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Innovation Sciences (Research Skills, Technologies)

For students that are interested in (technological) innovations. In this module, students will learn about new technologies and how to assess and evaluate them. They will conduct techno-economic analyses of technological innovations. It also teaches them how to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research.

NOTE: following this module does not guarantee direct access to the master Innovation Sciences. 

This module has one course taught in English and one taught in Dutch.

This module consists of two courses:
Period 4: Research Skills - 7,5 EC (ENG)
Period 4: Technologiebeoordeling en -evaluatie - 7,5 EC (NL)


After the Research Skills course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and reflect on the multidisciplinary character of Global Sustainability Science.
  • Interpret and assess the opportunities and limitations of doing multidisciplinary research in Sustainability Science.
  • Classify and carry out analysis using a variety of the most important basic quantitative and qualitative research methods for conducting empirical research in Sustainability Science.
  • Explain and make judgements about appropriate research techniques and strategies in a given situation.
  • Interpret the findings of empirical research, as well as make predictions and draw conclusions about the meaning and limitations of research findings.

Na afloop van de cursus Technologiebeoordeling en -evaluatie kan de student:

  • Een techno-economische analyse van een nieuwe technologie uitvoeren;
  • Verschillende methoden voor technologiebeoordeling en –evaluatie reproduceren en toepassen bij het afwegen van de resultaten van de techno-economische en innovatieanalyse;
  • schriftelijk en mondeling rapporteren over de analyses en integrale beoordeling evenals over de daaruit voortvloeiende innovatieadviezen;
  • Kritisch reflecteren op de bruikbaarheid van zelf gevonden bronnen.

(Reflecteren over het) samenwerken in projectteams.


  • Having passed at least 120 EC from your Bachelor programme including the propaedeutic year
  • Having a background in either life, natural and/or social sciences with a strong affinity in the field of mathematics and in natural sciences (systems analysis, chemistry, physics, biology, energy science)


For Research Skills:

Bryman, A. (2015). Social research methods. Oxford university press (5th edition).
ISBN: 9780199689453

Voor Technologiebeoordeling en -evaluatie wordt het studiemateriaal beschikbaar gesteld via Blackboard.  


Information about the timetable can be found in MyTimetable. The timetable is definitively known approximately 4 weeks prior to a new teaching period.

Academic year 2023-2024: Period 4 (22 April 2024 – 7 July 2024)

Academic year 2024-2025: Period 4 (21 April 2025 – 27 June 2025)


Information about the assessment can be found under 'tests' in the OSIRIS course catalogue for each course. Per course, you can see which assessment methods will be used and how each component has been weighted.

It is important to know that when you register for a course, you are automatically registered for the first test options of that course.

Aanvullende informatie

There is a maximum of 5 places for this module. If there are more interested students, students will be placed in the order of application in OSIRIS.

Academic year 2023-2024:
You can hand in the learning agreement until 15 February 2024.

Academic year 2024-2025:
You can hand in the learning agreement until 15 February 2025.