The RSM MSc in Management of Innovation programme is one academic year’s duration. Core courses are compulsory and will be offered during the autumn semester (22 EC). Master electives (18 EC) are offered during the spring semester, of which one elective can be chosen from another MSc programme. It is also possible to replace one elective with an internship or business project. During the year, students work on a master thesis project (20 EC).
Please note that certain electives may be very popular. Although we can place most students in the elective(s) of their choice, there are no guaranteed places.
View all core courses below:
Whether an organization innovates determines whether it survives. It does not take a world-wide crisis for an organization to realize that the status quo will not be sufficient. And it is not only the multi-national corporations like Amazon that need to innovate, it is the restaurant at the corner, the local charity, and even national governments see the need for innovation. The question is not whether to innovate, but how.
In this course you learn why organizations struggle to innovate and what to do about it. The course is organized around three broad questions such that each question will be addressed in a specific module:
1. How can organizations generate value?
2. How can organizations capture the value that they generate?
3. How can organizations and managers deliver value?
Taught by Dr H. Klapper.
Generation, recognition, adoption and sharing of innovation is certainly a challenge for every organization, but creating an organizational structure that enables an organization to continuously innovate is also an equally, or even more, daunting task. This course will introduce the central challenges and available solutions to organize innovation activities.
Central topics encompass the processes by which innovation is generated, idea generation, theories of organization of innovation, organizing in service organizations, innovation networks, and organizational design in start-ups also through prototypes. The theoretical knowledge will be supported with case studies, skill development activities and guest speakers with whom the student will have the unique opportunity to discuss and share their opinion.
Taught by Dr S. Tasselli.
New products, services and business models are generally implemented through projects. In this course students will have a “hands-on” experience in which they will plan and execute one of such projects. The goal of the course project is to transform an innovative idea into a tangible product. During the class sessions and through the course activities, students will be able to discuss concepts and theories that will allow reflecting on their work and help them improve their team’s project.
The course is divided in four different modules. The first module focuses on providing students with the basic tools for setting up and starting the execution of the project. The second module focuses on the management of the parties involved in a project, the project team and other stakeholders. The third module focuses on the discussion of risk management and project governance as mechanisms of project control. Lastly, in the fourth module, the course discussion assumes a critical perspective on project management practices and explores why projects fail and how to overcome those failures.
Taught by Dr J.P. Madiedo.
In a knowledge-based and innovation-driven business environment, managing ideas is an essential capability if an organization is to gain a sustainable competitive advantage. All innovations begin with ideas and managing these ideas is needed during the entire innovation process. Employees in any job and at any level of the organization can contribute to innovation with creative ideas. Thus idea management is important for everyone and at any moment.
This course takes place as part of the master in Management of Innovation. After general courses concerning innovation strategy and organization of innovation it is the first of a series of two courses that follow the temporal order innovation in the innovation funnel: Fuzzy front end (this course: problem analysis, idea generation, selection and communication), and Implementation (course 2: Innovation Implementation).
The course consists of a series of lectures, 2 assignments and an exam. Assignment 1 is an individual assignment which involves a reflection of a real world individual creative process. Assignment 2 is a group assignment which involves identifying a problem, generating, selecting, and communicating a creative solution to the problem and reflecting on the group process. Assignment 1 is worth 30% of the grade, assignment 2 is worth 40% of the grade, and the exam is worth 30% of the grade.
Taught by Dr D. Deichmann.
The aim of Your Future Career is to prepare students at an early stage in their MSc for their career.
When you care about what you do, you will enjoy your work more, create greater impact, and be more successful in being a force for positive change. However, it can be difficult to identify what your passion is, where your competencies and skills will be useful, and which professional environment and culture are the best match for you. Therefore, RSM Career Centre has developed a course to put you in the driver's seat of your career, and to support you in identifying your first career step after graduation and preparing for it.
