Utrecht University

Sustainable Business and Innovation, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    18201
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
As part of this programme in Sustainable Business and Innovation at Utrecht University, you will learn about sustainability challenges and the technological and other options that businesses can use to work in a more environmentally and socially friendly manner. By reviewing the academic literature and theory, real-life examples, and business case studies, you will acquire insight into the behaviour of organisations, including processes of organisational change and innovation.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

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.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Courses
  • Business and sustainability challenges (compulsory)
  • Technology related venturing
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship (compulsory)
  • Organizational change management for sustainability (compulsory)
  • Toolbox 1: environmental assessment and management approaches (compulsory)
  • Toolbox 2: socio-organizational methods for corporate sustainability (compulsory)
  • Consultancy project sustainable business and innovation (compulsory)
  • Master's thesis internship (compulsory)
Elective courses

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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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).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18201 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

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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