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).



2015 ESST European Award for Aspiring Undergraduates in Science, Technology and Society (STS) won by R. Schormans from Maastricht University for the essay entitled Why the conCERN? A constructivist inquiry into the controversy surrounding the Large Hadron Collider. Our motivation for giving the award: In an ambitious and insightful manner Schormans initiates a classic constructivist case study of a technoscientific controversy. Showing a firm grasp of several core concepts within the constructivist tradition, Schormans is successful at tentatively applying these to the rewarding case of controversy surrounding over the Hadron Collider – the largest machine and experimental facility in the world.