European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

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.

The programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and managing the complex issues of modern innovation. The programme approaches these problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, such as history, sociology, ethics, and political science.

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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Juliana Novaes Bueno de Camargo, Student Ambassador European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

“During my bachelor’s programme, I specialised in Law and Technology. I believe science and technology offer great potential to address some of the social problems we have today, but to do that, we need to think critically about them and understand how they are shaped by different values. My main objective in doing this master’s programme is to have an interdisciplinary view of technology and science and to learn how they interact with different sectors of society.

The ESST programme offers its students the opportunity to go deeper into an academic field. After graduating, I will have a few options. One is to pursue a career in academia, the other is to use the knowledge and the skills of the programme to work for different institutions, like governments, corporations, and NGOs. 

I think the Netherlands has a great educational system, with universities that offer a dynamic approach to education. I chose Maastricht University mainly because of my programme, but also because of its Problem-Based Learning system and the diverse international environment we have here.”

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Juliana Novaes Bueno de Camargo, Student Ambassador MA ESST 2021-2022

“This master’s programme will give me an interdisciplinary view on technology and science and how they interact with different sectors of society.”

Before starting her master’s programme in European Studies on Society, Science and Technology (ESST), Juliana completed a bachelor’s programme in Law at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

UM Campus Tour

Are you about to start a Master's programme at Maastricht University? Our UM Campus Tour offers prospective students the opportunity to explore the city, our faculty buildings and facilities for students. Discover and learn what it is like to live and study in our vibrant city.

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 12 November 2022.

For other events we offer, take a look at our Online Master events page.

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Pre-master's programme

If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of this Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. Check out the Pre-master information and learn more about the programme, the courses and the requirements.


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    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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    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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    Thursday, March 8, 2018

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