Master’s in Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology (Germany) Deadline: May 31, 2019

Technical University of Munich

Application Deadline

May 31, 2019

Program Commencement

Oct 1, 2019

Duration of the Program

Four Semesters

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Program Details

The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at the Technical University of Munich calls for applicants for its Master’s Program in “Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology” (RESET).

RESET is a two-year, full-time interdisciplinary study program, which requires students to complete 120 ECTS to obtain the academic degree Master of Arts “Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology”.
Courses start every winter semester. The RESET curriculum is based on mandatory modules and elective modules (90 credits) and a Master’s thesis (30 credits). Every semester students are expected to achieve a score of 30 credits. The teaching and examination language is English. All mandatory classes are closely mentored. Skills courses provide additional training. The complete study program is designed to allow students to conduct individual, independent – yet supervised – research as early as possible in their career.

Responsibility has become a key concern in current discussions around governance, economic growth, sustainable development, and social progress – captured, for example, by the frameworks of
Res­­­­­ponsible Research and Innovation (RRI) or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
In an environment of increasing economic and political uncertainty, RESET takes serious challenges such

  • How can we anticipate and govern the social, ethical, or environmental impacts of scientific and technological change?
  • What is sustainable, reflexive, or democratic innovation?
  • Which inter- or transdisciplinary forms of knowledge production enable responsibility?
  • How do notions of responsibility differ across regulatory, cultural, and policy contexts?
  • How should expert knowledge and technical possibilities shape democracies, markets and societies?
  • Conversely, how can we democratize expertise and technology development?

RESET offers a professionally and practice-oriented graduate education for students interested in both the technical and social aspects of responsibility in today’s highly technologized societies.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The eligibility for the Master’s program Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology (RESET) is demonstrated by:

1. A qualified Bachelor’s degree obtained after a program of at least six semesters from a national or international institution of higher education or at least an equivalent degree in the following degree programs: B.A., B.Sc., STEM, Economics, Life Sciences, Medicine

2. Verification of the successful participation in a module (lecture, seminar, exercise module) in the methods and theories of social sciences amounting to 8 credits.
If this prerequisite is unfulfilled, a respective module has to be completed within the first year of studies.

3. Adequate knowledge of the English language; students whose native language or language of instruction is not English must demonstrate proficiency through an acknowledged language test such as

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (with at least 88 points)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (with at least 6.5 points) or
  • Cambridge Main Suite of English Examinations (CAE or CPE, Grades A, B, C)

Alternatively, adequate language skills may be proven if 12 credits were obtained in the undergraduate program for examinations administered in English language examination modules (verified by a certificate of the institution of higher education).

4. Passing the aptitude assessment pursuant to Appendix 2 of the Examination and Academic Regulations for the Master’s Program Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology.

International students are required to provide proof of basic knowledge of the German language within the first year of their studies.

Application Process

First step

Application for admission in TUMonline.

You can find general information regarding the application process and a list of the necessary documents here.


Second step

Submission of documents by the deadline.

Essay questions for the application period for the WS 2019/20

Please write an essay on one of the following topics (no more than three A4 pages, Arial 11, line spacing 1.5):
Question 1
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is currently transforming work practices in a range of sectors of employment. Which questions does this development raise for responsibility in science, technology, and society and how should researchers, policymakers, industry leaders, and civil society respond? How would you turn this into a research question?
Question 2
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continue to be discussed as a possible solution for world hunger. At the same time there are continuous debates on whether they are socially desirable. Which questions does this development raise for responsibility in science, technology, and society and how should researchers, policymakers, industry leaders, and civil society respond? How would you turn this into a research question?

Letter of Motivation
A written statement (no more than two A4 pages) of the reasons for choosing the RESET program at the Technische Universität Munich in which the candidate explains those specific abilities and interests that make him/her particularly qualified for the RESET Master’s program at the Technische Universität Munich; a candidate’s exceptional motivation and commitment is to be demonstrated by details on program-related vocational training, internships, stays abroad, or program-related further education beyond the attendance and course requirements of the Bachelor’s program, if necessary by appropriate documentation.

Detailed information concerning the eligibility requirements, the necessary documents and the aptitude assessment can be found in the Examination and Academic Regulations for the Master’s Program Science and Technology Studies. Only the German version of the regulations is legally binding.


Third step

If you are invited to an assessment interview, you are welcome to inform us about your preferred date for an interview. Please note that all interviews are held in English.

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