The online modules of “Your Future Career” will help you make crucial steps towards the most suitable internship or job for you. You can decide yourself if you want to reflect on your interests and motivations, develop knowledge of the job market, functions, companies and industries, receive peer feedback on your application materials, have contact with an alumni mentor or attend an interactive workshop.
The Your Future Career course takes place in block 1 and 2 and is awarded 1 EC based on pass/fail.
Contact: RSM Career Centre via firstname.lastname@example.org
Taught by Dr M. Szymanowski & L. Keir.
This is an Honours class. Students will need to apply with a motivation statement and will be selected based on their motivation and grades.
MSc Management of Innovation program provides world-class and state-of-art knowledge in innovation management. The Innovation clinic course offers a unique opportunity to translate that knowledge into practice, building valuable personal experience of innovation in the field. You will pro-actively use the knowledge you gain during the MSc program to deliver innovation hands-on that is to the benefit of society particularly in relation to sustainability. You will generate, develop and implement ideas to meet business, societal and environmental needs. This goal is also in line with the RSM mission statement – a force for positive change.
The Innovation clinic is a great opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice of your own initiative. Design thinking and lean start-up methods are provided to help. Short clinics / workshops and focused discussions provide students with check-ins, tools and expert coaching as they creatively work through challenge definition, ideation, ideas selection and implementation phases.
Taught by Dr G. Cross.
All electives are listed below:
In modern organizations, employees are continuously expected to learn and improve themselves. One of the core aspects employees are expected to develop in order to advance in a company are their leadership skills. The aim of this course is to establish a solid foundation of the key principles of leadership development based in the state of the science. The focus will be on both developing your own leadership potential and your ability to develop other’s leadership.
Together we will explore different approaches to leadership development such as 360 degree feedback,coaching, mentoring, and learning from experience. The basis of the course will be an understanding of leadership development based in the scientific literature. You are expected to actively participate during the lectures both in discussions and through in-class exercises. In addition to active in-class participation, you are expected to complete a number of assignments outside of the classroom, both individually and in small groups.
Taught by Dr T. Davidson.
What do Internet of Things (IoT), 5th generation networks, healthcare service platforms, the circular economy, energy transition and fair-trade products have in common? These require changes at the level of systems. This has implications for innovation management. Companies have to cooperate with other firms, because products and services offered by different companies get integrated in complex systems. Therefore, not only these products and services but also the interfaces between them and the entire system are to be innovated. This provides managerial challenges. Even more, these innovative systems have societal implications. Negative externalities have to be mitigated. Or even better: companies and other stakeholders can become a force of positive change by seeking positive societal impacts. Standards provide agreed-upon specifications for interfaces between system elements, and provide criteria and test methods for quality and sustainability aspects. This elective introduces you to this field.
Within complex systems, systems elements are interconnected by means of interfaces. In general, such interface specifications should remain stable during a certain period in order to enable innovation at the level of the products, services or system elements they interconnect, so standardisation is essential. Though change is inherent to innovation, such stability via standards is needed as well, until this interface itself needs to be replaced by a substantially better one. This is not just a technical issue. It relates to a diversity of stakeholders with different stakes and adhering to different values. So the relevance applies both to business and to society.
A role-playing game and a company visit (both if the COVID-19 situation allows), lectures, guest lectures and literature make you familiar with the field and with theories about its functioning. Next, it is leaning by doing: together with fellow-students you analyse an innovation field for which standards are essential. Let’s take the example of hydrogen use in cars as an alternative to fossil fuels and electricity. This would be an innovation as such, and for different stakeholders: car producers and their suppliers of systems, equipment and components, fuel stations, organisations in the supply chain of hydrogen, etc. In individual and group assignments you will have to map the field and the standards needed for it, analyse the stakeholders and their stakes, interview a specific stakeholder, provide advice to this stakeholder, and develop a roadmap and strategy for the introduction of, in this case, hydrogen (or argue why this is not feasible, should this be the case).
Taught by Prof. Dr Ir H.J. de Vries.
