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European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Maastricht University

12 months
15800 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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At European Studies on Society, Science and Technology from Maastricht University you will investigate the relationship between science, technology, and society, from a cultural, political, economic, and historical point of view.  


European Studies on Society, Science and Technology from Maastricht University will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and managing the complex issues of modern innovation. The programme approaches these problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, such as history, sociology, ethics, and political science. 

This programme is offered together with 12 partner universities across Europe. You will spend your first semester taking courses at Maastricht University. During the second semester, you will select a specialisation and write your thesis either at Maastricht University or at one of the programme’s partner universities abroad.

  • Aalborg University - Innovation Systems, Social and Ecological Change
  • Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (Austria) - Governance, Innovation and Sustainability 
  • Autonomous University of Madrid - Economics and Management of Innovation
  • Lund University - Sustainability Transitions and the Geography of Innovation
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń - The Theory and Practice of Risk Society
  • NKUA/NTUA, Athens - Philosophy and History of Science and Technology, Science, Technology and Sustainability: North-South Comparison,  Enabling and Disabling Dimensions of Technological Change, Law, Science and Technology, 
  • Tallinn University of Technology - Innovation Policy and Small States,  
  • University of Lisbon, Portugal - Watermanagement and water uses
  • Université Catholique de Louvain -  Ethical and Philosophical Stakes of the Sciences in Societies
  • University of Oslo - Science and Technology in Politics and Society, Innovation and Global Challenges
  • University of Strasbourg - Environmental Sciences & Management practices in the Anthropocene
  • University of Trento - Science and Environment in Society; Science and Environmental Communication


Many ESST graduates find work in non-academic institutes, such as:

  • Governmental agencies and NGOs (Analyst, Parliamentary Assistant)
  • Advisory bodies, e.g. think tanks, health councils (Advisor)
  • Private research institutes, e.g. sustainability centres (Policy Analyst, Research Assistant)
  • Commercial companies or consultancies specialising in science and technology and innovation (Marketing and Communications, Business consultant)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Technology
  • Science and Technology Dynamics  
  • Science and Public Policy 
  • Science and Technology in the Making: Entering the World of the Laboratory
  • Politics of Knowledge 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A recent passport picture
  • A copy of your passport or your EU/EEA identity card: make a copy of the page with your personal details
  • A copy of your most recent certified grades transcript and a copy of your certified diploma if you have obtained it. 
  • submit proof of a bachelor's or master's degree, 
  • submit your curriculum vitae,
  • write a letter of motivation,
  • submit a writing sample,
  • demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    15800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15800 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Maastricht

700 - 1170 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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