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Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology (RESET)

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Elite Master's program RESET offers a practice-oriented graduate education for students interested in both the technical and social aspects of responsibility in today’s highly technologized societies.

TUM School of Governance

Due to the current situation, the application deadlines for Master's programs for the winter semester 2020/21 will be extended once until June 30, 2020.

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • English
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

Responsibility has become a key concern in current discussions around governance, economic growth, sustainable development, and social progress – captured, for example, by the frameworks of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In an environment of increasing economic and political uncertainty, RESET takes serious challenges such as:

  • How can we anticipate and govern the social, ethical, or environmental impacts of scientific and technological change? 
  • What is sustainable, reflexive, or democratic innovation? 
  •  Which inter- or transdisciplinary forms of knowledge production enable responsibility? 
  • How do notions of responsibility differ across regulatory, cultural, and policy contexts? 
  • How should expert knowledge and technical possibilities shape democracies, markets and societies?
  • Conversely, how can we democratize expertise and technology development?

How is the program structured?

The first semester is dedicated to introducing students to the social, economic, political, media and legal aspects of innovation, controversies and responsibility in science and technology. This is facilitated by an innovative term structure, immersive projects, and by hands-on training in STS research methods.

The second semester provides in-depth introductions to STEM fields, complemented by three elective specialization lectures and seminars in key STS fields.

The third semester primarily serves to gain practical experience through an internship and a research project. Students also publish a blog and organize an interdisciplinary science workshop.

The fourth semester is reserved for the Master’s thesis, through which students learn how to carry out research that is highly relevant to stakeholders in academia, industry, government and NGOs.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

The program draws its interdisciplinary strength and symmetry from a diverse student body – with backgrounds in the natural sciences and engineering as well as the social sciences and humanities – and specifically targets students with previous work or research experience. An innovative term structure and hands-on immersive learning based on case studies, projects and an internship foster new forms of collaboration across institutions and disciplines.

RESET conveys the knowledge, methods and analytical tools necessary for understanding and responding to the unique challenges resulting from the increasing interconnectedness of science, technology, society, politics and economics. With its distinctive focus on issues of responsibility and responsiveness, the program combines rigorous training in science and technology studies (STS) with project-based immersion in engineering, science, citizen engagement and policy-making. In particular, graduates are able to identify, analyze and critically discuss social, economic, political, cultural and legal aspects of science and technology. 

Students benefit from small course sizes, individual support from RESET’s teaching staff and a range of services offered by the Elite Network of Bavaria, which the program is affiliated to. They are able to acquire expert knowledge at the cutting edge of international technoscience research as well as extensive communication and project management skills. The language of instruction is English and international student groups and projects help prepare students for a global working environment.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

RESET graduates will be able to work in a range of fields, including government, international organizations, innovative firms (both established companies and start-ups), NGOs, think tanks, research and higher education management, consulting, or pursue a career in academia.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply?

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit for enrollment?

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

What application deadlines do I need to meet?

Application period for the winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarizedhardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

What are my options after earning this degree?

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.