Master

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 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, Student Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

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.”

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Florieke Bogaarts, Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology 2017-2018 (2)

“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.
    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

News

  • 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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    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      NWO has awarded a Vidi grant worth 800.000 euro to six experienced UM researchers: Dr. Tamar Sharon (FASoS), Prof. Caroline Goukens, Prof. Olivier Marie and Dr. Annelies Renders (all SBE) and Prof. Bart Rutten and Dr. Judith Sluimer (both FHML/MUMC+). The grant enables them to develop their own innovative line of research and set up their own research group.

      Sharon’s research is about "The Googlization of health and the common good". As we move into the digital era, companies like Google and Apple are becoming important actors in health research. But how do we ensure that this serves the public interest? This research studies the impact of the “Googlization of health” on the common good, and investigates ways to secure it.

      Vidi grant for Tamar Sharon | FASoS Weekly
      1 day 3 hours ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      Hayo Raaphorst, alumnus of the MSc European Studies (Research), has been awarded the Daniel Heinsius Prize for the best MA thesis in political science (by the Dutch and Belgian Political Science Associations). Hayo received the prestigious award for his thesis on: ‘Countering the Realist Narrative on Common Diplomacy Coordination: A Political-Historical Analysis of European Political Cooperation, 1970-1986’.

      Research Master ES alumnus Hayo Raaphorst wins thesis award | FASoS Weekly
      4 days 2 hours ago
    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      Last week, BA European Studies student Josh Oudendijk, a.k.a. Josh Island, performed his song at the 60th anniversary of the Benelux union. In the large audience of 450 people Grand Duke Henri of Luxemburg, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and King Philippe of Belgium were present.

      Josh told us that the Kings and the Grand Duke were even whistling along to his song.

      For more information about the evening, check out: https://www.facebook.com/joshislandmusic/

      1 week 3 days ago