Are you a future Interdisciplinary Business Professional?

Do you wish to work in interdisciplinary teams with people from different backgrounds and contribute your expertise and creativity to achieve a common goal? Are you able to think out of the box, accept new, exciting challenges and study problems from all possible angles? Are you prepared to study hard and work even harder, by putting your practical, hands-on daring attitude to good use? Then the English-taught Master of Science in Business Studies - Interdisciplinary Business Professional is the right programme for you!

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One-year English-taught Master programme (full-time)
The Master of Science in Business Studies is an intensive, ground-breaking one-year international master's programme in the domain of business studies, designed for ambitious students who are eager to make a difference. You will contribute to solutions and innovations for wicked problems that organisations are facing. Wicked problems are complex interdisciplinary issues that require innovative and diverse answers for organisations that add value to both people and our planet.

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Please note that we also offer a 
Dutch-taught part-time Master Interdisciplinary Business Professional. You can find more information about this part-time version at


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The master's programme kicks off with an intensive week where you will meet fellow students and experience the four core disciplines of the programme: Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management and Business & IT.  During the following weeks you will work in interdisciplinary teams on an assignment centered around one of the themes of the master's programme. During these weeks you will receive intensive training on your research skills. 

Via a Networking Event at the start of the the Innovation Assignment module, you are enabled to do your research project acquisition. In the following weeks you work in interdisciplinary teams on complex issues from the professional field. This module provides a dynamic combination of co-creation with fellow students and the professional field, academic depth provided by (guest) lectures and professorships, and an evidence-based approach with insights from different disciplinary perspectives.

Three pillars

Three pillars

The master's programme consists of three pillars: 

  1. Applied research
  2. Interdisciplinary Assignments
  3. Professional Skills Development & Ethics

These three pillars are based on the view that the future business professional needs to be equipped with critical thinking skills along with analytical skills to be able to handle complex issues. The interdisciplinary assignments enhance cooperation and communication skills with professionals from various disciplines and backgrounds. The Professional Skills Development & Ethics pillar focuses on the ability to reflect on one's own behaviour and development and to adapt accordingly.

Core themes

Core themes

Within the MSc in Business Studies, we work mostly with concepts and theories instead of subjects. The interdisciplinary aspects are then explored by different disciplines, such as Marketing, Finance, HRM and IT (business side). Our professorships are part of the six schools involved in the master's programme and their knowledge and expertise lie in the field of the themes, concepts and theories within the programme. This gives you the opportunity to conduct research on real-life cases from our professorships. Since we are an applied sciences university, the research is conducted on behalf of a client, such as a region, cooperation, organisation or company.

Concepts & Theories

On this page you can find an overview of the concepts and theories belonging to the six core themes, the Body of Knowledge & Skills (BOKS). The themes include:

  • Sustainability
  • Technology-Driven Society
  • Liquid Society
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Skills Development & Ethics
  • Applied Research

Master Thesis

Master Thesis

Your master thesis is the centrepiece of the programme: you will demonstrate that you can execute an applied research project independently in an interdisciplinary professional context. You will complete the full research cycle and prove that you can conceive and apply innovative and relevant solutions. For your thesis you might continue on the theme of your Innovation Assignment and choose a topic of your interest to dive into.

You might even be able to contribute to a large research project from one of the six professorships and their partners from the industry involved in the programme: Marketing & Market-Focused Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Financial Management, Human Capital, New Business & ICT, International Business, or Sustainable HRM.

Community of Learners

Community of Learners

From day one you will work in an interdisciplinary, international setting. We offer you an ambitious and safe environment to cultivate your individual talents as well as your ability to work with others in co-creation. You will be part of an active and stimulating Community of Learners, consisting of your fellow students as well as committed professors, lecturer-researchers and the professional practice. Within the Community you cooperate and learn from each other with the aim to create new knowledge for complex issues leading to sustainable solutions and innovations. You will learn to master the knowledge, skills, and, most importantly, the new roles you will need in your future job and you will be coached in your leadership skills.

International Classroom

International Classroom

In a globalised society where international trade and cooperation between companies, public organisations, and universities is increasing, the international orientation of this master's programme is vital. In the international classroom, you will know what it is like to work in an international context. You will study with a mixed group of students, consisting of Dutch as well as international students, sharing your specific points of view and learning from their perspective. You will broaden your horizon and expand your international contacts. You will make friends for life from all over the world.

Your future

Becoming leaders as well team players

As a future Interdisciplinary Business Professional, you will be a leader as well as a team player. You will be expected to take the lead in innovations and groundbreaking projects, while cooperating with team members with an entirely different background and point of view. During this master's programme, you will carry out individual and collective assignments, working independently and with a team of fellow students, lecturer-researchers, professors and the professional field. This is how you will develop your personal and professional skills to become the creative intrepreneur organisations and companies need and demand.

Semester 1

  • Research Skills & Assignments
  • Interdisciplinary Assignments
  • Knowledge Based Skills
  • Lectures, guest lectures, company visits
  • Community of Learners
  • Professional Skills Development & Ethics

Semester 2

  • Master Thesis
  • Lectures, guest lectures, company visits
  • Community of Learners
  • Professional Skills Development & Ethics

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