The Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at University of Malaya was established in 1997, with mission to pursue scholarly excellence in philosophy and sociology of S&T, and innovation studies. It has inherited a rich legacy left by its predecessor, the History and Philosophy of Science Unit, set up in 1977, under the purview of the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Science. The Department has been committed to conduct multidisciplinary research and offer STS degrees from baccalaureate to doctoral levels.
Although the Department is the youngest in the Faculty of Science, it has actually a long history. In the beginning the Department was known as the History and Philosophy of Science Unit and its administration was under the purview of the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Science. The Unit was initiated by the then Vice Chancellor, Royal Professor Ungku A. Aziz. The History and Philosophy of Science Course was introduced as a compulsory component of the B.Sc. and B.Sc. Ed. Degrees for the term 1975/76 and it was offered throughout the four years of the undergraduate curriculum.
The Department of Science and Technology Studies began to offer its own full-fledged degree program upon accreditation and approval by the University Academic Planning Committee and the Senate of the University of Malaya in year 1997. Henceforth the department began to offer both the Bachelor of Science (Science & Technology Studies) and Master of Science (Philosophy of Science/ Science & Technology Policy Studies).
Currently, the Department offiers two coursework programmes, namely BSc in Science and Technology Studies, and Master of Sustainability Science.