What makes the Master’s program STS so unique?

The Master’s program in Science and Technology Studies conveys empirical research methods and analytical skills that enable students to critically address the social conditions and consequences of contemporary science and technology. The curriculum affords students a broad knowledge of international STS research with a distinctive focus on the topics of knowledge production and the development of reliable technology in highly technologized societies.

Some of the STS program’s special features are:

  • In-depth exposure to interdisciplinary approaches: students learn how to address various social, historical and policy aspects of contemporary developments in science and technology using methods from social sciences, philosophy or the humanities. The STS program addresses technoscientific problems in a critical and diagnostic way with a focus on problem-solving, and conveys reflexive, collaborative and communicative skills.
  • Research orientation and specialization: Students of the STS Master’s program can specialize in STS research topics early in their studies and lay foundations for further research in the field. Alternatively, students can specialize in the Philosophy of Science and Technology or the History of Science and Technology.
  • Empirical research methods and analytical skills: A rigorous training in social science research methods provides STS students with an empirical basis to address the conditions and consequences of contemporary science and technology.

Career Perspectives

The program is intended to prepare graduates for further careers in academia and STS research, and to make them internationally competitive applicants for PhD programs in STS and related fields. Students are actively encouraged to gain professional experience in internships beyond the requirements of their curriculum during their studies. Outside of academia, STS graduates are qualified for careers in numerous areas such as science and technology management, consulting and policy advice, science communication and journalism, science funding and policy, exhibition curation, scientific management.