Technology and Philosophy (Master of Arts)
(Technik und Philosophie, M.A.)
|Degree: Master of Arts|
|Duration: 4 Semester|
|Language: German, selected lectures/seminars in English.|
|Internship: a career-oriented full-time internship lasting a minimum of six weeks, which must be completed at the latest upon registration for the Master’s examination and may be accredited as part of course requirements (see semester course schedule); further information.|
Requirements for Admission: |
For admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment), a Bachelor's or Master's degree from engineering sciences, natural sciences or mathematics, a TU Darmstadt degree which combines these areas, or an equivalent degree is required. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office.
Please also note the general information on the Master of Arts degree programme, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Special Features: —|
The degree programme Master of Arts in Technology and Philosophy is aimed at graduates of degrees in engineering sciences, natural sciences and mathematical sciences and offers the enrichment of competence in the areas of the Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Science and Ethics of Technology. In this programme students will concentrate on mastering the central concepts and theoretical approaches in the fields of the Theory of Technology, Philosophy of Technology and Ethics of Technology in their systematic and historical scope. Students will also come to a scientifically sound understanding of issues regarding the structure and composition of technology, as well as their societal and ecological implications.
The degree programme is designed to be interdisciplinary in nature. After a general introduction to philosophical thought, the central issues become the philosophy of technology, epistemology, the theory of science, and the theory of science, plus the ethical and societal dimensions of the processes of technological change. The basic grounding in philosophy will be enhanced by lectures from professors and lecturers from other departments and interdisciplinary institutions at the TU Darmstadt, including the Interdisciplinäre Arbeitsgruppe Naturwissenschaft, Technik und Sicherheit (IANUS) ( Interdisciplinary Working Group for Natural Sciences, Technology and Security), the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Technikforschung (ZIT) (Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Technology), and the nanoOffice. An internship provides the opportunity for students to expand their knowledge by experiencing other societal and institutional fields.
Advice for Prospective M.A. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
Related Degree Programmes
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
This degree programme provides qualifications for various career fields, e.g. politics of technology and research, science management, technological impact assessment, planning and administration in national and state government, institutions, publishers, media, and consulting for ethics committees, for example.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites: