European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Are you a socially conscious, critical thinker? Are you interested in politics and technology? And does the connection between innovation and society intrigue you? Then the master’s European Studies on Society, Sciences and Technology (ESST) might be what you are looking for. As an ESST student, you will investigate the relationship between science, technology, and society, from a cultural, political, economic, and historical point of view.

The programme will provide you with 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, such as history, sociology, ethics, and political science.

This programme is offered together with 13 partner universities across Europe. You will spend your first semester taking courses at Maastricht University. During the second semester, you will select a specialisation and write your thesis either at Maastricht University or at one of the programme’s partner universities abroad.

Imane Chelioui, Student Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology 2023-2024

Why Imane decided to choose this master’s programme:
“I completed the bachelor’s European Studies at Maastricht University, specialising in Politics. During that time, I had the opportunity to do an internship in a high-level position at Amnesty International. However, I felt that this job didn’t align with my long-term goals. I am looking for a more dynamic environment where I can contribute to technological developments, because I believe that politics and legislation should move in that direction. That’s why I chose this master’s programme.”

What she hopes to get out of this programme:
“I hope to acquire the skills necessary to tackle the upcoming technological challenges of our future. This master’s offers a multidisciplinary perspective focused on technology. It provides a comprehensive problem-solving approach that considers the political, economic, and environmental contexts. To meet the growing technological challenges, like AI development, it's crucial to have a comprehensive perspective that connects society and technology.”


Imane Chelioui

“The international environment at Maastricht University makes me feel right at home. Everyone here embraces a cosmopolitan culture, speaks various languages, and represents diverse nationalities. This sense of geographical freedom will be valuable for my future career.”

UM and FASoS Campus Tour

At FASoS, we offer our prospective students the opportunity to join a campus tour on 18 December, 12 March 2025 and 7 May 2025. During this campus tour, one of our student ambassadors will show you our faculty, inner city and all important UM buildings. Are you not able to come one of the aforementioned dates? Don't worry! We also offer campus tours during our Open Days, Experience Days and Introduction Days.


Online Campus Tour

Are you not able to come from abroad for a campus tour? We also offer a virtual campus tour! Check it out through the interactive video on the left.


Kickstart your career at our Master's Open Day

Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city. The next Master’s Open Day is on 9 November 2024.

Q&A sessions

We regularly offer Instagram Live Q&A sessions for students who are interested in our master's programmes. Our student ambassadors will answer all your questions about the programme of your choice and studying in Maastricht. For more information and registration, take a look at our Master events page.

Pre-master's programme

If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of this Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. Check out the Pre-master information and learn more about the programme, the courses and the requirements.

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