Frequently asked questions

[Important notes]

Next deadline of submission will be in June 2020. Thank you for all applications we've received in 2019!

 


Questions about/during the application procedure

1. When is the application deadline? And when do I receive an answer?
For receipt of all application materials, the deadline will be on June 15th each year. You'll get a notice of acceptance or refusal between mid of August and September.

2. When does the application portal (Uni Assist) open?
Approx. some weeks before the deadline for application, which is 15 June each year.

3. Do you also accept applications for starts in the summer term?
No, we do not. Our Master program starts once annually, in October (winter term).

4. Is my bachelor degree suitable for the study program’s requirements? 

Bachelor degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, European Ethnology, Sociology, or Human Geography is required. Graduates of other disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and information sciences are admitted in exceptional cases as well when their degree is considered equivalent by the Admissions Committee. This required proof of having received some training in methods (such as ethnography or social research), theories (social theory, etc.) and/or topic areas of Cultural Anthropology, European Ethnology, Sociology, or Human Geography).  

5. Where can I see which courses are currently being offered?
You can search for seminars and lectures at QIS LSF: https://qis.server.uni-frankfurt.de/qisserver/rds?state=wtree&search=1&trex=step&root120172=57008%7C57722%7C60003%7C59442&P.vx=kurz

6. Do I need to verify my English skills? And if yes, how?

Yes, you need to verify your English skills (at least B2 level). You can confirm your B2-English skills with one of the standard tests, like TOEFL, with your school graduation certificate (or with your Bachelor graduation certificate if you have studied in an English-language study program).

7. How many scores do I have to reach for TOEFL?
You need to reach a score of at least 87

8. Is it sufficient to demonstrate my English skills that my Bachelor studies were conducted in English?
Yes, but you have to provide a certificate or similar evidence that confirms that your Bachelor study program was in English.

9. Do I need to verify my German skills?
No, you do not. However, a working knowledge of German is strongly recommended, as general information about the university and the administration is not often available in English.

10. From whom can I get a certificate confirming that I have submitted my application?

You can get a certificate from Studien-Service-Center if you successfully submitted all of your documents. If you have further questions about the application procedure, kindly contact ssc-relaunch@uni-frankfurt.de

11. What information should my motivation letter contain?

The motivation letter should describe your motivation for pursuing the Master’s degree. It should provide information about your particular 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 (such as work experience), which could qualify for the Master’s program. The motivation letter will be graded. The motivation letter should not extend 600 words and should be in English.

12. Can I study the MA STS as a minor subject (Nebenfach)?
No. The STS Master program is a full major program with no minor subject possibilities.

13. When will I be informed that my application has been successful or not?
You will be notified whether your application has been accepted at approximately the beginning of August.

14. I have a further question about the application process. Whom should I contact?
Please contact uni assist and check their FAQ catalogue: https://www.uni-assist.de/en/faqs/send-track/

15. I have questions about Visa requirements - are you responsible for that?
No, we are not. Pls. contact the embassy or consulate for any Visa requirements. 

16. I have not studied Social/Cultural Anthropology, Human Geography or Sociology before. Do I have a chance to get accepted for the programme nonetheless?

You are not eligible, but if you have done some courses during your BA in the above named subjects and/or have attended classes in qualitative methodology you might have a tiny chance. Pls. state then in your motivation letter you've to hand in qualitative methods you've done during your study programs and/or state if you have attended courses from sociology, human geography or anthropology, too.

17. Where can I get further information?
More information to the application procedure are findable here: https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/63707506/Master and here http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/66719699? and of course at our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/FrankfurtSTS or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KAEE_GoetheUni

18. Do I need a supervisor to apply?
No, you don't

19. Can I apply directly to the university address or via uni-assist is the only option?
Pls. apply via uni-assist. Application, coming directly to our institute are not directed further.
20. Is there an entrance exam?
No, it's not.

