Learning in an Internationally Oriented Research Environment

Research-orientation in teaching is the basic approach of this master‘s programme. Our students benefit from studying at an internationally connected and highly visible research institute in several ways:

They are taught by staff that is experienced in conducting cutting-edge research and thus can learn from actual ongoing projects. International collaborations bring a range of high-class scholars and academics from all over the world to Vienna, who will also offer courses and lectures at the institute.

Over the past years, international STS scholars such as Alan Irwin, Sheila Jasanoff, John Law, Clark Miller, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Sonja Schmid or Vololona Rabeharisoa have lectured at our department.

Students' Opinion

"The master's programme Science-Technology-Society at the University of Vienna has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me. The programme nicely integrates empirical work and theoretical reflection, thus providing me with a comprehensive insight into today’s society, whose development is intimately entangled with science and technology. Moreover, the programme’s focus to develop students’ ability to manage projects by themselves impels me to grow in many other areas such as presentation and interpersonal skills. The broad structure of the programme appeals to me very much for it covers a diverse range of subjects and knowledge that cater to today’s job market. And importantly, the truly international environment in the STS department opens up a diverse and cooperative space for each student, which makes it an additional gift to study here!"

- Xingfei Zhong

"Initially, I got interested in topics related to science and technology during my bachelor degree in Sociology at the University of Vienna. The decision to attend the master’s programme Science-Technology-Society was clear after I had the chance to gain work experience in fields in which the generation of knowledge as well as new technological developments are important.

Appealing to me was that this programme focuses on issues regarding the production of knowledge in our contemporary society and raises questions on how performing research can be understood as a social activity. As emphasis is placed on science and technology studies' heterogeneous theories and methods as well as their use in practice, this enables students to approach the topic of knowledge production from various directions. The different fields and examples analysed in this context range from ethnographic studies of laboratories to investigations dealing with the emergence of new areas of research. Therefore, I was able to develop an individual research interest and improve my skills necessary to carry out case studies on my own.

The strength of this master's programme is the combination of a well-structured introduction period, which familiarised me with the complex connections between science, technology and society, and the possibility to later participate in specific seminars, according to one's own interests. International lecturers and students with different backgrounds are brought together, which is another advantage of this programme as it enriches the discussions when various viewpoints meet."

- Bernhard Böhm, Bakk.phil.