We offer a stand alone MA in STS, and an MA and PhD in English, History, Sociology or Philosophy with an STS research specialization. Please see the MA admission information and PhD admission information pages for more details on applying.
UBC is one of only two institutions in Canada to offer graduate degrees in STS, and is a node in the nation-wide SSHRC-funded “Situating Science” network.
At UBC, STS students can choose from a variety of courses that explore and analyze the conceptual foundations, practices, institutions, and representations of science and technology. Faculty from English, History, Philosophy, Geography, Sociology, the School of Journalism, and the Faculty of Education are affiliated with the Graduate Program. Recent faculty publications include books on climate change, technologies of affect, and Max Weber. Our biweekly STS Colloquium features local scholars as well as prominent visitors from around the world: Stephen Shapin in 2012, Bruno Latour in 2013, Isabelle Stengers and Lorraine Daston in 2014-15, and many more.
UBC is an outstanding educational and research institution, located in one of the world’s great cosmopolitan cities, Vancouver, British Columbia. We enjoy a vibrant arts and cultural scene, in a beautiful ocean and mountain setting, with a temperate climate.
Students who wish to pursue the MA should apply directly to the STS Program. Students who seek the PhD specialization should apply to one of the four departments listed.
The application portal is currently open and applications are due January 15th, 2021. Staff are working from home until further notice so please do not mail any physical copies of documents to the department; they will not be received. The application is fully online.