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.
Connecting the World of Science and Business
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 programme Science and Business Management (SBM) offers you unique training that will enable you to translate interesting ideas into innovative products.
Our degree programme enables graduates of bachelor’s programmes in life- or natural sciences to combine their passions for science and business. The programme 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 programme, 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 programme, 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, organisation 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.
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 organise 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 organisations, and other institutions.Graduates of the Master’s programme 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 programme have also started their own companies.
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 duolingo.com or dutchgrammar.com 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.
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.
Application date: 1-October-2020
Deadlines: 1-April-2021 (non-EU)/ 1-June-2021 (EU/EEA)
Start date: 1-September-2021
Tuition fee (2021-2022)
Full-time EU/EEA, Surinam or Swiss students: € 2168
International students: €20,715
Notes for British applicants:
Utrecht University is not yet sure which implications Brexit will have on the tuition fees and visa requirements for British Citizens. Any updates and information you can find on this website