Are you looking for a programme that combines education in a specialisation of your choice and the challenge of undertaking research in that field? If your answer is yes, the Research Master in Business and Management - Organisation from Erasmus University Rotterdam is designed for academically talented and motivated students like you.


With no more than 30 students in the two-year programme, you’re offered individual supervision, a personal approach and the opportunity to investigate your chosen subject in great depth. The composition and amount of course work depends on your specific educational background and individual profile.

The Business and Management - Organisation programme from Erasmus University Rotterdam is entirely taught in English by some of the world’s most distinguished management research academics. It provides you with the perfect preparation for a PhD in Management or Business and for research positions in the business world.

Unique features

  • Integral part of Erasmus Doctoral Programme in Business and Management
  • Five different specialisation tracks: Business Processes, Logistics & Information Systems; Organisation; Marketing; Finance; Strategy & Entrepreneurship
  • Excellent preparation for a consequent PhD
  • Close interaction with ERIM researchers
  • Personal approach and individual supervision
  • Customised to develop strong academic and business skills
  • Research Master studentships for outstanding students

The two-year Research Master in Business and Management 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 Research Master, you choose one of five domains of management:

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

Career Prospects

The ERIM Doctoral programme trains you for your PhD studies and beyond. Career prospects can include future research, or an academic position in management. If you continue your studies and embark onto a PhD programme at ERIM, your career prospects can include research in management at European and North American business schools – where qualified PhD researchers are in demand.

The best performers from the ERIM Doctoral programme proceed to a PhD position and an academic research career, either at ERIM, where the majority of our doctoral programme graduates continue their study, or at other Dutch and international universities.

Graduates from the ERIM doctoral programme who decide not to pursue a PhD win research-oriented jobs outside academia in large international organisations, consultancies and banks.


Accredited by:
  • NVAO
  • AMBA

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Behavioural Decision Theory
  • Experimental Methods in Business Research
  • ERIM Research Clinic Organizing for Performance
  • Behavioral Foundations
  • Economic Foundations
  • Management Foundations
  • Topics in the Philosophy of Science
  • Empirical Research Methodology & Measurement
  • Statistical Methods
  • English
  • Interaction Performance Training / Coaching
  • Scientific Integrity
  • Publishing Strategy

Aside from the courses listed above, you're requested to choose four courses from the list below:

  • Economics of Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability Leadership & Planetary Boundaries
  • Strategic & International HRM
  • Managerial and Group Decision Making
  • High Performance Leadership
  • Sustainability and Behavioral Ethics
Year 2
  • Advanced Statistical Methods
  • Behavioural Decision Theory
  • Experimental Methods in Business Research
  • Workshop on Structural Equation Modelling through Partial Least Squares
  • Managerial Economics
  • Advanced Topics of Research in Strategy
  • Advanced Topics in Organisation Theory
  • Social Networks and Market Competition
  • Advanced Topics in Organizational Behavior
  • Specialization Module on Consumer Behavior
  • Interaction Performance Training / Coaching
  • Scientific Integrity
  • Publishing Strategy
  • Thesis Proposal Writing
Advanced elective courses can be also taken from external research schools/networks.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You can apply to the Research Master in Business and Management 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. For TOEFL, you’re required a score of at least 100 on the internet based test or 600 on the paper test. For IELTS, your minimum score must be 7.5.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 17300 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


ERIM offers a limited number of subsistence allowances to its very best applicants. The subsistence allowance amounts either € 5,000 or € 10,000 (which is sufficient to cover the living costs in the Netherlands for one year). If you would like to apply for this subsistence allowance, you have to submit a written scholarship application with the rest of your application package. Your scholarship application should include a motivation letter and a financial statement proving your need for financial support.

ERIM also offers a reduced tuition fee to several excellent non-EEA students. This means that instead of paying a tuition fee of €17,000 per year, you would have to pay €1,984. 

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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