Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (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


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
25% theorie
25% praktijk
groepsopdracht, groepsdiscussie, individuele opdracht, hoorcollege, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, zelfstudie, werkcollege, werkgroep
CAST offers a combination of educational methods within the framework of Problem-Based Learning, such as tutorial groups, lectures, master classes, project work and research seminars.
The programme relies on the master-apprentice model to familiarise you with the latest methods in doing research, and you learn by doing. You will also participate in the regular research seminars of the faculty, giving you a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the practice of a large research institute.

Upon graduation, you will have acquired outstanding skills and you will be able to contribute as an interdisciplinary researcher in a university or knowledge institute.
Through rigorous training in theory and methodology, combined with focus on topics of your own choice, you develop both flexibility and specialisation to address the urgent questions of today. This has enabled many graduates to find interesting jobs. Eighty percent of the CAST students find a job within a year of their graduation, and many go on to PhD programmes. Others find work with government agencies, advisory boards, commercial companies and NGOs.In June 2015, the CAST staff conducted a survey amongst the programme’s graduates. Out of the 68 graduates, 66 had found paid employment. Nearly 70 percent of them work in research positions at universities or knowledge institutes. The others work in advisory boards, companies that require expertise of research and development, and organisations focusing on health, education, media, art and culture. Given the CAST graduates’ excellent prospects for jobs and the academic reputation of the programme, it offers value for money, especially for students used to high fees in their home countries.  

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2022
wettelijk tarief : € 2209 (€1105 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 15800

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2023
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.







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.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

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
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Maastricht

20231studenten studerend
9323studenten woonachtig   
€ 308gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
24 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Laura Barendregt


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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
algemeen oordeel4.24.2
De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (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

As a CAST graduate you can look for a position in: <ul><li>Academia (e.g. PhD Candidate, Research Assistant, Scientific Assistant)</li><li>Education (e.g.
Teacher, Lecturer)
  • Museums and galeries (e.g. Collection curator, Research fellow)
  • Business (e.g. Relation manager, Programme manager)
  • Politics (Political advisor)
  • European parliament (e.g. Expert trainee)
  • Some of the companies and institutes where CAST graduates work:
    • Boerhaave Museum
    • Oxford University
    • Shell
    • Maastricht University
    • Max Planck Institute
    • European Parliament

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