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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). Read more
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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 Highly international study environment with participants from over 45 different nations.  Lecturers with long-standing international teaching and working experience in the field. Read more

Programme features

 Highly international study environment with participants from over 45 different nations
 Lecturers with long-standing international teaching and working experience in the field
 High profile guest lecturers from established institutions such as UN-HABITAT, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Lund University
 Unique training methodology of role-playing games, real-life case study analysis, class debates and on-site visits
 6 different specialisations offering a unique chance to tailor your study and broaden your career path
 Focus on linking theory to real world urban challenges and solutions developed and perfected in IHS’ almost 60 years of experience in the field
 Balanced learning environment of guided training and self-study

A step in your career

The Urban Management and Development master programme enables participants to advance their career opportunities by offering a wide range of career paths in six different areas of urban expertise.
IHS graduates work in the fields of urban academia, international consultancy, local and national governments and non-governmental organisations as lecturers, urban planners, sustainable urban development and design specialists, project managers, architects, government officials, urban policy analysis and development experts, capacity building trainers, land use advisors, renowned NGO heads and specialists and many others.

In the almost 60 years of experience in teaching and applying urban management and development knowledge and practices, IHS has developed an extensive network of urban professionals. Programme participants benefit from the immense IHS network including an alumni association with over 8000 members actively engaged in the field. IHS is engaged in over 100 urban programmes and projects at any point in time offering students a direct contact with donor agencies and training centres worldwide.
Our lecturers have long-standing international experience and continue to work all over the world thus creating a possibility to discuss and initiate links to programmes and projects in countries and cities of the participants.

Course Content

The cities of today are complex with interrelated economic, social, environmental and physical challenges which need to be balanced in the ever-changing urban environment.

The intensive 12-month MSc in Urban Management and Development is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to become competent urban managers by offering an in-depth insight into urban issues, policies and trends around the world through a blend of lectures with case studies, discussions, working groups, group assignments and field visits and field work.
The master programme is divided into three main periods: a core period, a specialization period and a thesis period. Below you can find more information about the programme structure and the knowledge you will gain during each period.

Core period (October - January)

The core period of the Urban Management & Development master programme provides in-depth insight into urban theories, policies and trends worldwide. It will study cities from different multidisciplinary thematic perspectives such as “Complex City”, “Spatial City”, “Sustainable City”, “Green City”, “Livable City”, “Informal City” and “Competitive City”.

Specialisation period (January - April)

The specialization period allows participants to gain an enhanced understanding of a certain aspect of urban management and development depending on their academic and professional orientation and interests.
 Managing & Financing Urban Infrastructure
 Urban Competitiveness and Resilience
 Urban Environment and Climate Change
 Urban Housing and Livelihoods
 Urban Land Governance
 Urban Strategies and Planning

Master Thesis period (April - September)

The thesis period opens with Research Methods workshops which offer the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to conduct academic research and complete the Master’s thesis. The students work under the guidance of their thesis supervisor and with the support of the IHS academic staff.

Training methodology

Throughout the course, students participate in interactive lectures, workshops and discussions, engage in group and individual exercises, analyse cases, give presentations and write papers and essays which aim to deepen their knowledge about the concepts and theory. The training methodology of the programme includes field visits, fieldwork, simulation games, discussions, best practices and case studies.

Important note for Chinese applicants

Chinese applicants are required to apply for a "Nuffic Certificate". This is a document that provides an assessment of the applicant`s English language proficiency as well as of the educational degrees and diplomas that are required to be eligible for an entry visa to the Netherlands. Nuffic sends this certificate directly to IHS once it has been issued.

The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

Applicants who wish to apply for the NFP are kindly advised to apply with IHS at least 4 weeks before the NFP application deadline (14 February 2017) so that they can receive the admissions decision in time for their fellowship application.

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