Electives

In the second year of the Master programmes of the Faculty Technology, Policy and Management, students choose an elective:

Emerging Technology-Based Innovation & Entrepreneurship (+ annotation)

The specialisation Emerging Technology-Based Innovation & Entrepreneurship aims at students that want to gain in-depth knowledge of how emerging technologies contribute to societal challenges and provide opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. New emerging technologies can have economic, social and environmental impact. Examples of emerging technologies include smart grids, 4G wireless technology, and cloud computing.

Building on the concept of Responsible Innovation, students learn to better understand how new emerging technologies can have a variety of social, economic and environmental impacts and how these impacts can be balanced. Knowing these impacts and how to take the benefit from emerging technologies in a responsible way provides opportunities for innovation managers and entrepreneurs over those who lack such understanding. By making use of specific strategic niche management and instruments we focus on the process by which newly developed technologies move from initial idea to successful new technologies in the market and the strategies which firms can apply in those markets to make their technologies successful. In particular, we focus on the emergence of dominant designs, identifying commercial applications of new technologies and the role of various stakeholders in (innovation) networks.

ICT Management and Design

Students will be provided with knowledge and capabilities to manage organisations in which information and communication technology plays a key role in day to day business or that are active in the ICT value chain. They are expected to be able to translate new innovative ICT applications to business opportunities, for example what to do with Facebook or Twitter from a business perspective. But there is also attention for increased internal efficiency and effectiveness, enabled by ICT applications, like cloud computing.

We also train you on designing and managing information systems and architectures in order to support web-based electronic services. We combine technology know-how with management and organisation know-how, specifically oriented towards ICT companies that collaborate in a multi actor environment. We give specific attention to mobile applications and service platforms.

Infrastructure and Environmental Governance (+ annotation)

This specialisation is meant for students who are interested in potential employment in organisations which deal with issues related to infrastructures and the environment. This specialisation is offered in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. It offers both an introduction to the sector as well as technically oriented courses in one of the areas of interest, such as transportation, water governance or spatial development, in order to complement the Technology, Policy and Management competences.  

Economics and Finance

The specialisation Economics and Finance introduces the student to the theories, principles, and methods of financial management at organisational, national and international level. The course investigates how financial markets work (in interaction with the real economy), why they often do not work as well as we would like, and how the performance of the financial system can be improved by regulation and policy.

The specialisation consists of three courses:

  1. Intermediate Economics
  2. Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory and Applications
  3. Economics and Finance

This specialisation prepares students for careers in: (financial and management) consultancy, the financial sector and/or government departments and regulatory institutions dealing with large (infrastructural) projects or financial markets.

Modelling, Simulation and Gaming

This specialisation provides students with state of the art knowledge in modelling, simulation and gaming. Modelling, simulation and gaming can be used by organisations to enhance their understanding of complex systems in order to improve decision making. This specialisation deals with the design, development and use of (interactive) simulations and serious games.

Cyber Security

This specialisation gives a comprehensive overview of the economics of information security. The economics point of view is particularly appropriate to analyse the incentives of users, service providers and other networking participants and promises solutions to security issues that arise due to misaligned incentives. This novel point of view is able to shed light on many security problems and solutions to these problems. The objective of this course is to highlight in a tangible manner the importance of economic aspects of security in different areas of businesses. Moreover, the course aims to validate, analyse and prioritise the key issues in each area.

Supply Chain Management

All engineers will encounter logistics and demand/supply chain issues to a greater or lesser extent in the business and institutional environments in which they will be working. Demand/Supply Chain Management forms part of the primary processes of companies, while they often may only play a supporting role for others. It is important for the future engineer to have a good basic knowledge and understanding of demand/supply chain management and its relation with other functions that companies will experience during several important life cycle phases in their development. 

Annotation

Two of the electives also offer an annotation, meaning that the graduation project is carried out externally in a related organisation.

More information

More information can also be found in the study guide