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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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Florieke Bogaarts is from the Netherlands, she has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from a University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen and decided to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme in European Studies on Society, Science and Technology. “During my bachelor’s programme I went to Sweden as an exchange student and spent a semester studying media culture & technology, and international politics, so totally different topics from Communication. I also travelled a lot which confronted me with cultural and social-economic differences. It made me appreciate what we have here but also fuelled my awareness of the choices we make and the consequences of those choices for yourself and others. I decided to go to the Open Day at Maastricht University to obtain information about their master’s programmes and was impressed by the focus on ethics, also in a technological and societal context. I was accepted for the ESST pre-master last year, and I’m now enjoying the master’s programme itself. It’s a small-scale programme and I’m extremely happy with the open atmosphere and the recognition and respect we receive from the teaching staff.”
“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.”
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.
“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
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.
During the annual Dies Natalis of Maastricht University 2018, four FASoS students received a prize for their bachelor’s/master’s thesis.
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