Bio Inspired Innovation, M.Sc. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
24 months
18332 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme in Bio Inspired Innovation at Utrecht University offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations.

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Scientist At The Design Table 

We live in a society that places great trust in technology and science to solve our problems and fulfill our needs. However, science and technology alone cannot provide us with a society that nourishes rather than destroys its surroundings. We need to switch to a more circular society. 

We will introduce you to the grand challenges that need to be tackled to become a circular society and to the Life’s Principles that are of use in the scoping and evaluation design phases of a biomimicry design cycle.

Bio Inspired Innovation  (BII) is aimed at students with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, who are interested in research and want to innovate services, products, production systems and design based on principles that have evolved in nature. You will be the professional that contributes to the transition to a circular economy with Bio Inspired Innovations. 

Innovation, Research And Design

The Master’s programme in Bio Inspired Innovation at Utrecht University equips you with research, design and collaborative skills that will make you a bio inspired expert. BII builds on the excellent research at the Faculty of Science and links research findings to solve societal and business challenges. The first year is research based, while the second year focuses on the use of research knowledge in innovation.

Career Prospects

This Master’s programme prepares you to become a highly qualified professional, who is able to function in an academic, business or other organisational environment. You will be a change-agent and resource professional for organistations that aim to be part of a sustainable society with guaranteed food supply. 

We actively support your efforts to become a bio inspired circular economy expert, innovator entrepreneur, scientist or consultant.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Navigation towards personal excellence (competence/personality development)

  • Theory and Philosophy

  • Footprinting

  • Participation in Biomimicry design Challenge Part 2, the units are:

  • Life cycle analysis

  • Business Canvas modelling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

A relevant bachelor degree

Bachelor programmes that may meet the requirements are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry with Biology minor
  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Life sciences
  • Natural sciences with Biology minor
  • Other relevant science programme

Relevant knowledge, insight and skills

  • Basic knowledge of Biology (minimum level 1 bachelor)
  • Advanced knowledge (level 3 bachelor) of two or more sub-disciplines in the field of Biology, such as molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, plant biology, animal biology and ecology.
High overall score (GPA, average grade, grading tables) and high grades for relevant courses

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18332 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18332 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 24 months.

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.


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