Utrecht University

Innovation Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Utrecht's University Master of Science in Innovation Sciences will teach you 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.


The Master of Science in Innovation Sciences is offered by the University of Utrecht. 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?

What 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, economic geography, entrepreneurship or business) that have demonstrated affinity with science and technology. Innovation Sciences students typically pursue a career in high-level consultancy, strategic research and development (R&D) management, policymaking, entrepreneurship, or academic research.

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.

Career Prospects

As an Innovation Sciences graduate, you will have an excellent basis for a further career. Whilst science and technology play an important role in almost all domains of our knowledge society’s daily life, a Master’s degree in Innovation Sciences opens doors to a large, diverse and challenging set of jobs. Your ability to integrate science and social science to understand complex, multidisciplinary problems makes you well suited for jobs in high level consultancy, strategic management, or policy-making in innovation-related fields. The Master's also prepares for positions in research such as a PhD or at research institutes. 


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Innometrics 
  • Technology related venturing 
  • Innovation systems and processes 
  • Quantitative innovation analytics
  • Societal challenges & innovation theory 
  • Qualitative innovation analytics 
  • Consultancy project innovation sciences 
  • Master's thesis innovation sciences
  • 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

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    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:


    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

Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

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.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

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

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

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

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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

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