Cyber, Education Market, ICT, Innovation
Edu type:
Formal education
Master (EQF 7)
Start date:
Study Load:
3360 hrs
2 years
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In Science, Management and Innovation (SMI) you will gain expertise in societal challenges, work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and learn the ability to speak the language of policy and business.


Many organisations struggle with societal challenges such as sustainability, health, energy, and IT security. Addressing these challenges requires knowledge in the field of natural or computer sciences, but also from other disciplines, such as policy, management and innovation. Solutions for such challenges requires scientists with an analytical background as well as a business and societal understanding.


Something for you?

  • Acquire scientific knowledge in your own field and widen your scope in learning about management, innovation, policy and entrepreneurship.
  • Apply knowledge to real-world businesses or policy problems.
  • Study with students from various disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Gain working experience outside of academia.
  • Choose one of the following tracks within the specialisation programme: Health, Climate & Energy, Green Industries & IT, or Biodiversity.

Master's programmes

Science, Management and Innovation is a specialisation of multiple Master’s programmes:

  • Biology
  • Computing Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Biology
  • Molecular Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy

What will you learn?

The specialisation Science, Management and Innovation will take you out of the lab and place you right in the heart of society. In the first year you will further your knowledge in a scientific field of your choice. You can choose between all the Master's programmes of the Faculty of Science.


In the second year you will learn to apply your science-based background to a business or policy question. During the SMI-year you will improve your soft skills such as presenting and working in interdisciplinary teams. These skills will help widen your job opportunities.


You will create a unique profile with your disciplinary background and combine this with one of the focus track areas related to the sustainable development goals. These are Health, Climate & Energy, Green Industries & IT, or Biodiversity.


At the end of the master's programme you have the opportunity to experience working outside of academia during your thesis research project.


Have you ever wondered?

  • What explains the underlying difference(s) between the descriptive analysis of evidence-based decision-making and the actual implementation of WASH-interventions to reduce diarrheal diseases in Uganda by international organisations?
  • What is the feasibility of using the mHealth tool Susan as a means to support patients in diabetes self-management?
  • How can we improve the current situation regarding plastic waste on Saparua Island?
  • What could be improved in the current practices of the dugong watching trips to make these more sustainable and at the same time stay (financially) attractive for both the tourists and the Calawit community?

Where do our graduates now work?

  • Policy officer at a government ministry or a municipality
  • Research & Development manager in a company
  • Sales manager in a company
  • Project manager at a research institute or knowledge centre.