MA European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

European Studies on Society, Science & Tech2

The emergence of new technology - such as smart phones and social networking, nanotechnology, robotics, sustainable energy, and (dis)ability and technology - opens up both opportunities and threats to modern societies and economies. Citizens, governments, businesses and universities face great challenges when trying to take advantage of the seemingly infinite opportunities of scientific and technological innovations, not least because of the unintended consequences that may accompany them. Convinced that 'innovation' cannot be captured by economics alone and that a purely technical approach is not enough in understanding today’s knowledge society, ESST focuses on the governance, sustainability and cultures of innovation from a multi-disciplinary approach. The ESST programme explores the interrelated worlds of the scientist, engineer, politician, and citizen by examining the values, language, history, politics, and economics of our modern cultures of innovation. Furthermore, the global, multicultural, and environmentally conscious perspective of the program develops ethical awareness and public responsibility. Therefore the analytical focus of ESST is on:

  • The political and cultural analysis of the modern knowledge society
  • The social and economic analysis of different cultures of innovation
  • Ethical reflection on scientific and technological development

Since 1992 ESST provides the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and managing the complex issues of modern innovation. The programme approaches these problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, political studies, cultural studies, innovation studies, social studies.

Fast facts

European Studies on Society, Science and Technology at Maastricht University…

  • is a one-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme, offering a joint degree (you will get two diplomas, one from Maastricht University and one from the European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology)
  • is a selective programme with a maximum of approximately 30 students
  • will introduce you to the intellectual history and central concepts of science, technology and society
  • will acquaint you with the range of epistemologies and methods used in science and technology studies (STS) research
  • will help you to develop your ability to critically evaluate contemporary and historical debates about the relationships between science, technology, and society
  • will equip you to effectively utilise concepts and materials from a wide range of disciplines
  • will help you to develop an integrated and cogent analysis of issues and debates within the field of science and technology studies
  • will provide you with an opportunity to study and to carry out independent research at another university in the European Inter-University Association on Society, Science, and Technology
  • prepares you to pursue a university career (via a relevant PhD programme), or for work in public or private research institutes or agencies, in government, in industry or consultancy
  • received the qualification "excellent" from the Dutch Accreditation Committee
  • utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning
  • has a majority of international students, representing on average 13 different nationalities
  • offers the possibility to follow an internship at the Rathenau Institute in The Hague and many other places

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
1 year
Full time
2,006 EUR
June 1, 2017
*Non-EU Applicants - 1 May 2017 / EU Applicants - 1 June 2017
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Maastricht
Application deadline June 1, 2017
*Non-EU Applicants - 1 May 2017 / EU Applicants - 1 June 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 2,006 EUR