21. Do I need take the aptitude test If there are many applicants?
No, there will be no additional tests.

22. Does the program accept students who already possess an MA degree, but in a different subject, from a non-EU university?
Sure, we accept also students who already have an MA.

24. Can I work besides the study programme?
The study programme is dedicated to be a full time MA programme. Even though you'll not have classes every day, you'll need the time to prepare for seminars.

25. Where can I (re-)check my application status?
Answers to issues about your process of application are findable here: https://www.uni-assist.de/en/faqs/send-track/


After acceptance - what to do next?

1. How can I download my letter for acceptance, which I need to obtain a Visa (or else)?
You can download the letter at your account at the HIS portal here: https://goethe-campus.uni-frankfurt.de/qisserver/pages/cs/sys/portal/hisinoneStartPage.faces

2. Where do I find more information about living in Frankfurt?
If you need further informations regarding housing and living in Frankfurt, pls. see the page by the International Office for more information: http://www.goethe-university-frankfurt.de/62901931/International_Students_at_Goethe_University

 


Questions about the program

1. What is Science and Technology Studies (STS)?

STS is an interdisciplinary endeavour, bringing together sociologists, philosophers, historians as well as anthropologists, human geographers, political scientists in their shared inquiries into the role of scientific knowledge, technologies and infrastructures in modern societies. MA programs that offer training in STS come by many names, such as Science, Technology, Society or History and Philosophy of Science.

2. How is the program structured?

An introductory module will inform you about the current states of research and international theoretical discussions. The research curriculum, four one-semester modules, spans the entire duration of the two-year MA Program, engaging students in a research-oriented learning process, and giving them the opportunity to develop analytical and critical skills. It provides students with the necessary methodological underpinnings in order to plan, conduct and evaluate their fieldwork projects. There are also three optional modules to choose from, two of them must be completed. Please find detailed information and downloads here.: www.uni-frankfurt.de/66750191/Curriculum

Or here (until now only in German): https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/67544845/MA_Science-and-Technology-Studies_2017-07-25.pdf

3. How long is the STS Master program?

The MA STS is designed so that it can be completed in two years (4 semesters).

4. How much fees the STS program cost?

There is no tuition, but administrative charges (“semester fee”) are due. These administrative charges are calculated every year by Goethe University; the amount changes slightly. To give you a benchmark, the fee for the winter semester 2017/18 was 362,75 EUR and in the past summer term 2017 it was 362,25 EUR.

5. What do I need to know about STS before I start the program?

It is helpful to know some basic terms and ideas of STS, but it is not mandatory. Our introductory module provides you with a basic knowledge of STS. If you like to prepare yourself before ahead, you find some reading recommendations under the following question.

6. Can you recommend some introductory books to STS?

Handbooks:

Felt, Ulrike / Rayvon Fouché / Clark Miller / Laurel Smith-Doerr (eds.) (2017) Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Hackett, Edward J. / Olga Amsterdamska / Michael Lynch / Judy Wajcman (eds.) (2008) The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (Third Edition). MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jasanoff, Sheila / Gerald E. Markle / James C. Petersen / Trevor Pinch (eds.) (1995) Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks.

Canonical monographs and anthologies:

Callon, Michel / John Law / Arie Rip (eds.) (1986) Mapping the Dynamics of Science and Technology. Palgrave Macmillan: London.

Latour, Bruno (2005) Reassembling the social: an introduction to actor-network theory. Oxford Univ. Press: New York.

MacKenzie, Donald / Judy Wajcman (eds.) (1999) The Social Shaping of Technology. Open University Press: Buckingham, Philadelphia.

Pickering, Andrew (1993) The mangle of practice: Agency and emergence in the sociology of science. American Journal of Sociology, 99(3): 559-589.

Sismondo, Sergio (2004) An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. Malden, MA, Blackwell.

Readings on the Anthropology of Science and Technology:

Downey, Gary Lee (2001) Anthropology of Science and Technology. In: Smelser, Neil J./Paul B. Baltes (eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 20: 13629-13633.

