Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Social Sciences (Technology Governance), (MA)
Workload: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 2 years
Pre-Requisites: Bachelor degree or equivalent. Candidates with a diverse background are welcome, from social sciences, history to engineering and natural sciences. Previous work experience in the public sector and contacts with the field of public administration or economics would be of benefit
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 50 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€3750, 1 tuition fee waiver scholarship available that guarantees free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
Number of places available: 10
The Master’s programme in Technology Governance leads to a technology-focused graduate degree in the fields of Public Administration, Innovation/Industrial Policy, Development Economics, and E-Governance. The overall purpose of the program is to educate (policy) analysts with interdisciplinary skills to govern, analyse and develop a knowledge-based state and society. Innovation policy and its use in different economic situations has become a very important topic in the world, as the need for people who are knowledgeable in dealing with economic cycles in a new way is increasing. The program should be attractive for those international students who want to get an understanding of the dynamics of capitalist economies and economic development processes from a rather non-orthodox perspective, i.e. from evolutionary, post-Keynesian and other heterodox economics perspectives.
- Faculty includes internationally distinguished, award-winning professors (Carlota Perez, Erik S. Reinert, Jan A. Kregel, Wolfgang Drechsler, Rainer Kattel, Robert Krimmer)
- Opposed to standard text-book, mainstream economics that is taught in most universities
- Case-study based teaching and student-friendly study arrangements
- Site visits and guest lecturers from leading Estonian and international companies
- Minimum stay in Estonia is one year – second year is dedicated for internship and MA thesis writing that can be accomplished anywhere
Although the program is designed to educate prospective policy analysts and public servants, it is also ideal for those who see themselves working in the private sector (entrepreneurs, consultants, analysts) or non-governmental organisations. Potential employers could include international organisations, science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks, and technology-intensive companies. Furthermore, the program provides the grounds for a continuing academic career by engagement as a researcher in academic institutions or pursuing PhD studies. Career examples of our alumni: JP Morgan Stanley, Innovalue Management Partner GmbH, Office of the State Minister of Georgia, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Czechinvest, etc.
The MA in Technology Governance programme is aimed at understanding economic development processes and is taught through the development and evolutionary economics perspectives, which oppose to standard text-book economics, taught at most universities around the world. The programme covers various interlinked areas of study, including public administration and the role of the state in economic development, innovation, industries, and finance.
Technology Governance is an approach and set of policies undertaken by the public and private sector and social actors to develop a knowledge base, social cohesion and competitiveness at the same time. So far, both in academic research and in policy advice, these aspects have tended to be separated. The Technology Governance programme is designed to bridge these gaps. The current crisis has made the Technology Governance approach more necessary than ever. Not only are several of the core faculty members among the earliest who predicted the coming of the collapse, but they are all actively engaged in dealing with crisis now, both nationally and internationally.
Our Master’s programme in Technology Governance is a technology-focused special graduate degree as a realistic alternative to mainstream economics that could be placed in such areas as innovation policy, industrial policy or development economics. This is the international innovation policy and high-tech programme with a solid foundation in history and theory, embedded in an exciting environment that so many students and scholars were always looking for, yet could not find! Our Master’s programme in Technology Governance is a technology-focused special graduate degree as a realistic alternative to mainstream economics that could be placed in such areas as innovation policy, industrial policy or development economics. This is the international innovation policy and high-tech programme with a solid foundation in history and theory, embedded in an exciting environment that so many students and scholars were always looking for, yet could not find!
The programme is interesting as an early- or mid-career professional degree for those working in development authorities, private companies and NGOs. Programme graduates are working in the following organizations: Morgan Stanley (London), GIZ Private Sector Development Project (Georgia), Office of Prime Minister (Greece), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (Estonia) and various IT companies (Edicy, RM Solutions etc.). Other potential employers include international organizations, governmental institutions, science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks, and technology-intensive private companies.
Studying humanities and social sciences has become increasingly popular at the University. The studies in Technology Governance are organized by the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governancee. There are about 450 students studying for a diploma, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. The School offers also courses in philosophy, cultural history, logic, and the history of technology. The lecturers of the programme are internationally recognized professionals.
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
Prerequisite for this program is a Bachelor’s degree and a good command of English. Main criteria for admission are motivation and interest, general competence and achievements, and professional background. It is assumed that any potential student will have adequate basic knowledge in economics, history, and technology.
- There are no formal requirements for any field of graduation, or for specific test scores that tend to measure how well one takes these tests. Because of its specific focus and trans-disciplinary approach, the MA is equally interesting as a first graduate degree right after undergraduate education, as an additional graduate degree after a less trans-disciplinary one, and as an early- or mid-career professional degree for those working in technology government fields, such as ministries, development and promotion authorities, and private companies and NGOs dealing with the subject matter.
- CV - working experience benefits.
Skype interview (applicants may be requested for Skype interview if more information is needed)
- applicant has a well-reasoned interest for studying on a Technology Governance (TG) programme, has a clear understanding of the essence of the program and its focus. Candidate can explain, why he/she wants to study on this programme and its relevance for a prospective working career;
- candidate is able to orient and discuss on different societal topics of high importance, in particular, in relation to recent developments in the economic sphere, field of technology and state governance. She/he can demonstrate of being familiar with a field-related literature that reveals his/her acquaintance with subjects of TG. Candidate is able to bring out potential linkages between previous educational or working experience and the TG programme, and explain how these two could supplement each other;
- in relation to prospective studies, applicant is able to discuss on his/her potential research field, the one presented in MA thesis proposal. Furthermore, candidate is capable of presenting his/her expectations to studies - skills and knowledge to be pursued - as well as study organizational issues, i.e. to what extent he/she is able to dedicate to studies in order to graduate within a nominal period (2 years) and what would hinder the achievement of this aim;
- applicant has a good idea of where he/she wants to end up working - mid- to long-term career perspective and specialization, and how TG programme could help in this regard;
- applicant demonstrates a very good command of English.
