Science in Society students

MasterScience in Society

Science and technology fundamentally influence society. The reverse is also true: society shapes the ways in which science and technology evolve. In this specialisation, you will become a bridge-builder between science and society.

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Something for you?

  • Deepen your scientific knowledge from a social scientific and philosophical perspective
  • Connect scientific knowledge with diverse  perspectives and social interests
  • Work with students from various disciplines with different backgrounds
  • Explore and discuss real-world issues
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Admission requirements

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The Master’s programme helps you in developing a certain analytical skill that helps in understanding different types of information and ways of delivering it.
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What will you learn

In the specialisation, you will learn how science and society influence each other, how the various social and scientific actors interact and how implicit assumptions, values, and interests of these actors can be made visible and open to discussion. You will also learn under which circumstances tensions arise between science and society, how we can understand these tensions and what solutions are possible. 

In that process, you acquire skills in critical thinking, social research, and the analysis of media and culture. At the end, you will be a biologist, chemist, mathematician, etc. that understands the philosophical assumptions as well as political and social values in scientific developments. You will be able to make scientists familiar with societal perceptions, and to contribute to science-related consultancy for governments, businesses, or citizen groups.

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Future career opportunities

Science in Society prepares you for a dynamic career as an analytical and communicative bridge-builder between science and society. You will be trained as an interdisciplinary scientist who understands and effectively connects the scientific, political and social domains. Such intermediaries are indispensable, especially in places where scientists are in direct contact with citizens, politicians, or entrepreneurs.

After your studies


Science in Society is embedded in the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS). This research institute brings together a group of experts from various disciplines and backgrounds (science, social science and philosophy), to jointly focus on research and education at the interface of science, technology and society. Your own graduation project can either be linked to a project within the Institute for Science in Society or you may select an external institute to guide you during your graduation project.

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.