TEKPOLSCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY STUDIES


MSc Program

As a key to understand the knowledge-based society, the M.Sc. Program in “Science and Technology Policy Studies” is designed to equip students with the necessary know-how in economic and social policy-making as well as theoretical approaches to understand technological change. It aims to deal with economic, social, cultural and philosophical challenges of today’s knowledge-based economy and society.

 

Modern science and technology has evolved to such a degree of complexity that calls for appropriate policies which can no longer be formulated adequately within the matrix of any single discipline. In order to match this level of complexity recent policy issues require a multi-disciplinary approach. By encouraging both curiosity-driven and rigorous applied interdisciplinary research in science and technology, METU-TEKPOL aims at preparing students towards tackling theoretical and applied issues. The graduates of he program will be qualified to work in technology and research-oriented organizations in the public sector, as well as industry and universities. The success of the program can be judged by placement of its students to similar reputable programs in United States and Europe for further studies such as, Technology and Policy Program of MIT; Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Sussex Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of Sussex University, UNU-MERIT of Maastricht University; Innovation, Management and Policy Department of Manchester University and CIRCLE of Lund University and Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Gothenburg.

 

Bilim ve Teknoloji Politikası Çalışmaları Ana Bilim Dalı

 

Tezli/Tezsiz Yüksek Lisans Programı Eğitim Amaçları

Bilim ve Teknoloji Politikası Çalışmaları Yüksek Lisans Programı mezunları;

    • Yurtiçinde ve yurtdışında saygın üniversitelerde doktora öğrencisi olarak tercih edilirler.
    • İlgili kamu ve özerk kurumların bilim, teknoloji ve yenilik politikası birimlerinde uzman olarak çalışabilirler.
    • Özel şirketlerin teknoloji stratejisini belirleyen birimlerinde uzman olarak çalışabilirler.
    • Üniversitelerde, devlet kurumlarında ve özel şirketlerde teknoloji iktisadı ve bilim, teknoloji ve yenilik politikası konularında ders verebilirler.
    • Devlet kurumlarına ve özel şirketlere teknoloji ve yenilik politikası konularında danışmanlık hizmeti verebilirler.

 

Tezli/Tezsiz  Yüksek Lisans Programı Eğitim Çıktıları

Bilim ve Teknoloji Politikası Çalışmaları Yüksek Lisans Programı öğrencileri;

      • Teknolojik ilerlemenin ekonomik ve sosyal sonuçlarını incelemek için disiplinlerarası bakış açısı kazanırlar.
      • Teknolojinin getirdiği sosyal ve ekonomik dönüşümlere uyum sağlayabilecek strateji ve politika geliştirme yetisi kazanırlar.
      • Bilim, teknoloji ve yenilik politikası tasarlayabilecek düzeyde kavramsal, yöntemsel ve uygulamalı bilgi sahibi olurlar.
      • Özel şirketler teknoloji ve yenilik stratejisi geliştirebilecek düzeyde kavramsal, yöntemsel ve uygulamalı bilgi sahibi olurlar.


YÖK Yönetmeliğine göre tezsiz yüksek lisans programından mezun olan öğreciler Doktora programına başvuru yapamamaktadır.


Science and Technology Policy Studies (thesis and non-thesis MsC Program)


Educational objectives

The graduates of Science and Technology Policy Studies Master’s Program; 

        • Are preferred as potential PhD students by reputable universities in Turkey and abroad.
        • Can work as specialists in the technology and innovation policy units of related public and autonomous institutions.
        • Can work as specialists in the technology strategy departments of private companies.
        • Can give lectures on topics related to economics of technology and science, technology and innovation policy.
        • Can provide consultancy services in technology and innovation policy to public institutions and private companies.

 

 

Educational outcomes

Upon completion of the MSc program our students,

      • will gain an interdisciplinary perspective to analyze the economic and social consequences of technological development.
      • will gain competence to develop harmonious strategies and policies to meet social and economic transformations that technology has introduced.
      • have knowledge of related conceptual, methodological and applied knowledge to design science, technology and innovation policies.
      • are equipped with conceptual, methodological and applied knowledge to provide technology and innovation strategy to private companies. 


Program Structure

Students enrolled in the program are required to take 4 core courses which aim to provide students with the basic knowledge to understand historical, theoretical and institutional aspects of scientific and technological processes and practices. Students lacking the necessary background in their chosen field of specialization may be asked to take a maximum of three additional undergraduate courses upon the consent of the chairman of the program.

 

Students enroll to the non-thesis M.Sc. program but depending on the success in the course work in the first year the students have the option to write a thesis. The non-thesis program consist of 4 must courses and 6 elective courses. In total the students have to complete 10 courses and write a term project within two-year time period. Students who proceed to write a thesis have to complete 7 courses in total (4 must and 3 elective courses). A sketch of M.Sc. program with thesis and non-thesis is presented below. You can get more information regarding the courses here.

 

M.Sc. with thesis (3 must, 4 electives and M.Sc. Thesis)

Fall Semester (1st year)

STPS 501: History of Science and Technology
1 ELECTIVE COURSE

 

Spring Semester (1st year)

STPS 503: Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation
STPS 505: Knowledge, Science and Technology in the Information Age
1 ELECTIVE COURSE

 

Fall Semester (2nd year)

STPS 500 Pro-thesis Seminar in STPS (non-credit)
STPS 599 M.Sc. Thesis (non-credit)
1 ELECTIVE COURSE

 

Spring Semester (2nd year)

STPS 599 M.Sc. Thesis (non-credit)

 

M.Sc. without thesis (3 must, 7 electives and term project)

Fall Semester (1st year)

STPS 501: History of Science and Technology
1 ELECTIVE COURSE

 

Spring Semester (1st year)

STPS 503: Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation
STPS 505: Knowledge, Science and Technology in the Information Age
1 ELECTIVE COURSE

 

Fall Semester (2nd year)

3 ELECTIVE COURSES

 

Spring Semester (2nd year)

STPS 589 Term Project (non-credit)

1 ELECTIVE COURSE