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Consultancy and Entrepreneurship Economics


2013 2014

Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship

The Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship programme is your stepping stone into the world of consultancy. You will achieve a deep understanding of enterprises in order to advise them effectively. You will learn how to apply your knowledge and skills in advising clients or leading your own business. Fundamentally a management consultant is someone who helps organisations to improve their performance and increase their success. Systematically diagnosing, analysing, changing, transforming, communicating, and convincing are essential skills for every management consultant. In order to obtain optimal results, it is also necessary to have a deep understanding of the client in their business environment, while effectively clarifying the parameters of the consultant/client relationship and providing a structure that avoids common pitfalls and produces concrete results. The entrepreneur, fundamentally, is somebody who takes initiative in setting up or leading a business. The alertness of the entrepreneur leads them to recognise opportunities waiting to be seized. They use their sharp business acumen and understanding of business dynamics to tackle risks and come to “win-win” solutions.

Rotterdam Education Model To translate the practical, hands-on mentality associated with the city of Rotterdam and the talent development of our students, into education, Rotterdam University, University of Applied Sciences, has developed a tightly implemented education model. Characteristic of the Rotterdam Education Model (REM) are three learning tracks: knowledge-driven, practice-driven and student-driven education. In the Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship programme the three learning tracks are put into practice as follows. Knowledge-Driven - Following theoretical courses in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship Practice-Driven - Completing an International project with

your peers to solve a real-world problem for an international company. Designing and executing your graduation thesis at a company. Student-Driven - Devising and implementing a management development plan with the support of your development coach.

Programme Structure Our programme consists of four study blocks. During the first three blocks you will have eight weeks of course-work and one week of exams. You will take a combination of consultancy and entrepreneurship subjects and supporting subjects. You will also follow a management development programme. In block one you will also choose two electives based on your personal learning objectives. In block four you will write your final thesis.

Subjects Organisational Behaviour - Cross cultural sensitivity, leadership & management, performance management. Organisational Development - Change management, transition management, organisational development & life-cycles. Management of Control - How to implement new strategies and how to keep control over operations. Consultancy Process - The critical steps in a consultancy process, the do’s & don’ts and pitfalls. Strategies for resistance. Intervention & Advisory skills - Consultancy roles and intervention techniques, facilitator skills, coaching techniques. Team Interventions - Group dynamics, team building, motivation techniques. Value Chain Management - How to create customer value and business value through business strategy, industry insights and business roles. Management of Technology & Innovation - Innovative business processes, products and services, continuous improvement. Entrepreneurial Challenge Creating an international business plan.

Programme Structure

Accreditation The Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship has been accredited by NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation).

International Experience As a student in the Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship programme your learning is not just limited to the classroom. Our programme offers you the unique opportunity to immediately apply the theory you learn to real-world problems. During your study you work on an International Project where you will work as part of an international student group to solve a real problem for a company. At the end of your study you will also execute your final graduation assignment for a company, using the theories and skills you have learned to solve a complex problem in the field of Consultancy and Entrepreneurship.

Lecturers Our lecturers are a reflection of the international classroom. You will be taught by a multinational mix of experts in the field of Consultancy and Entrepreneurship. Our lecturers have years of professional experience in multinational organisations and hold a Masters or Doctoral degree. This combination of academic knowledge and practical experience provides you with the benefit of seeing how theory is applied in practice.

Pre-Master Rotterdam Business School offers two Pre-Master courses for students who do not yet meet all the entry requirements for the Master programmes. These courses are designed to ensure that students will be able to participate success­ fully in the Master programmes.

If you have a Bachelor degree in business, but do not yet meet the IELTS/TOEFL entry requirements, or if you feel you need some extra preparation for a Master programme, you may take the six-month preparation course. If you have a Bachelor degree in a non-Business field, you may take the 12-month preparation course. Successful completion of a Pre-Master course will lead to: ¬ A certificate for the Pre-Master course ¬ An exemption from the IELTS 6.5/TOEFL iBT 90 requirements ¬ A deduction of € 1,250* on the Non-EU tuition fees of a Master programme at Rotterdam Business School. The Pre-Master courses commence in February and in September. For more information about the Pre-Master courses please see

Accommodation The Rotterdam Business School can provide accommodation for international students who are accepted into the programme. The rooms are rented per term and cost *€ 350 per month (*subject to change). Please make room reservations through the GR&SS office.

Admission Requirements The admission requirements for this study programme can be found on

PRACTICAL INFORMATION Official Programme Name ¬ Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship

Application Procedure Your application will be processed by the Global Recruitment and Student Support (GR&SS) office. (Note for international students - GR&SS will also apply for your visa and residence permit if necessary.) The following steps are essential to the application procedure: 1. An application form can be downloaded from 2. Please submit all documents that are necessary for us to complete your application (as detailed on page 2 of the application form). 3. Students from China are required to obtain the ‘Nuffic Certificate’. More information can be obtained at 4. Potential students will be invited for a selection interview. For international students not yet resident in the Netherlands, the selection interview will take place in your country of residence or by phone/Skype. 5. If you are accepted to the programme you will receive a letter of admission and an invoice. International students will also receive three documents: a statement of understanding, a room reservation form and your visa documents. All of these documents must be completed in full, signed and returned to us by post. 6. The invoice must be paid before: Non-EU students - 1 July for enrolment in September or 1 January for enrolment in February. Dutch and EU students - the date will be mentioned in your invoice. International students must also follow the extra steps below: 7. Once you have paid the invoice and we have received the other signed documents from you, Rotterdam Business School will apply for an MVV (entry visa) and VVR (residence permit) at the IND (Dutch immigration and naturalisation service) on your behalf. 8. You (or your agent) will be informed when your MVV is ready to be collected at the Dutch consulate or embassy in your country. 9. You then make your own travel arrangements to come to the Netherlands. 10. If you have reserved a room in our student residences you should inform GR&SS about your date and time of arrival in the Netherlands (flight details) so that a pick-up service can be provided.

The information in this leaflet is not legally binding and is subject to change.

11. We will welcome you to Rotterdam Business School during the Introduction week, which takes part one week before the start of your study programme. (Participation in the Introduction week is mandatory).

Application Deadline Dutch and EU students EU students or students with a valid residence permit for the Netherlands can apply until 1 July for enrolment in September. Check the website for the February enrolment. Non-EU students Non-EU students can apply until 15 May for enrolment in September. Check the website for the February enrolment.

Tuition Fees Tuition fees are determined each year. The tuition fees for 2013-2014 can be found on from April 2013. You can expect to pay between € 300 and € 750 for books, readers and other materials.

Master Experience It is also possible to attend a trial lesson for our Master programmes. Please see for details.

Contact For more information about study programmes, admission, registration and studying at Rotterdam Business School please contact the Global Recruitment & Student Support Office.

Global Recruitment & Student Support Office (GR&SS) +31 (0)10 794 62 50 Postal Address:

Rotterdam Business School Attn: GR&SS P.O. Box 25035 3001 HA Rotterdam The Netherlands

More information? You can find detailed information about the study programme at

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