For several years, firms have embraced the idea that innovation activities should reflect an open system instead of following the typical vertically integrated model. In nearly every sector, the ideas and technologies that generate products and services emerge from an increasing number of firms that participate in the value chain. Getting multiple partners to collaborate in innovation projects, thus, seems to offer benefits that are difficult to achieve by a single firm. While this “open” approach to innovation appears promising, its adoption entails challenges. To reap the benefits of such approach, organizations need to understand whether and how “open innovation” initiatives fit their strategy and culture. Furthermore, organizations need to recognize whether they are already part of or are able to develop an ecosystem that supports collaboration and what the best tools to solve their specific “innovation problems” are. Finally, organizations need to understand how to overcome the challenges that result of trying to put it all together. This course provides the opportunity to study these issues and to develop a skill set that allows navigating through typical open innovation challenges.
This course is taught by Dr J.P. Madiedo Montanez.
“But why can’t I patent in Europe just because I talked about the invention at a conference?” “But I thought the claims in my patent would stop my competitor marketing that!” “I invented an improvement! So why do I have to get a licence from them before I can market my own invention?” “So I would have been better off just keeping this process secret rather than patenting it?”
Intellectual property is a vital asset for firms today, and patent portfolios can be extremely valuable. Yet all too often managers know little about patent law and patent strategies. This ignorance can be costly, because a naïve manager is like a lamb going to the slaughter-house. Skilful competitors will slice and dice a poorly worded patent that is in their way, or use a variety of other patent strategies to hinder the goals of their less knowledgeable and less experienced counterparts.
The course will commence with an overview of all forms of IP, as managers need to be able to identify all the different sorts of IP that can attach to one product. After a short, basic introduction to US and European patent law, we will look at how patents have increasingly become a strategic weapon rather than just a means of protecting an invention from imitation. With Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of war’ as a guide, we will look at the different strategies businesses use. Patenting is not, however, always the best option. Alternatives to patenting will also be examined.
Taught by Dr H. Gubby, barrister.
With the Circular Economy elective, you are taking the next step in sustainability strategies.
Where most sustainability strategies today still focus on reducing a company’s negative footprint, in this course we will also look at making a pósitive footprint.
Academically, this can be referred to as ‘regenerative sustainable development’. For business it means: instead of adding a burden to doing business as usual, we’re implementing a positive agenda to company strategies, business partnerships and customer relationships.
An exiting and existing example is paint that cleans the air (produced by AkzoNobel), and during this course, we will look at several other examples in the market today and discuss concepts for the future. We will look into the business benefits ánd obstacles of implementing these alternative project and/or company strategies.
Would you prefer to make a great business out of contributing to society and the environment, rather than just postponing the damage a company has on the environment or people? Then you are welcome to step into the Triple Top Line paradigm; the core of our theories and practice.
You are happily invited to step forward with a daring proposal for your roadmap assignment, fiery debates in the lectures and bold ideas during the exercises.
Taught by D. den Held.
Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field of academic study and real-world practice. At its core, social entrepreneurship pertains the combination of market-based and nonprofit approaches to solve social issues, a feat social entrepreneurs achieve by combining the knowledge and skills used in traditional business with a passionate commitment to having a meaningful and sustainable social impact. By combining insights from the academic literature with real cases and scenarios, the course will introduce students to both theory and practice of social entrepreneurship.
Each week, the course will focus on one important aspect or theme of social entrepreneurship, through two types of lectures: a “theoretical” lecture and a “workshop”.
- “Theoretical” lectures will compose the first appointment of each one of the six weeks of the course. These lectures will take the form of traditional frontal lectures where the lecturer will cover the material related to the week’s topic.
- “Workshop” lectures will instead compose the second appointment of each week and will focus on interweaving the theoretical content covered in previous lectures with real case scenarios and practical exercises. Such lectures will be interactive in nature, with in-class exercises (both individual and in groups), case-studies, and contributions from guest practitioners.
