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Master's programme philosophy of science, technology and society

The two-year international Master’s programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society is for anyone who is interested in philosophy and the role of technology in a broader social context. The PSTS programme is designed for students with technical, philosophical and social science backgrounds. You can start in September and February, although we strongly recommend September enrollment. 

Is this programme right for you? You can find more information about the Master's programme, the programme profiles and the admission criteria.

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society
Certification: MSc
2 years
Full-time / part-time
English taught
Starting date
1 September 2017
1 February 2018
1 September 2018
1 February 2019
1 September 2019
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme

philosophy and technology 

Are you interested in learning how to critically analyse and assess the impact of scientific and technological developments on society? Then our Master’s programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS) may be just the programme for you.

about the Master's programme  

Ceciel, student of the Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society programme explains what the programme is all about. 

Focus and disciplines

PSTS is characterized by its empirical orientation. Rather than focusing only on philosophical tradition or aiming to understand technology in general, we analyse specific technologies and their impact on society. Questions you will explore in this Master’s programme include:

  • How are information and communication technologies affecting our privacy?
  • Can we anticipate the future implications of nanotechnology for society?
  • Are there ethical limits to the genetic modification of animals and human beings?
  • How do new technologies change our behaviour and our perceptions of the world? 

Research and profiles

In the second year of the programme you will have the opportunity to specialize by choosing one of three profiles. Each represents an important field of research in the domain of philosophy of technology:

Why study PSTS in Twente?

The combination of philosophy and technology is the hallmark of our PSTS programme. This makes it an ideal choice for students of philosophy and the social sciences as well as for students with a technical background. PSTS also has a strong international orientation: many of our lecturers are from abroad and the programme attracts students from all over the world.

Best Philosophy of Technology programme in the Netherlands. Excellent ranking for programme design, teachers, facilities and academic development.Keuzegids 2015

Read more about why Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society

Career prospects

As a PSTS graduate you will be equipped with comprehensive knowledge of current technological developments and the skills to philosophically and methodically reflect on the underlying technologies. Our graduates find employment in the academic world, R&D, consultancy, policy organizations and commercial companies. Many opt for a career in research, going on to pursue a PhD. More information about career prospects is available here.


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