Innovation Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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Innovation Sciences focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of why this is the case. You will learn to understand and manage the mechanisms and processes involved in developing and introducing new technological options.

Our students have an interest or a background in technology (such as Computer Science, Sustainable Innovation, Industrial Engineering or Physics) but would like to apply their skills on a broader, more strategic level. Important questions for innovation scientists include how industries, cities, regions or countries can create an innovative climate in a globalizing world and which factors and actors determine whether a new technology will succeed as well as how government and business can introduce innovations that lead to sustainable development. Within the Master programme we therefore have two specializations:

  1. Innovation in the global context (Sustainable development, globalization, energy)
  2. Innovation in the knowledge economy (Globalization, ICT, knowledge networks)
International semester

During the Master’s degree program you will spend one semester abroad, at a university specializing in technology and innovation.

University Guide to Master's 2016: IS the best!

The Guide to choosing a Master’s program 2016 cites the Innovation Sciences study program Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as the best in its field. The current 2016 ranking is based on the average score of the NSE student surveys that were conducted between 2013 and 2015, of which the last one was conducted in February 2015, prior to the introduction of the revised master's programs. Hence, the evaluations are based on the old-style master's programs.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this Master's program, you will be able to work at organizations operating at the boundary between technology and its social application in both the private and public sectors. In many cases you will work in interdisciplinary teams consisting of engineers, social scientists, consultants, policy-makers, managers and social science and humanities researchers.

You will also be able to work in industrial multinationals such as Philips, IBM and Shell, at universities and higher-education institutes, at statistical institutes such as Eurostat, at TNO applied scientific research organization, in government, in non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross or Oxfam. Your Master research experience will also qualify you for any relevant PhD program worldwide.

Current jobs of ‘IS’ graduates

  • External advisor/consultant (28%)
  • Manager, team leader (25%)
  • Internal advisor/consultant (15%)
  • Research, education (10%)
  • Policy advisor ( 5%)


This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

Programme Structure


The Innovation Sciences master's program is a two year program (120 ects). The program has been built from mandatory courses, a specialization elective , electives in a technical domain, free electives, the international semester and the graduation project.

  • Specialization elective: Innovation in a global context

In this elective, you examine the global and local drivers of transitions and their socio-economic effects in different parts of the world. Here energy systems in countries in different parts of the world are studied, and how these systems are shaped and transformed by economic policies and societal forces such as geopolitics, strategic national security, and climate change. Furthermore, you analyze the link between worldwide transitions and innovations and their global connections. Finally, you examine different paradigms informing development strategies in developing countries in the South and their impact on innovation “on the ground”. You will contrast ideals and aspirations of sustainable development with widespread unsustainable strategies in practice.

  • Specialization elective: Innovation and the knowledge economy

During courses in this specialization elective the knowledge economy will be central to the analysis with issues surrounding the protection of (digital) intellectual property, new sources of innovation in the knowledge economy (“infonomics”) and on the generation of new insights into the knowledge economy by using large data sets (“big data”). Some references are made to new technical developments in mobility, ICT and energy areas.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

To apply for a TU/e Master's program, you need a Bachelor’s degree based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality.

The general requirements for admission to the TU/e Master's of Science programs for students with a Bachelor’s degree from a university outside the Netherlands are:

  • A relevant Bachelor's degree (or equivalent), based on a program of sufficient academic level and quality to be able to complete the TU/e Master's program in question.
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum.
  • Sufficient mastery of the English language.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15000 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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