The six weeks of the course will cover the following topics
- Week 1. Social Entrepreneurship: definition and characteristics
- Week 2. Social entrepreneurs and opportunities recognition
- Week 3. Hybrid business models for social enterprises
- Week 4. Scaling impact in social entrepreneurship
- Week 5. Evaluating social impact
- Week 6. Group projects final presentations
Taught by Dr P. Versari.
Social networks and relationships play a key role in the generation, implementation, and diffusion of innovations. They are not only critical to access and exchange information and resources but also imperative to organize support and to market innovative ideas. In this elective, you will learn where to source good ideas in online and offline social networks and how to take advantage of the relationships and interactions that spur breakthrough innovations.
The learnings of this elective are especially relevant for prospective consultants and innovation managers who need to analyse and shape change processes and intra- or inter-organizational collaboration projects. For students interested in examining, understanding, and optimizing their network position and structure, the learnings are of equal use.
Taught by Dr S. Tasselli.
Organizations are in a continuous hunt for the next blockbuster design, product, or service to gain or sustain their competitive edge. Throughout the management of innovation program, you have learned scientific theories, models, and frameworks. However, the reality is likely to be different than the stylized case studies and academic studies. The innovation journey is full of roadblocks for ambitious and visionary innovators. This course will provide you a unique opportunity to see the rollercoaster journey of innovation management in real life.
This course will be co-taught by Ivo Rutten and Murat Tarakci. Ivo was Vice President and Head of Global Strategic Alliances at Signify (previously known as Philips Lighting). Ivo will walk you through his innovation journey spanning six countries and several executive positions. We will zoom in a particular innovation project he initiated and developed. Murat Tarakci is Associate Professor of Innovation Management. Murat will complement the practical insights with a theoretical understanding. Thereby, this course will offer you to combine and excel in both theoretical and practical knowledge of innovation management.
Taught by Dr M. Tarakci and I. Rutten.
People often prepare long and detailed business plans when they want to implement new ideas. This takes a lot of time and resources and since customer preferences can change pretty quickly, a business plan might be obsolete by the time it is done. How can you approach innovation in a more flexible and agile way and develop innovations that are truly customer-centric?
During this course, you will learn how to shift your mindset and embrace a different approach to developing new products, services and processes. Using design thinking to develop innovations will help you to see the value of an offering from a customer’s perspective. This structured approach means empathizing with the user to match their real needs, and stimulates creativity and innovation. You will learn to define, interpret, and reframe problems, and how to involve others in your project. You will focus on iterative solutions to get to a final product through prototyping and trial and error.
Taught by Dr D. Deichmann.
Leadership is a key factor in innovation. At the same time, the innovation context places unique demands on leadership. For example, different phases of the innovation process and different innovation types can require specific leadership styles and behaviors. Moreover, leadership for innovation can be based on different paths: providing an own inspiring vision and getting employees to follow it or fostering employee creativity and innovation - or a combination of both. In addition, innovation leaders are often empowered by the creativity of the crowd and have to orchestrate a multitude of diverse ideas. The demands on innovation leaders are further shaped by the unprecedented rate of technological and social change on a global level. To successfully lead for innovation, future leaders have to navigate the intricacies of the leadership-innovation relationship, while building on a strong understanding of how leadership mechanisms operate.
This hands-on course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a successful innovation leader yourself. The course includes both the central scientific theory and evidence on leadership and innovation, as well as real-life cases and guest lectures. The course learnings will be delivered in an interactive way that includes a combination of case discussion and more experiential learning. Students will be able to take note of relevant theories and understand how these may work in practice. Moreover, students will be able to experiment with leadership themselves using the theories in exercises and leadership role-plays. During the entire course, students will have the opportunity to develop, broaden and practice their own leadership abilities.
Taught by L. Gross.
