In the second year, you can choose five elective courses, in any combination you wish. At the same time, you start narrowing down your thesis topic and research question in the mandatory MasterLab course.
- Technologies in use (5 EC)
- Transformations of knowledge in a digital age (5 EC)
- Philosophical theories and methods (5 EC)
- Good technology for users and society (5 EC)
- Anticipation and evaluation of emerging technologies (5 EC)
- Minds, bodies and technologies (5 EC)
- Rethinking science-technology relations (5 EC)
In the first part of the MasterLab course, we will guide you towards a thesis topic, a research question and a supervisor. Your supervisor will then help you to further develop a research proposal for your final project. Meanwhile, the graduation coordinators and your fellow students in MasterLab will give you additional feedback and research skills training.
In the second part of Masterlab, students give presentations on the status and progress of their final thesis project. Feedback and suggestions from your fellow students will enable you to 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 you in your research activities. The MasterLab meetings take place once every two weeks.
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MASTER’S THESIS PSTS (REGULAR)
You’re now ready to write a Master’s thesis of 40-60 pages, under the daily supervision of one of our staff members. The exam includes an oral defence of your thesis and a public colloquium.
If you want to explore and prepare for the job market, you can do an internship of two months, for example, at a knowledge institute or with a company in a relevant field. We can put you in touch with possible internship providers, but you can also contact organisations yourself. During the internship, you are to work on an assignment at the level of a starting academic. Your assignment does not have to be related to your intended Master’s thesis subject, but we do recommend linking the two.
MASTER’S THESIS PSTS (SHORT)
Following your internship, you will be ready to write a Master’s thesis of 30-50 pages, under the supervision of one of our staff members. The exam includes an oral defence of your thesis and a public colloquium.
EXAMPLES OF PSTS MASTER’S THESIS TOPICS
Choosing a topic for your graduation project, or Master’s thesis, is a good way to pursue your personal interests and to prepare yourself for the career path you have in mind. We offer plenty of room for you to propose an idea of your own and to align that with cutting-edge research going on at the university.
Some examples of graduation projects:
- What does responsible mapping of slums using geo-information systems (GIS) and community-based techniques look like?
- How do persuasive technologies, such as persuasive ambient mirrors, shape and transform self-awareness?
- How can the dairy industry transition towards plant-based, sustainable milk production?
- What role does artificial intelligence play in relation to the goals of criminal justice reform?
- How do sensors and other computational technologies in city centres impact our view of urban spaces and our relationship with them?
- Can sex robots be abused from the point of view of various traditional accounts of moral status?
- Can daily use of the drug propranolol to emotionally dampen ordinary narrative memories be ethically justified?
- What do we learn when we learn through educational technologies such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)?
- Which methodologies can be applied for ensuring that design is used for the improvement of user wellbeing?
As you can see, the possibilities for graduation topics are countless. What topic fascinates you when it comes to the interactions between science, technology and society?