Master in Science and Business Management


Program Description


Students chose the Master's program Science and Business Management at Utrecht University as the best program 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.

Our Master's program Science and Business Management (SBM) offers you a unique training that will enable you to translate interesting ideas into innovative products.

Our degree program enables graduates of bachelor’s programs in the life- or natural sciences to combine their passions for science and business. The program will equip you with the knowledge and tools to identify, manage, and overcome problems that arise in each phase of the innovation process.


SBM is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or Natural Sciences, who are interested in a business career. The first year comprises a science-focused program, in which you will receive training in a research environment within your area of expertise. A solid understanding of science is essential to bring science-based products to the market. In the SBM program, you will build on your academic background in science while adding knowledge of business processes and practical skills for commercial settings.

From scientific research to a business internship

Importantly, you will also focus on the strategic value and applicability of scientific research. 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 program 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 program, and also by the SBM study Association ‘Business For Life’. These enthusiastic students organize workshops, talks but also social events.


Students with an MSc in Science and Business Management will be highly qualified for research and management positions in an applied environment. Innovative companies with knowledge-intensive products are a key job market for these students. However, there are also opportunities for management positions in consultancy firms, government organizations, and other institutions.
Graduates of the Master’s program in Science and Business Management are working at:

  • Consultancy firms (CapGemini, McKinsey, Boston
  • Consulting Group, PwC, Accenture, Berenschot);
  • Financial institutions (ABN AMRO, Rabobank, Kempen & Co);
  • Governments (Ministry of Economic Affairs);
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical companies (Roche, AkzoNobel, DSM, AbbVie, Johnson & Johnson);
  • Fast moving Consumer Goods companies (L’Oréal, Unilever, Procter and Gamble);
  • PhD’s at Universities.

Graduates of this program have also started their own companies.


Learning Dutch

If you want to find a job or internship in the Netherlands, knowing Dutch will get you places. Even if you work within an international organisation, knowing at least some Dutch is always a benefit and in some cases even a requirement. In order to learn Dutch, free language websites such as or can get you started or take a look at the Dutch courses offered by Babel. As a student from Utrecht University you receive a 25% discount on their course offerings.

After graduation

If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’. This permit can be submitted within 3 years after completing your studies and allows you unlimited working rights (hence: a work permit –TWV- is not required). For an overview of the conditions that apply for this permit, please visit the IND website.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less