Admission for the Academic Year 2017/2018

The master programme Science-Technology-Society has a strong international and interdisciplinary orientation. We hence strongly encourage the participation of students from different cultural backgrounds, as well as from different disciplinary contexts – ranging from the social sciences to the humanities, the natural sciences and engineering. A reasonable command of English is needed to participate in classes and academic discussions, but also for written assignments.

For admission to the master programme a Bachelor or equivalent academic degree is required. For prospective students with a Bachelor degree which is not in the social sciences, a selected number of additional courses in theory and methods may be prescribed.

The University of Vienna limits the number of students newly admitted to the master programme “Science-Technology-Society” to 30 persons per academic year.

Application period

Admission for the Academic Year 2017/2018

March 1st - April 30th, 2017

Selection Procedure

The selection procedure will be carried out in three stages:

  • Examination of the formal requirements; this particularly includes an examination whether the bachelor diploma has been issued by an accredited institution of post-secondary education and whether it is equivalent to a social science bachelor, or whether this equivalence can be reached by prescribing additional courses up to a maximum of 30 ECTS
  • Examination of English language proficiency (see below)
  • Assessment of the argumentative quality of the letter of motivation (see below)

Required Steps

From 1 March 2017 onwards, you can apply for admission to our master's programme for the winter semester of 2017/18 via u:space. u:space is the portal for students from the University of Vienna. It is the central access point for all services related to the organisation of your studies.

Is it the first time that you enrol at the University of Vienna?

The registration requires two steps: activating your u:account and registering for u:space. (see video tutorial)

  • Activating your u:account: Via your u:account, you have access to the IT services of the University of Vienna. In the course of activating your u:account, you will receive your UserID for logging in to u:space. To activate your u:account please follow the instructions here.
  • Registering for u:space: Having successfully activated your u:account, you will receive an e-mail with your login data for u:space. There, you enter your personal data, which will be stored for all further activities. Following your registration, you can apply for admission to a degree programme in U:SPACE and edit your personal data. To apply for the master's programme go to "Master" --> "Master's Degree Programme Science-Technology-Society"

You already study/studied at the University of Vienna?

As a student, you can log into u:space in the usual way, select our master’s programme from a list of possible degree programmes and finally apply for admission. To apply for the master's programme go to "Administration" --> "Admission to Degree Programmes" --> "Master" --> "Master's Degree Programme Science-Technology-Society"

Required documents

  • Bachelor Diploma (scanned in pdf-format), or a letter of reference by your current institution stating that you will receive your bachelor degree by September 15th, 2017
  • Diploma Supplement, Transcript of Records or Consolidated Grade Record (scanned in pdf-format)
  • Passport or identity card (scanned in pdf-format)
  • Letter of Motivation (see below)
  • Proof of English proficiency (see below)
  • Full curriculum vitae in English

Documents which are not originally issued in either German or English need to be presented both in original as well as in translation to either English or German. The translation must be done by an officially registered translator. A further legalisation or notarisation of documents or their translation is not necessary for applications to this master programme.

Proof of English proficiency

Applicants are required to prove their proficiency in English on the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The following certificates are accepted:

  • TOEFL: ibt (internet-based): minimum score: 87 points;
  • IELTS: Overall Band Score: 6,5;
  • Cambridge English First Certificate (FCE) –Grade C or above (160 points minimum);
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Result: Level B2;
  • Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien: Certificate of language proficiency (Sprachkompetenznachweis) on level B2;

The certificate proving the applicant’s English proficiency must be issued no more than three years prior to the application (2014 or after).

A successful school-leaving examination in the subject English at an accredited educational institution is accepted as proof, provided that the legal regulations of the issuing country specify the level B2 as required for a successful passing of the exam. If language proficiency on level B2 is not explicitly stated in the school leaving certificate, the applicant must provide a corresponding written confirmation by the respective school administration. School leaving examinations are valid for an unlimited period of time as proofs of English language proficiency.

Certificates of English as first language, as well as certificates of successful completion of an English language degree programme at an accredited institution of post-secondary education are accepted as proof of language proficiency at the level C1, and are accordingly also accepted as proof of language proficiency for this programme. These certificates are valid for an unlimited period of time. In the case of degree programmes, applicants are required to prove that the program was taught entirely in English.

Letter of Motivation

The letter of motivation should be between 1500 and 2500 words in length, and address the following questions in clearly separated sections:

  • Why do you think that science-technology-society relations are relevant and important in the contemporary world and why do you think a study of these relations is necessary?
  • What is your personal motivation to apply for this programme?
  • In which ways do you think your prior experiences, qualifications, and skills will support your studies in this new domain?
  • What do you expect to learn in doing the master programme, and which role does it play in your further academic, personal, and professional development?
  • Having looked at the past and present research projects and foci of the Department of Science and Technology Studies of the University of Vienna, which questions relate most to your own current interests?

