Science in Society students

Master's specialisationScience in Society

Are you concerned about what is going on in the world? Do you have an interest in people, policies, science and society? In this specialisation, you study the relevance of science in society using theoretical principles and practical examples.

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Something for you?

  • Deepen your scientific knowledge from a social scientific and philosophical perspective.
  • Learn to 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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What will you learn

In this specialisation, you broaden your perspective on your own scientific discipline with a social science approach, with philosophical reflection, and with interdisciplinary applications. You study the relevance of science in society using theoretical principles and practical examples. 

Leading questions are: What is better science? What is a better world? How can and should we understand the roles and responsibilities of science in society? How do interactions between scientists and societal stakeholders shape developments and outcomes? These questions form the starting point of SiS courses on science-policy interaction, science communication and dialogue, citizen participation in science and policy, and on philosophy and ethics of science and technology.

Study programme

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.

Career prospects


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.