Below is a list of questions that will help you better prepare for the transdisciplinary master-insert on Shaping Responsible Futures.

How many modules are there in the transdisciplinary master-insert on Shaping Responsible Futures (shortly, the master-insert)?

There are 6, 5-EC modules which adds up to 30 EC programme in total.

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 Who is eligible to apply?

All UT master students from all master programmes are eligible to apply. Ideally, the master-insert should be pursued after completing the majority of your master courses and prior to starting a graduation assignment, but this is not a strict requirement.

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I am not sure if I can start the master-insert this quarter, will it repeat in the next quarter?

No, the master-insert will take place once a year, starting in November (Quarter 2) and ending in April (Quarter 3).

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Can I do a master course from my own study in parallel to the master-insert?

We strongly encourage students to follow the programme full-time without any extra commitments. This is important to ensure the master-insert community feeling. Any exceptions should be discussed with the respective master study advisors and the programme director of the master-insert, Mascha van der Voort.

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 Is the programme technology-oriented or society-oriented?

It’s both. In fact, the six modules are designed and developed in such a way that these two aspects are brought together with equal weight harmoniously – as is represented in the High Tech Human Touch vision of the university.

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It seems that I have already done similar activities or followed similar courses in my own master study. What’s the added value of doing the master-insert?

There are numerous multi-disciplinary learning activities going on at the University. The transdisciplinary master-insert goes one step further than the existing multi-disciplinary projects at the UT, not only by bringing different disciplines together, but also by weaving these disciplines together to create new, transdisciplinary practices and knowledge spaces. Furthermore, the master-insert provides opportunities for acquiring advanced transdisciplinary skills with an explicit attention to personal development.

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What type of teaching activities should I expect in this programme?

All modules in the master-insert incorporate workshop-style activities and self-organized learning sessions. Most work is to be carried out in groups that will work in a transdisciplinary manner.

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What type of societal challenges should I expect to work on?

We take United Nations’ 17 Global Challenges as our starting point, while at the same time, connecting these to the local challenges experience in the Twente Region to ensure good stakeholder access and hands-on experiences. We are open to incorporating cases and themes that our potential students are passionate about – so please do mention such cases and themes in your application to the programme, i.e., in your personal motivation letter.

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What will the timetable look like once the programme starts?

Roughly speaking, most modules will have contact hours on Monday afternoons and on the mornings between Tuesday and Friday. These contact hours will be in the form of workshops, feedback sessions, inspiring lectures, or discussion & reflection hours. The afternoons re often reserved for teamwork and self-study. Note that times may differ depending on the module, e.g., some workshops may be offered as full-day instead of half-day workshops. 

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I am an international student on a visa. Can I still do the master-insert?

For questions regarding visas / residence permits, you will need to talk to the international office. We do not foresee any complications extending visas / residence permits as you will still be enrolled at the university. 

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I am a student with a scholarship for a pre-defined amount of time. Can I still do the master-insert?

For questions regarding scholarships, you will need to talk to the organization that awarded your scholarship for an extension. Currently, we do not have any scholarship opportunities available specifically for the transdisciplinary master-insert.

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Is your question not on this list?

Please help us help you! Contact us via master-insert@utwente.nl

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