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.

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Mattis Goux, Student Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

In association with the University of Liège, Mattis chose for a master European Studies on Society, Science and Technology at FASoS in Maastricht.

Why Mattis chose to study European Studies on Society, Science and Technology:
“I chose to do my master’s in Maastricht because it is part of my two years STS Master at the University of Liège in Belgium. I really like the interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology and Society. We can use sociology, philosophy and use it on science but also economy, political science aspects. So, the program itself is very rich, and that gives me different perspectives on the topics we are studying.”

“My favourite topic in my program is about the conspiracy theories. I think it’s enjoyable to study, and an important subject for society . In my opinion, it’s a huge problem to our communicative society.”

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Mattis Goux, Student Ambassador MA European Studies on Society, Science and Technology 2022-2023

“I find the Problem-based learning model (PBL) at Maastricht University much more stimulating than my previous model of learning. We learn about a subject by working in groups, solving a problem together.”

UM Campus Tour

Are you about to start a Master's programme at Maastricht University? Our UM Campus Tour offers prospective students the opportunity to explore the city, our faculty buildings and facilities for students. Discover and learn what it is like to live and study in our vibrant city.

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 Saturday 11 November 2023.

For other events we offer, take a look at our Online Master events page.

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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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