Our Program


We are excited to be launching our re-envisioned and innovative curriculum for the STS MA and PhD Programs for entry in September 2021. And we are now accepting applications! Apply here.

Science & Technology Studies - also called science, technology, and society - offers an interdisciplinary program of study focused on the critical role of science and technology in society, both past and present. Research in the field applies the methods and theories of the social sciences, humanities, and cultural studies to the examination of technology and scientific knowledge and practice.

Science & Technology Studies is a great program for students from any disciplinary background - natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities - wanting to examine the ethical, social, political, and economic implications of science, technology, design, medicine, and innovation.

Science & Technology Studies is particularly well positioned to provide analytical, critical, and informed insight into complex questions regarding the production of scientific knowledge, health crises and medical expertise, digital technologies, climate science and policy, innovation and intellectual property, ethics of artificial intelligence, and the public understanding of science. The field contributes to timely and urgent debates that bridge the academy and the world beyond it with a nuance that is often difficult to achieve within traditional disciplines.

Our Students win scholarships!

Since the program began in 2009, 65% of our PhD students have received external funding to support their studies from varied sources such as: SSHRC, OGS, MITACS, Vanier, Trillium, Elia, Colciencias (Colombia), Tubitak (Turkey), NASA, and Enbridge.

News & Events

4 November 2020 - Apply now to the STS MA and PhD programs!

Our exciting program is ready for your applications! Come and join us at York to study the ethical, social, political, and economic implications of science, technology, design, medicine, innovation, and much more! We also have entrance scholarships for applicants with excellent GPA scores (or equivalent). Applications details can be found here.

1 October 2020 - Program Relaunch for Entry in September 2021!

We are relaunching the STS Graduate Program for MA and PhD applications from this November! We're revisioning and restructuring Program requirements, and we'll put up these changes on this website shortly. Feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director, Kean Birch, beforehand for more information.

30 September 2020 - Welcome New Members!

Welcome to Prof. Alessandro Delfanti (Toronto University) and Profs. Christina Hoicka, Ganaele Langlois, Parisa Moosavi, Jonathan Obar, and Natasha Tusikov (York University) as new faculty members in the Program!

16 August 2020 - Congratulations!

Congratulations to Lina Pinto Garcia and Francesc Rodriguez Mansilla who both passed their PhD defences earlier this year!

7 February - STS Futures Symposium

The STS Graduate Program held a symposium on STS Futures on 7th February at York University. Speakers included Sheila Jasanoff, Ulrike Felt, Joan Fujimura, Banu Subramaniam, Sergio Sismondo, Yves Gingras, Kelly Bronson, Alessandro Delfanti, Patrik Keilty, Raquel Velho, Orit Halpern, William Turkel, and Jonathan Roberge. Organizing committee chaired by Denielle Elliott. Here is a report by Dayna Jeffrey and Michelle Charette on the symposium published on Backchannels, the Society for the Social Studies of Science's (4S) blog.


Dates and Deadlines

We are relaunching the Program for entry in September 2021 for MA and PhD students - deadline of 15 January 2021. Details on the application process can be found here.