The document must be written in English, page numbered, and in A4 format. The name of the applying student as well as the word count of the document must be included in the document header.

Notification of candidates & further procedure

Candidates will be informed in June whether they have been accepted to the programme. The official notification of admission can be used to apply for a residence authorisation.
Successful candidates will be required to finalise their admission procedure in person at the admissions office. At this appointment students are required to present hardcopies of all application documents. To be able to register for the courses starting October 1st, it is highly recommended to fully complete registration by mid September at the latest.

 Frequently Asked Questions

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I’m not sure whether my bachelor degree is “equivalent to a social science bachelor”? What does this mean?

Generally, due to its interdisciplinary orientation, the master programme Science-Technology-Society welcomes students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Current students of the programme come from very different fields in the social sciences, humanities, engineering and the natural sciences.
However, it is a legally required step in the admission procedure to check whether the specific degree of an applicant is equivalent to a social science bachelor as it is issued at the University of Vienna, or whether equivalence can be reached by prescribing a maximum of 30 ECTS in additional courses.
As previous admission practice has shown, the latter condition can be fulfilled by a large majority of bachelor degrees from different fields, provided that they are issued by an accredited institution of post-secondary education.
The additional courses prescribed for students with a non-social science bachelor are usually seminars in social science research methods. These courses are offered within the master programme on a regular basis.

I can’t provide a bachelor diploma or a final transcript of records because my bachelor is not finished yet. Does this mean that I cannot apply?

The applicant’s bachelor does not need to be completed at the time of application. In this case, please include a formal letter issued by your current institution confirming that you will receive your bachelor degree until September 15th, 2017 at the latest. Also please include a transcript of records of all courses done so far in your current bachelor programme.
Successful applicants, who have not yet finished their bachelor degree, will be admitted to the programme on the condition that they provide their degree certificate until September 15th at the latest.
Please note however that this conditional notification can not be used to apply for a residence permit. For this, a final official notification of admission is needed, which can only be issued as soon as all formal requirements are met.

What is the tuition fee for this programme? Are there any scholarships offered by the University of Vienna?

According to recent Austrian legislation, there are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union or a country of the European Economic Area (EEA) for the first six semesters of study in this programme. From then on the fee is 363.36 Euro per semester.
The tuition fees for students from other countries generally are 726.72 Euro per semester or 1,453.44 per academic year. However, there are a range of exceptions from this general rule which may cause fees to be lowered or waived as in the regulation for EU citizens described above. For more Information about regulations and exemptions regarding specific countries, please follow this link.

Apart from this amount, you will also need to pay the students' union fee (€ 18.70 per semester).
There are no scholarships offered for this programme.

I’ve read that it is also necessary to prove proficiency in German to be admitted to the University of Vienna. Does this also apply for this programme?

No, this programme is conducted in English language only. Proving German proficiency is not required.

Is a “proof of the special university entrance qualification” required for this programme?

No, this particular proof is not required for applying for this programme.

If I am selected as a student for the academic year 2017/2018, when can I start the programme?

Formally, the official notification of admission entitles the applicant to enrol in the programme either in the winter term 2017/2018 starting October 1st, 2017 or in the summer term 2018 starting March 1st, 2018.
However, please note that the programme officially starts in winter term. The courses of the basic modules BM A and BM B are only offered each winter term, but are pre-requisite for most courses offered in summer term. Hence, starting the programme in winter term 2017/18 is highly recommended.
Please note that the actual teaching for the winter term starts on October 1st, 2017. Students are strongly recommended to come to Vienna until mid September at the latest to finalize their enrolment in person at the admissions office, and to register for the courses.

I am an Austrian student. This all reads so complex and different than usual Austrian admission procedures. What does apply to me, and why should I bother to do all this?

The master programme Science-Technology-Society offers the possibility to study as part of a relatively small cohort of international students in a strongly research-oriented teaching environment. For a more detailed description of the programme please follow this link.

The admission procedure for this programme is different from the admission to other master programmes in Austria because the programme is conducted in English language, and the number of students starting each year is limited to 30.
Of course, documents issued by Austrian institutions neither have to be legalised nor translated. However, please note the requirement of providing a letter of motivation, a proof of English language proficiency, and an English language CV.
Also please note that the deadline for applying for this programme is considerably earlier than for other master programmes in the Austrian context.

Contact

For all other questions and issues, please contact us at master.sts@univie.ac.at