Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (Research)

***Awarded 'Top Rated Programme' label, Keuzegids 2019***


Technologies are at the core of current societies and continue to shape our lives. New technologies like robotics, genetic manipulation or brain implants are disrupting all domains of life: healthcare, industry, arts, food, architecture, politics, finance, mobility. How to think about these developments? How to judge them? What to do?

This programme provides a thorough 2-year training to address the questions of technology in society. The programme mobilizes theories, methods and insights from history, sociology, philosophy and qualitative social sciences.

You will study in Maastricht - the home of a world-leading research group in this field - and abroad, in an international research internship. You will be an original researcher who combines the strengths of philosophy, sociology, art and history to raise novel questions and to find relevant answers.

The Research Master was accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accrediation organisation and received an exceptional score of ‘good’.

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Laura Barendregt, Student Ambassador Research Master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

Laura Barendregt is from Australia, she has a bachelor’s degree in Performance Studies from the University of Sydney and decided to come to Maastricht for a 2-year research master’s programme in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology. “During my bachelor’s study I came to University College Maastricht as an exchange student and was impressed by the atmosphere here and the level of students’ commitment. My grandparents are Dutch and I liked exploring those roots a bit. I stayed for a whole year on a working holiday visa and when a boyfriend entered the equation, I decided to apply for a residence permit with full working and study rights. What I particularly like about this research master’s is that we are actually learning and doing so much. The skills component was a deciding element for me. I’m considering a career in research and this research master’s is a prerequisite for a PhD position. Perhaps combined with a teaching position at the university, which is also something I would be open to. So far, I’m very happy with the choices I have made. I like the city and its surroundings, it’s all very manageable. I can even ride my bike to the university, which is like the opposite side of the spectrum compared to the vast city of Sydney.”

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Laura Barendregt, Ambassador Research Master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology 2017-2018 (2)

“After my bachelor’s programme which was very broad, I was ready to specialise and really dive into learning skills.”

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  • “I really try to explore different ways of seeing things and this research master enables me to widen my horizons.”
    Grant Meyer, Student Ambassador Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology 2016-2017
  • The programme showed me what it means to actually be a researcher
    Veerle Spronck, Cultures of Arts, Sciences and Technology (Research)
  • The programme teaches you how to formulate a question and choose the appropriate method and material to answer the question
    Maximilian Matuschka (Belgium/Germany), Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology


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    FASoS alumna Lea Beiermann shortlisted for Thesis Award

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    Lea Beiermann is one of the three remaining candidates for the 2019 Gewina-Descartes-Huygens Thesis Award.

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  • Top rated programme Keuzegids 2019 MA

    Keuzegids Masters 2019: two designated ‘top rated programmes’ at FASoS

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    FASoS Research master's programmes European Studies and Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology Top rated programmes in the Keuzegids Masters 2019.

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  • Elsevier ranking

    Three FASoS education programmes first place in Elsevier Ranking 2018

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    In the Elsevier Best Studies 2018 ranking, the bachelor’s programmes European Studies and Arts and Culture and the research master's programme Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) ended up first in their category.

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    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      During the Education Day that took place yesterday, two tutors received the FASoS Education Prize 2019. Maud Oostindie won the prize for the bachelor's programme Arts and Culture and Robin Schormans for the bachelor's programme European Studies. Congratulations!

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    • Photo by Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

      Lea Smidt, alumna 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). Lea received the prestigious award for his thesis on: ‘Can Civil Society be Socially Engineered? The Influence of EU Democracy Aid on Civic Participation in Africa’.

      Research Master ES alumna Lea Smidt wins thesis award | FASoS Weekly
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