Businesses increasingly face significant challenges and opportunities from environmental issues such as climate change, energy, and water and social issues such as labour and human rights, corruption, and transparency. Stakeholders in these businesses – including governments, shareholders, business customers, local communities, consumers, employees, and NGOs – are demanding that companies become more focused on sustainability for themselves and the communities they impact. As a graduate with the knowledge and skills to develop sustainable business practices, you will have excellent career prospects across multiple sectors and industries.
During your studies, you will learn about topics such as sustainable development, sustainability innovations, life cycle assessment, ecoefficiency and cleaner production, environmental management systems, sustainability reporting, organisational change, and management for sustainability. As a graduate from this programme, you will understand how to help business and organisations in their journey toward making societies more sustainable. The course content is framed by life-cycle thinking, systems thinking, and long-term thinking. If you would like to become a sustainability change agent in positions such as sustainability officer or sustainability director in a business, government agency, or other organisation, this programme offers you the perfect preparation.
The Sustainable Business and Innovation programme at Utrecht University is closely affiliated with the BISS research group of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. Research conducted at the Copernicus Institute covers a wide range of issues related to sustainable development and innovation. The starting point of all research is the source-impact chain that links economic activities with ecological values. Research on sustainable business and innovation in the Copernicus institute is a collaborative effort between the groups Innovation Studies, Environmental Governance, and Energy and Resources.
As a student in the Sustainable Business and Innovation Master’s programme, you will:
This programme is an ideal Master for you if you are a student who wishes to complement a natural science background with knowledge of sustainability social sciences and current business practices.
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Besides the courses named above, you 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 Sustainable Business and Innovation 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.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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You have a university Bachelor’s degree in a related subject, such as: Innovation Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Natural or Life Sciences; Biomedical Science; Biology; Chemistry; Cognitive Artificial Intelligence; Information Science; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Medicine; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Physics; University College; Veterinary Medicine; and other relevant subjects.
Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).
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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