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MATechnology Governance and Sustainability

Tuition fee €3,400 per year

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Application fee €100 one-time

The application fee is 100 EUR per applicant, which enables to apply for 2 programmes. The application fee is non-refundable!

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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.

Programme structure

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Apply now! Fall semester 2024/25
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
2 Sept 2024
Apply now! Fall semester 2024/25
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
2 Sept 2024