Our Program

Relaunching York’s Science & Technology Studies (STS) Graduate Program

Are you interested in graduate study? Are you interested in an exciting and innovative MA or PhD program? Are you unsure whether Science & Technology Studies (STS) is right for you? Ask yourself the following:

  • Should scientists and engineers develop facial recognition software? What is the role of scientists and engineers in communicating the societal threats posed by global pandemics, artificial intelligence, and climate change? Can scientists and engineers be neutral observers? How should scientists and engineers engage with societal stakeholders like governments, publics, and business? How do you ensure that science and technology are designed for everyone? What sorts of social and political values shape science and technology? Is innovation meant to be ethical and socially responsible? And, what are the social, political, ethical, and economic implications of science and technology?
  • These sorts of questions are the core focus of Science & Technology Studies (STS), sometimes called Science, Technology & Society. Researchers in STS examine the contemporary and historical context, shaping, and role of science, technology, and innovation in our societies.

Does this interest you? Then, come and join us!

  • Join the largest and most diverse STS graduate programs in Canada, and one of the largest in the world, to study for an MA and PhD.
  • Our provisional curriculum from September 2021 includes an Introduction to STS, two new STS Research Clusters, and several electives.
  • Get involved in our innovative, experimental, and interdisciplinary Research Clusters, newly created to support student learning and diverse career pathways; check out the Clusters on Technoscientific Injustices and Bodies: Organic, Inorganic, Technological!
  • Work with internationally-renowned supervisors who study a wide range of topics like adaptive design, feminist technoscience, Indigenous and postcolonial STS, technoscientfic capitalism, health crises, pharmaceutical innovation, histories of experimentation, ethics of artificial intelligence, Big Tech and the power of digital platforms, public understanding of science, space exploration, technological embodiment, and much more!
  • Start your training for careers in research and innovation policy; user design; science communication; healthcare decision-making; data and algorithm ethics; teaching.
  • We offer Funding! Including fellowships to fund your graduate studies at the MA and PhD levels! And our students regularly win external awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and other funding agencies.

If you're interested in applying for entry in Sept 2022 then please contact us.

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

26 August 2021

Our new STS Colloquium Course is starting on 9th September. You can find the calendar of events for the course this academic year here. The Colloquium is a required course for all new MA and PhD students.

26 July 2021

The STS Graduate Program has a brand new Handbook! It's contains information for MA and PhD students on all sorts of things you'll need to know to successfully navigate York and complete your studies.

1 July 2021

We are excited to announce that Prof. Denielle Elliott is taking over from Prof. Kean Birch as the new Graduate Program Director of the STS Graduate Program at York. Welcome aboard Denielle!

28 April 2021

Congratulations to Callum Sutherland for passing his PhD defence this month!

25 March 2021

Three of our faculty - Profs. Aryn Martin, Hélène Mialet, and Kean Birch - have been invited to sit on the Program Committee of the international conference organized by the Society for Social Studies of Science in Toronto, October 2021. More on the conference can be found here.

8 March 2021 - Welcome New Members!

Welcome to Profs. Alison Harvey, Sarah Rotz, and Gabi Schaffzin as new faculty members in the Program! We also welcomed Prof. Alessandro Delfanti (Toronto University) and Profs. Christina Hoicka, Ganaele Langlois, Parisa Moosavi, Jonathan Obar, and Natasha Tusikov (York University) as new faculty members last year.

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.

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