First Year Students - Getting Started

Step 1: Personal Admission at the University of Vienna

Please consult the website of the Admission Office for details!

Step 2: Course Registration via u:space

All courses are offered at the department in the upcoming term can be found in the online course directory u:find (0.03 Multidisciplinary courses -> Science and Technology Studies).

Please note the registration period, which is announced at least 4 weeks before the semester starts. Make sure that you register for your courses in time! (for details regarding u:space please see below*)

If you are still in the admissions process for the master programme, and will not be able to complete the admissions procedure in person, you will not have access to the u:space platform. In this case please send a list with the courses you would like to take to

Recommended courses for the 1st semester: the core classes

A number of modules, which are scheduled to be completed in the first semester, are a pre-requisite for attending courses in the subsequent terms. We thus strongly recommend that you take all of the five courses below, which we call the core classes, in your first semester. These core classes will not be offered in the summer term.

1. Module BM A: Basic and Central Questions in the Field of STS
  • VO Science, Technology, Society (STS): Key-questions and Concepts
  • KO Discussion Class: Key-questions and Concepts
2. Module BM B: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches in the Social Studies of Science
  • SE Social Science Research Methods in STS
  • SE Risky Entanglements? Theorising Science, Technology and Society Relationships
3. Module SP: Scientific Practice
  • SE Scientific Practice and Knowledge Management


Module Additional Social Science Research Methods

If you have additional social science research methods courses prescribed in your letter of acceptance, you may take one of these courses in the first semester as well. If you got assigned 20 ECTS of additional social science research methods courses and want to finish in 4 semesters, you will have to take one such course each semester, as the department only offers one of these courses per semester.

Step 3: Kick-off Meeting and Welcoming Event

The first semester officially starts with a kick-off meeting. At this meeting you will be introduced to the master programme and get to know your lecturers, teaching assistants and fellow students. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory. In case you are not able to attend the kick-off meeting, please write an email to the teaching assistants (

*Course Registration via u:space

If you want to attend a course in the master STS, you have to register via the central electronic registration system u:space. If you, despite following all of the instructions below, should encounter difficulties in the registration process or if you have any further questions regarding u:space, please contact the teaching assistants at

The University of Vienna recently published a series of videos that aim to help students find their way through the registration process.

To register for a course please complete the following steps

  1. Log into u:space with your u:account
  2. Go to [Studies] -> [Record of Examination] -> [A 066 906 Master’s degree programme Science-
  3. Expand the desired module by clicking on the arrow to the left
  4. Click on the little blue book symbol. This will take you to u:find were you can select the courses that are connected to the respective module. Click on the respective course
  5. Register as described, and save
  6. Your registration has been successful if the status reads “vorgemerkt” (=registration is pending)

Alternatively, you can also directly go to u:find, select a course and then click "Register/Deregister for this course".
You can look at all your registrations at u:space -> [courses] -> [Registration overview].

 FAQs Course Registration


How do I find courses for the STS master in u:space and register for them?
Is it possible to withdraw from a course once one is registered?
What about lecture exams?
How are places allocated?
I’m desperate about u:space – what should I do?
When and how do I know that I got a place in the course?
u:space wants to know which program module the course belongs to – what is that about?
What pre-conditions do I need for registering?
For which courses do I need to register?
When can I register?