Master of Science in Business and Management

  • Master of Science in Business and Management
  • Programme structure
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  • Tuition fees and cost of living
  • Admission requirements
  • How to apply

The Master of Science in Business and Management (MBM) is designed for new and recent graduates from any discipline with little or no work experience who wish to gain a business and management qualification to pursue a career in management on strategic level.

The study programme can be completed within 12 months and provides students with the opportunity to study at two universities in two countries: Fontys University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) and Plymouth University (United Kingdom). Additional international experience can be gained by writing your dissertation (master thesis) at a company anywhere on the globe.

The MBM brings you up to speed in the terminology, techniques and skills required to become a successful business leader. It enables you to develop key management, strategy and analytical skills, with the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject area relevant to your current or future career.

MBM degree holders are working all over the world, from family-owned businesses to the biggest multinationals as well as semi-governmental organisations. Some examples are: The Kraft Heinz Company, IBM, Ernst and Young, Deloitte, OBI, Government of Bermuda, Philips, DHL International, HP Enterprise Services, National Health Service (UK), Jet Airways (India), WS Atkins (Engineers), PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Nike (South America).

Awarded Degree

Upon successful completion of these terms, you will be awarded with the British degree ‘Master of Science in Business and Management’ (awarded by the Plymouth University). This master programme is accredited by the British Government’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and is recognised around the globe as a leading educational qualification.


Despite the broad coverage of the MBM, you can specialise in a specific business field by choosing both the elective and the topic for your master thesis from a particular module grouping (subject to availability). The degree awarded will be a specialist MBM. The number of specialisations available depend on demand and may include:

  • MBM (Finance)
  • MBM (International Business)
  • MBM (Operations and Global Supply Chains)
  • MBM (Marketing)

For more details regarding the modules please have a look at the website of the University of Plymouth.

Programme structure

The MBM is split up in three terms: Term 1 is offered in Venlo (The Netherlands), term 2 in Plymouth (UK) and term 3 is devoted to your master thesis and can be completed anywhere.

During the first term you attend lectures and tutorials for core modules that have been selected to provide you with a fundamental underpinning in the area of business and management. The second term commences with an intensive introduction to your master thesis and associated research methods training. Additionally, you pursue two core modules after which you choose one elective module. During the third term, you work independently to carry out your dissertation (master thesis). You will receive guidance from a member of academic staff, appointed as your supervisor.

1st semester at Fontys 2nd semester in Plymouth Summer period (anywhere)
Leadership and Management EssentialsKnowledge Management and Decision MakingMaster Thesis
Marketing and StrategyOperations and Project ManagementBusiness research methods leading to a practical project.
International Business Context and FinanceOne elective out of a range of 12. Specialising within MBM possible if elective plus thesis are in same area.

For more details regarding the modules please have a look at the website of the University of Plymouth.

Programme coordinator

More content-orientated information is available by contacting the programme coordinator, Patrick Szillat.

Patrick Szillat

Telephone: +31 (0)8850 84205
E-mail: &

Tijdens een open dag kun je rondkijken, sfeer proeven en presentaties bijwonen. En natuurlijk kun je in gesprek gaan met studenten en docenten.

The total fees for the academic year 2020-2021 are:

EU/EEA studentsNon- EU/ EEA students
First instalment charged in August (1st semester in Venlo)€4,000€5,100
Second instalment charged in January (2nd semester and Summer period in Plymouth)£5,867£9,867

Cost of Living (monthly)

Venlo €500 - €800 (incl. accommodation)
Plymouth £ 900 - £ 1.100 (incl. accommodation)

These amounts are a rough guide to help you plan your budget. Exact amounts will partly depend on your lifestyle and living circumstances.


Fontys offers assistance in securing suitable student accommodation in Venlo. In Plymouth, students look for accommodation on their own. Most students find accommodation by searching online or by asking MBM alumni. In general, it is not difficult to find good accommodation in Plymouth within two weeks.

A bachelor degree obtained in the Netherlands, a UK degree or equivalent qualification. For non UK and non Fontys students, an IELTS score of at least 6.5 or a TOEFL internet based score of 90 is required. For more information about the IELTS and TOEFL tests, visit and

For more information about the admission requirements, please visit our English website.

Please visit our page on our international website for the application procedure.

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