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Master Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society

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Help businesses and policymakers understand how technology and society interact, so they can improve research and technological development practices.

Any part of our lives today – work, recreation, learning, communication, or travel - relies on technology. Any major institution – the state or government, economy, education, and religion – is increasingly dependent on technology, too. The Master’s in Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society (PSTS) at the University of Twente teaches you to analyse the benefits as well as dangers of modern technology such as global environmental problems and alienation from a philosophical standpoint.

How should we think about autonomous robots that make their own decisions and what could their use mean for society and for our understanding of autonomy? How can we address privacy concerns over location tracking apps? What are the ethical implications of using artificial intelligence to detect crime? You will learn to take a distinct philosophical approach to answer these and similar questions related to global challenges in today’s technologised world.

This two-year, English-taught Master’s is for any student with a background in engineering, philosophy, or social sciences who would like to take a philosophical approach to understand the impact of modern technology on society. The Master’s prepares you to examine emerging technologies so that you can help businesses and policymakers improve research and technological development. For example, how can governments become more accountable to privacy of personal data automation processes? 

Start Master’s in Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society

The Master's starts in September. If you want to understand the interplay between science, technology, and society and you have a Bachelor’s in Natural or Engineering Sciences, Social Sciences, Philosophy, or another relevant discipline, this Master’s is a good fit for you. If you are studying at a university of applied sciences (HBO), or have obtained an HBO degree it is helpful to do the minor first to see if the program fits your expectations and skills.

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Exceptional degree combining philosophy and technology

The unique combined perspective on philosophy, science, technology, and society will help you understand the complex interrelations between modern technologies and their impact on society. As you will be learning and working together with an international mix of philosophers, engineers, and social scientists, you will gain valuable hands-on experience that you can apply to your career in policy making, consultancy, or research.

Career perspectives

All over the world, in almost every industrial sector or societal domain, there is a growing need for experts who can examine, evaluate, and improve the ways in which technology and society interact. Completing the Master’s in PSTS opens various career doors to you: you can become a government consultant, a concept and project developer at an independent research institution, a technical leader in cybersecurity risk management, or a business developer at an insurance company, among others.

To give you an idea of your future job, student Cynthia visited alumna Iris who is a Project Manager at Surf:

Tynke Schepers, master student in Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society (PSTS)

One of my favourite parts is the lectures: they are open discussions and you get to hear various viewpoints. Also, the students are from different backgrounds: for example, Bachelor’s in Computer Science. It is invaluable to talk with such a diverse group of people about emerging technologies and how to improve research and technological development.

Tynke Schepers, master student in Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society (PSTS)

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
Behavioural Management and Social sciences
2 years
Full-time / part-time
Starting date
1 September 2023
1 September 2024
1 September 2025
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme

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