University of Edinburgh

School of Social and Political Sciences

MSc Science and Technology in Society


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Introduction ?This MSc programme provides a comprehensive introduction to the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies. It is intended for students wanting to develop a critical understanding of the role of science, technology and innovation in society. In addition, students develop their skills in research, analysis, writing and communication. Edinburgh has been home to a leading centre of interdisciplinary research and teaching in the area of science, technology and innovation studies since  the founding of the Science Studies Unit in 1966. Our students and staff come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds in both the natural and social sciences. ? Our areas of particular research strength include: the sociology and social history of science and technology; the sociology and economics of the life sciences and medicine; the social shaping of information and communication technologies; the governance of science, technology and innovation; environment and sustainability; the politics of public engagement with science and technology. Who is this programme for? This programme is ideally suited to students looking to enter a career in academia, science communication, policy and government, social research and analysis, and non-governmental organisations. Programme aims Our programme is designed to help graduate develop a broad range of skills and knowledge, including: A solid theoretical grounding in the interdisciplinary field of science, technology and innovation studies A critical awareness of current issues in the field and an understanding of how this area intersects with other disciplinary domains The ability to critically employ theories and concepts from the field for the analysis of a range of empirical examples The ability to translate academic findings into practical suggestions for public and policy contexts An understanding of the methodological and epistemological underpinnings of a range of social science approaches for understanding science, technology and innovation The ability to communicate methodological and analytical insights to academic and non-academic audiences alike Careers Alumni have found rewarding employment in government and policy-making roles, consultancy, industry and business research and development. Also, many of our students progress into further levels of academia or education. Structure and courses The MSc Science and Technology in Society can be completed in one year if studied full time or two years part-time. In Semester One, you will take four core courses that provide the foundation on which this MSc is built. These are: o   Science, Knowledge and Expertise o   Understanding Technology o   Innovation Systems: Theory and Practice o   Risk, Regulation and Governance   In Semester Two, you are then able to further 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. Optional courses include: Internet Society and Economy; Energy Policy and Politics; Theories and Perspectives in Science; Technology and Innovation Studies; ICT for Development; Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology; Sociology of Environment and Risk; Biobusiness; Current Trends in Life Science Innovation ; Innovation Systems Theory & Practice ; Risk, Regulation & Governance; Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic; Foundations in Science; Technology and Development, and Information Communications Technologies for Development.


Fully accredited by The University of Edinburgh and internationally recognised.

International Student Requirements:

For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website. Our website will also inform you which international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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