The second semester of the programme is dedicated to a specific specialisation. You can choose among more than a dozen specialisations available in the European ESST network (including Maastricht University). You will attend the university offering this specialisation to follow an introductory course and write your master's thesis.
Click on the specialisations below for more information about the individual programmes, or visit the website of the international master's programme European Studies of Society, Science and Technology .
Innovation Systems, Social and Ecological Change
|Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (Austria)||
Governance, Innovation and Sustainability
|Autonomous University of Madrid||
Economics and Management of Innovation
This specialisation analyzes the effects of public and private management on innovation performance and the effects of innovation within the economic process from different perspectives like economic theory, management, public policy, etc. It is a good option for those graduates who wish to focus their career and/or research on the field of innovation. The specialisation is aimed at graduates and engineers in any discipline. A basis in economics is are especially valued.
Sustainability Transitions and the Geography of Innovation
This specialisation gives an overview of the most recent theoretical debates in the realm of ‘sustainability transitions’ and the ‘geography of innovation’. It will provide an opportunity to engage with theoretical approaches from different disciplines (e.g. science and technology studies, institutional theory, economic geography and evolutionary economics) that are addressing questions of socio-technical change and innovation.
Science and Public Policy
One of the most striking developments of contemporary governance is its increasing engagement with the world of science. This specialisation deals with the science-policy interaction by combining insights and methods from science and technology studies with those of public policy analysis (political science, political sociology, institutional economics). This specialisation allows students to concentrate on case studies of specific interest to them but analyzed using a mix of tools provided through lectures, seminar discussions, and assignments.
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
The Theory and Practice of Risk Society
|1. Philosophy and History of Science and Technology
This specialisation focuses on the history and philosophy of science and technology. It draws on a large group of specialists in ancient and modern philosophy, philosophy of knowledge, analytic and continental philosophy of science as well as various historians of science (senior and junior) including specialists in the history of science and technology in local contexts. The specialisation is especially appropriate for international students who want to work on topics related to the history of science and technology in the European periphery.
2. Science, Technology and Sustainability: North-South Comparison
3. Enabling and Disabling Dimensions of Technological Change
4. Law, Science and Technology
|Tallinn University of Technology||
Innovation Policy and Small States
This specialisation aims to deepen students’ knowledge of the role of the state in supporting and steering innovation processes and on how, in turn, technological innovation affects the functioning of the public sector. The specialisation focuses mostly on the theoretical and practical analyses of public sector innovation capabilities. Estonia offers a unique setting for studying these interrelations as it is one of the most dynamic and digitalised countries in the world and a forerunner in building borderless digital societies and governments (see e-estonia.com, e-resident.gov.ee).
|University of Lisbon, Portugal||
Watermanagement and water uses: public participation, stakeholders' involvement and the role of science
This specialisation presents water as a resource that crosses several boundaries: areas of knowledge (environmental engineering, hydrogeology, hydrology, sociology, governance and policy studies, developmental studies), different actors (users, policy makers, scientists), institutions (in different territorial levels), and cultural elements. The specialisation’s strength is a comparison of cases and an interdisciplinary approach based in STS and participation approaches and dialogic perspectives.
|Université Catholique de Louvain||
Ethical and Philosophical Stakes of the Sciences in Societies
In the last decades, the space occupied by science in our society has profoundly changed. The neutrality of science, epistemological and social, has been called into question. Integrated to research development, science is now sometimes considered as a simple element of a particular economic system. Such a position calls for a critical analysis. The complexity of the sciences and societies relations implies epistemological studies that aim to better specify the originality of science as a knowledge system. In addition, each particular technology interferes with social mechanisms according to modes that call for an ethical evaluation.
|University of Oslo||1. Science and Technology in Politics and Society
This specialisation focuses on the following three main topics:
2. Innovation and Global Challenges
|University of Strasbourg||
Environmental Sciences & Management practices in the Anthropocene
Environmental sciences and engineering are the main pillars of environmental management. They provide measuring and modeling instruments, design infrastructures, and elaborate technologies that fuel environmental policies and innovations. The aim of the specialization course is twofold: 1. It provides students with elements of the history of the environmental sciences and engineering; 2. It explores the multiple ways in which these fields enact environmental management.
|University of Trento||
Science and Environment in Society; Science and Environmental Communication
This specialisation combines insights and methods from STS with those from related fields of environmental analysis (sociology, policy studies). It deals with environmental challenges in close connection with fields like STS and science communication. It also looks specifically at the role of scientific expertise in the context of environmental policy making and how such expertise is communicated and perceived within society. The specialisation allows students to concentrate on case studies of specific interest to them using a mix of tools provided through lectures, seminar discussions, and assignments.
ESST also has a double-degree programme with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. ESST students can thus also spend their specialisation phase in Moscow.