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Graduate and Professional Career Advice

Ph.D. programs in the United States

  • History, Anthropology, and Science and Technology Studies (HAST) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). " In 1988 STS joined MIT's Anthropology Program and History Faculty to offer a doctoral degree program in the History, Anthropology, Science and Technology (HASTS). Since then HASTS has developed into one of the world's preeminent graduate programs in STS-related studies. It attracts students from around the world who seek an interdisciplinary program that will prepare them for careers in the academy, law, business, journalism, and museum work, among other possibilities."
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS) (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). " Founded in 1982, the Department reflects Rensselaer's commitment to the development of STS as a field of inquiry. The graduate program emphasizes the cultural, historical, economic, political, and social dimensions of scientific and technological society, with a focus on ethical and values issues."


  • Science and Technology Studies (STS) (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) "The STS Program explores interdisciplinary approaches to the study of science, technology, and society. Graduates emerge with an ability to identify and examine the conceptual and social dimensions of science and technology simultaneously and in historical perspective." (Doctoral Program)

Ph.D. programs in the UK

The British Society for the History of Science maintains a directory of institutions in the UK supporting history of science, technology and medicine as well as science and technology studies.


  • Science and Technology Studies (STS) doctoral programme (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

The Science, Technology & Innovation Studies subject group at Edinburgh (part of the School of Social and Political Science) invites applications for its MSc by Research and PhD degrees in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Postgraduate researchers are an important part of the internationally recognised community of researchers in the field at Edinburgh - now grouped in the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology & Innovation (ISSTI). The STS Doctoral Programme is a designated outlet for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 and +3 studentships. Academic expertise in STS is drawn from across the University to provide training and supervision for our research students. The Doctoral Programme in STS is for students who already have a good grounding in the field and wish to complete a PhD in the history, philosophy or sociology of science, technology or medicine. Where appropriate, students take a programme of coursework combining training in research methods with specialist courses. This is followed by supervised research leading to the production of a PhD thesis.


  • Department of Science and Technology Studies (University College London, London, UK)

A centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy, located in the heart of London. Founded in 1921. STS is a designated outlet for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 and +3 studentships, part of a Doctoral Training Centre for ESRC. The department offers research degrees under two subject headings: History and Philosophy of Science, and Science and Technology Studies. Students may specialise in the history of science, the philosophy of science, the public understanding of science, the sociology of science and technology, science and technology policy research, or a suitable combination of those fields. All graduate degrees also can be undertaken on a part-time basis. The department includes award-winning teaching and research. It also is home to the British Journal for the History of Science and BSHS Monographs.


  • Sociology and Innovation Studies (University of East London, London, UK)

Located opposite the Royal Docks from City Airport and near the 2012 Olympic site in East London, the University of East London is one of the top 10 modern universities for research in the UK. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers MPhil/PhDs in STS, Innovation Studies and S&T Policy. STS-related research in Sociology and Innovation Studies focuses on the interplay between science, technology, social change and democracy, including global knowledge dynamics; international S&T collaboration policy and security; computer ethics; expert-lay interactions in S&T-related civic affairs; and information and communications technologies in both the developing and the developed world. Research training is provided through coursework, seminars and workshops and there is a lively, international research culture in which research students are closely involved.

New Decade Awards The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering a PhD Studentship and two PhD fees-only Bursaries for UK and EU students only, starting in September 2010. The closing date is 23 April 2010.

Graduate programs and STS teams in France

An incomplete list compiled by Rigas Arvanitis on his blog (in French).

Masters programs in the UK

  • MSc Science and Technology Studies (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

The Science, Technology & Innovation Studies subject group at Edinburgh (part of the School of Social and Political Science) invites applications for its taught Masters programme in Science and Technology Studies. The progamme offers an opportunity for interested students from virtually any background - natural science, social science, engineering or the arts - to get a solid grounding in this exciting field. Accordingly, the primary aim of the programme is to provide a fundamental understanding of the conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches that underpin all work in STS. In addition, the option courses and dissertation provide an opportunity to pursue more specialised interests within the field. Areas of particular strength include the sociology and social history of science, technology and medicine - a field in which the 'Edinburgh School' has long had an international reputation; the sociology and economics of genomics and molecular biology; the social shaping of information and communication technologies; the management of technology and innovation; and the politics of public engagement with science and technology. The MSc Science and Technology Studies enables students to explore the relationship between science, technology and society in a cross-disciplinary and rigorous manner. It aims to provide a deep understanding of the complex social, economic and political forces shaping science and technology, and to equip students to investigate and reflect on issues surrounding the role and impact of science and technology in society.

