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Description of Science, Management and Innovation

Preparing for a professional future to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The world faces many challenges, summarised in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Problems range from climate change and the need for an energy transformation to novel disease outbreaks or antibiotic resistance, and from biodiversity to the ICT security questions posed to our increasingly networked society. These challenges are all rooted in the sciences, but have strong links with other fields. ICT challenges and the energy transition relate to change management and human behaviour, for instance. Solutions require scientists with an understanding of societal aspects, and the ability to collaborate with people from other disciplines.

The Science, Management and Innovation Master Specialisation allows you to apply your science background to a societal theme and enables you to make a difference on such a theme in your future career. You graduate in your original Master discipline, but are also taught how innovation is managed in companies and how policy is made in government. This combination of skills - science, policy and business - is much asked for, not only in companies but also in not-for-profit organisations and the public sector. The programme is divided up in two parts, each consisting of a year of study. In the first year you will deepen you knowledge in your area of study by doing the programme specific part of the programme. In the second year you will start with the generic part of the Science, Management and Innovation specialisation.

The coordinator of this specialisation is dr. Marieke de Vries.


When you start with the Master Specialisation, you will first select your specialisation theme. Health is generally improving globally but new diseases threaten progress and IT developments are changing the face of the health sector.

Climate and Energy

Human interference with the climate system is deeply intertwined with our energy system. Through courses on the bio-economy, sustainable consumption and energy modelling, you will learn what the transition to a sustainable energy system entails.


In many parts of the world, health has been improving but new diseases threaten progress. Moreover, new forms of organisation and modern IT developments are changing the face of the health sector.

Managing ICT innovations (only for Computing Science)

Concerns impact of innovative ICT solutions in business and public sector contexts. New ICT systems can improve productivity considerably the implementation of these ICT solutions needs to be managed.

Note: If you are interested in only some of the courses of the SMI track you can also follow just a few of the courses without choosing for the SMI Specialisation entirely.