Innovation is crucial for economic growth, sustainable development and welfare. Yet many inspiring technological ideas never become successful. Innovation sciences focus on gaining a deeper understanding of why this is the case, and how to improve the situation.
If you are interested in technology and would like to apply your skills on a broader, more strategic level, our Innovation Sciences master’s program is perfect for you.
In our Innovation Sciences Master program, you will learn to understand and manage the mechanisms and processes involved in developing and introducing new technological options. You will gain a better understanding of the socio-economic implications of technical change, and learn to put technical change in a European and global context. Important questions for innovation scientists include:
- How can local or national societies create an innovative climate in a globalizing world?
- Which factors determine whether a new technology will succeed?
- How can government and business introduce innovations that lead to sustainable development?
As a graduate of this master's program you will be able to work at organizations operating at the boundary between technology and its social application in both the private and public sectors. In many cases you will work in interdisciplinary teams consisting of engineers, social scientists, consultants, policy makers, managers humanities researchers.
You will also be able to work in:
- industrial multinationals such as Philips, IBM and Shell
- universities and higher-education institutes
- statistical institutes such as Eurostat
- research organization like TNO
- non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross or Oxfam.
- The research experience you gain during the program will also qualify you for any relevant PhD program worldwide.