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 of the Sustainable Business and Innovation programme at Utrecht University 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.
As a Sustainable Business and Innovation graduate, you will have the perfect training to work in firms that are interested in changing their business strategy to a more sustainable direction.
As a graduate, you are likely to enter a career in environmental consultancy, business and management, or corporate social responsibility. You can also become an environmental officer in a non-governmental or government agency, or in business in the Netherlands or abroad. Furthermore, you are well placed to pursue a PhD in the field of Governance for Corporate Sustainability.
Whatever your exact position will be, we will train you to become a sustainability change agent in commercial organisations, industries, NGOs, and government bodies. You may also want to continue with research at a university.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
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- Business and Sustainability Challenges
- Consultancy Project Sustainable Business and Innovation
- Governance and Change Management for Sustainability
- Toolbox: Environmental Assessment and Management Approaches
- Toolbox: CS Implementation: Theory and Practice
- Understanding and Assessing Technologies for Sustainability
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- Apply before , EEA/EU
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DisciplinesSustainable Development Innovation Management Environmental Sciences View 41 other Masters in Sustainable Development in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
You are welcome to apply for the Sustainable Business and Innovation Master’s programme. Please take into account that this is a selective master. You will be considered for admission to the programme if you hold a University bachelor degree and can demonstrate a high level of knowledge, motivation and command of methods and skills in the field.
With regard to the educational requirements you should possess:
- a basic level (around 15EC) of academic knowledge in natural sciences (Mathematics or Systems Analysis and e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Energy Science)
- academic research skills
- general insights in sustainability issues and innovation (from a social-science or natural science perspective)
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International20715 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20715 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Utrecht
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.