Research Master in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (Label: Kunst- & cultuurwetenschappen research)

Maastricht University

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Deze opleiding

This Research Master trains academics in the interrelated domains of modern culture, science, technology, & the arts. This is a two-year, full time, English-language programme.


typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
Are you inquisitive, curious and open-minded? Are you interested in how science, arts and technology contribute to modern culture? And would you like to pursue an academic career in this challenging field? Then you should consider getting a research master's in Cultures of Art, Science and Technology (CAST). This one-of-a-kind programme examines the different ways in which the seemingly separate and contrasting fields converge: the sciences are object of cultural critique in the arts, the arts continuously incorporate new technologies and both the sciences and the arts 'imagine' our culture's future. The programme combines the study of relevant theories from history, sociology, philosophy and qualitative social sciences with training in the application of different scientific methods such as archival research, discourse analysis and ethnographic observation. This ensures that you will gain all the experience you need to find work as an interdisciplinary researcher at a university or knowledge institute.

The Research Master was accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accrediation organisation and received an exceptional score of 'good'.
Interview with Prof. Wiebe Bijker about the research master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

Waarom aan de Maastricht University?

A unique feature of Maastricht University is Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Students work in small groups on an academic or practical problem. PBL is a student-centred approach to learning; your teachers are there to help you along, but you are in charge of the learning process. This active approach to teaching encourages you to get involved and allows you to voice your own opinion.
The Research Master in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology is a selective, highly reputed and one-of-a-kind programme. In two years, it trains young academics to conduct research in line with the current best practices. You write papers and proposals, work closely with faculty research staff on their projects, and gain a general 'behind-the-scenes' look at how academic research is actually done.


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opbouwCAST prepares for two kinds of career:
  1. ) A research career in universities (via subsequent PhD)
  2. ) A research career in any kind of knowledge-intensive institution

The first year of the programme consists of four modules and a joint project. The second year comprises a research internship and research for your Master thesis. During both years, students participate in the faculty's staff research and have additional meetings to critically reflect on their research.
1e jaar The first year of the programme consists of four modules. You will also work in a joint research project in which you write an edited book or special journal issue with your fellow students.
Entering the field
12 EC
Research Colloquia STS and APC
3 EC
The Rules of the Game
12 EC
Changes in the system and training "Writing a Research Proposal"
6 EC
Researching the Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology
12 EC
Preparation Research Internship
3 EC
Joint Research Project
12 EC
2e jaar The second year of the programme begins with a research internship, and then students must write their master's thesis. You will work as a junior researcher at a research institute or partner university in the Netherlands or abroad.
Research Internship
24 EC
Thesis Seminar and Research Colloquia and Master Classes
6 EC
Master Thesis
30 EC


specialisatie Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

Research Master trains academics in the interrelated domains of modern culture, science, technology, & the arts. This is a two-year, English-language programme.

The goal of the Research Master in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) is to train young academics to carry out research in three important domains of modern culture, science, technology and the arts - while taking into account the interrelations between them. The programme is unique in that it combines these three domains into one comprehensive programme. It is a two-year programme taught in English and comprises of 120 ECTS. This programme commences in September.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
25% theorie
25% praktijk
This programme distinguishes itself from other research masters in the field by combining the social and cultural sciences and by its distinctive didactic model, incorporating the use of seminars, workshops, methods courses and skills training in the first year; colloquia, workshops and skills in the second year.
The programme combines humanities and qualitative social sciences. If you have an inquisitive mind and if you are curious to find out how the world works, if you are open-minded and you are attracted by the adventure to explore the interrelations between philosophy, history, sociology, and arts theory; if you have a passion for critical inquiry and debate - then this programme is the right programme for you.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
WO bachelorrelevant bachelor's degree in the humanities or social sciences
WO masterIn exceptional cases students with a relevant master’s degree are admitted to follow the CAST programme in a one-year version. This one-year curriculum is comprised of the first and fourth semesters of the two-year programme.

Students who have not yet completed the bachelor's programme should send a copy of their most recent list of grades with the application. Successful candidates will be admitted on a conditional basis. A certified copy of the degree certificate must be received before the start of the master's programme.

all basic computer's skills, including word processing, presentation design, database management, spreadsheet operation, and file transferral and conversion

non-native speakers or applicants who have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must have one of the following language qualifications:
IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0 overall & 6.5 writing
TOEFL with a minimum score of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based or 100 internet-based (minimum score writing internet-based test 25)
Cambridge Proficiency Certificate (grade A, B, C)
Cambridge Advanced Certificate (grade A, B,+)

relevant undergraduate degree in the humanities or social sciences. At least two specimens of writing, done in the undergraduate programme

a CV indicating working experience

All candidates must write a letter of motivation. Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme.

studie kosten
bron: Maastricht University
bedrag kostenpost
€ 350
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
308kamerhuur in Maastrichtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1176totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


14 studenten volgen deze opleiding
43% daarvan is vrouw
3 eerstejaars gestart in 2018
67% daarvan is vrouw
16600 studenten aan de Maastricht University
60% daarvan is vrouw
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€ 308gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
24 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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Research Master in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (Label: Kunst- & cultuurwetenschappen research) aan de Maastricht University is beoordeeld door 6 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.2 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Many CAST graduates go on to PhD programmes. Others also quickly find work in research- and knowledge-intensive institutes, including:
  • government agencies
  • industrial or commercial research and development companies
  • NGOs
  • consultancies.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The master's programme in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology prepares you for a career in:

  • Academic research (via a subsequent PhD programme)
  • Public or semi-public research
  • Government policy
  • Commercial research and development
  • Consultancy

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