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Transdisciplinary Master-Insert

Shaping Responsible Futures

Are you an engaged UT master student? Would you like to learn how to shape desirable futures for others and with others? Are you looking for new ways to develop yourself personally and professionally? Do you want to work with students from various disciplines on tackling societal challenges?

If YES, DesignLab invites you to apply for the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert Programme on Shaping Responsible Futures. This brand-new academic programme will be taught by enthusiastic academics from all over the university, and will involve working in transdisciplinary teams on addressing complex societal challenges.

Please note: Transdisciplinary Master-Insert is an extra-curricular educational programme (i.e., not a formal master study programme) aimed at master students currently enrolled at the University of Twente. Completing the programme will result in a Certificate on Shaping Responsible Futures.


The curriculum of the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert is designed for master students from all academic disciplines. It consists of six modules (5 EC each, 30 EC in total) and is to be pursued full-time (Quarter 2 and Quarter 3) prior to starting a graduation assignment:

  • Transdisciplinary working: Taking multiple world perspectives into account, bridging disciplines, and creating value by synergising expertise.
  • Societal leadership: Responsible innovation, servant leadership, creating societal impact, and value and stakeholder engagement.
  • Creative intelligence: High-level conceptual thinking and problem-solving, dealing with complexity, and frameworks for criticising and judging propositions.
  • Systems thinking: Dealing with open, complex, dynamic and networked problems.
  • Change making: Creating societal impact, evoking bottom-up change and communicating concepts and ideas effectively.
  • Futurism: Exploring and envisioning potential future scenarios, reviewing technology trends, and articulating original, well-informed future visions.
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In this programme, you will collaborate with students from a wide range of disciplines and learn topics such as:  

  • Transdisciplinary ways of working
  • High-level critical & conceptual thinking
  • Participatory & creative problem solving
  • Future scenario building

Starting date & deadline

The Transdisciplinary Master-Insert programme starts in November 2019 and all educational activities will take place in the inspiring learning environment of DesignLab.

Start date

November 2020 (Quarter 2)

End date

April 2020

Deadline for application

30 September 2020

About DesignLab

DesignLab is a collaborative platform for creative change makers. Firmly rooted across the University of Twente ecosystem, this platform integrates knowledge from high-tech sciences with a human touch. As a catalyst for innovation - and fueled by the spirit of our student-driven DreamTeam - DesignLab connects science and society through the main principles of design thinking. 

Staff & organization

Similar to the curriculum, the academic staff involved in designing and executing this programme come from a wide range of disciplines and expertise such as human centered design, interaction design, change management, innovation processes, philosophy, systems engineering and many more.

The organizational team of the programme consists of:

Informative sessions

We will organize two to three informative sessions in September and possibly in October, during which we will welcome potential students and their questions. Following coffee and cake, Mascha van der Voort - programme director - will introduce the 'what, why & how' of the programme. Last year, Sabine Wildevuur - director of DesignLab - joined our sesssions and emphasized the value of this programme for making a positive impact on society, and the module teachers 'pitched' their plans for each module. Check for dates on this website!

How to apply?

The Transdisciplinary Master-Insert programme can accommodate max. 30 students and the admission is based on intrinsic motivation. Students are asked to submit a 'personal motivation letter' and will be invited for an interview with the academic staff. This programme requires full-time engagement, and thus, it implies a 6-month (2-quarter) extension to master studies. Because of this, the selection of students will be confirmed with the respective core MSc programme director to safeguard timely study planning.

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Please note that the Transdisciplinary Master-Insert is an extra-curricular educational programme (i.e., not a formal master study programme) aimed at master students currently enrolled at the University of Twente.  


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Programme overview

Transdisciplinary Master-Insert: Shaping Responsible Futures
Certification: certificate
CROHO code
6 months
English taught
Numerus fixus
There is a maximum of 30 study places
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