The Master’s programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS) is a two-year programme made up of 120 credits. The programme is taught entirely in English. You will receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree upon graduation. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Natural or Engineering Science, Social Sciences, Philosophy or another relevant subject, you are welcome to enrol in this programme. 

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PSTS at the University of Twente: a combination of Philosophy and Technology

Every major activity in our lives today – whether it is work, recreation, learning, communication or travel - depends on technology. All major institutions in society – from government, healthcare and defence to education, religion and law –are increasingly dependent on technology, too, and changes in these institutions are largely technology-driven. In our PSTS programme you will learn to understand and assess this pervasive role of technology in society. 

Modern technology has had many benefits for humanity, enhancing welfare and individual freedom. It has also brought hazards. These range from environmental problems to issues of rationalization and alienation. In the PSTS programme you will critically analyse and assess the influence of technology on society. 


The Master's programme is taught in English. 

full-time or part-time

This Master's programme is a two-year, full-time programme. You can also do it part-time, however we do not recommend this option if you can avoid it.


You can start in September and February. We strongly recommend September. Enrolment in February means you will need two-and-a-half years to complete the programme, instead of two years. More information about admission and application deadlines

Programme structure


The first year consists of a core programme developed for all students. You will be introduced to the typical PSTS approach by investigating various domains in Social Sciences and Engineering at the University of Twente’s research institutes. You will become familiar with the relevant philosophical theories and methods, the Philosophy of Technology and the multidisciplinary field of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. You will also engage in a more detailed investigation of topics related to PSTS and prepare for the research-oriented courses in the second year.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Note: This is the course overview for the academic year 2017-2018. The schedule is subject to change. No rights may be derived from the information. 

More information about the course descriptions in Year 1.


Next to the colloquia that have to be attended, the obligatory MasterLab-1 course in the 1st semester, and the obligatory Masterlab-2 course plus Final Thesis project in the 2nd semester, students will have the opportunity to choose 5 electives from the total set of 7 courses. Each course represents an important field or research line in the domain of philosophy of technology. The structure of year 2 looks as follows:

More information about the course descriptions in Year 2.

4TU track 

In addition to the regular curriculum, students may opt for the 4TU Ethics and Technology track, which ultimately - upon excellent completion - may lead to a PhD. This option is interesting for PSTS students who consider a career in scientific research. Admission to this track is subject to entry criteria.



Please get in touch with our Study Information Centre if you have any questions. 

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