Science and Technology Studies: Economies, Governance, Life (Master of Arts)

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 PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the winter semester 2017/18 are accepted under reserve and are subject to the pending approval of the study regulations.

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 


This English-language MA program offers students foundational knowledge in the international research program called “Science and Technology Studies”, an interdisciplinary endeavor addressing scientific expertise, technologies and economic developments as factors shaping contemporary societies. Designed to give students the opportunity to understand science and technology as social practice and as powerful economic, political, and cultural forces, the MA program draws connections across disciplinary boundaries, linking cultural anthropology with sociology and human geography. Exemplary fields of that students can specialize in will be global economies, the development of digital technologies, infrastructures and governance, and the ways in which advancements in the biosciences change human-environment relations and the notions of what is considered human.


The MA program is strongly research-oriented. It equips students with state-of-the-art research methods and conceptual tools that enable them to conduct original fieldwork projects.
Students learn to understand not only the scope of empirical research but also the political, theoretical, epistemological and ethical implications of fieldwork. They are introduced to a range of research options, and be able to choose from various research strategies and fieldwork settings. In addition to the teaching staff of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, human geographers and sociologists will contribute course teaching.
Graduates are trained for employment in Research & Development, NGO’s, consultancy, policy making, knowledge management and transnational governance. Graduates from the MA program may also embark on a PhD project to further develop their academic career. 


In the first and second semester, the basic module “Theoretical Intersections” introduces students from all academic backgrounds to the concept of STS and its contemporary debates. In the course of the program, students can then broaden and intensify their studies in STS by choosing two out of the three optional modules on the topics of Technologies of Governance, Markets and Cultures or Economies of Life.
The Research Curriculum is a series of four modules that spans the duration of the MA Program, offering a unique program of course work, independent research and supervision that enables students to develop their research skills. It will be taught alongside the Theoretical Intersections and the thematic modules, and guides students in the research-oriented learning process towards the Master’s thesis.

Detailed information

Department website
Information from the department
Study regulations (to be confirmed soon)

Degree Master of Arts in Science and Technology Studies: Economies, Governance, Life
Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters.
Languages of instruction English
Start of the programme The programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester.
Student advisory service

Kathrin Eitel, M.A.
Institut für Kulturanthropologie und Europäische Ethnologie
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
I.G.-Farben-Haus, Raum 1.457
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Telefon: +49 069/798-32915

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Professional qualification
    A six-semester Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology, European Ethnology, Human Geography, Sociology or another social science (180 Credit Points)
    - A Bachelor’s Degree from other disciplines in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Technical Sciences or Information Sciences may also be considered equivalent, pending decision by the Admissions committee
    - An equivalent foreign degree
  • Language skills
    A good knowledge of English is required (minimum of a B2 certification), e.g.
    - Certificate of a secondary school from an English-speaking country
    - Bachelor’s Degree from a study program taught completely/mostly in English
    - Five years of English lessons at school (the grade for English on the final certificate must be “satisfactory” or higher)
    - TOEFL test result of at least 87 (internet-based) or equivalent results from other officially recognized tests of English language capability, such as IELTS or the Cambridge Proficiency examination
    - An equivalent certificate, pending decision by the Admissions committee

     - Good knowledge of German (B1) is recommended for daily communication at the university (no certification needed)

  • Aptitude Test i.e. “Eignungsfeststellungsverfahren”
    Admission for the program will be determined on the basis of the submitted documents: the required certifications, a Curriculum Vitae (tabular form) and an English-language motivation letter between 400 and 600 words.
    The motivation letter shall describe your motivation for pursuing the Master’s degree. It should provide information about your special interest in the Master’s program as well as your relevant knowledge, skills and abilities. It can also include additional information about non-university activities (like work experience) that could qualify a student for the Master’s program. The motivation letter will be graded.
    In an overall evaluation, points will be awarded on the basis of the grade average of the BA (60%) and on the grade of the motivation letter (40%).

Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current certificate or transcript of records. At least 80% of the credit points in the B.A. (usually 144 CP) must have been obtained and must be calculated into a provisional average grade, upon which admission will be based. An office authorised to award grades or issue certificates must issue this provisional certificate. Provisional admission is valid for one semester. If the Bachelor’s degree certificate is not submitted by the end of the first semester, provisional admission will be withdrawn.

Mode of admission

Admission is not restricted (no admission quota (Numerus Clausus)). Students will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.

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Documents to be submitted
  • If you are not already enrolled at Goethe University:
    Copy of your Secondary school certificate (e.g. ‘Abiturzeugnis’)
  • Copy of the Bachelor’s degree certificate (incl. Diploma Supplement)
  • If the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    A transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study program and average grade
  • Curriculum vitae (in tabular form)
  • Proof of English language skills (level B2)
  • Letter of motivation in English (400-600 words)
  • You may need to submit other documents depending on your country of origin and your previous education; please see the general information about applying for a Master’s degree
Deadline for applications presumably 1.6. - 31.07.
Address for applications

Online application portal for Master's study programmes

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