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During your Master’s in Business Administration, you will collect a total of 60 EC within one year. In addition to four compulsory courses, you will follow additional courses within the specialisation in Human Resource Management (HRM).

European Credit Transfer System

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work.



Number of EC


Compulsory courses for the Master’s

15 EC

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership & Responsible Organisational Design
  • Qualitative Research and Business Skills
  • Quantitative Design Methods in Business Research
  • Business Valuation & Corporate Governance

Specialisation courses
You need to choose at least three out of four elective courses of the specialisation in HRM.

15 EC

  • Global Talent Management
  • Strategic HR Analytics
  • HRM and Technology Design
  • HRM and Innovation

Elective courses
You can choose one elective freely.

5 EC

Examples of electives you can choose from within the Master’s in BA can be found at the other specialisations. You can – of course – also choose another HRM specialisation course.

Master’s thesis                

25 EC

You will finish your Master’s in BA with your master’s thesis. The choice of your graduation subject is largely up to you.

Total EC

60 EC


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Master’s thesis

You will complete your Master’s in Business Administration by writing your master’s thesis. The majority of our students complete their graduation project at an external organisation. This is a great way for you to combine academic skills with hands-on experience. The choice of your thesis topic is largely up to you. Many students tap into our cutting-edge research programmes. However, there is plenty of room for you to propose an idea of your own and to align that with ongoing research at the faculty. Research areas include HRM & Innovation Performance, Electronic and Digital HRM (E-HRM or D-HRM) and Innovating HRM Functions.

Your master's thesis could involve investigating questions such as:
  • How can you introduce the six-hour workday and how will it affect organisations and society?
  • How do social robots and humans collaborate in teams?
  • What are effective work practices in digital labour platforms such as Uber, Deliveroo or Upwork?

Most students use their graduation project as a means of preparing for the field of work they want to enter after graduation; in fact, many of our graduates launch their careers with the company at which they conducted their thesis research. 

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