Entrepreneurship has become a mature academic discipline. The UvA and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have combined their expertise in this area to create an internationally relevant Master’s programme. This programme will expose you to two distinct academic cultures, which challenges you to look further and prepares you for the demands of entrepreneurial practice.
This one-year programme takes a thorough look at two modes of entrepreneurship: new commercial ventures, and entrepreneurial activities within organisations. You will look at the multidisciplinary aspects of entrepreneurship, its collaborative and social nature, and the many practical issues (e.g. finance) that influence it. Specialisation courses allow you to gain in-depth knowledge of entrepreneurship in specific contexts. The programme culminates in a thesis.
This programme is ideal for enthusiastic and ambitious students from a diversity of backgrounds. You will acquire a solid foundation in academic research, cutting-edge theory and relevant research methodology. Simultaneously, you will sharpen your entrepreneurial skills and become an effective professional. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the title of Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from both universities. This joint degree is recognised internationally.
Top 5 reasons to study here
The UvA and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:
- have an excellent reputation
- have a diverse international student body
- are surrounded by many multinational firms and organisations
- have low tuition fees for EU students
- are conveniently located in the multicultural city of Amsterdam
Rankings and reputation
The overall quality of Dutch higher education places it among the best in the world. According to the THE QS World University Rankings, no other country in the world can claim that 90% of its universities are ranked in the world’s top 200. The University of Amsterdam is the highest ranked Dutch university at rank 57.
Both the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are internationally renowned research universities. Together they are responsible for over 20,000 scientific publications published in top-tier journals (2013). This reflects intensive investment in the PhD programmes. In 2013 there were more than 700 PhD defence ceremonies at the UvA and VU.
An alumnus of the Entrepreneurship programme is somebody who is able to assess and bring to life innovative, viable, high-quality ideas in a number of contexts (a new firm, an existing organisation, profit-oriented/social/mix, diversity of industries). Besides training you in academic working and critical thinking, the programme also provides you with a high level of knowledge and skills needed to accomplish such efforts.
The majority of our students do not start up their own ventures right after graduating. Most of them initially wish to acquire more working experience. Luckily for them, an increasing number of companies are looking for ‘entrepreneurial professionals’, giving our graduates a distinct advantage in the labour market. This programme can also put you on a pathway to obtaining a PhD degree, becoming an entrepreneurship researcher or otherwise pursuing an academic career.
This specialisation is suitable for all students who think they may (one day) want to be:
- a founder of their own firm; an ‘intrapreneur’;
- a manager aiming to create an entrepreneurial culture;
- a policymaker aiming to create conditions to stimulate entrepreneurship;
- a project leader in innovation projects, etc.
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Last updated October 11, 2018