The curriculum in the master's programme Business Informatics consists of the following parts:

  • Mandatory courses (32 EC):
    four courses that every student in the programme takes, plus a few mini courses
  • Primary electives (22,5 - 45 EC):
    at least three up to a maximum of six courses chosen from a list
  • Secondary electives (0 - 22,5 EC):
    a maximum of three courses to give your programme a personal flavour, to be chosen more liberally from other programmes
  • Research part (43 EC):
    do innovative research yourself and write a thesis about it

To expand the thematic range of your master's programme, under specific conditions you can replace 30 EC of the regular programme with a specific profile.

Master courses of the Department of Information and Computing Sciences are listed at, along with useful general information, schedules and access to course-specific information.

Courses of all university bachelor and master programmes can be found with the OSIRIS course catalogue.

Mandatory courses
INFOMDSS Data science and society term 1 timeslot C
INFOARM Advanced research methods term 2 timeslot C
INFOMBPM Business process management term 3 timeslot B
INFOME Method engineering term 4 timeslot C
Mini courses
GSNS-INTRO Introducing natural sciences 0.5 EC
FI-MHPSDL1 & FI-MHPSDIL Dilemmas of the scientist 0.5 EC
INFOSPMBI Introduction to Business informatics 1 EC

Choose four courses from the list of twenty-one.

Five courses are designated as "seminar", of which you may take at most two.

Primary electives in term 1
INFOMTFL Technologies for learning   timeslot B
INFOMSMI Medical informatics (seminar)
With reservation
  timeslot B
INFOMICTA responsible ICT   timeslot B
INFOMSPR Software production (seminar)   timeslot 
INFOMDM Data mining   timeslot D
INFOMAIS Adaptive interactive systems   timeslot D
Primary electives in term 2
INFOMFIS Theories in information systems (seminar) term 2 timeslot B
INFOMSSE Software ecosystems term 3

timeslot C

201600038 Data analysis and visualisation term 2 timeslot D
INFOMPR Pattern recognition term 2 timeslot D
INFOMMDI Multimedia discourse interaction (seminar) term 2 timeslot D
INFOKMT Knowledge management term 2 timeslot A
Primary electives in term 3
INFOMRE Requirements engineering term 2 timeslot C
INFOMNLG Natural language generation term 3 timeslot D
INFOMSWA Software architecture term 3 timeslot D
INFOMBD Big data term 3 timeslot D
INFOIE ICT entrepreneurship term 3 timeslot D
Primary electives in term 4
INFOEAR Enterprise architecture   timeslot B
INFOMBIN Business intelligence   timeslot B
INFOMPROM Process mining   timeslot D
INFOMDIS Data intensive systems   timeslot D
Primary electives during the year
INFOMICTS ICT startups    

Secondary electives are courses that fall within the categories below:

  • More primary electives
  • Any MSc course from the Human Computer Interaction curriculum.
  • Any MSc course from the Computer Science curriculum.
  • Any MSc course from the Game and Media Technology curriculum.
  • Any related MSc course offered by Utrecht University when approved in advance by the programme coordinator.
  • Capita Selecta (INFOISM): 7.5 EC. A Capita Selecta is not a standard course option and needs to be agreed to by a supervisor before admission to the course


Individual elements in the 2nd year
INFOMCBI3 Colloquium Business informatics 3 EC
INFOMMBI1 Thesis Business informatics part 1 15 EC
INFOMMBI2 Thesis Business informatics part 2 25 EC

We organize a bi-weekly colloquium in which students presnt their thesis on information science topics. The colloquium is an good opportunity to learn about the research done by others, and information science in general. It also gives you inspiration for your own (thesis) project. To obtain the 3 EC, it is mandatory to attend at least eleven colloquium sessions, and to give presentation yourself. More information can be found on the page thesis project and colloquium .

Within all Master's programmes one or more research projects are mandatory. Please see ‘Study programme’ for general information on such projects in your curriculum. In many cases, a research project may be carried out outside of the university, in the form of an internship at a company, research institute, or another university. This can be in the Netherlands as well as abroad (see also: ‘study abroad’). 

You are required to apply for approval of your research project by submitting a request via OSIRIS Student. Please select ‘My Cases’, ‘Start Case’ and then ‘Research Project GSNS’. Important: in order to apply completely and correctly, you must have discussed the project setup with your intended project supervisor beforehand! We advise you to study the request form previous to discussing it with your supervisor, or fill it out together, to make sure you obtain all of the information required.

After submitting your request, it will be forwarded to your master’s programme coordinator, the board of examiners and student affairs for checks and approvals. After approval of your project it will be automatically registered in OSIRIS. If something needs to be amended, you will be notified by email. Please DO NOT register yourself in OSIRIS for the relevant research project courses. You will be automatically registered upon approval of the Research Application Form.

  • Please note that this protocol (English version) applies when a project is delayed
  • In case of a project or internship outside of Utrecht University, please make sure you fill out the Work Placement Agreement in OSIRIS Student / my cases. This agreement will be available for filling out in OSIRIS Student/My Cases after you have submitted your initial request for research project approval
  • Only for students that have started their research project prior to 1 November 2018 (GMTE), prior to 15 April 2019 (MBIM/AINM) and prior to 17 October 2019 (COSC): your project supervisor will fill out the assessment form part 1 at the end of the first part of your project, and the assessment form part 2 at the end of the second part of your project and hand it in at the Science Student Desk (in pdf) in order to have your grade registered in OSIRIS. (For all other students the assessment is done in OSIRIS Docent and the paper forms cannot be accepted anymore).

course enrollment WITH Osiris

For most courses you need to register online through OSIRIS. More information about online registration via OSIRIS can be found here.