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.

This programme is offered together with 15 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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Shelly Tsui, Student Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Shelly is from Sint Maarten and chose to stay at Maastricht University for the Master’s programme European Studies on Society, Science and Technology, after her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Culture. “I’m a very dedicated and passionate student and this programme allows me to explore an activist way of looking at the dynamics of science and technology in society. What makes the ES programme so unique is that we have people coming from all different disciplinary backgrounds and everyone is open to learning about what everyone has to say about their own field of expertise. My goal right now is to improve my analytical and critical thinking skills with regard to understanding exactly how science and technology are related to society.  And I feel that the ES programme because of its wide range of courses allows me to do that.”

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Shelly Tsui, Ambassador Master European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

“In my future career, working in consultancy or conducting research, I will greatly benefit from the open-mindedness which is cultivated and highly valued here.”

  • ESST offered me the opportunity to take a step back and learn more about how technology affects society and how society determines which technologies are accepted
    Erika Boeing (United States), European Studies on Society, Science & Technology