Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology

Re­spon­sibility has be­come a key con­cern in cur­rent dis­cussions about gov­ernance, eco­nomic growth, sus­taina­ble devel­op­ment, and social pro­gress. The Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram “Re­spon­sibility in Sci­ence, Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nolo­gy” (RE­SET) offers a prac­tice-oriented educa­tion for stu­dents inter­ested in both the social and tech­nolog­ical as­pects of re­spon­sibility in to­day’s highly tech­nolo­gized socie­ties.

The Elite Graduate Program at a glance

DegreeMaster of Arts
Duration of studyFour semesters
Place of studyMunich
Admission requirementsRelevant bachelor’s degree
Language of instructionEnglish
Application deadlineMay 31th
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Begin of studiesWinter semester
HeadProf. Dr. Sebastian Pfotenhauer
CoordinatorVictoria Bauer
Clara Valdés Stauber
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Further informationWebsite RESET – Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology

Responsibility in Science and Technology – Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The Elite Grad­uate Pro­gram “RE­SET” draws its inter­disci­plinary strength and sym­metry from a di­verse stu­dent body – with back­grounds in sci­ence, tech­nology and engi­neer­ing as well as social and life sci­ences, psy­cholo­gy and the hu­mani­ties – and specif­ically targets stu­dents with previ­ous work or re­search expe­rience.

RESET stu­dents ac­quire broad and in-depth knowledge of theo­ries, meth­ods and tech­niques from vari­ous disci­plines in­clud­ing sci­ence and tech­nology stud­ies (STS), public policy, inno­vation stud­ies, eco­nom­ics, law, media stud­ies and ethics.

Fur­ther­more, the stu­dents of the Pro­gram "Re­spon­sibility in Sci­ence, Engi­neer­ing and Tech­nolo­gy" learn to reflect on STEM fields from a re­spon­sibility per­spec­tive.

Portrait photo: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pfotenhauer

Questions of responsibility are increasingly at the forefront of science and innovation. RESET gives talented students from around the globe the chance to turn their passion for creating a better world through science and technology into a career.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pfotenhauer

An innovative semester structure and hands-on immersive learning based on case studies, projects, and an internship foster new forms of collaboration across institutions and disciplines.

A Stimulating International Academic Setting

Students bene­fit from small course sizes, in-depth dis­cussions and indi­vidual sup­port from RE­SET’s teach­ing staff. They are able to ac­quire expert knowledge at the cut­ting edge of inter­na­tional tech­nosci­ence re­search as well as exten­sive com­muni­cation and project man­age­ment skills. The lan­guage of in­struc­tion is Eng­lish. Inter­na­tional stu­dent groups and pro­jects help pre­pare stu­dents for a global work­ing envi­ron­ment.

Snippets of the program

Picturing the Invisible

RESET students were involved in the award-winning "Picturing the Invisible" exhibition to artistically demonstrate the invisible consequences of the earthquake in Fukushima.

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A couple on a leak. Artistic representation of a tree growing through a man’s chest.

Working at a Ministry for Digital Affairs

RESET M.A. student Matthias Meller shares his experiences as a policy analyst intern at the Hessian Ministry for Digital Strategy and Development.

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Snippets of the research

Brave New World of Work

In this project, a group of RESET Master’s students explored the consequences of modern worlds of work and asked how ideas of responsible innovation are addressed.


Julia Renninger is working on the SCALINGS project as an intern. Her main task is to engage with case studies around innovative forms of urban energy supply and distribution.

Ethics and Neurotech

In her thesis Sophia Knopf explored the construction, understanding and practice of ethical and social responsibility in the context of innovation in the neurotechnology industry.