Connecting the world of science and business
Companies and academic institutions need professionals with the skills to manage and market knowledge-intensive products, as well as a solid understanding of the scientific principles underlying products and processes.
Our Master's programme Science and Business Management (SBM) at Utrecht University offers you a unique training that will enable you to translate interesting ideas into innovative products. Collaborations between universities and companies will only increase in the coming years, providing you with exciting career opportunities related to knowledge transfer and product development.
Our degree programme enables graduates of bachelor’s programmes in the life, natural, or engineering sciences to combine their passions for science and business. The programme will equip you with the knowledge and tools to identify, manage, and overcome problems that arise in each phase of the innovation process.
Students chose the Master's programme Science and Business Management at Utrecht University as the best programme in the field in the yearly review 'Beste studies' by Elsevier.
The programme fosters skills related to financial management, business plan development, ICT, sustainability, and effective communication in a business environment. Along with gaining in-depth knowledge of these subjects and their applications during your studies, you’ll also develop managerial skills through group work and close interactions with your professors.
A solid understanding of science is essential to bring science-based products to the market. In the SBM programme, you’ll build on your academic background in science while adding knowledge of business processes and practical skills for commercial settings. In the final phase of the programme, you’ll complete a business internship at one of our numerous national and international partner companies.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders
You can apply until:
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
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).
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 one of the following: Biology; Chemistry; College of pharmaceutical science; Pharmacy; Physics; Mathematics; Computer science; Biomedical Sciences; Natural sciences; Life sciences; Other relevant science programme.
You have basic knowledge in the field of Life- or Natural sciences (minimum level Bachelor year 1). In-depth knowledge and insight in one of the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical sciences, Physics, Mathematics or Computer science (level Bachelor year 3). Basic knowledge of (bio)-statistics. Mastery of methods and techniques in the above mentioned areas (level Bachelor year 3).
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.
For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.
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:
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.
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