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What will I learn?

Analyse the journey from knowledge to innovation

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.

In this Master’s programme in Innovation Sciences you will learn 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.

Areas of study

This two-year Master’s programme 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?

Who 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, economics geography, entrepreneurship or business) that have demonstrated an affiliation with science and technology. As an Innovation Sciences student you may want to pursue a career in high-level consultancy, strategic research and development (R&D) management, policymaking, entrepreneurship, or academic research.


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.

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 in complex, multidisciplinary problems makes you well suited for jobs in high level consultancy, strategic management, or policy-making in innovation-related fields and also for positions in research such as a PhD.

Career perspectives

Experience shows that employers are in great need of people who are able to analyze complex innovation processes and systems and develop strategies, advice, and action plans to further improve these systems and processes. Given the increasing importance of innovation for societal wellbeing and welfare caused by major societal problems in, for instance, sustainability, transport, health, and the growing economic competition from BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), this need will even grow further in the future. What employer’s value most in Innovation Sciences graduates is their ability to acquire and analyze new problems very rapidly and in an academic and multidisciplinary way.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Geosciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€20,473.00 (16,53,716) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,


3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Religious Studies if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills: A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or in one of the social sciences; Proven interest in Religious Studies, as evidenced in a minimum of 30 EC in a relevant field at the Bachelor’s level; Knowledge of basic concepts in Religious Studies and insight into relevant methods; A high standard of academic achievement, as evidenced in an overall grade point average and a Bachelor’s thesis grade equaling “good” or better in the applicable national system. (Typically, Dutch grade 7.5; US grade B; ECTS grade C.) English language requirements: ELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93 with at least 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

Applicants should preferably hold at least 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, Innovation Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine, Molecular Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management, Technical Innovation Science, Veterinary Medicine.

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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