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)
Leading, Managing and Developing PeopleKnowledge 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.

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.

  • Word of welcome

    Welcome to the Master of Science in Business and Management (MBM). “Be part of something great: Applying for the MBM programme allows you to gain international experience in two diverse European countries. Discover the applied science approach of Fontys International Business School combined with the research passion of University of Plymouth and be prepared for both scientific and professional challenges in the future.”

    Dr. Patrick Szillat MSc.

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