Analyse the journey from knowledge to innovation
Creating a culture of innovation is one of society’s greatest challenges. Innovation creates new opportunities that lead to sustainable economic growth and can help tackle serious societal problems such as climate change or pandemics.
This two-year Master’s programme in Innovation Sciences at Utrecht University focuses on the dynamics of emerging technologies and innovation. After completing this programme, you will be able to link new technologies to human and economic wants and needs, as well as to the grand societal challenges. Especially around energy, sustainable transport, and life sciences. What does innovation mean for economic growth, welfare, health care, climate change, energy security, mobility and sustainability?
As an Innovation Sciences student you will analyse the various stages of the innovation process with a view to developing effective strategies for promoting innovation. The aim of this programme is to give you an insight into the nature of technological change and the conditions affecting knowledge production. It also aims to give you an understanding of the societal uptake of innovations and the role of company networks, research institutes, governments, and other stakeholders.
You can follow 15 EC of elective courses. This allows you to specialise in a field of your interest, possibly related to your graduation topic. The only restriction on the choice of elective courses is that their relevance for the field of Innovation Sciences has been made clear and that they are part of a Master's programme or of a comparable level.
Selected ambitious students can choose an optional course 'Publishing your research' or 'Writing a competitive PhD proposal' after completion of the Master's Thesis.
Utrecht University offers you a challenging setting in which to make a significant contribution to tomorrow's society. This programme will be of particular interest to students with a background in technology, health, life sciences, natural sciences or industrial engineering that wish to extend their technical background with knowledge about innovation management and social processes. Moreover, the programme is also of interest to talented students with a background in the social sciences (for example: economics, economics geography, entrepreneurship or business) that have demonstrated an affiliation with science and technology. As an Innovation Sciences student you may want to pursue a career in high-level consultancy, strategic research and development (R&D) management, policymaking, entrepreneurship,or academic research.
You can apply until:
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You need the following IELTS score:
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You have a university Bachelor’s degree in a related subject, such as:
Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.
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