Master Innovation Sciences

Course structure

The Innovation Sciences master's degree program lasts two years, with each year comprising 60 ECTS credits. The first year features mandatory courses, a specialization elective plus engineering and free electives. The second year is taken up with an international semester and your thesis project. 

Core courses

In your first year, you are required to take five core courses for 5 ECTS credits each. These courses are: 

  • Evolutionary foundations 
  • Research methodology 
  • Governing innovations 
  • Modern societies 
  • Responsible innovation and sustainability 

Elective courses 

All students must also take at least 10 ECTS credits worth of engineering courses. You can choose courses from across TU/e’s faculties, but they must be of a sufficiently high level – typically master’s level. A BSc level 3 course may also be included in your program where there is a clear need (e.g. where it provides essential prior knowledge that you are missing). These electives are usually followed during Q2, 3 and / or 4 of your first year, but could also be completed during your international semester. 

Specialization elective: Innovation in a global context 

In this elective, you examine the global and local drivers of transitions and their socio-economic effects in different parts of the world. Energy systems in different countries around the world are studied, particularly how they are shaped and transformed by economic policies and societal forces such as geopolitics, strategic national security, and climate change. Furthermore, you will analyze the link between worldwide transitions and innovations and their global connections. Finally, the course examines different paradigms informing development strategies in developing countries and their impact on innovation “on the ground”.  You will contrast the ideals and aspirations of sustainable development with widespread unsustainable strategies in practice. 

Specialization elective: Innovation and the knowledge economy 

This elective focuses on the knowledge economy. In particular, it explores issues surrounding the protection of (digital) intellectual property and new sources of innovation in the knowledge economy (“infonomics”) and the generation of new insights into the knowledge economy by using large data sets (“big data”). Some references are made to new technical developments in mobility, ICT and energy areas. 

International semester 

The department maintains an active exchange program with a number of international universities. This includes links with universities in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Singapore, Spain, the UK, the USA, South Africa and Sweden. 

The first semester of your second year will be spent at a university abroad that has strong research and teaching programs in technology and innovation. You will follow courses that complement your study program in Eindhoven, either deepening your knowledge in subjects studied here or introducing new topics not available in Eindhoven. 

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Human Technology Interaction

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Information Systems IE&IS

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Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing

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Operations Planning Accounting & Control

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Philosophy & Ethics

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Technology, Innovation & Society

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