​For MA Students

Current deadlines and information for STS students

The registration period for the final module exams in the sommer semester 2024 begins on 29 May 2024 and ends on 26 June 2024. Registration is mandatory and only possible via QIS/LSF. Cancellation is possible within the specified period.

Master Thesis

Any member of the teaching staff involved in the STS MA program who has at least a master's degree can act as supervisor of your MA thesis ("Erstgutachter"). If your supervisor has a master's degree, the second examiner ("Zweitgutachter") must be a full professor.

Please search actively early on for a potential supervisor of your thesis to make sure that your project is accepted ‐ we recommend to approach potential supervisors latest at the beginning of your third semester. Note that not every member of the teaching staff is an expert for your subject. 

For information on particular research interests and expertise of the teaching staff please consult the LASST Website (Lab for Studies in Science and Technology).

Master Thesis

Please download the "Requirements for the master thesis" as PDF from our Download page.

Structure STS Program

Topical Modules M2 to M4

Optional modules are topical modules. Three optional modules are on offer:

  • M2: Technologies of Governance
  • M3: Markets and Cultures
  • M4: Economies of Life

To successfully complete an Optional Module, you must complete three courses listed for that Optional Module. In one of the courses you have to write a term paper. The individual courses for an Optional Module can be split between two terms. Two Optional Modules must be completed in order to get a master's degree.

Teaching Cooperation

Optional module courses are offered by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, by the Department of Sociology and by the Department of Human Geography.

The MA STS program is organized in cooperation with the Institute of Sociology and the Institute of Human Geography. The courses are all listed in the online course catalogue as part of the MA STS program.

When you are attending a seminar in one of the optional modules in sociology or in human geography, you must obtain a signed confirmation from the lecturer after successful completion. You can download the template for the confirmation from our Download page.

Please bring it to class at the end of the semester, and ask the lecturer to fill out the form and sign it. Hand in the filled in and signed confirmation to person the responsible for study administration issues at the institute. Please check our Consultation page for the person responsible. That person will pass on the information to the study and exam administration office.

Structure STS Program

All compulsory modules are offered by the the by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, that manages the master's program.

Module M1 "Theoretical Intersections"

M1 extends over the course of two semesters:

  • M1 extends over two semesters: M 1.1 Introduction to STS (1st semester, winter term) 
  • M 1.2 Epistemic Practices (1st semester, winter term) 
  • M 1.3 Global Economies (2nd semester, summer term)

We recommend to complete this module in the first two terms.

Modules M5 to M8 "Research Curriculum"

M5 to M8 consist of four one-semester modules, supporting and reflecting the process of writing your MA thesis. For best results, we suggest two courses per module and term.

Module M5 Indroduction to Research Methods consists of M 5.1 Ethnographic Encounters and M 5.2 Method Toolbox, during the first winter term (1st semester).

Module M6
Research Design consists of M 6.1 Research Design and M 6.2 Proposal Writing, during the first summer term (2nd semester).

M7 Fieldwork consitsts of  M7.1  Research Colloquium and M7.2 Recent Debates in STS, during the second winter term (3rd semster).

M8 Analysis and Writing consists of M8.1 Writing Lab and M8.2 Performing Research, during the second summer term (4th semester)

M9 Master Thesis

Master Thesis

You can find the formular to register for your MA Thesis here.
Please send a copy of your formular to the Institute Study Administration (M.Luedecke@em.uni-frankfurt.de) and to the Prüfungsamt (m.koehler@em.uni-frankfurt.de).