International Master Programme
European Studies of Society, Science, and Technology

Citizens, governments, businesses and universities face great challenges when trying to take advantage of the seemingly infinite opportunities of scientific and technological innovations. The general assumption is that innovation is ruled by economics. However, innovation cannot be captured by economics alone. Likewise, science and technology are not the only drivers of our societies. The European programme on Society, Science and Technology (ESST) provides the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and manage these complex issues of modern innovations, such as sustainable energy technologies; stem cell research; nanotechnology; and social networking. This Master programme approaches them from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: (innovation studies, sociology, philosophy and cultural studies, political science, etc.). On the basis of this interdisciplinary approach, ESST students explore the inter-related worlds of the scientist, engineer, politician, and citizen, by examining the values, language, history, politics, and economics of our modern cultures of innovation. Furthermore, the global, multicultural, and environmentally-conscious perspective of the programme develops ethical awareness and public responsibility.

You can start your ESST studies following a common programme at any of the following universities:

Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain (Spanish, one year)
IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark (English, two years)
Maastricht University, the Netherlands (English, one year)
NKUA/NTUA, Athens, Greece (English, one year)
Strasbourg University, France (French, two years)
University of Oslo, Norway (Norwegian, one year)

Continue in the second semester by taking a specialisation either at the same university or at any of the other 12 ESST universities. Besides these first semester universities in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Greece and Spain the second semester is also offered by:

  • Aalborg University, Denmark;
  • Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium;
  • University of Namur, Belgium;
  • Tallin University of Technology, Estonia;
  • University of Lisbon, Portugal;
  • Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (AAU).



Call for 2016 ESST European Award for Aspiring Undergraduates opened: The European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology (ESST) is sponsoring an award of 1,000 € for the best undergraduate essay on the connection between science and society (or technology and society). Undergraduates from all fields studying at any European university are eligible to apply. Science and engineering students can submit an essay that links their discipline with social issues. Submissions from students in humanities and social sciences are equally welcome. Deadline: 30th June 2016.