Utrecht University

Sustainable Business and Innovation, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Utrecht's University Master of Science in Sustainable Business and Innovation will teach you about sustainability challenges and the technological and other options that businesses can use to work in a more environmentally and socially friendly manner

About

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Sustainable Business and Innovation will provide an insight into the behaviour of organisations, including processes of organisational change and innovation.

Growing societal demand

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.

Developing sustainable societies

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.

Research institute

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.

Programme objective

As a student in the Sustainable Business and Innovation Master’s programme, you will:

  • gain the knowledge and skills to engage with businesses and help them become more sustainable
  • acquire an understanding of how to manage a business whilst considering the implications that decisions will have on the environment and societies of today and the future; and
  • learn to connect sustainability with business approaches in order to develop integrative and long-term solutions to environmental and social challenges

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. 

Career

As a Sustainable Business and Innovation graduate, you will have the perfect training to work in firms that are interested in changing their business strategy to a more sustainable direction.

As a graduate, you are likely to enter a career in environmental consultancy, business and management, or corporate social responsibility. You can also become an environmental officer in a non-governmental or government agency, or in business in the Netherlands or abroad. Furthermore, you are well placed to pursue a PhD in the field of Governance for Corporate Sustainability.

Whatever your exact position will be, we will train you to become a sustainability change agent in commercial organisations, industries, NGOs, and government bodies. You may also want to continue with research at a university.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business and sustainability challenges 
  • Technology related venturing
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship 
  • Organizational change management for sustainability 
  • Toolbox 1: environmental assessment and management approaches 
  • Toolbox 2: socio-organizational methods for corporate sustainability 
  • Consultancy project sustainable business and innovation 
  • Understanding and assessing technologies for sustainability
  • Qualitative Methods

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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.

  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • 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.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.
  • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE- Grade C

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18690 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1,450 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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.