Governance of Technology and Innovation M.A. (GovTec)


Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Arts
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

German and English

Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).


  • Proficiency in German and English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

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Global, societal challenges

Our society is being sustainably transformed by technology and innovation. This is reflected in global challenges such as the energy transition, climate change, aging societies, networked production, artificial intelligence or mobility. In order to make socially acceptable decisions, it is necessary to deal with complex and confusing knowledge, but also non-knowledge. Dealing with such knowledge situations is a core competence for shaping socio-technical change. It requires competencies in the sociology of knowledge, philosophy of science and technology policy, which are taught in the Master GovTec.

Goals of the Master's Program GovTec

The international master's program GovTec is the first study program that teaches these competencies in a practice-oriented manner. It is located at the interface of science and technology research as well as science and technology policy and administration. The focus is on questions of (non-)knowledge and decision-making under complex, societal and technological conditions. These are treated theoretically as well as taught and tested in a practical way by means of teaching research projects and with partners from the science and technology organization, business and administration. The Master's is an interdisciplinary program that combines courses from sociology, philosophy of science and technology, and political science.

Topics of the Master's program GovTec

  • Analytics of complex knowledge: analysis of complex knowledge cultures, non-knowledge, digitization of science and technology, modeling of complex knowledge contexts, explainable artificial intelligence , forecasting and evaluation knowledge, research metrics and standards, vision assessment.
  • Innovation Tools and Practices: Participatory Technology Development, Living Labs, Citizen Science, Responsible Research and Innovation, Ethical Analysis of New Technologies, Open Innovation and Open Science, Foresight -Methods, Technology Road Maps.
  • Science and Policy: Decision-making under uncertainty and ignorance, Technology Assessment, Algorithm Accountability , Social Sustainability Cycles , Sustainable Transformation Processes.
  • Methodological and research skills: Assessment of multi-layered innovation situations, qualitative management and evaluation methods, monitoring and evaluation of technology development and innovation.

More information can be found here on the program website and under the program descriptions of the current programs.