M.A. RESET

How to Apply

First step

Application for admission in TUMonline
You can find general information regarding the application process and a list of the necessary documents here.
The template for the list of best credits (analysis of curricula) and the form for proof of successful participation in a module in the field of social-scientific methodology can be downloaded from the application portal.

Second step

Submission of documents by the end of the application deadline.

Essay questions for the application period 01 January – 31 May 2022 (for admission in the winter semester 22/23)

Please write an essay on one of the following topics (no more than three A4 pages (excluding references), Arial 11, line spacing 1.5; Harvard system of referencing):

Question 1
Following the Paris Agreement on climate change, various entities, including national and local governments, institutions like universities, and large corporations have made pledges to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. In addition to emission reductions, many plans for carbon neutrality involve some form of carbon offsetting, including carbon dioxide removal, in order to balance emissions and achieve “net-zero.” What responsibility issues does carbon offsetting raise at the intersections of science, technology, and society? What policy recommendations would you make in order to address these responsibility issues?

Question 2
The label “Big Tech” is used to denote companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon which started as relatively small internet companies but have steadily grown their portfolio to a wide range of services that cater to billions of internet users. However, this growth has been criticized for concentrating too much power in the hands of a few companies and individuals. What responsibility issues do these developments raise at the intersections of science, technology, and society? What policy recommendations would you make in order to address these responsibility issues?

The essay is assessed according to the criteria a) spelling and grammar, b) identifying, describing and reflecting upon complex interrelations between technology, science and society by using specific examples, c) formulating relevant issues and questions, d) outlining an appropriate research idea

Please note that your essay and letter of motivation has to be your own unaided work, and that all direct or indirect sources used are acknowledged as references. Your work can be examined for the use of unauthorized aid and in order to determine whether your work as a whole or parts of it may be deemed as plagiarism. Any attempt of deception/plagiarism will be penalized.

 

Letter of Motivation

A written statement (no more than one A4 page) of the reasons for choosing the RESET program at the Technical University of Munich in which the candidate explains the specific abilities and interests that make him/her particularly qualified for the program. This statement is assessed according to the criteria a) language, b) demonstration of eligibility and motivation e.g. through program-related extracurricular activities, vocational training, internships or stays abroad, c) link between personal interests and the RESET program.

Detailed information concerning the eligibility requirements, the necessary documents and the aptitude assessment procedure can be found in the Examination and Academic Regulations for the Master’s Program “Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology”. Only the German version of the regulations is legally binding.

Third step

Direct admission, direct rejection or interview depending on the number of points you have acquired.