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Why should you choose Business Research?
Why is a research programme the right choice for you? Because it provides hands-on experience both in the methodological framework needed to become an excellent researcher and the practical skills required to publish and review your academic work. The programme is tailor-made to allow students to focus on their interest areas and courses draw on the work of our best researchers, offering first class teaching at the forefront of the latest academic research. Our cooperation with top universities worldwide will allow you to dive into different specialisations and follow guest lectures by international experts. Grants and scholarships are available and PhD students will receive a salary.

Research Assistant Grant
To lighten the financial burden of studying as well as to facilitate the transition from research master’s student to PhD candidate, Maastricht University School of Business and Economics offers Research Assistant positions for which you may receive a grant. You can apply for a Research Assistant position (and the grant) prior to the start of the second year of your MSc Economic and Financial Research.

Business processes meet academic research skills
The courses offered are relevant, current and at the forefront of today’s research. That’s because they’re taught by top researchers in those fields. Many of Maastricht University’s researchers are internationally renowned. Different courses are also offered in conjunction with other top universities and you’ll even be exposed to researchers from international institutions. All of this means you’re getting the best learning experience out there.

The master's programme in Business Research is a 2-year, full time programme taught entirely in English. Graduates will receive a master's in Business Research.

Programme Information

The research master’s programme in Business Research focuses on two main skill sets. You will learn the methodologies for close analysis that you can apply to your chosen topic of specialisation. You will also learn the academic skills needed in order to succeed in research, such as writing in English, getting published, the review process and so on.

What will you learn?
Business Research is a very challenging programme that attracts the very best of students. Your learning experience will cover general research methodologies, including those that are specific to business and those that are relevant to all academic research. You will also be able to specialise in your areas of interest, especially in your second year.

At the end of the programme, you will be able to:

• research business topics according to the highest standards
• analyse and interpret recent literature in your field of interest
• demonstrate how to increase the impact of your research

Career Prospects

A research master’s programme in Business Research is a great start to your academic career. It’s excellent preparation for a PhD, either at Maastricht University or at other international institutions. The research methodologies you will learn, as well as the presentation and communication skills, will also prepare you for a career in research within external companies, research organisations or institutions.

Graduates have, for example, found positions as:

- Product Manager, ABN-AMRO
- Research Analysist, YouGov
- Associate, Boston Consultancy Group
- Statistical Analyst, CBS
- PhD Candidate, Maastricht University (and other universities worldwide)





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