Master of Science in Business & Management

  • Master of Science in Business & Management
  • Programme structure
  • Admission requirements
  • Tuition fees and cost of living
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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.

A bachelor degree obtained in the Netherlands, a UK degree or equivalent qualification. Alternatively, qualifications and experience that demonstrate you can meet the challenges of the programme. For non UK and non Fontys students, an IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required. For more information about the IELTS test, visit

Entry Visa / Authorisation for Temporary Stay (‘MVV’)

All non-EU/EEA students entering the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa (‘MVV’), except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State. This Entry Visa is a sticker that is placed in your passport and is issued by the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country of origin.

Residence Permit (‘VVR’)

All those who enter the Netherlands with or without an Entry Visa (‘MVV’) and who wish to stay for a period of longer than three months, are obliged to apply for a ‘Verblijfsvergunning regulier’, or ‘VVR’ (a Residence Permit). The Immigration Officer will send the application to the Dutch Immigration & Naturalisation Service (‘IND’) on your behalf. Your Residence Permit will be ready soon after your arrival in the Netherlands.

Students from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cameroon and Nigeria have to be aware they have to transfer the full refundable amount of the living expenses (10.500 euro for the first year ) to the bank account of Fontys. Proof by financial documents you have access to this amount will not be accepted. Please note that the visa process for students with a nationality from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan Cameroon and Nigeria takes 3 months. Fontys therefore counts an application process of 5 months for these students. Consequently, the application deadlines for these students differ from the regular deadline: 
Application deadline for students with a Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Pakistani, Cameroonian or Nigerian nationality:

  • September intake – 31st of March

If students from Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cameroon or Nigeria want Fontys to arrange accommodation, the rent (4 months + deposit) will be withheld from the living expenses and directly transferred to the landlord. In this case no other housing payments have to be made before the start of your study. Alternatively students can take care of accommodation themselves.

The total fees for the academic year 2017-2018 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)£5,167£8,833

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.

Applications for the MSc in Business and Management can be made through the form below. Before you apply, make sure you meet the entry requirements for this programme. Collect all the supporting documents required:

  • Proof of sponsorship, if applicable
  • Evidence of qualifications (certificates and/or transcripts) to show that you meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language ability
  • Two references
  • Fill out the application form

Application deadline

The application deadline is every year set on 15th of June for Non-EU students and 5th of July for EU students who wish to start in September. Please apply as early as possible as our programme is popular.

After the application

For more information contact the course administrator:

Fontys International Business School Att.: Mrs. K. Rheiter, Administrator MBM and MBA Tegelseweg 255 5912 BG Venlo Tel.: 0031 8850 82101 Email:

You will receive a decision on your application within four weeks after submitting it. You may be asked to provide additional information or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The administrator is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the programme coordinator if you wish to discuss the programme in detail.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Students Team:

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Fontys International Business School

Visiting address

Tegelseweg 255
5912 BG
Venlo, The Netherlands

Post address

Postbus 141
5900 AC
Venlo, The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 (0) 8850 76022

Programme coordinator

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

Patrick Szillat

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

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12 months
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