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ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research (ERIM Research Master) is an integral part of a 5-year Erasmus Doctoral Programme in Business and Management (2 years Master+ 3 years PhD) that is being offered by the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM).

Students participating in the ERIM Research Master choose one of the five domains of management:
- Business Processes, Logistics & Information Systems
- Organisation
- Marketing
- Finance and Accounting
- Strategy & Entrepreneurship.

ERIM Research Master was specifically designed for academically talented and motivated students who would like to combine education in a specialisation of their choice with the challenges of undertaking research in that field. With no more than 30 fellow students, this programme offers individual supervision, a highly personal approach and the opportunity to research your chosen subject in great depth. The amount and composition of the course work depends on the candidate’s specific educational background and individual profile. The entire programme is taught in English by some of the most distinguished management research academics in the world. It provides the perfect preparation for a PhD in either Management or Business, or for a research position in the wider world of business.

In the first year students follow courses on research methodology and methods, courses in management foundations, and courses in their chosen specialisation domain. In the second year students choose from a number of advanced courses on methodology and advanced (research) courses in the specialisation domain. Furthermore, ERIM research master students receive skills training (presentation skills, publishing skills, academic writing skills etc.) and actively participate in research seminars, together with ERIM faculty and visiting professors and fellows. The programme is concluded with a scientific thesis, combined with a research proposal.

Through its position within the research school, the ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research programme is embedded in an academic research environment of an excellent level and international standing. The programme contains many mechanisms whereby students can develop their knowledge through the interaction with ERIM members. Only ERIM members with an outstanding performance are allowed to teach on the ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research programme. Most of them are full professors. In addition, throughout the programme students are stimulated to engage in research activities and research interactions with ERIM members. This is facilitated not only by the formal curriculum. Students are also offered research assistantships that enable them to participate actively in research projects with ERIM members, not merely as typical student assistants but as true collaborators.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) officially accredited ERIM on June 3, 1999. On July 1, 2011, the KNAW re-accredited ERIM for the next six years. The ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research has been accredited by the Dutch and Flemish Accreditation Organisation for higher education (NVAO) in 2004 and re-accredited in 2009 for another 6 years.

The internal quality assurance of the ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research is not only embedded in the regular accreditation process of ERIM as a whole, but also within the (international) accreditation of the RSM, by organizations like AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. The RSM is part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools around the world that hold the “Triple Crown” of accreditation by the three leading international accreditation organizations (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS). All programmes offered by RSM, including the programmes offered by ERIM such as the ERIM Master of Philosophy in Business Research, are regularly assessed by these international accreditation organizations.





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