The option exists for master students Innovation Sciences (IS) to do the research leading to their master thesis with the Philosophy and Ethics of Technology section. In the past quite a number of students have chosen this option and many interesting theses resulted from that.
It may sound as if doing the thesis work with the philosophy section would require in-depth knowledge of philosophy. This is, however, not the case. In principle the courses that were part of the compulsory part of the program should do (except, perhaps, in cases where the specific thesis topic you choose would require additional knowledge that was not in these courses). Another misunderstanding is that doing the thesis with the philosophy section would mean doing theoretical work only with no relation to the practice of policy and design that is so characteristic for the program as a whole. Many of the students that did the thesis with our section did this in industry or in governmental organizations. Examples of projects on which master students wrote their thesis can be found on the pages of e.g. prof. dr. M.J. de Vries.
There are several fields in which staff members have an expertise and based on that can serve as supervisors for the master thesis. On the Mentors page you can find which staff members can supervise which topic. The restricted electives will depend on the thesis subject.
Please contact the graduation coordinator P&E for more information:
Coordinator:|Dr. M.B. Peterson
Phone:|(040) 247 5941, 247 4753 (secr.)
E-mail:|mailto:m [dot] b [dot] peterson [at] tue [dot] nl