In the second year of the Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society programme at the University of Twente, you will have the opportunity to choose a specialization profile. The profiles represent an important field or research line in the domain of philosophy of technology. We currently offer three different profiles. Depending on the profile you choose, you will take a cluster of required courses. You will be expected to participate in research group activities that are related to your specialization profile. The three profiles are:

At the UT, we also offer you the possibility to choose a so-called ‘free profile’. This is a more personalized programme that may also include modules from partner institutes abroad. Your free profile has to be approved by our exam committee. For more information, you can contact the programme staff. 

In addition to the regular profiles, you may opt for the 4TU Ethics and Technology track, which ultimately - upon excellent completion)-  may lead to a PhD. This option is interesting if you are a PSTS student considering a career in research. 

Generic courses in the second year

MasterLab 1

The main goal of the course is to guide and coach students in their research activities, first by assisting them in writing a research proposal. Note: in the subsequent semester students will be offered an infrastructure for (peer) coaching and training in connection to their graduation projects (i.e. the follow-up course MasterLab 2). The course starts with seminars / workshops dedicated at particular topics related to research skills and supporting the search for a topic, and continues (in MasterLab 2) with seminars where draft proposals are presented and discussed.

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MASTERLAB 2

Students give presentations about the status and progress during and about their final thesis project. Peer students give feedback, suggestions and through this process learn from each other’s experiences. Teachers facilitate this peer-feedback process and support the learning experience by adding comments and recommendations. The main goal of the course is to guide and coach students in their research activities. The MasterLab 2 Master’s thesis meetings take place once per two weeks.

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Internship PSTS

The internship lasts about two months within, for example, a knowledge institute or a company in a relevant field. The PSTS programme has contact with several organisations. The student may also contact other organisations him/herself. During the internship the student has to work on an assignment at the level of a starting academic. This assignment is preferably (but not obligatory) related to the intended subject of the Master’s thesis.

The internship is supervised by an internal (university) supervisor (if possible, the envisaged thesis supervisor) and an external supervisor. The external supervisor in the organisation will inform the internal UT supervisor on the performance of the intern in the organisation, and thus contributing to the assessment of the internship, the internal (UT) supervisor assesses and grades the students’ achievement.

The internal (university) supervisor will be involved at least at four moments of the internship: (1) when formulating the assignment; (2) after the first week of the internship, to check if everything is running smoothly; (3) after the first half of the internship, to see if adaptations should be made to the original plan; (4) after the internship, to discuss and grade the internship report.

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Master’s thesis PSTS (short)

Students write a Master’s thesis of 30-50 pages, supervised by a staff-member. This daily supervision chairs the graduation committee. The graduation committee meets at least two times with the student. The exam will include an oral defence of the thesis and a public colloquium.

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Master’s thesis PSTS (regular)

Students write a Master’s thesis of 40-60 pages, supervised by one of the staff-members. This daily supervision chairs the graduation committee. The graduation committee meets at least two times with the student. The exam will include an oral defence of the thesis and a public colloquium. 

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