Beginning with the academic year 2019/20, the master's programme HEPS is topically ex-panded and includes sociology of science. This concerns the Introductory Module and the Main Module "Economics of Science" (HM2). In the Introductory Module, the "Introduction to the Economics of Science" is broadened into the "Introduction to Social Studies of Science," and the Main Module 2 becomes "Science and Society." Courses in the economics of science continue to be of-fered for a couple of years. Students that are enrolled in HEPS/ISoS are offered additional courses in sociology, social anthropology, political science, and science, technology and society studies (STS). Students from the fields mentioned are encouraged to apply.
The Master's program History, Economics and Philosophy of Science (HEPS) or Inter-disciplinary Studies of science (ISoS) takes four semesters. It focuses on studies of science and aims to illuminate and make explicit essential characteristics of science, combining perspectives from the history, economics, sociology, and philosophy of science. The objective is to analyze how sci-ence produces knowledge, under which economic conditions it operates and how it is embedded in society in the past and present.
Possible career opportunities are in university administration and science management. Other possible fields of activity can be found in science policy, ethics committees, management consultan-cy, foundations, publication, public relations, in science journalism, or corporate communications.
The master's programme HEPS / ISoS is offered with an International Track, which includes a reduced spectrum of classes in English. The introduction module is offered only in English. The same applies to individual lectures or seminars in the main modules. HEPS/ISoS can be completed with English language skills only, if a reduced range of courses is taken. German language skills at the level of B1 need to be proven upon receiving the degree. Applicants from German-speaking countries do not require any additional language certificate when they possess usual English-language skills (English as a foreign language until the end of the qualification phase for the Abitur). All examinations can be taken in German.
The programme begins with an introductory module which provides basic knowledge of the history, sociology, economics, and philosophy of science and the connections among these fields. This introductory module is complemented with a module from an empirical field or “object disci-pline”. This module is supposed to provide knowledge about how science is done in practice (in addition to reflecting on science).
Based on the introductory module, three main modules follow that are devoted to the devel-opment of science, the economic and social conditions and consequences of science, and the meth-ods of science.
It is suggested to study one semester abroad at a partner institution. Among these partner in-stitutes are the ENS in Paris (FR) and the Universities of Notre Dame (US), Tilburg (NL), Uppsala (SE) and Vienna (AT). Furthermore, a six-week internship is required.
The programme is completed with a Master's thesis.
Please note: Non-native speakers of German need to prove German language skills at the level of B1 before they apply for the Master's certificate at the registrar's office.
Please note: HEPS/ISoS students can take exams with and receive credits from those lectur-ers and professors who have taught HEPS/ISoS classes during their HEPS/ISoS enrollment.
The programme is located at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I2SoS) and carried out by the Faculties of History, Philosophy and Theology, Sociology, and Economics. The programme is oriented towards internationally successful Master?s programmes in "History and Phi-losophy of Science" (HPS) und "Science and Technology Studies" (STS).
The I2SoS was founded in 2013. With the university centre (USP) on science studies, the In-stitute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT) as well as several working groups in the field at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), the I2SoS is part of a Bielefeld tradition in science studies that enjoys a worldwide reputation.
I2SoS offers motivated students financial support (travel allowance) for a first conference talk on their Master's thesis topic. Contact us if your abstract was successful in a Call for Papers and you need support to attend the conference/workshop.
Admission requirements are a degree in a programme of at least six semesters and a success-ful application. The degree programme is aimed at students of history, economics, sociology, or phi-losophy as well as natural and social sciences.