Technische Universität Berlin
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Soziologie technikwissenschaftlicher Richtung, M. A.

Program overview

The master’s program in Sociology and Technology Studies links socio-scientific knowledge with insights from technology studies in a way that is absolutely unique in Germany. The content of the program is tailored to the challenges of high-tech, modern societies, catering to the growing need for experts who can critically analyze technology and its consequences for society and assess these technologies with foresight.

DegreeMaster of Arts
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Winter semester
Admission Restricted admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

The formal admission requirement for the consecutive master’s program in Sociology and Technology Studies is a first university degree in a bachelor’s degree program such as sociology and technology studies or a closely related subject qualifying the applicant for professional work.

The Sociology and Technology Studies master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. Knowledge of English is useful as some courses/modules are offered in English. However, this is not a condition for admission to studies.

You can find more information about the application, admission, and selection procedures in the application and admission regulations of the degree program (see the link "Study and examination regulations").

Program structure

The Sociology and Technology Studies program is divided into compulsory, compulsory elective, and elective components. The compulsory component totals 78 credit points including the master’s thesis; the compulsory elective component totals 24 credit points, and the elective component 18 credit points.

The objectives and further structure of the program as well as the examination requirements and details on how the examinations are carried out are set down in the study and examination regulations.

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. You can find it as an annex to the study and examination regulations.

Content and modules

The master’s degree program in Sociology and Technology Studies consists of modules which combine curriculum content on a specific topic and often include various study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules in the program is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, type of assessment, and much more.

The module catalogue is based on the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

To module database

Internships

You are not required to complete an internship for the program.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information concerning stays abroad is available from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) or the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

As a graduate of the master’s program in Sociology and Technology Studies, you can independently apply insights, approaches, and methods of sociology in projects, in particular from technical, knowledge, organizational, urban, and spatial sociology. The in-depth sociological content of the program increases your competence in various areas, for example technology and culture, technology and organization, constructed and social spaces, or innovation research. During your studies, you also learn to identify, analyze, classify, and assess the various aspects and dimensions of social inequality, particularly as they relate to ethnicity, generations, gender, social classes, and cultural milieu.

After your studies

A number of career options are available to you upon successful completion of the program. You can conduct independent academic work at a high level both inside and outside of university research.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance and Infotalk (in German)

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs – Graduate Admissions 

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Subject-specific Counseling and Services 

Office of Academic and Student Affairs