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As part of this two-year Master’s program in Sustainable Business and Innovation, you will learn about sustainability challenges and the technological and other options that businesses can use to work in a more environmentally and socially friendly manner. By reviewing the academic literature and theory, real-life examples, and business case studies, you will acquire insight into the behavior of organizations, including processes of organizational change and innovation.

Growing societal demand

Businesses increasingly face significant challenges and opportunities from environmental issues such as climate change, energy, and water and social issues such as labor and human rights, corruption, and transparency. Stakeholders in these businesses – including governments, shareholders, business customers, local communities, consumers, employees, and NGOs – are demanding that companies become more focused on sustainability for themselves and the communities they impact. As a graduate with the knowledge and skills to develop sustainable business practices, you will have excellent career prospects across multiple sectors and industries.

Developing sustainable societies

During your studies, you will learn about topics such as sustainable development, sustainability innovations, life cycle assessment, ecoefficiency and cleaner production, environmental management systems, sustainability reporting, organizational change, and management for sustainability. As a graduate of this program, you will understand how to help business and organizations in their journey toward making societies more sustainable. The course content is framed by life-cycle thinking, systems thinking, and long-term thinking. If you would like to become a sustainability change agent in positions such as sustainability officer or sustainability director in a business, government agency, or other organization, this program offers you the perfect preparation.

Research Institute

The Sustainable Business and Innovation program is closely affiliated with the BISS research group of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. Research conducted at the Copernicus Institute covers a wide range of issues related to sustainable development and innovation. The starting point of all research is the source-impact chain that links economic activities with ecological values. Research on sustainable business and innovation in the Copernicus Institute is a collaborative effort between the group's Innovation Studies, Environmental Governance, and Energy and Resources.

Program Objective

As a student in the Sustainable Business and Innovation Master’s program, you will:

  • gain the knowledge and skills to engage with businesses and help them become more sustainable
  • acquire an understanding of how to manage a business whilst considering the implications that decisions will have on the environment and societies of today and the future; and
  • learn to connect sustainability with business strategies in order to develop integrative and long-term solutions to environmental and social challenges

This program is an ideal Master for you if you are a student who wishes to complement a natural science background with knowledge of sustainability social sciences and current business practices.

Career Prospects

As a Sustainable Business and Innovation graduate, you will have the perfect training to work in firms that are interested in changing their business strategy to a more sustainable direction.

As a graduate, you are likely to enter a career in environmental consultancy, business and management, or corporate social responsibility. You can also become an environmental officer in a non-governmental or government agency, or in business in the Netherlands or abroad. Furthermore, you are well placed to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of Governance for Corporate Sustainability.

Career perspectives

Whatever your exact position will be, we will train you to become a sustainability change agent in commercial organizations, industries, NGOs, and government bodies. You may also want to continue with research at a university.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 23, 2019
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Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 18,690, 2019-20: € 19,900
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