Learning in an Internationally Oriented Research Environment

Our learning environment is interdisciplinary, international and research-oriented. 


Lived interdisciplinarity characterises the interactions within our programme, as does a commitment to internationality. The diversity of experiences students bring from very different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds is the basis for rich exchanges in the programme. internationality both in the scope of teaching as well as in the background of the students. 


In research-orientated teaching, our students benefit from studying at an internationally connected and highly visible research institute. A vibrant mix of international students and guest teachers contributes to the unique atmosphere of our programme.


Students 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 also offer courses and lectures at the institute.


Over the past years, key 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.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt, Professor of Science & Technology Studies

"We are looking for open-minded and dedicated students ready to engage with the complex relationships between science, technology and society. The master’s programme has a clear international and interdisciplinary orientation. We hence strongly encourage the participation of students from different cultural backgrounds, as well as from different disciplines – ranging from the social sciences to the humanities, the natural sciences and engineering."

"In a time in which higher education is becoming more and more massified and anonymous, it’s a privilege to work with a reasonably sized group of motivated students from very different backgrounds, in a context which allows teachers to engage with students’ individual experiences, profiles and development – and be challenged by them."

Dr. Maximilian Fochler, Director of the Study Programme

STS Knowledge in practice

Students of the MA Science-Technology-Society:

  • Acquire the sensitivity to recognise the multi-dimensionality of current technoscientific challenges;
  • Enhance their ability to approach complex problems both systematically and imaginatively;
  • Gain the expertise to recognise the social and ethical dimensions of science and technology;
  • Develop their capacity to position themselves in the face of necessarily complex and incomplete information;
  •  Learn to communicate issues related to science, technology and society.

These abilities prepare students for work in a range of different contexts at the interfaces of science, technology and society. The alumni of the programme are well trained to pursue an academic career in the context of PhD programmes in Austria and internationally. They will also find good employment opportunities in science communication, in national and international institutions specialised on funding, governing and managing research and technology, and in companies or NGOs, which need to take decisions related to science, technology and society in rapidly changing contexts.

In this short video, Science Technology Society alumni speak about how they apply their expertise in professional practice. A longer version is available here.