Utrecht University

Innovation Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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In this Master’s programme in Innovation Sciences at Utrecht University you will learn how to transform new ideas, knowledge and inventions into marketable innovations. You will analyse innovation in companies, as well as the position of these companies within the wider innovation system.


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.

Areas of study

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?

Programme objective

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.


  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

  • Innometrics (compulsory)
  • Technology related venturing (compulsory)
  • Innovation systems and processes (compulsory)
  • Quantitative innovation analytics (compulsory)
  • Societal challenges & innovation theory (compulsory)
  • Qualitative innovation analytics (compulsory)
  • Consultancy project innovation sciences (compulsory)
  • Master's thesis innovation sciences (compulsory)
Elective courses
  • Environmental ethics and sustainable development
  • Tools for energy and materials analysis
  • Understanding drugs
  • Drug discovery
  • Drug development and regulation
  • Policy analysis
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Energy and environmental economics
  • Energy and material efficiency
  • Writing a competitive PhD proposal

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.


Who are we looking for?

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You have a university Bachelor’s degree in a related subject, such as:

  • Applied Physics / Sciences; Beta-Gamma Studies; Biopharmaceutical / Biomedical Science; Biology; Biotechnology; Chemical Technology; Chemistry; Cognitive Artificial Intelligence; Construction; Engineering; Environmental Sciences / Technology; Future Planet Studies; Information and Computer Science; Innovation Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Life Sciences; Medicine; Molecular Science; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Physics; Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management; Technical Innovation Science; Veterinary Medicine.
Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18201 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


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.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.