Science,Technology, and Society Program

Aim of the Program

This Master’s Degree Program was founded in 2016 as one of the programs of the Social Sciences Institute of Istanbul Technical University. The program started to take students in the Fall semester of 2016-2017 Academic Year. Each course, except non-credits (Seminar), is 7,5 ECTS. Students are expected to complete 60 ECTS in courses as well as to fulfill the thesis writing criteria (60 ECTS) in one of the topics of STS within at most three years. They complete 120 ECTS in total. The program’s language is English. It is the only Master’s Degree Program with this name in Turkiye. The program has Erasmus+ connections with “Science Studies” Master’s Degree Program of Aarhus University, Denmark and “Science and Technology Studies” Master’s Degree program of Munich Technical University, Germany, and "Techno-anthropology" Master's Degree program of Aalborg University, Denmark. Education in all programs are in English. “Science, Technology and Society” Master’s degree Program builds a bridge between humanities and social sciences and science and technology studies by concentrating on historical, political, sociological, cultural, ethical and philosophical perspectives of science and technology. 

Job Market

Graduates work either in public institutions related to science and technology policies, or in ethical commissions regarding science and technology, or in science centers, or in the media. They may also continue their acamedic life in Ph.D. Programs.

Target Audience

The program has interdisciplinary character, therefore it is open to any four-year-university graduates from all fields.  


MA in Science, Technology and Society (with thesis) 

The aim of Science, Technology and Society program is to help students combine the knowledge they got from undergraduate education with the knowledge they acquired in the courses of master’s degree program with the purpose of writing an interdisciplinary thesis in science and technology studies. 

Admission Requirements for MA Program

  • Istanbul Technical University Senate’s Admission Requirements,
  • Any four-year- university department graduates,
  • GRE Quantitative 630, the new system GRE Quantitative 150,
  • Graduate GPA should be 2.50/4.0 (65/100),
  • English requirement: TOEFL-CBT: 231, TOEFL-PBT: 574, TOEFL-IBT: 90, IELTS:6,5, YDS: 75
  • Two letters of references,
  • Transcript, GRE and CV,
  • Statement of purpose (1500 words in English),
  • Should be successful at the interview.

Course List

Compulsory Courses:

Science, Technology and Society Studies  

History of Science and Technology 

Global Politics of New Technologies 

Research Methods in Social Sciences 

Seminar (0+0)

Thesis (0+0)

Elective Courses

Science and Technology Policies 

Energy Transport and Society

Ethics in Science and Technology 

Sociology Of Environment 

Technology and Modern Warfare 

Philosophy of Science 

Philosophy of Nature 

Material Culture Theory and Methods

Science and Religion

Science, Technology and Society Issues in Literature 

Science and Technology Issues in Films 

Science and Technology in the Ottoman World 

Selected Topics in STS 

Integrating Educational Technologies Into Engineering Education 

Academic Executive Committee

Prof. Dr. Aydan Turanlı  (Director and Program Coordinator)

Assist. Prof. Aslı Çalkıvik

Assist. Prof. Barry D. Stocker

Erasmus Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Aydan Turanlı 

Akademic Staff

Prof. Dr. Aydan Turanlı 

Prof. Dr. Tuncay Zorlu

Prof. Dr. Aytekin Çökelez

Doç. Dr. Aslı Öğüt Erbil

Doç. Dr. Dr. Ebru Yetişkin

Yrd. Doç. Dr. Aslı Çalkıvik

Yrd. Doç. Dr. Sevil Baltalı Tırpan

Yrd. Doç. Dr. Barry D. Stocker

Yrd. Doç. Dr. Giovanni Mion

Yrd. Doç. Dr. Jan Kandiyali