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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Inger Rutten, Student Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Inger Rutten is from the Netherlands, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Maastricht University and decided to stay in Maastricht for the master’s programme in European Studies on Society, Science and Technology. “The atmosphere at FASoS is really appealing, very informal and international and very small-scale. I really enjoyed that during my bachelor’s studies and decided to stay here for my master’s. There are 22 students in my programme, coming from different cultures and with different nationalities. We all have different backgrounds too, some have a social degree, others a technical degree, some have even held jobs already but in spite of our differences, we form a great group together. So far, the programme is intense, but very satisfying. In that respect, the Open Day provided a realistic picture. And you do get sufficient support when and where you need it from tutors and professors, that is really special. Society, politics and culture influence -but are themselves also influenced by- technology and science. To understand these different actors and how they interact, that’s what this programme is about. I’ve already learned so many useful things, not only as an academic but also as a person.”

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Inger Rutten, Ambassador Master European Studies on Society, Science and Technology 2018-2019

“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!”

UM Master's Open Day 16 March 2019


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 16 March 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


  • 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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  • FASoS student prizes Dies natalis 2018

    FASoS students receive thesis prizes during Dies Natalis 2018

    Thursday, February 1, 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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      Yesterday’s Masters Fair was a great opportunity to find out more about our master’s programmes and to meet all of our Master Ambassadors! 👏🏻 Couldn’t make it yesterday? Don’t worry! Come to our Master’s Open Day on Saturday 16 March & go the extra mile! 🔜✔️
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      “For me as a teacher the small-scale aspect is very rewarding. In such an environment you are able to focus on each student’s individual needs. You get to know them, you can optimise their learning strategy and offer help where help is needed. I love it when I see my students grow and witness their development. It’s easy to keep in touch after their graduation, obviously starting with the ones who stay on at UM for a PhD or who work at think tanks or EU institutions in Brussels. In the end you are all part of this special little club. This bond is quite unique and can prove very helpful throughout our students’ careers. It’s something I cherish.” - Read the entire interview with Dr Giselle Bosse here:

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