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Study programme

Business Administration: Leadership and Management

This one-year programme is for those who wish to pursue their career in leadership and management. The track will equip you with the academic knowledge you need on how to lead and manage people responsibly and successfully. We are in close contact with those responsible for leadership, management and change in organisations and our courses are constantly evolving to keep up to date with changes in the business world. Your chances in the job market upon finishing this track lie in management consulting, general management, management development, human resource management, and recruitment and talent management.

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About this track

Starting from the premise that people are central to any organisation’s success, this one-year Master's programme involves courses in Theories of Leadership and Management, Managing People Strategically and Leadership. The Theories of Leadership and Management course focuses on how to lead and manage people toward organisational success. You will learn what drives individual performance, as well as how, when, and why people succeed or fail together in groups and organisations. Managing People Strategically draws upon the latest theories to examine the positive and negative impact of the ways in which organisations seek to achieve a competitive advantage through people. The Leadership course begins with a brief historical overview of leadership research, before moving on to current theories and research, employee motivation and behaviour, and ethical considerations. 

Programme structure

The Master of Science in Business Administration is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. If you choose to follow the International Management or Marketing specialisation you may start your programme in either September or February.

First semester

The year begins with two foundational courses on business theory, which serve as an introduction to the two initial tracks of your choice. In addition, you will be invited to attend UvA in Carré: a unique series of seminars featuring top-level speakers from leading companies, such as Ahold Delhaize, Unilever, Vodafone Ziggo, Google and l'Oréal. After the first period you will choose your definitive track, which will be explored in greater depth in the second period. You can enhance your specialisation by attending two track-specific core courses. In the third period, you will formulate a thesis research subject while being introduced to research methodology.

Second semester

During the second semester, the focus is on writing a thesis, for which thesis workshops will help you in the process of collecting and analysing data. This part of the programme is balanced by the opportunity to select two elective courses, allowing you to tailor the programme to your own interests and skills, and bridging the gap between theory and practice in The Business Lab. 

The Business Lab

Want to test whether you can solve a real business case? You can choose from 20 elective courses in our Business Lab. Managers from leading companies will bring a real world business case to the classroom that your team has to solve in 6 weeks' time. You can select from a wide range of topics (e.g. branding, online marketing, strategy, change management or negotiations) and profit from the input of our corporate partners (e.g. Vodafone, L'Oréal, AB InBev, Deloitte). Presenting your solution to the company and learning from their feedback is a great way to prepare for you future career.

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The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation and is based on your chosen track. Your thesis must be individually written and will be supervised by one of the lecturers from the relevant track. Business Administration offers a structured thesis process, which enables you to finish your Master's degree within the given year.

Internships and exchange 

Students who have completed the 45 EC curriculum of the MSc Business Administration will have the possibility of doing an extracurricular internship. This especially gives international students a unique opportunity to experience the Dutch labour market. Students can also participate in an exchange semester.

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