Escobar, Arturo (1994) Welcome to Cyberia. Notes on the Anthropology of Cyberculture. In: Current Anthropology, 35 (3): 211-231.

Fischer, Michael M. J. (2007) Four Genealogies For A Recombinant Anthropology of Science and Technology. Cultural Anthropology, 22 (4): 539-615.

Layne, Linda L. (2000) The Cultural Fix: An Anthropological Contribution to Science and Technology Studies. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 25 (4): 492-519.

Pfaffenberger, Bryan (1992) The Social Anthropology of Technology. Annual Review of Anthropology, 21: 491-516.

German-language overviews and introductory literature:

 Bauer, Susanne / Thorsten Heinemann / Thomas Lemke, eds. (2017). Science and Technology Studies – Klassische Positionen und aktuelle Perspektiven. Suhrkamp: Berlin.

Beck, Stefan / Jörg Niewöhner / Estrid Sørensen, eds. (2012). Science and Technology Studies. Eine sozialanthropologische Einführung. Transcript Verlag: Bielefeld.

Lengersdorf, Diana / Matthias Wieser, eds. (2014). Schlüsselwerke der Science & Technology Studies. Springer Verlag: Wiesbaden.

 7. How interdisciplinary is the STS Master program?

We are cooperating with the Institute of Sociology as well as with the Institute of Human Geography. Designated courses offered in their MA programs can also be taken.

8. Will I have the opportunity to go abroad within the Master program?

Yes, we recommend the third semester for studying abroad. There are several exchange programs that you can use. Details can be found at http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/69289328/ERASMUS-Plus and https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/51566438/Erasmus-PartnerHS-und-FB-Koord.pdf

9. Is it possible to work part-/full-time next to the study programme?

It's not possible to work full-time in between as the MA programme is designed as a full-time Master.


Questions that come up when you are a student

Please visit our list of information on organizational matters to inform yourself about administrative details (attending classes, exams, ...) for studying at the institute: http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/69162156/Organizational-matters

1. Is there a mailing list or a Facebook page?

Yes! Please feel free to join our mailing list KAEE VERTEILER http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/66832184/KAEE-Verteiler
like and share our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FrankfurtSTS 
or find us on Twitter @KAEE_GoetheUni

2. Is there a student union at the institute?

You can contact the student's association via E-Mail institutsgruppe.kaee@gmail.com or via joining their Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/285977488086541/ If you like to contact representatives of GeFKA (Gesllschaft zur Förderung der Kulturanthropologie / society for the promotion of cultural anthropology) pls. contact either

3. Is there a possibility to publish my own work while I am studying?

Yes! For instance, students publish a journal called “Anthropolitan” and you are welcome to hand in your abstract for a paper.

4. Where can I find an accommodation?

Best to find accomodations in Frankfurt is to start searching when you're here, because then you can go and visit the rooms. Here is the best webpage to find a room in a shared flat: www.wg-gesucht.de. Moreover, you can add the mailing list angebotundnachfrage and send your request with details about yourself to the mailing list, too. To find a accomodation befor your arrival, have a look at any hostels in Frankfurt or at Airbnb.

5. How can I build my schedule?

Check pls. QIS LSF: https://qis.server.uni-frankfurt.de/qisserver/rds?state=wtree&search=1&trex=step&root120182=63880%7C66926%7C66225%7C65141&P.vx=kurz

6. When do courses start?

You should be at the university latest the semester starts. All dates are listed here: https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/35793947/semestertermine

7. Is the orientation class mandatory?

No, it's not. But we strongly recommand you to attend as we will talk about our institute, the stuff working here, your schedule and much more. Moreover, it's a good situation to ask all your questions you have, too. Pls. see QIS LSF schedule when and where the orientation course takes place.

8. I can’t sign in for courses at QIS LSF! What should I do?

No panic. There are some courses for which you must sign in, for some it’s not necessary. Just show up at the first session! If you can’t find a sign-in-/”Anmelde”-Button at the QIS webpage, you don’t have to sign before the semester at all.