IS program specifications

Innovation Sciences Master's program
While innovation is crucial for economic growth, sustainable development and welfare, many inspiring technological ideas never make it into society. Innovation Sciences focuses on gaining  a deeper understanding of why this is the case, and how to improve the situation. Students learn to understand and manage the mechanisms and processes involved in developing and  introducing new technological options. They gain a better understanding of the socio-economic implications of technical change. They will work on the design and evaluation of public policies, private business strategies and actions of non-governmental organzations. They learn to put technical change in a European and global context. Important questions include how local or national societies can create an innovative climate in a globalizing world, which factors and actors determine whether a new technology will succeed and how government and business can introduce innovations that lead to sustainable development?

Graduation options
The Master’s degree program Innovation Sciences provides two specialization tracks in which you can graduate. These include:

  • Global Sustainability
  • Innovation, Strategy and Policy.

International semester
During the Master’s degree program you will spend one semester at a university in another country specializing in technology and innovation. The courses (and/or research project) that you will follow during this internship will enable you to deepen the knowledge you have already gained, or to supplement it with subjects that are not taught at TU/e. The innovation-related subjects that you follow while studying abroad will be closely linked to your final Master’s project. The program has strong research links with prominent universities, for example in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Germany, the UK, Singapore, the USA and South Africa.

Research profile of the department
The research program is linked to the Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies (ECIS). It focuses on the analysis of the causes and consequences of innovation and technological change in organizations, networks, regions, economic sectors and national economic systems. Some of the main research themes are Moral Values in Design, the Role of Technology in European Integration and Globalisation, Designing Computer Interfaces from a User Perspective, Introduction of Sustainable Energy Technologies, the Knowledge Economy and Economic Performance, and The Role of High-Tech Startups in the Dutch Innovation System. The research program is a collaboration between many disciplines, economics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, history and science, and technology studies. More information on the ECIS website.

Master Students from outside the Netherlands please note:
You are admitted with an individual program to eliminate your deficiencies. Instead of the standard international term during the second program year you will have to pass some extra undergraduate (minor/pre-master) courses, up to a maximum of 20 credit points.

Graduated... and then?
As a graduate of this Master program, you will be able to work in both the private and public sectors in organizations operating at the boundary between technology and its social application. In many cases you will work in interdisciplinary teams consisting of engineers, social scientists, consultants, policymakers, managers and researchers. You will also be able to work in industrial companies such as Philips, IBM and Shell, at universities and higher education institutes, at statistical institutes such as Eurostat, at TNO (Netherlands organization for applied scientific research) , in government or in NGOs such as the Red Cross or Oxfam Novib.

For more information about the content of the courses visit the Education guide of Innovation Sciences.