GIST - Governance of Innovations, Sciences and Technologies (MSc)

International Research

Master Program

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As developments in science, technology, innovation and the contexts in which they take place become increasingly complex, so do the challenges posed to their governance. We find these processes transcending the boundaries of single organizations and nation states, and taking place simultaneously on a global and local scale. Both the so-called “developed” world and regions with emerging polities and/or economies are facing extensive and radical transitions of the social, economic, cultural, political, technoscientific and knowledge order. A changing world requires changing or new tools of analysis. At the same time, the analysis of the governance of innovations, sciences and technologies (GIST) can no longer be separated from the innovation of the analysis of governance.

Participants of this program will develop the knowledge, vision, and reflective attitude to contribute actively to current developments in the governance of innovations, sciences and technologies as researchers or as practitioners.

The master program

The aim of the GIST Research Master (MSc) degree program is to enable students to analyze the dynamics of sciences, technologies, innovations and their governance in all their complexities.

The GIST Research Master teaches you to understand thoroughly how social practice, policies and technoscientific phenomena mutually shape each other and thereby structure the world in which we live and work, consume and govern. You learn this by using systematic concepts, heuristics and methods to examine fascinating exemplary cases from past and present. You develop a sensorium for long-term aspects of GIST and, at the same time, you learn how to keep in step with current practices. The master program trains you in the most fruitful concepts and research methods of the social and historical sciences. All these insights provide you with a toolkit for successfully confronting the many, often puzzling, problems and promises presented by technosciences, their innovation and governance.


Details of the master program

The International Dimension


Career Prospects


Further Information

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