Why this programme?
Technology, science and art are part of the pressing challenges of today’s societies – of how problems are defined and how solutions are brought about. Here, the arts, science and technology mix and mingle in important ways. The arts provide scientists and technologists with metaphors to envision their work. The sciences are objects of cultural critique in the arts. The arts continuously incorporate new technologies. And all of them “imagine” our culture’s future.
That is why it is so important to study how the arts, science and technology contribute to modern societies. This programme has roots in the internationally known field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and is at the same time uniquely embedded in empirical cultural research.
Perfect preparation for a research position
The Research Master in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology is an intense and highly reputed programme. The programme is designed to give you the best possible preparation for a professional research position. During your master’s, you will therefore not only study theories from history, sociology, philosophy, the arts and the qualitative social sciences, but you will also follow a number of courses that specifically focus on research methods such as qualitative interviewing, conceptual analysis, archival research, ethnographic observations and rhetorical, narrative and discourse analysis. Most importantly, you will actually learn to work with these methods by writing review papers, research papers and proposals. You will work closely with faculty research staff on their projects and gain a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at how academic research is actually done.
What will you learn?
In this programme, you will:
- Practice interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of science, technology and the arts
- Develop general research skills such as defining a research topic, writing, presenting and managing a project
- Acquire hands-on experience with methods such as interviewing, conceptual analysis, archival research, ethnographic observation, and rhetorical, narrative and discourse analysis