Science, Technology, Society — Science and Technology Studies


The Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, organize and offer the Interdepartmental Program of Graduate Studies in 'Science, Technology, Society—Science and Technology Studies'. The purpose of the Program is to train graduates who could analyze, interpret, intervene and make recommendations on issues of relevance to science, technology and medicine, based on interdisciplinary perspectives from the human and the social sciences.

Program graduates will be especially prepared to contribute critically to issues connected to informatics and telecommunications (e.g. AI, Big Data, Robotics-Automation, the Internet of Things), the pursuit of environmental sustainability (e.g. through appropriate energy and transportation technologies), biology, medicine, biotechnology and biomedicine (e.g. from gene editing, stem cells and biobanking to the study of pandemics). They will be able to identify the best options and make recommendations regarding economic and social policies (e.g. concerning inequality, work, social rights, gender, disability), applied ethics (e.g. ethics of science, technology and medicine, business ethics), innovation, research and development, regulation and the law, and issues of contemporary importance (e.g. science, technology and borders/migration).

The Program admits a maximum of twenty (20) students per year from all fields, holders of degree from cycle A studies from Greek universities or from equivalent foreign institutions. To graduate, they have to successfully complete ten (10) courses or seven (7) courses and a thesis. Time limits for the completion of the program: minimum of two (2) semesters, maximum of four (4). Upon completion, they receive a Diploma from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens plus a Certificate or Diploma from the European Master's Programme on Society, Science and Technology (ESST). Fees: one thousand (1000) euros (may be waived for up to 30% of the students, based on criteria specified by the relevant Greek legislation).