  • MSc Science and Technology Policy and Management (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

The Science, Technology & Innovation Studies subject group at Edinburgh (part of the School of Social and Political Science) invites applications for its taught Masters programme in Science and Technology Policy and Management. The programme is intended to prepare people for positions in policy and management areas dealing with science, technology and innovation, or in other fields where scientific and technological issues and strategies are central, such as medical, environment or development policy. The programme attracts an interesting variety of students - those already working, and those aiming at careers, in S&T policy-related positions in public sector agencies, consultancies, professional and industry associations, trade unions and similar organisations. There is a strong emphasis throughout the degree on putting to use the latest approaches and insights from science, technology and innovation studies and from wider work on governance, management and futures. Besides covering a variety of topical matters and ways we can understand them, students gain experience with a range of techniques and procedures used in policy formulation, assessment, decision-making, and implementation. In the dissertation project, they are encouraged to pick a question of central concern in their area of work.

  • MSc Science, Technology and International Development (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

The Science, Technology & Innovation Studies subject group at Edinburgh (part of the School of Social and Political Science) invites applications for its taught Masters programme in Science, Technology and International Development. The STID programme is designed to equip students with an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of the historical, sociological, political and policy aspects of science and technology as they relate to international development. The programme provides a conceptual and policy-orientated approach to the relationships between science, technology and international development. It prepares students for specialised practical work in international development or further academic study.

  • MSc in Science, Technology, Medicine and Society and MSc in History of Science, Medicine and Technology (London Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, London, UK)

The London Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology formed in 1987 as a strategic alliance for graduate training. It brings together two leading academic centres of research and teaching in the subject, making it the single largest concentration of expertise in Britain for the subject. Funding is available from a variety of sources. For over 20 years, the London Centre has run a successful, much-praised MSc programme in history of science, medicine and technology. In 2007, we added a second MSc programme, which incorporates other expertise in the London Centre. This second MSc taps into our additional strengths in science and technology policy, sociology of science, and science communication. Both degrees run as integrated, one-year, taught courses aiming for breadth and depth of understanding. We draw students from ages 21 to 71, from all corners of the globe, and from backgrounds in the humanities, sciences, engineering, and the civil service. This diversity makes us thrive. Part-time study is available, too. Typical applicants seek: preparation for PhD research, career development and enhancement, and personal enrichment. The London Centre includes prize-winning researchers and award-winning tutors. You'll find we overflow with enthusiasm, commitment, guidance, and support.

The London Centre concentrates expertise from three academic departments:


  • MA Innovation Studies (University of East London, UK)

The MA in Innovation Studies at UEL explores the complex, dynamic relations between social and technological forces shaping innovation processes in an international context. There is an emphasis on inequalities due to gender, socioeconomic status and/or race; social distribution of responsibility, wealth and risk; and ethical considerations related to the governance of innovation in both business and the public sphere.  The MA can be taken as part of the European ESST Masters programme (European Society, Science and Technology), which is run by an association of universities from across the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. The core curriculum covers:

  • Society, Science, Technology and Innovation Processes
  • Historical Perspectives on Scientific and Technological Change
  • Sociology and Ethnography of the Laboratory
  • Global, National, Regional and Sectoral Systems of Innovation
  • Socio-Technical Dynamics of the ‘Information Society’
  • Ethical Issues and the Regulation of Science and Technology
  • The Politics of Knowledge, Political Theory and Policy Evaluation
  • Research Methods  

Students receive a concentrated programme of lectures in Semesters A and B and proceed to write a dissertation under supervision. Students have the option of moving to another European university in Semester B; each offers different specialisations, with instruction in English and/or other languages. Those remaining at UEL for both semesters still benefit from the ESST partnership through exchange of pedagogical and resource materials, incoming exchange students and visiting lecturers.

New Decade Awards The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to invite applications for MA Bursaries starting in September 2010. The closing date is 23 April 2010.