Negative scales: less than 50 points Positive scales: 50-100 points
For each programme you apply to, an individual statement must be inserted.
Please provide following:
- the indication of a general topic of prospective MA thesis- academic interests, potential research questions and objectives in thesis;
- methodology – plan on how the research will be conducted, including short presentation of the existing knowledge on the topic (any theoretical or empirical studies that you have come across).
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
Mr. Egert Juuse
e-mail: egert dot juuse at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 2657
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
Consultant for internships and everyday academic matters
Mr. Egert Juuse
e-mail: egert dot juuse at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 2657
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
Consultant for Erasmus/EMPA etc. exchange programmes and potential collaboration opportunities
Mr. Rauno Mäekivi
e-mail: rauno dot maekivi at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 2666
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
Our current and former students are working in the following organizations:
- Morgan Stanley (London)
- GIZ Private Sector Development Project (Georgia)
- Office of Prime Minister (Greece)
- Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (Estonia)
- National Audit Office of Estonia (Estonia)
- Police and Border Guard Board (Estonia)
- Tehnopol Science Park (Estonia)
- private companies in IT area (Edicy, RM Solutions etc.)
Other potential employers:
- international organizations (UN, EU)
- governmental institutions (central banks, ministries dealing with economic affairs)
- non-governmental organizations (science and technology parks, development agencies, think-tanks etc.)
- technology-intensive private companies
Graduates from the MA programme are encouraged to continue their studies at Tallinn University of Technology by applying for a PhD degree either in the field of Technology Governance or Public Administration.
"I was looking for a master's programme that was based in an alternative view of economics, that wasn't mainstream. A programme founded in history and theory, which could provide me with a different perspective of the world order. And guess where I found the best programme of such kind? Yes, in Tallinn University of Technology, in Estonia!"
"This is probably the best economics of technology program in Europe. As such, it is extremely relevant to the kind of strategic decisions necessarily facing high-level 21st century leaders in any field. Also, because the classes are small and mostly in seminar form you get a lot of contact with the topnotch international faculty as well as your fellow students".
"The Technology Governance Master’s program is a unique possibility for me to learn topics and subjects so important for my country. The mix of public administration, development economics, industrialization, innovations taught in the brilliant environment of the TUT infrastructure and by the professional and dedicated persons will give chance to the graduates to actively participate in the development process of their countries or companies".
Mikheil Skhiereli /Georgia
The content of the mandatory internship comprises of an employment in public or private sector, non-governmental or international organisation for at least three months. The responsibilities must cover administrative and managing activities in Technology Governance field. The basis for getting a pass for internship is the study carried out about the institution, and the report about the completed assignments. The reckoning of internship takes place according to directive of internship (in Estonian/English language).
Students with extraordinary study results and interest to participate in science projects are encouraged to contact the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governancee for potential internship opportunities. Please contact Rainer Kattel for further information.
It is also possible to apply for funding via the Erasmus internship framework. Please contact Mrs. Maret Hein (maret dot hein at ttu dot ee) of TUT to find out more about this opportunity.
List of organisations where our students have conducted their internships:
- Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system, Geneva (2012)
- UNDP, Honiara Sub-Office (Solomon Islands, 2012)
- TBC Bank Georgia (2012)
- British Embassy in Tallinn (2011)
- Pharmadule OÜ (2010)
- Spanish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce (2010)
- Stella Company Group Ltd. (2009-2010)
- Ernst&Young Baltic AS (2009-2010)
- Fraktal OÜ (2008-2011)
- Estonian Ministry of Defence (2007-2010)
- Office of the President of Republic of Estonia (2007-2010))
- Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Telecommunications (2010-2012)
Core courses are taught by internationally recognized professors:
- Carlota Perez (Venezuela, developer of the concept of the “Techno-Economic Paradigm Shift”); author of “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages”, one of the top business and economics sellers on Amazon.
- Erik S. Reinert (Norway, Executive Chairman of The Other Canon Foundation, a center for heterodox economics research);
- Jan Kregel(USA, former Chief of the policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office of UNDESA, the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and
- Wolfgang Drechsler (Germany, served as Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress, recipient of the Alena Brunovskà Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration).
Top Estonian scientists teaching in the programme include:
- Rainer Kattel (PhD, member of several national and European commissions in charge of science and research policy);
- Tiina Randma-Liiv (PhD, previously worked for the World Bank and UNDP);
- Tarmo Kalvet (PhD, founding head of the Innovation Program of PRAXIS, Estonia’s leading policy think-tank) and
- Veiko Lember (PhD, leading expert in Estonia of contracting out).
"Due to the polyphony and variety of topics of the Master’s in Technology Governance, every course sheds light on different perspectives of the economy, technology and society. Therefore, every single lecture is a unique experience. Interacting with world-class, heterodox scholars in an open-minded environment: what else could you ask for?"
Vasilis Kostakis, Greece
Alumnus of Technology Governance programme
Senior Research Fellow, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance // Founder, P2P Lab