The Master's programme Business in Society addresses the intricate relationships between business and society, as can be seen in grand challenges posed by e.g. the financial crisis, societys request for ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility, and the need for sustainability.
This programme results from a joint effort of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) at the University of Amsterdam and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEWEB) at VU University Amsterdam to educate a new generation of business researchers who will have a profound grasp of the societal trends that are changing the face of business.
Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Master's degree in Business in Society and the title Master of Science (MSc).
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This Research Master Business in Society is the ideal preparation for a leading PhD programme in business administration or a related discipline at the University of Amsterdam, the VU University Amsterdam, or another university. The University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam have committed to each offer six PhD positions each year for which our graduates will be prime candidates in an open competition. It also gives you excellent credentials to apply for a research-related position in the public or private sector such as strategic advisor, researcher or policy maker. In short: our alumni possess all the needed skills to be a leader in tomorrow's business research.
As a graduate of the programme, you will be able to:
The programme in brief
The two-year Research Master's programme Business in Society will equip you with the knowledge and skills to shape new ways of doing business taking into account how organisations and society affect each other. The programme offers several specialisations in the broad field of business administration (such as: strategy, organizational theory, accounting, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, international business, human resource management, organizational behaviour, and marketing), as well as an overarching perspective connecting these fields, which is necessary to understand the multi-faceted business in society issues. It also provides you with the methodological and theory-building skills needed to conceive of new solutions for the problems related to business in society.
Furthermore, with a maximum intake of 25 talented and highly motivated students, this English taught programme offers intensive interactions with other students and close supervision and collaboration with excellent researchers passionate about understanding complex business problems in their societal perspective. You will learn from, and work closely with, some of the world's leading scholars in the field of business administration.
The research Masters programme in Business in Society is a new programme and therefore still under development. No rights can be derived from the contents of this website, the brochure or any other information issued verbally or in writing about this programme.
The Master of Science in Business in Society is a two-year programme of 120 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0,5 US credit). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Please refer to the academic calendar for the exact dates.
The Research Master's Business in Society is not only unique in its focus on business in society, but also in its emphasis on developing theory-building skills and in offering to students to learn by collaborating with internationally reputed researchers.
We strongly believe that testing further existing theories will not be enough to successfully address the complex issues businesses face in their interactions with society. Therefore, we are convinced that tomorrows business researchers need strong theory-building skills besides strong methodological skills. So, instead of primarily focusing on developing your knowledge of research methods, the Research Master is designed to promote a balanced combination of methodological skills and academic literary skills (theory-building, critical, reflective attitude, excellent writing, and communication).
We also believe in learning by working alongside experts. It is why our Research Master's counts two research internships. You will be free to select with whom you wish to work from a portfolio of projects proposed by internationally renowned researchers at both UvA and VU.
The Master's thesis is the final requirement to be completed prior to graduation. In the thesis, you show that you are able to put into practice the knowledge and skills you have acquired during the programme by researching independently a topic related to business in society. Your thesis preparation will be supervised by one of the research staff members from either UvA or VU. A dedicated course will aid you in drafting your research proposal and in writing your thesis.
Business in Society Scholarship
Scholarships to any applicant in the form of tuition fee waivers will be awarded based on merit. If you wish to compete for this scholarship, you should indicate your interest in this scholarship when applying for the Research Master in Embark. If you correctly and timely indicate that you aim to participate in the competition for a scholarship, your essay on a topic related to business in society, which is part of the application package, is used as submission to that competition, and assessed as such. If you obtain a scholarship, please be aware that an extension of that scholarship in the second year of the programme will be conditional to your performing well in the first year.
VU Fellowship Programme
The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective students the unique opportunity to pursue a degree from a selection of Masters programmes at VU University. VU University has committed to providing approximately 1 million euro towards attracting highly motivated, excellent students.
On 1 December 2014, students can start applying for the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP). Before this date, we will publish the exact application procedure before this date, so keep an eye on this page if you're eligible to apply. The deadline for application is set to 1 March 2015.
Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS)
The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the worlds brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. A limited number of AMS scholarships is available for non-EEA students in the Master's programmes. Last year the top 14 percent of non-EEA MSc students were awarded a 12,000 Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.
The deadline for this scholarship is the same as the application deadline: 1 April 2015.
Please ensure that you have checked the regulations for this scholarship and apply via the digital application form Embark.
The Dutch Ministry of Education and Sciences offers scholarships covering costs of living expenses within the framework of cultural agreements between the Netherlands and other countries. Information is available from the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country or via Grantfinder and the Nuffic.
You can also contact the Ministry for Higher Education in your own country. There may be funds or foundations available for students planning to study abroad.
Scholarships for Dutch students
Students with a Dutch nationality who have not yet studied for more than six years are eligible for a student grant from the Dutch government. Certain EU/EEA students may also be eligible for a student grant or for limited funding by the Dutch government by means of tuition fee loans.
Business in Society
The quality of this Master's programme has been assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
This means that, upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Business in Society and the title Master of Science (MSc).