Epistemologies of Science and Technology (EST)

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The master’s programme Epistemologies of Science and Technology (EST) aims to educate students on reflecting critically and action guidenly upon the challenges of the 21st century with its scientific and technical conveyed upheavals.

The master's programme EST includes the subject areas philosophy and history as well as science and technology research. The course offer enables students to acquire expertise and methodological competences of all three areas, as well as to gain a multiperspective understanding of the common research subjects. Innovative research combinations and original specialisations are brought forth by an individual focus, deepening of the matter and the opportunity to attend studies of other disciplines.

Philosophy of science, history of science and science and technology research analyse practices and structures, in which knowledge is generated, debated, conveyed, utilized and challenged. In this sense they are epistemologies.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 944

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: bilingual (German English)

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of:

  • an alternative compulsory module on „basic knowledge History/Philosophy/Science and Technology research”
  • an alternative compulsory specialisation module
  • a compulsory module: introductory colloquium
  • a compulsory module: methods colloquium
  • a compulsory module: materials colloquium
  • a compulsory module: master’s colloquium
  • a compulsory specialisation module
  • master’s thesis
  • master’s examination

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Theory of argumentation
  • Theory of knowledge
  • History of technology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Politics

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates are especially qualified for:

  • a doctoral programme in the area of history of science, philosophy of science and science and technology research
  • science and technology journalism
  • a career in policy consultation, data ethics and technology assessment
  • positions to promote a public understanding for science and technology in increasingly complex and technicalised environments
  • management positions in science administration, international organisations with a main focus on technology and scientific professional associations and unions
  • non-fiction writer
  • positions in public history, communal cultural offices, libraries, museums and archives