Degree from a Dutch research university
This page outlines the step-by-step process for completing your application to a Master's programme at Utrecht University. Please read this information thoroughly before starting your application.
You are welcome to apply for the Sustainable Business and Innovation Master’s programme. Please take into account that this is a selective Master's degree. You will be considered for admission to the programme if you hold a university Bachelor's 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 15 EC) 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)
Next to the educational requirements we consider:
- motivation and talent (also on the basis of average grade, past performance in relevant coursework and studies progress)
- command of the English language (see below)
In exceptional situations, a tailor-made Pre-Master’s programme will be proposed to compensate for deficiencies in your previous education.
The Admissions Committee reviews all requests for admission and selects students that meet the entry requirements. The Admissions Committee also assesses whether you will be able to successfully complete the Master’s programme within the set time frame. This means the decision on your application is based on a thorough, case-by-case analysis. If you are admitted you will be notified if you still have to fulfil certain conditions, such as a Pre-Master’s programme.
English language requirements
You are exempt from the English language requirement because you obtained your previous degree from a Dutch Research University.
If you have a Bachelor's degree from a Dutch research university and do not fully meet the entry requirements, the Admissions Committee may propose a tailor-made Pre-Master’s programme to compensate for these deficiencies in your previous education. The Pre-Master's programme generally comprises 15-30 EC. After successful completion of the Pre-Master’s programme, you will be admitted to the Master’s programme.
If you would like to prepare for the Master’s programme Sustainable Business and Innovation during your Bachelor’s studies, then the following Bachelor’s courses are relevant to the Sustainable Business and Innovation programme. Please note: successful completion of these courses does not guarantee admission.
|GEO3-2221||Innovation Strategies of Firms and Entrepreneurs|
|GEO3-2122||Business, Sustainability and Innovation|
|GEO2-2211||Economics of Innovation|
Often students are missing natural science knowledge to be admittable for Sustainable Business and Innovation. The following courses count as natural science course:
|GEO1-2202||Wiskunde and Systeemanalyse|
|GEO2-2212||Applied Thermodynamics and Energy Conversions|
|GEO1-2203||Science of Energy Technologies|
|GEO2-2143||Global Climate Change|
|GEO3-2123||Environmental Impact Assessment|
|GEO3-2124||Life Cycle Assessment|
You cannot specifically apply for a Pre-Master’s programme. Please follow the regular application procedure for the Master’s programme. The Admissions Committee will then decide whether you will be admitted with a Pre-Master’s programme, and if so, which courses you must take. Only then may you register for the Pre-Master’s programme in Studielink.
- A Pre-Master's programme is only available for students with a Dutch educational background who do not need housing, and who do not have or require a residence permit for study purposes. When in doubt about your residence permit, you can send an email to Utrecht University's Admissions Office, including a copy of both sides of the permit. Do not forget to state clearly that you are referring to a Pre-Master’s programme.
- The language of instruction is Dutch. Therefore, you must master the Dutch language at an academic level.
- There is no guarantee that a Pre-Master’s programme will be offered. Making up for any insufficiencies before applying is always recommended.
|Application deadline for scholarship candidates|
|Application deadline for Non-EU passport holders|
|Application deadline for EU passport holders|
All deadlines expire at 23:59 [CET/CEST] on the specified date. You must complete the application process (including submitting your application documents in OSIRIS Online Application and paying the application fee) by this time.
The following documents must be uploaded before the application deadline (depending on your previous education):
Degree from Utrecht University
Copy of your International Diploma Supplement (IDS) OR if you are about to graduate, then please send us a current transcript of your results from Osiris (including GPA)
Degree from another Dutch research university
Diploma or certified graduation statement (with graduation date and without any conditions)
Copy of your International Diploma Supplement (IDS) OR if you are about to graduate, then please send us a current transcript of your results (stamped and signed, including GPA)
After submitting your application to Studielink, you will receive an email with login details for OSIRIS Online Application. Here you can upload all required documents, check the status of your application and enter contact details of your referee(s).
After you upload all documents in OSIRIS, the Graduate School will evaluate them. We strive to inform you of our decision within 20 working days.