|MA (Master of Arts in Social Sciences)
|€3,400 per year
You can see available scholarship options here: www.taltech.ee/scholarships
The application fee is 100 EUR per applicant, which enables to apply for 2 programmes. The application fee is non-refundable!
More information here: www.taltech.ee/apply
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
In order to qualify for the studies at Tallinn University of Technology, an applicant has to have at least 60% of the highest possible CGPA.
For detailed information about requested documents and suitable qualifications, please take a look at country specific requirements.
GRE General Test result must be presented as it is a preliminary requirement for applying. The required threshold score, exemption criteria and other necessary information are available here.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
It is required to upload the official translations along with the original education documents to the online application system.
To apply for the studies, an adequate proof of English language proficiency must be presented. Accepted certificates and required results are specified on our homepage.
The proof of English may only be waived if a candidate has completed on-site secondary education, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree taught fully in English in one of the following countries: EU/EEA member states, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom. If you have completed studies in English but not on-site in the country named above, we ask you to present an internationally recognised test indicated on our homepage.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include the following:
NB! It is important to properly cite and reference any sources used in your motivation letter (quotations, publications, ideas etc. that are not your own). Additionally, AI-generated text is not acceptable as the purpose of the motivation letter is to show the applicant’s genuine motivation. Neglecting the aforementioned principles will result in the disqualification of your application.
The Technology Governance and Sustainability is a Master’s programme that is as future-oriented as it is inter- and trans-disciplinary: from alternative perspectives on economics and development, technology and innovation, to sustainability, governance, and public policies, where all key components of a sustainable socio-economic future are purposefully linked.
Students gain an understanding of technological changes and modern technologies as the key drivers of development worldwide and the enablers of sustainable and human-centered development.
Our programme equips students with diverse perspectives on sustainability, innovation and technology and develops capacities for critical thinking and analysis. It nurtures practical skills for leading and managing sustainable technological, public and social innovations. Graduate destinations span careers in sustainability and innovation-centered public and international bodies, as well as private firms and community-based organizations.
The programme is designed for those who want to understand:
- the dynamics of technological and social innovations towards a transition to sustainability, and the role of different actors (entrepreneurs, companies, governments, and most of all, citizens) in these dynamics;
- the heterodox and alternative perspectives of sustainability, economic and technological development and innovation such as systems of innovation, evolutionary economic thinking, commons-based peer production, non-Western governance, (e-)governance for sustainable transitions, etc.;
- the role and the nature of technology, including its critique, and its impact on the economy, society, governance, and people from a sustainability perspective.
The Master’s programme brings together some of the most renowned scholars of innovation and governance – Carlota Perez, Erik S. Reinert, Wolfgang Drechsler, Jan A. Kregel, Vasilis Kostakis, and others – who offer students a coherent set of skills for understanding, leading and managing sustainability transitions, technological changes and innovations.
The 2 year (120 ECTS) curriculum outline:
General studies – cover topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology governance and how the growing focus on sustainability changes our understanding and core principles of these processes.
Core studies – provide an overview of different approaches to economic development and innovation, and show the interrelationships between the main elements of the economy – finance, production capital (technology), socio-political framework (institutions) – and their role in promoting innovation and sustainable development.
Special studies – deepen the knowledge on: (a) innovation, technological developments and the supportive socio-institutional environment; (b) governance of these aspects with a focus on leading and managing sustainability transitions, technological change and innovation.
Free choice module – allows students to choose subjects according to their needs and preferences.
Consulting Lab – during the internship, students apply the knowledge acquired from the programme on specific challenges and projects of the internship organization (public, private or international) and develop a report helping these organizations to improve and modernize their managerial and governing practices.
Graduation Thesis – students carry out academic research on a specific technology governance and sustainability topic, and demonstrate capabilities of a systemic approach to the use of data, appropriate and sound analysis, and critical assessment of findings.
The programme is a unique Master’s degree. It prepares globally desired experts in understanding, leading and managing sustainability transitions, technological changes and innovations. Our graduates will be able to find future careers in sustainability and innovation-centered public and international bodies as well as private firms and community-based organizations, either as sustainability and innovation experts, managers, or analysts. The programme also provides excellent competitive competencies for continuing your academic career as a researcher in academic institutions or pursuing Ph.D. studies, as our impressive track record shows. Many of our own researchers and professors – Prof. Dr. Vasileios Kostakis, Dr. Christos Giotitsas, Dr. Egert Juuse and others – have grown out of this unique MA programme.
Career paths of our alumni:
JP Morgan Stanley, Parthenon-EY, EY Innovalue Management Partner GmbH, OECD, Government Office of the Republic of Estonia, E-Estonia Showroom, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Competence Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies, Tallinn City Enterprise Department, Office of the State Minister of Georgia, Czechinvest, Ministry of Finance of Republic of Latvia, Cevea (think-tank), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro etc.
Other potential employers:
- international organizations (UN, EU);
- governmental institutions (central banks, ministries dealing with development and digitalization affairs);
non-governmental organizations (science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks etc.);
technology-intensive private companies.
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