 (TOEFL internet), and a writing score of at least 28; or with an overall score of at least 600 (TOEFL paper) or 250 (TOEFL computer) with an equivalent minimum writing score; or
  • A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).
The results of the TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificates must be uploaded before the applicable deadline (May 1, 2016 for NON-EU students and June 1, 2016 for EU students). Results received after this date will not be taken into consideration and therefore your application file will be considered as incomplete. Be aware of the fact that it can take some time before you get the results of the English tests, so plan your test in time! Applicants who are native English speakers and/or have obtained an English-taught bachelor’s degree are exempted from the language proficiency test.

Required documents

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • a motivation letter (see Admissions requirements)
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a photocopy of your valid passport or EU ID-card
  • a recent passport picture
  • a certified copy of your bachelor certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, Dutch, German or French)
  • two writing samples, i.e. an essay in English, written by the applicant, either for this application or for earlier studies or other occasions. It is preferable, but not absolutely necessary, that the topic is related to CAST. There are no requirements as to the length of the essay.
  • a copy of your English Language test with sufficient results (see requirements mentioned above)

Please note that only complete application files (including English Language test) will be assessed by the Board of Admissions. The Board will try to respond within 4 weeks.

In exceptional cases students with a relevant master’s degree are admitted to follow the CAST programme in a one-year version. In order to check if you have a relevant master's degree please contact the director of studies Prof.dr. H. van Lente using the contact form on this page. This one-year curriculum is comprised of the first and fourth semesters of the two-year programme*.

Students who have not yet completed the bachelor's programme should send a copy of their most recent list of grades with the application. Successful candidates will be admitted on a conditional basis. Before 1 September 2016 we need a certified hard copy of your Bachelor diploma - or at least an official declaration of graduation: stating that you passed all exams successfully and that you obtained the Bachelor degree before or on 31 August 2016. This declaration should mention the official graduation date which should be the same date as the date on the Bachelor Diploma.

Please note that applying for admission to this programme in the academic year 2016/2017 is possible as of 1 October 2015.

Last updated May 13, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
2 years
Full time
3,968 EUR
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Non-EU Applicants - 1 May 2016 / EU Applicants - 1 June 2016*
Start date Sept. 2016
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Duration 2 years
Price 3,968 EUR