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Today’s knowledge society constantly generates scientific and technological innovations, but often the societal implications are not sufficiently reflected. As a result, opportunities for true innovation are often wasted, for example in the areas of mobility or data security.

The aim is to enable students to perform important tasks in the design and management of socio-technological systems. In addition, they should acquire the know-how required for the management and societal shaping of scientific and technological change. The Master's programme is based on a broad concept of innovation that focuses on the interrelationship between technological and societal factors.

The master's programme thus qualifies students for a wide range of professions, such as

  • Science management
    • Economic development and promotion of technology in public authorities
    • Private and public foundations
  • Technology and innovation consulting
    • Management consultancies
    • Evaluation and consulting institutions
    • Technology transfer intermediaries, centers of excellence, ethics commissions
  • Technology and innovation research
    • University research institutions
    • Non-university research institutions
  • Technology and innovation policy
    • Technology departments of associations and political parties
    • State and federal ministries
  • Museums, archives
    • Technology and industry museums
    • Corporate archives
    • Departments for science and technology in radio, television and daily/weekly magazines
    • Editing of trade journals and trade publishers

Target Groups

The programme is aimed at, among others, bachelor graduates of social sciences at the TU Dortmund University and other universities.

The study programme is also suitable for all university graduates with prior knowledge in social sciences, e.g.

  • Economics
  • Educational sciences
  • Cultural studies
  • Journalism
  • Engineering and technical sciences.

For more information, please see our flyer.

Location & approach

The  Technical University of Dortmund campus is located near the Dortmund West autobahn junction, where the A45  (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the A40 (Ruhrschnellweg B1). The most convenient autobahn exits are found on the A45 in Dortmund-Eichlinghofen (closer to the south campus) and on the B1 / A40 in Dortmund-Dorstfeld (closer to the north campus). The university is signposted at both exits.

The TU Dortmund has its own S-Bahn station ("Dortmund Universität") on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund’s central station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf’s central station via "Bahnhof Düsseldorf Flughafen". This makes the university directly accessible from the cities of Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg. Furthermore, the TU Dortmund may be reached via buslines 445, 447 and 462.
Individual timetable information for public transport is also available on the website of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and the Dortmund Transport Authority also offers an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU is the H-Bahn overhead monorail which connects the two campuses. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between the stops Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund Universität S. Line 2 shuttles every 5 minutes between the stops Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

To get from the Dortmund airport to the campus, we recommend taking the "Airport Express" to Dortmund's central train station (20 minutes), and then boarding the S-Bahn there.  A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometres away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.