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Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society

Degree type
Language of education
English (100%)
24 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The Master’s in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society is the premier programme for learning how to critically analyse and assess the impact of scientific and technological developments on society.

How are information and communication technologies affecting our privacy? Can we anticipate the future implications of nanotechnology for society? Are there ethical limits to genetic modifications of animals and human beings? How do new technologies change our behaviour and our perceptions of the world? These are just some of the questions that you will explore in the Master’s in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society. 

PSTS is characterized by its empirical orientation. Rather than focusing only on the philosophical tradition or aiming to understand technology in general you will analyse specific technologies and their impact on society. This combination of philosophy and technology is the hallmark of the PSTS programme, making it an ideal choice for philosophy students, for social science students and for students with a technical background. PSTS has a strong international orientation: several of our lecturers are from abroad and the programme attracts students from all over the world.

Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society

Besides courses that deal with topics regarding the philosophy, history and sociology of science and technology, students are individually supervised and prepared for conducting their own research.

Throughout the 1-year programme, students combine working on (HRD and/or EDE) courses and their (research-based) graduation project. .

Students acquire knowledge and develop research skills that enable to reflect on technology and its social implications in a philosophically sophisticated way in an academic or professional career. The programme prepares students for, among others, a PHD, academic and applied research institutions, consultancy and policy-making. Alumni are employed in organizations that investigate or reflect on, for example, safety, healthcare, traffic, the environment, and information technology.

Instruction Modes
Lectures, interactive working groups, project groups and guided self-study. Written exams, essays, presentations, final individual research paper.

Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society Tracks

The Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society program allows students to study one of 2 tracks.

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.

Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society Related Programs

Besides the Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc program, University of Twente offers a range of other Technology programs such as the Master Civil Engineering and Management

See which programs are related to the Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society Master

Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at the University of Twente

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About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Knowledge minimum

Sufficient proficiency in the English language. Minimal IELTS: 6.5, minimal TOEFL iBT: 90.

Knowledge minimum

Good writing skills / Computer skills.

Active employment

The main admission requirement for the programme PSTS is
a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in applied or
natural science or mathematics, engineering science, computer
or information science, biomedical science, or environmental
science. Stud

Personal motivation

We ask international students to complete an academic skills test, sent to you after we receive the application form.

Language requirements

IELTS listening: 6.0, IELTS reading: 6.0, IELTS writing: 6.0, IELTS speaking: 6.0, IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL paper based: 90

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