Our society is being transformed by technology and innovation in a sustainable manner. This is evident in global challenges such as the energy transition, climate change, aging societies, networked production, artificial intelligence, and mobility. To ensure a fair decision-making process, complex and confusing information, as well as ignorance must be grappled with. Special skills are required to shape this change in a socially responsible way. You will acquire these by linking sociology, and philosophy of knowledge with technological-political perspectives.

This international Master course of study teaches these skills in a practical way as it is situated at the interface of academic research, political advising, and public administration. This course of study focuses on questions on uncertain knowledge and decisions under complex social-technological conditions. Problems and approaches will be dealt with theoretically, conceptionally, and practically in the form of projects and internships. The Master course of study will also be run with industry partners from academic and technological organizations in economics, politics, and administration. The topics in the curriculum feature:

Programme Structure

The course of study starts with an orientation week, where you will be given a detailed overview of the curriculum. The course of study consists of:

  • three basic modules in the first semester
  • three advanced modules in the second semester
  • an extension module from the first to the third semester
  • a practical module in the third semester
  • Master’s module in the fourth semester
Study Structure
1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester 4th Semester
Basic modules Advanced modules Practical module Master's module

Scientific Theory of Research

Changing Innovations

Governance of Science and Innovation

Modelling for Innovation

Block seminar: Methods of Science and Technological Research


Master's seminar

Master's thesis

Master's final colloquium




Technology Assessment
Responsible Research and Innovation Internship or academic project, at least ten weeks
30 CP 30 CP 20 CP 30 CP

Core elective module, one module out of five:

A. Managing the Innovation Process

B. Sustainability Strategies in Politics and Companies

C. Technical Sociology

D. Technology and Politics

E. Decision Theory

10 CP

Career Prospects

Graduates will have acquired special skills to answer questions on knowledge and decision-making in complex processes of societal change through and with technology. They can quickly learn in different, complex decision contexts and acquire, structure, and supply the relevant knowledge for this, which implicates precise assessments, systematic classification, and clear communication.

The typical fields graduates work in are public administration, research and development in companies, research organizations in and outside Germany, and universities and research organizations. Generally, graduates can find jobs at organizations dealing with matters of information and data management.

As it is important to establish external contacts during your degree, this course of study operates a think tank, which not helps you network, but also lets you search for internships in an easy and focused way. You should be particularly careful when choosing your research internship or academic project and even consider supplementing these opportunities further.

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