Career perspectives

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With the skills and knowledge you acquire in the Master’s in Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society, you can take different career paths: you can do a PhD at philosophy departments at universities worldwide or work as a policy adviser, consultant, and policymaker, to name but a few. You will have excellent job prospects in a variety of settings: consultancy firms, insurance companies, governments, knowledge institutes, universities, and more.

Type of degree

When you graduate, you will receive a Master’s in Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society, and the title Master of Science (MSc).

Job opportunities

You can choose from various career options thanks to your skills to quickly grasp complex socio-technical challenges, bring together different stakeholders and their perspectives, sort out key controversies, and point a reasonable way forward.

Roughly one third of our graduates pursue an academic career and start with a PhD at a university in the Netherlands or abroad where they work on the complex implications of technologies on society and culture. One third enter the corporate world as consultants, advisers, and policymakers often at globally leading organisations such as PwC, Technopolis, Eticas, Deloitte, Twynstra Gudde, and Privacy Company or at renowned institutes like the Danish Technology Board and the Dutch Rathenau Institute. The rest choose a career in science journalism, design, communication, education, or start their own company.

UT alumni with a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society work in various positions and organisations. For example:
  • Innovation Adviser at KplusV
  • Concept and Project Developer at Waag Futurelab
  • Consultant Digital Ethics at Deloitte

There are multiple career directions you can take. You can focus on privacy legislation, consultancy for governments, or research at corporate organisations. There are many jobs in which you can combine these elements. For example, you can work as an ethics and digitalisation consultant, technology and policy researcher, analyst and community lead, concept and project developer, digital ethics counsellor, science and technology counsellor, counsellor for innovation, technology and science, technical consultant, officer of education affairs, and the list goes on.

Start a business

Do you have a great business idea? At the University of Twente, you can turn it into reality! At UT, we highly encourage entrepreneurship. In fact, UT has been voted the most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands four times in a row. We have a unique approach of putting scientific knowledge to practical use and turning our expertise and yours into solutions that people and society actually need. As a catalyst for meaningful entrepreneurship, we offer you the Novel-T foundation and the start-up hub on campus.


At the end of the first year of your Master's, you can choose to enter a special one-year Ethics and Technology track offered by the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology. The track is preparatory for a PhD in Ethics and Technology: upon completion of the Ethics and Technology track, you have a higher chance of finding a PhD position. Doing a PhD entails carrying out in-depth research in a particular area at one of our research institutes for four years. Obtaining a PhD gives you the title Doctor (Dr).

Also, thanks to our connections with the Dutch Research School for Philosophy (OZSW)[1]  and the Netherlands Graduate Research School for Science, Technology & Modern Culture (WTMC)[2] , you can, on request, take PhD courses offered at these institutions.

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