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Science, Business & Innovation: Chemistry & Physics

Think big. Turn scientific inventions into succesful products.

Successfully introducing scientific knowledge and inventions into the market is a complex process in which science and business cooperate to the fullest extent at each stage of development. Are you curious about how to integrate both the scientific and the business side of innovations? Do you want to play a crucial part in determining the economic success of innovations? Then the Science, Business & Innovation (SBI) Master’s track at VU University Amsterdam is the programme for you.

Understanding Innovation in Life and Energy Sciences
The Master Track SBI is unique in the Netherlands and is a close collaboration between the Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. SBI constitutes a separate track in the Physics and Chemistry Master and consists of two specialization themes; energy & sustainability and life & health.

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The Master’s track in SBI is a challenging programme for students who already have a solid background in the natural sciences, technology studies and science based innovation studies. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in SBI from VU University Amsterdam have unconditional admission. Applicants with other Bachelor degrees will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Examination Board. In those cases the Board will decide whether there are deficiencies that have to be compensated for before or during the programme.

Kickstart your professional career with the Master’s track SBI
As an SBI graduate you are trained to integrate scientific aspects in a business and innovation context while taking organizational, social and cultural variables into account. Professionals who are able to bridge the gap between laboratory, work floor  and boardroom are rare and highly sought after. Practice and theory go hand in hand in your Master’s track in SBI. The SBI courses feature real world business cases and the things you learn in the classroom are directly applicable in your future career.

SBI has an extensive network within the industry. The Master’s programme is concluded with a six month internship at a company or research institute. The internship constitutes an important part of the Master’s programme and is an excellent preparation for a career in either the energy & sustainability or life & health sciences sector. SBI Master students are currently doing their research internships at companies like Shell and Accenture in countries all over the globe, including the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.

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  • Language of instruction:English
  • Duration:2 years
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  • Application deadline:1 June for Dutch students. 1 April for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students. EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam University Amsterdam can still apply until 1 June.
  • Start date:1 September
  • Study type:Full-time
  • Field of Interest:Economics, Business and Law, Computer Science, Mathematics and Business, Natural Sciences
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