Subject of philosophy of science and technology is the secondary discipline of Philosophy with Arts and Science combined. Focusing on comprehensive study of science and technology, Philosophy of science and technology has a wide research area. This programme not only pays close attention to scientific and technological innovation, development and its impact on human society, but also to the mutual penetration and influence between scientific and technological techniques and various fields of economy, society, culture, public policy and so on. With the perspective features of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, philosophy of science and technology emphasizes on both basic theory and practical issues. Currently philosophical studies of science and technology and social research of science and technology are the two major branches of philosophy of science and technology.
Established in 2003, Programme of Philosophy of Science and Technology (MA), Southwest Jiaotong University in the past over 10 years, closely depends on the advantageous strength of SWJTU, including talented teachers, featuring with educational training and academic training combined, academic exploration and policy research combined, science knowledge and practical skills combined. At present, there are 10 full-time and part-time teachers in this programme, including 5 professors, 3 associate professors, 2 lecturers, among whom 8 having PhD. More than 50 students had graduated from this programme, and some of them work in universities, research institutions, enterprises, government departments, media company, publishing industries, science and technology policy and management institution, etc..