M.Sc. Business and Management

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR15800 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
Erasmus University Rotterdam | Rotterdam, Netherlands
Combining education with research in a programme for academically talented and highly motivated students, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University offers a research master in Business and Ma

Description of Business and Management


The two-year ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research programme focuses on the development of academic competencies and skills on a personal level.

A maximum of 30 students each year attend the international research master programme, which is taught in English. The small class size means you soon settle into class and have close contact with your tutors and classmates.

In the ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research, you choose one of five domains of management:

  • Business Processes, Logistics & Information Systems
  • Organisation
  • Marketing
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Strategy & Entrepreneurship.

In the first year, you follow courses on research methodology and methods, the foundations of management, plus your chosen specialisation.

In the second year, you choose from a number of advanced courses on methodology and advanced research in your specialisation. As an ERIM research master student, you receive training in presentation, publishing and academic writing. You actively participate in research seminars with ERIM faculty, visiting professors and fellows.

This programme builds on a university Bachelor degree. You will be thoroughly trained in research methodology and techniques, as well as in your chosen field of expertise which will be required if you want to continue to the PhD stage of the programme.

When you have completed all of the course requirements, you will be granted a master degree. The certificate and supplement state that you’ve completed a two-year programme, the ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research, which according to Dutch law gives you the title ‘MSc’.

Following this, if you wish to pursue a PhD, you should officially apply to the PhD programme.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Start in 1 September: May (non-EEA: May).
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15800 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1906 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

First Year (60 ECTS)


In these courses the basic foundations of management, behavioural theories and economics are being discussed.


The aim of these courses is to familiarise the doctoral students with research methodologies and applications in the domain of management research. Methodology makes explicit the scientific frame in which research is conducted; scientific rules which have to be adhered to in executing research. Three of the seven ERIM methodology courses are compulsory for all students, others depend on one’s specialization track, background and interests,


A distinctive feature of the ERIM Master of Philosophy Business Research is that students are confronted with recent academic work in the field of management by participating in the ERIM research seminar series and workshops. This allows students to meet with international scholars and also to interact and discuss with ERIM researchers and PhD students. Seminars are scheduled throughout the year. Also, students receive training in skills that are particularly useful for setting up, writing, presenting and publishing academic work. Further, a number of other skill courses/workshops is offered every year, that are not obligatory.


Students have to follow at least 20 ects of specialization courses in their field. Each track has its own list of compulsory courses. In some cases students can choose from a range of compulsory courses depending on one’s interests. There are also optional specialization courses that students may follow. To stress the nature of the research master and to familiarize ERIM students with setting up their own research, the specialization courses include a compulsory Research Clinic of 4 ects.

Second Year (60 ECTS)


In the second year students take up to 30 ECTS of advanced courses. These courses are taken from a large and diverse set of courses offered by the ERIM or can be taken from programmes of national and international research networks (e.g. LNMB, NOBEM, EIASM, EDEN), with approval of the Director of Doctoral Education. Two types of advanced courses are offered by ERIM: advanced specialisation courses and advanced methodology courses. Students choose at least 10 ECTS of both types (in total, at least 20 ECTS) and the remaining 10 ECTS can be taken from either type.


The goal of Research Proposal Writing course is two-fold; it aims both at writing a research proposal and at improving skills to obtain external funding for research projects (such as NWO and ERC).

The research master students conclude their two-year study with writing a scientific master thesis in the last half year of the programme. The thesis should introduce and describe the results of a personal and individual research project conducted by the student, and should be written following academic standards consistent with the relevant international literature in the field. The thesis, written in English, should provide a clear proof that the student is familiar with the current scientific literature on his or her topic, and is able to relate his/her manuscript to existing work. Furthermore, the relevance and appropriateness of the applied research methodology and methods should be convincingly explained. The setup and style of the research master’s thesis should satisfy the international academic standards in the field. Ideally, the thesis provides a first version of a manuscript that can be published in a refereed international journal. The thesis is supervised by one of the (senior) members of the ERIM faculty.

Students that wish to continue into a PhD programme should write a research proposal, which is evaluated separately from the master thesis. Students that do not wish to continue into a PhD programme, should include an additional section in their master thesis to discuss societal or managerial relevance and (policy) implications. It is possible to combine this element with an internship at a company, public organisation or institute of applied research.

Requirements for Business and Management

You can apply to ERIM’s Master of Philosophy in Business Research if you’re a university Bachelor of Science or Arts graduate or if you hold a Dutch doctorandus degree. You must be a high performing student from a business or economic school and from fields such as psychology, sociology and engineering.

Your admission to the ERIM Research Master programme is based on the following:

  • GMAT-test (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE-test (Graduate Record Examinations). Your test results shouldn’t be older than five years. An indication of your required score is 85 per cent.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English if it’s not your native language. You have to provide ERIM with a TOEFL or IELTS test, which shouldn’t be older than two years.
  • Your CV, academic references and interviews with the Doctoral Admissions Committee.

To preserve and offer you an outstanding level of research in management, ERIM’s admission criteria are very selective. This guarantees that you’ll be in a top-quality research environment with high-potential researchers.

Work Experience for Business and Management

No work experience is required.

More Information


ERIM was officially accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 1999 and was re-accredited for another six years in 2010.

The ERIM Research Master programme was accredited by the Dutch and Flemish Accreditation Organisation for Higher Education (NVAO) in 2004. Re-accreditation took place in 2009, and will stand for another six years. The programme also has a process of internal quality assurance, embedded in the accreditation process of ERIM as research school, and within the international accreditation of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

RSM is part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide that hold the Triple Crown accreditation from the three leading international accreditation organisations; The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB; the Association of MBAs, AMBA; and EQUIS, the European Quality Improvement System. These organisations regularly asses all programmes offered by RSM, including ERIM programmes.

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