Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility for the Master’s program Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology (RESET) is demonstrated by:

1. Holding a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, psychology, the humanities, economics, STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics), life sciences, medicine or law.

2. Verification of 8 credits worth of courses in theories and methods of social science. If this prerequisite is unfulfilled, students have to take a special preparatory course at the beginning of their first semester. Please note that the application form “Verification of the Successful Participation in Modules on Methods and Theories of Social Sciences” needs to be filled out irrespective of whether proof can be provided or not (please tick the respective box on the form) and that the filled-out form will be assessed within the aptitude assessment process.

3. Adequate knowledge of the English language; students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency through an acknowledged language test such as

  • “Test of English as a Foreign Language“ (TOEFL) (with at least 88 points)
  • “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS) (with at least 6.5 points) or
  • “Cambridge Main Suite of English Examinations” (CAE or CPE, Grades A, B, C)

Alternatively, adequate language skills may be proven if 12 credits were obtained in the Bachelor’s program for courses held in English (in this case, an official document from the university has to be submitted stating that the courses and the respective exams were held entirely in English).

4. Passing the aptitude assessment pursuant to Appendix 2 of the Examination and Academic Regulations for the Master’s Program Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology.

International students are required to provide proof of basic knowledge of the German language within the first year of their studies.

Foto: Uli Benz (TUM)

Foto: Uli Benz (TUM)

Foto: Astrid Eckert (TUM)

Foto: Astrid Eckert (TUM)

Foto: Andreas Heddergott (TUM)

Foto: Andreas Heddergott (TUM)


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.

Second step

Submission of documents by the end of the application deadline.

Essay questions for the upcoming application period 01 January – 31 May 2021 (for admission in the winter semester 21/22).

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

Question 1

Big social, economic, political and scientific hopes are related to the new vaccine against COVID-19. Big government initiatives and scientific programs were set up to foster its development. At the same time, the actual introduction and distribution of the vaccine raises important social, political, legal and ethical issues. Which social, political, legal and ethical challenges do you foresee? How can we ensure that the distribution of the vaccine is fair, widely accepted, and efficient? Which research questions can you think of in this context?

Question 2
The power of social media to shape public opinion has been the focus of much debate over the past years. One particular challenge has been the rise of so-called hate speech in online media. Policy makers are currently debating whether and how to limit hate speech on social media platforms. In practice, this could be realized by algorithms or by humans. What are the ethical, political, legal, and social implications of regulating hate speech on social media for individuals, society, and social media corporations? What would be a better option for regulation – human or algorithmic censors? Which research questions can you think of in this context?

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 two A4 pages) 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.