Are you interested in:

  • Taking scientific research and products to the market 

  • Applying your scientific knowledge in commercial companies 

  • Combining your passion for science and business? 

Then the two-year Master’s programme might be it for you.  

Science and Business Management is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or Natural Sciences, who are interested in a business career.

From scientific research to a business internship  

A solid understanding of science is essential to bring science-based products to the market. In the SBM programme, you will build on your academic background in science while adding knowledge of business processes and practical skills for commercial settings. Importantly, you will also focus on the strategic value and applicability of scientific research. The programme will equip you with the knowledge and tools to identify, manage, and overcome problems that arise in each phase of an innovation process. 

The first year comprises a science-focused programme, in which you will receive training in a research environment within your area of expertise. In the second year you will obtain business management skills and learn about operations management, organization and strategic management, marketing, economics, entrepreneurship and effective communication in a business environment. You will apply your skills at the final stage of the master, during an internship at a national or international company of your choice. The internship must be sufficiently challenging and is subject to approval by the coordinator. 

Interactive community

Particularly important in the programme is the level of interaction between students and lecturers. Students will regularly meet to present and share their projects and will work closely together. A strong sense of community is initiated by the programme, and also by the SBM study Association Business For Life. These enthusiastic students organize workshops, talks but also social events.

Given the fact that I was sure that I wanted a career outside of science, I am convinced that having done the SBM-master was pivotal in my success. If you are sure of that too, I highly recommend this Master.

Graduate School of Life Sciences

Life Sciences is one of the four strategic themes of Utrecht University and is organised in the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS). The GSLS brings together the research expertise and facilities of the faculties of Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, in cooperation with UMC Utrecht. Research at the GSLS is highly interdisciplinary, because scientific breakthroughs take place where physics, medicine, chemistry and biology interact.

UMC Utrecht

Students are able to follow their Master’s programme at UMC Utrecht, one of the largest academic medical centers in the Netherlands. UMC Utrecht focuses on a number of fields. Selected students get educated by some of the best researchers in these research areas. This gives students ample opportunities for excellent internships both at UMC Utrecht and abroad with our international partners. Students also have access to the large research infrastructure and research network of the focus areas.

Why in Utrecht

  • Our Master's programme Science and Business Management (SBM) offers you a unique training that will enable you to translate interesting ideas into innovative products.  
  • Students chose the Master's programme Science and Business Management at Utrecht University as the best programme in the field in the yearly review 'Beste studies' by Elsevier. 
  • Companies and institutions need professionals with the skills to manage and market knowledge-intensive products, as well as professionals with a solid understanding of the scientific principles underlying products and processes. 

Key facts

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Language of instruction: 
Mode of study: 
Study duration: 
2 years
September, February
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time) 2023-2024: € 2,314

Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee) 2023-2024: € 21,736

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Accredited by the NVAO
Graduate school: 
Life Sciences
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