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Innovation Sciences

Universiteit Utrecht

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In this two-year research programme you will get the perfect training to work as an innovation specialist. You will learn how new ideas or inventions are transformed into marketable innovations.

This two-year Master's programme focuses on the dynamics of emerging technologies and innovation. After completing the programme, students will be able to link new technologies to human and economic wants and needs, as well as to the grand societal challenges. What does innovation mean for economic growth, welfare, health care, climate change, energy security, mobility and sustainability?

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. Innovation Sciences students may want to pursue a career in high-level consultancy, strategic research and development (R&D) management, policymaking, entrepreneurship,or academic research.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 12585 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 18690 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar

1st year

The first year is spent on courses in which students are trained in innovation theories and social science research methods to teach them how to analyse complex innovation processes and develop innovation strategies. There are four kinds of courses in the programme: conceptualising innovation through theories and models, innovation research methods, innovation practices and elective courses.


At Utrecht University students learn to understand the innovation process using high-level analytical tools. Students expand their theoretical and analytical knowledge base and learn about innovation through practice. Students will become a member of our Innovation Sciences academic community, benefit from our international partnerships and create an expansive network.


Innovation theories
You will follow three courses on a wide range of dominant innovation theories. These theories will provide insights into the mechanisms responsible for technological dynamics, the innovative behaviour of companies and institutions in a broader innovation system.

Innovation research methods
Three innovation research methodology courses will give you the tools you need to understand and tackle innovation challenges. You will learn both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Innovation practices
To help you plan the right interventions and strategies, you will learn how to understand innovation processes in practice throughout the programme. You will also learn skills to communicate your expertise to different audiences, such as by presenting, writing a policy report and online publication.

Elective courses
The curriculum offers you two elective courses so you can personalise your programme. You can take courses from other Master's programmes, or courses at other universities.

Master's thesis
Most of your second year will be spent on your Master's thesis for which you will work on your individual thesis/internship project, specialising in your field of interest.

instruction modes

Consultancy project: work in a small group on a project assigned by a real life company (also spent working part-time in the company)
Graduation project: independent research/thesis and optional internship at a company

The majority of the examinations are case study reports about real life cases. In the theory related courses, knowledge is also evaluated by exams. The practical oriented courses have scientific and consultancy oriented reports and articles as their end results.


Part of the Master's thesis research can be done in the form of an internship at, for instance, a consultancy or government agency. An internship is not compulsory, but can help students get a feeling for actual professional practice. Many employers appreciate experience gained in an organisation.

job perspective

Graduates end up in a variety of sectors; from working for the government to a more business oriented career path. It is also common to become an consultant or analyst, but many alumni are also directly involved in the management of innovation processes within firms or public bodies.


As an Innovation Sciences student you will learn to analyse various stages of the innovation process in order to develop effective strategies that promote the development and implementation of innovation. This requires insight in the nature of technological change and the conditions of knowledge production. Furthermore it requires an understanding of the societal uptake of innovations and the roles of networks of firms, research institutes, governments and other stakeholders.

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120