In these double degree programmes students acquire two Master of Science (MSc) diplomas in 2 years, issued by the examination board of each of the two participating programmes from the University of Twente.

PSTS Link is especially attractive for students with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Public Administration, who are interested in philosophical reflection on their initial domain, but who would still like to continue with their studies in this domain.

Linking PSTS and business administration 

In case of combining PSTS with Business Administration (BA), students use insights from the conceptual, empirical and/or normative analysis of the interaction between science, technology and society to reflect on the role and activities of business and management in innovation processes, as well as help improve the strategies used in those processes. Moreover, insights from Business Administration could enhance the practical orientation of philosophical and STS work focusing on innovation processes and their management. Overall, the PSTS-BA double degree graduate would be able to offer reflective, critical as well as practice-based contributions to the domain of management and change processes in high tech human touch (HTHT) contexts.

Curriculum double degree programme PSTS-Business Administration

Year 1

Q1 (semester 1)

Q2 (semester 1)

Q3 (semester 2)

Q4 (semester 2)

Philosophical Theories & Methods (201200059, 5 EC)

Ethics & Technology 1 (191612540, 5 EC)

Technolab (201400575, 7 EC)

Philolab (201400576, 3 EC)

Science & Technology Studies (201200064, 5 EC)

History of Science & Technology (201400574, 5 EC)

Philosophical Anthropology & Technology (191612550, 5 EC) or Society, Politics & Technology (191612560, 5 EC)

Technology & Social Order (191622510, 5 EC)

Philosopy of Technology (201200063, 5 EC)

Philosophy of Science in Practice (201400573, 5 EC)

Smart Industry (201500147, BA profile, 5 EC)

Ethics & Technology 2 (191612580, 5 EC)

Year 2

Q1 (semester 1)

Q2 (semester 1)

Q3 (semester 2)

Q4 (semester 2)

Entrepreneurial leadership and responsible design (201600002, BA core, 5 EC)

Anticipation and evaluation of emerging technologies (201800149, PSTS, 5 EC)

Masterclass BA (20140018, 5 EC)

Still the Combined final thesis project (201900178, 25 EC)


International Entrepreneurship - a Strategic Technology Perspective (201600011, BA profile, 5 EC)

Business valuation and corporate governance (201600010, BA core, 5 EC)

Combined final thesis project 

(201900178 )


Management and Governance of Innovation and Creativity (201600012, BA profile & PSTS elective, 5 EC)


PSTS MasterLab (202000254, 1 EC)

PSTS MasterLab (202000254, 4 EC)



Linking PSTS and public administration

In the case of combining PSTS with Public Administration (PA), students use insights from the conceptual, empirical and/or normative analysis of the interaction between science, technology and society to think through and design ways to manage and govern societal challenges related to science and technology. In addition, insights from the theories, models, empirical analyses and methods in the field of Public Administration could be used to translate philosophical and STS work into the practices of policymaking, governance and management. Overall, the PSTS-PA graduate would be able to offer reflective, critical as well as practice-based contributions to the domain of policy-making, management and governance of the interactions between science, technology and societal challenges.

Curriculum double degree programme PSTS-Public Administration

 Year 1

Q1 (semester 1)

Q2 (semester 1)

Q3 (semester 2)

Q4 (semester 2)

Philosophical Theories & Methods (201200059, 5 EC)

Ethics & Technology 1
(191612540, 5 EC)

Technolab
(201400575, 7 EC)

Philolab
(201400576, 3 EC)

Science & Technology Studies (201200064, 5 EC)

History of Science & Technology (201400574, 5 EC)

Public governance and legitimacy (194101070, PA core, 5 EC)

Technology & Social Order (191622510, 5 EC)

Philosophy of Technology (201200063, 5 EC)

Philosophy of Science in Practice (201400573, 5 EC)

Society, Politics & Technology (191612560, 5 EC)

Ethics & Technology 2
(191612580, 5 EC)


Year 2

Q1 (semester 1)

Q2 (semester 1)

Q3 (semester 2)

Q4 (semester 2)

Social problems (PA core, 194106090, 5 EC)

Anticipation and evaluation of emerging technologies (201800149, PSTS, 5 EC)

Deliberative governance of Knowledge & Innovation (201100076, PA S&T profile, 5 EC)

Still the Combined final thesis project (201900179, 25 EC)

Perspectives on socio-technical change (PSTS 201800147, 5 EC) 

PSTS MasterLab (202000254, 4 EC)

OR

PA Academic research (201500145, 5 EC)

Public Governance and Policy Networks (194111240, PA Core, 5 EC)

PSTS MasterLab (202000254, 1 EC) 


Crisis management in technological domains (202100089, PA core, 5 EC)

Combined final thesis project (201900179, 25 EC)

Double degree programme in communication and philosophy

  • Double degree programme ‘Communication and Philosophy’ (135 EC)

    The 2.25-year Communication and Philosophy double degree is meant to facilitate students who are interested in reflection on the societal challenges posed by science/technology in relation to communication. The interaction between communication and technology is twofold. First of all, technology influences the way we communicate, and this has major impacts on roles, identities and social practices, among others. At the same time communication is crucial for the development, acceptance and use of new technologies. By providing students with theories, approaches and methods from the Philosophy, Science and Technology Studies (PSTS), and from Communication Science (COM), the Communication and Philosophy graduate will be able to offer reflective, critical as well as practice-based contributions to addressing these societal challenges. Completing the master programme (135 EC) will result in two master degrees:

    • Master of Science in Communication Science from the UT
    • Master of Science in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society from the UT

    AIM OF THE PROGRAMME

    The double degree could be particularly attractive for students with a bachelor’s degree in communication (or other social sciences) who are interested in philosophical reflection on the role of communication in the interaction between science, technology and society (STS), but who would still like to continue with their studies in this social science domain. By also training these students in philosophical and STS-approaches and methods geared towards analysing and assessing the interactions between science/technology and society, the double degree could both broaden and deepen their expertise in the original domain. Conversely, the PSTS-COM combination could also be an interesting option for those students interested in or doing PSTS, who would like to have a more specific focus (and possibly a more concrete career perspective) in their master programme, by focusing reflections on the inseparability of communication and technology. Students will be able to contribute to the debate about the interaction between technology and communication, such as the effects of a digital society on interpersonal communication, or the impact of emerging innovations on daily life. This double degree would prepare students for an interdisciplinary academic career, or for a professional career in communication with a strong addition of PSTS knowledge and expertise. 

    TIMELINE

    The duration of this master programme is 2.25 years (=135 EC), which entails a total of nine quartiles (of ten weeks each). You can only start in September. 

    MORE INFORMATION

    To enrol in the double degree programme, students will have to be admitted to the Master Communication Science, as well as to the Master Philosophy of Science Technology and Society. This means that students interested in a double degree have to apply for the admission procedure of each programme separately. For the exact admission criteria of both programmes, check:

    For questions regarding international issues, such as scholarships or Erasmus, you can contact the coordinator Internationalisation of our faculty (Drs. Inge van Haare: i.vanhaare@utwente.nl). If you have specific questions about the exact contents of the programme please contact our study advisor Jeanet Luijerink: j.w.m.luijerink@utwente.nl.

Courses overview

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