Two research groups at the University of Twente participate in the Master’s programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society:


The Philosophy (WIJSB) research group focuses on the philosophical and ethical aspects of technology and engineering science. Its research concentrates on three themes: 

  • Ethics of Technology focuses on normative, evaluative and critical issues in relation to technology and society. It investigates what good technology is and how both society and engineering practices should be organised in order to produce technology that is ethically and politically acceptable.
  • Philosophy of Human-Technology Relations examines how technology influences and shapes human nature and human existence. Another important topic of inquiry for this research group is the rapid development of mind- and body-enhancing technologies and their influence on human faculties, such as rationality, self-consciousness, agency and autonomy.
  • Philosophy of Science in Practice aims to achieve a better understanding of the internal dynamics of scientific research in the context of technological applications. It focuses not only on how existing knowledge is applied to practical ends, but also on how knowledge itself is fundamentally shaped by its intended use.

Science, Technology, and Policy Studies

The Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS) research group focuses on the assessment and governance of innovations and emerging technologies. Research at STePS consists of three closely interrelated themes: 

  • Science and Innovation Policies addresses problems and specific issues concerning the governance of science, technology and innovation;
  • Technology, Dynamics and Assessment focuses on the dynamics of technological development and the assessment of related socio-technical change;
  • History of Science, Technology and Society addresses specific issues related to scientific and technological change and highlights our interest in long-term developments and transformations.

Twente Graduate School

Twente Graduate School (TGS) offers high-quality educational programmes based on subjects closely related to the work of the university’s research institutes and taught and supervised by expert researchers from these same institutes. It offers an increasing variety of integrated Master’s and PhD programmes for outstanding graduate students who are keen to pursue a career in scientific research.

The graduate programmes associated with the Master’s programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society and Ethics and Technology, Governance of Knowledge and Innovation and Human-centred Interaction Technologies.

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