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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Structure and Courses

The MSc Science and Technology in Society can be completed in one year if studied full-time, or two years as a part-time student.

Semester One

In Semester One, you will take four foundational core courses. These complementary core courses offer a shared understanding of the theoretical foundations and empirical scope of the interdisciplinary field of science & technology studies:

Semester Two

In Semester Two, you will choose from a number of optional courses that allow you to tailor your studies to suit your own aims and interests. Optional courses will allow you to build an in-depth understanding of specific empirical areas while further developing your theoretical and analytical skills.

These courses can be chosen from postgraduate offerings within the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) subject group or more broadly from the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Please consult the degree programme table (DPT) of the programme for an overview of available optional courses. Note that the records will be updated by the end of August for each academic year. Some courses might not run some years due to staff availability.


Finally, you will concentrate on researching and writing a dissertation of 15,000 words. Here, you will identify a topic chosen in discussion with your supervisor. The dissertation provides an opportunity to develop investigative and research skills, as well as honing critical and analytical abilities by undertaking an extended piece of original writing.

Further Details

  • Teaching takes place primarily through a combination of lectures and discussion-based seminar sessions.
  • The assessment of courses is based on a written essay, in some cases combined with a shorter piece of work such as a book review.
  • See the programme handbook for more information.
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