Business in Society (joint Research Master's programme)

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The Research Master Business in Society aims to educate talented students for research-oriented careers such as a PhD in business administration, strategic advisor, policy maker, or a research position in a company.

This challenging programme goes beyond training specialists of a narrow sub-field in business administration. Our objective is to develop our students’ capacity to grasp the intricate relationships between business and society, in order to make them able to address the grand challenges posed by e.g. the financial crisis, society’s request for ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility, and the need for sustainability.

The programme leads to a double degree by the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) at the University of Amsterdam and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEWEB) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. These leading research institutes have joined forces to educate a new generation of business researchers who will have a profound understanding of the societal issues that are changing the face of business and who will be able to imagine new solutions.

UvA / VU


Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Master's degree in Business in Society and the title Master of Science (MSc).

The University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam

The overall quality of Dutch higher education places it among the best in the world. According to the QS World University Rankings, no other country in the world can claim that 90% of its universities are ranked in the world’s top 200. Both UvA and VU are internationally renowned research institutes. Together they are responsible for more than 20,000 scientific publications published in top-tier journals (up to 2013).

Top 5 reasons to study here

The UvA and VU:

  • have an excellent reputation
  • have a diverse international student body
  • are surrounded by many multinational firms and organisations
  • offer financial support for EU students in the form of low tuition fees 
  • are conveniently located in the multicultural city of Amsterdam

Degree programme
Joint degree
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction
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Published by  Economics and Business