European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

***Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label, Keuzegids 2018***


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 12 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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Thomas Verra, Student Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Thomas is from the Netherlands. He has a bachelor’s degree in Media and Culture from the University of Utrecht and he decided to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme in European Studies on Society, Science and Technology. “During my bachelor’s studies, I became familiar with the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). I decided I wanted to pursue a master’s programme in that field, rather than new media, which was my bachelor’s specialisation. After my bachelor’s studies, I worked for a year and then travelled the world for nine months, mainly in Asia. During this gap year, I looked into possible programmes at several universities and I visited Open Days. This programme at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences seemed the best fit with my interests. It has been a conscious choice to go back to university after travelling. Right now, I am really enjoying it. The relationship and interaction between technology, science and society are fascinating. I am very happy with my choice because of the international setting. For our second semester, we can choose among a number of specialisations at selected partner universities abroad. I am not quite sure where I would like to work after I graduate. I’ll decide when the time comes!”

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Thomas Verra, Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology 2019-2020

“I’m fascinated by how society is influenced by technological developments and science – and vice versa. I want to decipher recurring patterns.”

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  • “In this programme you find yourself at the crossroads of society & culture and science & technology. With everything that is going on in today’s world, I cannot think of a more interesting place to be!”
    Inger Rutten, Student Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology 2018-2019
  • I would like to raise awareness about the growing influence of technology and science on people’s lives and the possible downsides of that development.
    Florieke Bogaarts, Student ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology 2017-2018
  • After finishing my bachelor in European Public Health (EPH), I was looking for a more critical master which focuses on why our society looks the way it looks today. I wanted to go deeper into the “system” to be able to change it and hereby improve the health and sustainability of our society.
    Maartje Zaal, 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.”
    Shelly Tsui, Student Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology 2016-2017
  • 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


  • Elsevier best Studies 2019

    First place rankings and medals for FASoS programmes in Elsevier Best Studies 2019

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    In the Elsevier ranking 2019 several FASoS bachelor's and master's programmes were ranked first in their category. 

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  • Carla Greubel

    Thesis award for Master student Carla Greubel

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019

    Carla Greubel, Master's student ESST won the 2018 Thesis Award.

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  • Keuzegids 2018 Top rated programme

    Keuzegids Masters 2018: three designated ‘top study programmes’ at FASoS

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    FASoS master's programme ESST and research master's programmes European Studies and Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology Top rated programmes in the Keuzegids Masters 2018.

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