How to Apply

Applications to the Graduate Program in Science & Technology Studies (STS) must be completed online and applications to the STS MA and PhD programs can be made here. If you have any questions about the program requirements, program restructuring, future curriculum, funding, or any other topic, then please contact the Graduate Program Director, Kean Birch.

All full-time MA and PhD students offered a place in the STS graduate program will receive a funding package consisting of a fellowship (MA and PhD) and teaching assistantship (PhD only). See here is more information on graduate funding packages and opportunities.

Master of Arts (MA) Program

Our MA in Science & Technology Studies (STS) provides students with an advanced introduction to the ethical, social, political, and economic implications of science, technology, and innovation. Students explore a range and diversity of STS concepts and theories, and have the opportunity to pursue an independent research project of their own design. This experience enables students to expand their repertoire of interdisciplinary tools to analyze the diverse structures of the sciences, technology, and innovation. Our MA is a 1-year program and all accepted students are offered a funding package comprising a fellowship and, potentially, other financial opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • An Honours BA or BSc (or equivalent) from a recognized university in field(s) relevant to Science & Technology Studies, with a grade average of at least B+ in the last two years of study. Examples of relevant undergraduate degrees include any BA or BSc degree in which the student has completed a significant amount of coursework on the application of the social sciences and/or humanities to an understanding of science or technology. Strong science and arts students with no prior work in Science & Technology Studies or a related field are considered on a case by case basis;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • A statement of intent which provides a cogent rationale for undertaking study in Science & Technology Studies and defines a topic area for an independent project; and
  • A sample of written work relevant to graduate study (approximately 3000 words).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Our PhD in Science & Technology Studies (STS) provides students with the opportunity to pursue an independent and research-based project on the ethical, social, political, and economic implications of science, technology, and innovation. This experience enables students to develop their expertise in interdisciplinary theories and methods to analyze the diverse structures of the sciences, technology, and innovation. Our PhD is a 5-year program and all accepted students are offered a funding package comprising a fellowship and teaching assistanship. Other financial opportunities are also available.

The STS graduate program aims to prepare students for a range of career pathways and to this end we have revisioned our course requirements to enable students to plan for careers in academia, policymaking, journalism, healthcare, business, education, and beyond. We recommend that applicants discuss their career goals with potential Supervisors as early as possible, even before application.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university in field(s) relevant to Science and Technology Studies, with a grade average of at least a B+. Examples of relevant Master’s degrees include any MA or MSc degree in which the student has completed a significant amount of coursework on the application of the social sciences and/or humanities to an understanding of science or technology.
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • A statement of intent which provides an outline of the dissertation project the applicant would like to undertake and a cogent rationale for undertaking study at York; and
  • A sample of written work relevant to graduate study in science and technology studies

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