Specialisation Communication Innovation

Specialisation Communication and Innovation

The master specialisation Communication and Innovation studies the role of communication in social change with several fields of the life sciences, including nature, environment, water, nutrition and health, biotechnology and food production.

Within these areas, complex processes of scientific, social and technological changes are constantly taking place. These developments will pose new questions on to society, such as the extent to which nature is manageable, what value do functional foods have, what are the benefits and risks of gene technology, or what impact does climate change have? An integrated approach needs to be adopted that involves social science and technical innovations in order to analyse such issues, thereby fulfilling an intermediary role to enhance multi-disciplinary and interactive cooperation.

About Communication and Innovation

Society is changing. Across the world, we can observe the effects of increasing globalisation, liberalisation, and individualisation. The impact of these changes calls for new agreements between government and society, and among governments worldwide, at various societal levels and in diverse arenas. Examples include the reform of the United Nations, changing relations between the European Union and national governments, and local initiatives to solve local problems.

Communication is a basic element of change. Complex processes of change involve different perspectives and perceptions of the various people involved. Societal processes like climate change, poverty, disease or ecological degradation require appropriate solutions that integrate insights from all kinds of disciplines and stakeholders. Opportunities for enhancing mutual understanding and collaboration between science disciplines and society will be explored in this study programme. Special attention will be paid to everyday life situations and how people actively deal with common issues related to the domains of the life sciences.


For timetables, courses and course content of the specialisation Communication and Innovation and the common part of the master you can read the Study Handbook.

Career prospects

There is a need for communication professionals who are specialised in the field of health, food production, water management or viable environments. Graduates of the master specialisation Communication and Innovation work for governments, consultant agencies, non-profit organisations, media companies or at knowledge institutes. Visit future career for the stories and career paths of alumni.