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 your first year you take six compulsory 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 write your Master’s thesis (45 EC). Electives allow you to specialise in a field of your interest and can be related to your thesis topic. These must be relevant to your programme. You can choose from the recommended electives (below) or you can choose your own course and ask your programme leader (and the Board of Examiners) if they will accept it. It is possible to take other courses 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.



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 for students who started their master in 2016/2017 or earlier
Note: you can only join a course if it is available to students of Sustainable Business & Innovation. Periods can be changed from year to year, so please check Osiris for details on each course.

Period 1

- GEO4-1434: Principles of Groundwater Flow (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-1440: Microbes and Biogeochemistry (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-2259: Innometrics (7.5 EC) *

- GEO4-2268: Technology Related Venturing (7.5 EC)

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

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

- GEO4-2323: Environmental Ethics and SD (7.5 EC) 

- GEO4-2324: Energy & Material Efficiency (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-2326: Tools for E&M Analysis (7.5 EC) *

- GEO4-2502: Energy Conversion Technologies I (7.5 EC)* 
Period 2

- GEO4-1433: Hydrogeological Transport Phenomena (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-2257: Innovation Systems and Processes (7.5 EC) 

- GEO4-2270: Quantitative Innovation Analytics (7.5 EC)* 

- GEO4-2312: Energy Supply Technologies (7.5 EC)*

- GEO4-2503: Energy Conversion Technologies II (7.5 EC)* 

- GEO4-2508: Advanced Energy Analysis (7.5 EC) *

- GEO4-6001: Quantitative Water management (7.5 EC) (natural science background required)* 
Period 3

- GEO4-2258: Societal Challenges & Innovation Theory (7.5 EC)

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

- GEO4-2325: Current and Future Geo-Energy Resources (7.5 EC)* 

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

- GEO4-2521: Bio-based Economy (7.5 EC)*
Period 4

- GEO4-1437: Sustainable and unconventional GEO-resources (7.5 EC) *

- 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)* 

- GEO4-6003: Drinking Water and Sanitation (7.5 EC) (natural science background required)*

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.