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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Inge Leurs, Student Ambassador Research Master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

Inge is from the Netherlands and has a bachelor’s degree in Arts and Culture from Maastricht University. After finishing a pre-master’s programme to study History, she decided to take a gap year. During that year, she became interested in the research master programme in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology and she decided to apply. “I decided that I wanted to study at Maastricht University again because I’m a great believer in the Problem-Based Learning system. I was attracted to the content of this particular master’s programme because of the variety of disciplines and the freedom you have as a student to tailor it to your own interests. That is unique. I consciously chose a two-year research master because I simply love research, but also because it gives you more opportunities to discover where your interests lie. So far, it has been great. Our group is very international with many different backgrounds. It broadens your own perspective, too. After I graduate I want to work in research, but I am not sure yet in what capacity and what field. Time will tell!”

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Inge Maria Josefien Leurs, Ambassador Research master CAST 2019-2020

“This research master’s programme lets you tailor it to your own interests. In that way, you are shaping your own future.”

Master's Open Day 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 20 November 2021.

  • “After my bachelor’s programme which was very broad, I was ready to specialise and really dive into learning skills.”
    Laura Barendregt, Student Ambassador Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology 2017-2019
  • “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

Study at FASoS during COVID-19

FASoS HvT achterzijde

The past year the world has been dominated by the covid-19 crisis. The impact of the coronavirus on society has been huge and special measures have been taken to ensure a safe and healthy environment. We understand that in these uncertain times it is difficult to assess what the academic year looks like. These uncertainties logically raise many questions: How about safety in Maastricht? What does education look like at FASoS? What can you expect from student life? We can't give a conclusive answer to all these questions, but we can try to help you as best we can.

Education at FASoS remains online for the remainder of the academic year 2020-2021. Please visit our information page for more details.


  • Tessa Groen

    FASoS alumna nominated for the Higher Education Thesis Award

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    CAST alumna Tessa Groen has been nominated by the Landelijke Studenten Vakbond and ScienceGuide for the Higher Education Thesis Award 2019.

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  • Alumn Remco Beckers works at Bureau Europa

    Tuesday, January 7, 2020

    Interview with Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences alumn Remco Beckers about his job as project coordinator and curator at Bureau Europa.

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  • Elsevier best Studies 2019

    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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