Master of Arts in Science and Technology Studies (MA)

Overview

The transdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) emerged in the 1970s out of growing concern about the social and political effects of scientific and technological developments. Engaging with the human dimensions of science and technology, STS uses methods from a variety of perspectives associated with the humanities and social sciences. Faculty in our MA program come from English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Sociology, the School of Journalism, and the Faculty of Education. Topics for STS study include: how laboratories work, how to understand the development of scientific practices and technological objects in social context, examination of the ethics of science and technology, analysis of expertise and authority of science in democracies, understanding relations between science and public policy, and exploring representations of science and technology. 

What makes the program unique?

The Science and Technology Graduate Program is one of only two such programs in Canada, and the first to be housed in an Arts faculty. We have more than twenty full-time faculty in the program, with internationally recognized scholars who are committed to teaching and research. The small size of our program means that each student receives full attention and supervision. In addition, students benefit from our STS Colloquium Series which features prominent scholars from around the world. Our past visitors include: Lorraine Daston, Evelyn Fox Keller, Bruno Latour, Stephen Shapin, Isabelle Stengers, and many more.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Arts
Subject
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full or Part-time
Specialization
Science and Technology Studies
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Arts

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Research Information

Research Focus

The UBC STS program has several strengths including history and philosophy of nineteenth- and twentieth-century physics, biology, and economics, comparative studies of scientific institutions (especially in the USA, USSR, and China), rhetoric of science and scientific communication, and representation of science and technology in literature or popular culture.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2019

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 January 2020

Career Options

The two-year M.A. program in STS is designed to give students opportunities to develop their understanding of the roles of science and technology in the contemporary world, and to work in fields such as science and technology policy, science journalism and communication, or curatorial positions in science and technology museums. Our graduates also pursue further studies in a Ph.D. program; recent graduates have gone on to York and Cornell.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20172016201520142013
Applications 713168
Offers 1763
New registrations 1423
Total enrolment44976

Completion Rates & Times

Based on 7 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 1.99 years and the maximum time is 2.66 years with an average of 2.28 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 23 September 2018].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Anger, Suzy (Victorian Literature, Literature and Philosophy, Victorian Literature and Psychology, Victorian Literature and Science, Hermeneutics)
  • Barnes, Trevor (Vancouver)
  • Bartha, Paul (logic; probability; analogical reasoning, Philosophy of science, decision theory)
  • Berryman, Sylvia (Ancient Greek natural philosophy, Aristotle's ethics, ethics and global poverty)
  • Brain, Robert (History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History)
  • Callison, Candis (changes to media practices and platforms, journalism ethics, the role of social movements in public discourse, and understanding how issues related to science and technology become meaningful for diverse publics.)
  • Dick, Alexander (British Romanticism, Scottish Enlightenment, Literature and Economics, Literature and the Environment, Literature and Science, Scottish Literature)
  • Frank, Adam (Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, media, and poetics, science and technology studies, theories and histories of affect and feeling, rhetoric of science)
  • Hill, Ian (rhetoric, persuasion, argumentation, technology, weapons, interrogation, political economy, war rhetoric, conflict rhetoric, dissent, mass movements )
  • Johnston, Kirsty (Dramatic literature and theatre history with particular interest in disability arts and intersections between health, disability and performance )
  • Kemple, Thomas (Social and cultural theory, history of social sciences, literary and interpretive methods, aesthetic sociology, visual representation of concepts and arguments)
  • Kojevnikov, Alexei (Modern history of science, especially physics, science, society,and culture, Russia and Soviet History, Nuclear History and the Cold War)
  • Mawani, Renisa (Colonial Legal History, Critical Theory, Race and Racism, Oceans and Maritime Worlds, Time and Temporality)
  • Nardizzi, Vincent (Renaissance literature , ecotheory, queer and disability studies)
  • Petrina, Stephen (Adolescent Issues, Artistic and Aesthetic Development, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Cultural Studies, Curriculum Studies, Educational Technologies, Environmental Education, Higher Education, History of Education, Literacy, Media, Semiotics, Text Studies, Metacognition and Learning, Music, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Research Design and Method, Science Education, Social Cognition, Social Studies Education, Sociological Issues, Subcultures, Technology)
  • Richardson, Alan Walter (History of philosophy of science in early twentieth century)
  • Schabas, Margaret (History and Philosophy of Economics)
  • Segal, Judy (Public discourse and personal experience(health and illness))
  • Stephens, Christopher (philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, rationality, Why be rational?, scientific philosophy)
  • Wang, Jessica (US history, 19th and 20th centuries, history of science and medicine, political and intellectual history, social and urban history, US international history )

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September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2019

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2020
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2020

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