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:
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.
You conclude the programme by writing a research proposal and a scientific thesis. The research master curriculum is presented in more detail in the
In these courses the basic foundations of management, behavioural theories and economics are being discussed.RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND RESEARCH METHODS (21 ECTS)
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,SEMINARS AND SKILLS (10 ECTS)
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.COURSES IN THE DOMAIN OF SPECIALISATION (20 ECTS)
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.
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.RESEARCH PROPOSAL WRITING (5 ECTS) AND RESEARCH MASTER THESIS (25 ECTS)
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.
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:
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.
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The estimated costs of living in the Netherlands for students are around 10000 per year. Applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) may apply for a subsistance allowance.
ERIM offers a limited amount of subsistance allowances to the very best non-EEA applicants. The subsistence allowance is sufficient to cover the costs of living in the Netherlands for 1 year (10000 ). Students who would like to apply for this subsistance allowance have to submit a written scholarship application with the rest of their application package. Scholarship application should include a motivation letter and a financial statement prooving the need for financial support. For more information please contact the ERIM Doctoral Office.
Furthermore, ERIM also offers a reduced tuition fee to several exellent non-EEA students. This means that instead of paying 15,550 per year for tuition fee, one pays 1,828 instead. The decision on granting the reduced tuition fee is made after the application package has been reviewed and applicant has been accepted.
In their second year, ERIM Research Master students can aply for the Personal Research Assistantship (PRA), which does not only help them financially but also allows students to work closely with ERIM best researchers.
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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