Technology, values
and innovation

Technology, Values and Innovation is a profile within the Master's programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society. 

This profile focuses on normative, evaluative and critical issues in relation to technology and society. The Technology, Values and Innovation Profile contains two courses:

  • Technology and the quality of life
  • Technology and responsible innovation

The central theme in this profile is how technology can be developed and used in an ethical way, what good technology is, and how both society and engineering should be organized to produce technology that is ethically and politically acceptable. In this profile you will also focus on the governance of responsible innovation. The normative focus of the profile is reflected in its emphasis on public and private values in relation to individuals and society: it evaluates or prescribes directions for the development of technology according to these values.


  • Ethics and governance of emerging technologies
  • Technology and the good life
  • Technology and the quality of society
  • Technology and the environment
  • Globalization of research and innovation
  • Value-sensitive design and responsible innovation
  • Governance of responsible innovation



In the first semester of the second year of the Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society programme at the University of Twente, you will take three mandatory courses (in quartile one) and two profile-related deepening courses (in quartile two). The Masterlab 1 (5 ECs) course will be taken in parallel to the two profile-related courses. 

Below you will find the course overview for year 2.

Note: This is the course overview for the academic year 2015-2016. The schedule is subject to change. No rights may be derived from this information. 

Note: instead of choosing one profile, you also may opt for the so-called Free Profile, which may include a mix of mandatory and profile-related courses, and/or courses from inside or outside the PSTS programme. Compiling such a free profile requires approval from the Examination Board. For more information, please contact the programme staff. 


Learn more about the first year of the Master's programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society programme at the University of Twente:


Check the application deadlines or directly proceed with the application procedure.

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