Study programme

This Master’s programme prepares professionals for the exciting and fast-paced world of business development and entrepreneurship. It combines the rigour of an economics education with the relevance of providing the knowledge and skills for new business development. The rigour of an Economics qualification is reflected in analytical courses such as Empirical Economics, Financial Management, Entrepreneurial Finance and a targeted Research Project (advancing the lean startup method). The relevance of applying theory while keeping the bigger picture of new business development in sight, is especially emphasised in courses such as Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy and Innovation. Next to these core courses there are electives taken from other domains to broaden your horizons within the programme and enable you to tailor it to your ambitions and affinities. The final Master’s thesis enables you to demonstrate mastery of that what you’ve learned in this programme.

Course schedule

Below you will find the courses of the Master's programme Business Development and Entrepreneurship.

You can also download the Master's programme Business Development and Entrepreneurship year schedule as a PDF-file for easy reference. Please note that the names of the courses may change next year. 


Your Master’s thesis is the culmination of the MSc in Business Development and Entrepreneurship. Done well, your thesis is a piece of work that will make you proud. You can choose to complete your thesis in a number of ways. Though a thesis is typically written in the context of one of the ongoing research programmes at the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.), you can also choose your own thesis topic or combine it with an internship (external research) and record the outcome in a research report

Each year we select a winning Master's thesis for each U.S.E. 1-year Master’s programme. These theses need to be written and completed in semester 2 and are chosen for its relevance, academic merit, and particularly for its integration of a ‘real-world perspective’ into an economics issue. From these winning theses, one overall winner is selected by a jury. This thesis is recognized with the U.S.E. Master's Thesis Award. The author of the winning thesis of U.S.E. is awarded with a certificate and cash prize during the Master’s Graduation ceremony.

Educational and examination methods

Below you can see the overview of the educational and examination methods in this programme.

Extra opportunities

Utrecht University offers several honours programmes for students looking for an extra challenge. Honours education is followed on top of your regular Master's programme and goes beyond the regular curriculum.

Read more about the honours programmes

Academic Calendar

Consult our Academic Calendar, where you can find more information about the Master's schedule per period, course registration periods and holidays.