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Welcome to the webpage of the graduate program Innovation Studies


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The graduate programme „Innovation Studies“ is terminated since September, 30th 2018. Therefore, matriculations are no longer possible. The information presented on this site is meant to respresent the range of studies that was offered before termination.
We would like to thank all involved parties for the interdisciplinary cooperation that has facilitated and distinguished thie programme.


  • The first steps towards the new Master's programme were already taken around 2010. The programme was then accredited on 10.05.2011 by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA) in Hanover with the university degree Master of Arts (M.A.).

  • A special feature of the founding process of this degree programme was the cooperation between the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (FK11), the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sociology (FK12), the Faculty of Humanities and Theology (FK14) and the Social Research Centre Dortmund (SFS).
    • In this way, students were able to choose from courses offered by the participating faculties and thus have a decisive influence on the major field of study. Lectures from other faculties, such as the Faculty of Spatial Planning (FK9), were also included in the range of courses and thus offered an even greater variety.

  •  The programme had a structure consisting of three core modules (sociology of innovation and technology, economics and innovation, sociology of knowledge), which all students had to complete. On this basis, five supplementary modules were to be taken, the contents of which could be freely selected from the core modules or from other subjects. Possible other subjects were, for example, here: Technology Philosophy, European Planning Cultures or Human Resource Management. The study progress was rounded off by a method and research module and ended with the preparation of the master's thesis, which could also be written and supervised at numerous different chairs.

  •  A total of 50 students graduated from the " SowIn " degree program over the course of the course.

  • The graduates of the program can now be found in a large number of occupational fields, which are just as diverse as the possible study focuses were.
    • Some (but not all) of these fields of activity are:
      • Science, university development and teaching
      • Human resource
      • Technology and innovation consulting
      • Technology and innovation policy
      • Media, Museums, Archives

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Please mind the note about the termination of this graduate programme. In case you nevertheless have comments or inquiries, please contact Kay Cepera.