The courses below are 7,5 EC (unless indicated otherwise). The period (1/2/3/4) and time slot (A/B/C/D) are stated in parentheses per course, see schedules. You take 15 EC per period from different timeslots. You have to register for courses yourself.

Year 1

In the first year you take six courses (45 EC) and you do a consultancy project (15 EC). 

Year 2

In your second year you take two elective courses (15 EC) and you will write your Master's thesis (45 EC). The electives must be relevant to your programme. And at least 7,5 EC of the electives needs to be a natural science course. You can choose from the recommended electives (below). It is possible to take any other course offered by Utrecht University, another Dutch university, or a university abroad. Before you make your choice, please read the selection regulations in appendix I of the Study Guide of the current academic year.



Elective courses

You have to choose elective courses (15 EC) of which at least 7,5 EC should be a natural science course.

NOTE: THESE COURSES DO NOT NEED PERMISSION FROM YOUR PROGRAMMELEADER OR FROM THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS! You still need to check if you meet the entry requirements of the course and make sure that the timeslot is not overlapping with other courses you are following at the same time. 
*: denotes a natural science course; at least 7.5 EC of the 15 EC electives needs to be a natural science course. 
Note: you can only join a course if it is available to students of Innovation Sciences. Periods can be changed from year to year, so please check Osiris for details on each course.

Period 1

- GEO4-2306: Foundations of ESG Research (7.5 EC)

- GEO4-2310: Global Environmental Change (7.5 EC)* 

-GEO4-2323: Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Development (7.5 EC) 

- GEO4-2514: Energy in the Context of Sustainability (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-2522: Energy in the Built Environment (7.5 EC)* 

- GEO4-6008: Sustainable Water Resource Management (7,5 EC)* 
Period 2

- GEO4-2005: Sustainable Food Systems (7,5 EC)

- GEO4-2327: Climate Systems and Adaptation (7.5 EC) *

- GEO4-2338: Squaring the Circular Economy (7,5 EC) 

- GEO4-2604: Governance & Change Management (7.5 EC)

- GEO4-2332: Governance Theories (7,5 EC)

- GEO4-2312: Energy Supply Technologies (7,5 EC)*

- GEO4-2602: Toolbox 1: Environmental Assessment (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-3918: Healthy cities (5 EC)  

- GEO4-3121: Urban Infrastructures (5 EC)

- GEO4-3519: Migration, Mobilities & Sustainable Futures (5 EC)

- GEO4-5501: Techniques of Futuring (5-7.5 EC) 
Period 3

- GEO4-2521: Bio-based Economy (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-2303: Environmental Systems Analysis (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-2515: Energy Systems Modelling (7.5 EC)*  

- GEO4-2603: Toolbox 2: Corporate sustainability implementation (7,5 EC) 

Period 4

- GEO4-2311: Policies for Energy & Materials Transitions (7.5 EC)

- GEO4-2513: Photovoltaic Solar Energy Physics and Technology (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-4423: Climate Change, Hydrology & Cryosphere (7.5 EC)*  
*: denotes a natural science course

Approval electives

If you want to take an elective course from the list under Recommended electives this course is automatically processed in Osiris as an elective course. If you want to follow another elective that is not on the list (e.g. at another Faculty of the UU, another University in the Netherlands of abroad) you need to ask permission by the programme leader BEFORE the course starts. Please send in this case the elective application form to the Board of Examiners ( to get your electives approved. You can either ask the Programme Coordinator to sign the application form before sending it, or forward an email containing the approval to the Board of Examiners.