Most students from RSM will be confronted with new business development at some stage in their careers. This course aims to serve as a pilot test for you, assessing your strength and weakness in entrepreneurial practices. To do so, this course will collaborate with multiple companies and provide tangible business projects for you, with the aim to address real business challenges related to new business development. As a result, you will face the full complexity of new business development. To assist you navigate the project, a reference contact from the company will actively work with you during the six weeks of the course.
Taught by Dr Z. Wu.
Students that would like to gain some practical experience during the Master program, can do so by means of an internship. Students can use one of the elective blocks to do a full time internship.
Instead of an elective a so-called business project can be carried out. This business project will be shorter than a regular internship. The advantage is that such a project can be carried out during one of the three elective blocks. A student can come up with a business project at a company of his or her choice. At the end of the internship the student will hand in a report.
The business project can be related to the thesis. However, this is not a requirement. Please not that even the two are linked, the business project will be assessed separately from the thesis itself and should contain another focus than the thesis. Please consult your thesis coach in case you want to combine your internship with you thesis.
THIS ELECTIVE COUNTS AS A FREE ELECTIVE FOR MI STUDENTS ONLY. IN OTHER WORDS: in order to graduate you MUST complete at least two MI programme electives!
Taught by S. Langeveld, MSc.
The research fundamentals course is designed to support the individual master thesis project. The course focuses on the study of the various thesis research methodologies that are available for conducting research in Innovation Management. These include qualitative research (case studies or grounded theory), surveys and archival data analyses, and experiments.
The course main components are the Research Fundamentals I & II courses. Research Fundamentals I comprises a set of introductory lectures. The goal of these lectures is to discuss the basic concepts of research and for students to get a better understanding of how to design a research project. Students will work on topics that go from developing a research question to making a preliminary selection of a research method for their study. Research Fundamentals II comprises group sessions and workshops, specific to a certain research method. These sessions will provide students with in-depth knowledge and skills that can be applied on their own thesis.
This course works according to the flipped classroom principle, which means that the student needs to prepare before class following the suggested material. The lectures are used for interactive feedback, gamification, and in-class discussion, to deepen the student’s knowledge of the methodology and to provide specific feedback on her/his work. Meanwhile, through the assignments, the student will work on the method section for the thesis, integrating what has been learnt through the course.
Your master thesis is an opportunity to show your capabilities and your potential as a future manager. During this part of your studies, you will interact with internationally-recognised companies and well-known researchers in the innovation industry.
Your master thesis takes you through a structured trajectory which starts in September during the core courses. You will familiarise yourself with research into innovation taking place at RSM, and the relevant academic literature and topics available. You’ll be offered a list of potential thesis topics by staff involved in this MSc. Suggestions will include a general research question and core literature research. In October you will meet staff at a thesis ‘bazaar’ to discuss topics that interest you. You will make a final decision on your topic before the end of the year and be assigned a coach who is an expert in your chosen subject area. Early in January you will study research methodology so you are up to date with best practice in research, and have the foundation for successful completion of your thesis. In early spring you will deliver your final research proposal, before implementing your research question. Your thesis will be finished before the summer. RSM staff and researchers will assist with coaching you through the entire master thesis process.
Most students choose a master thesis on the subject of innovation management, but you are free to write a master thesis research project in any complementary discipline.
Review the course guide for more details.
Note regarding taking courses if you are not an RSM master student: RSM does not offer the possibility for non-RSM students (master or otherwise) to take RSM MSc courses outside of official exchange partnerships or other inter-faculty agreements. If you are interested in learning more about corporate social responsibility, sustainability, or business ethics, please refer to our Open Programmes section.
For more information on all international opportunities offered at RSM, visit the website of our International Office.
Why this programme?
Your Future Career
The online modules of ‘Your Future Career’ are for RSM students at an early stage in their master programmes. They help students towards the most suitable next career step.
You need to gain a minimum number of points within a few months to pass the modules. You can decide for yourself which modules to do – you can reflect on your interests and motivations, develop knowledge of the job market, functions, companies, and industries, receive peer feedback on your application materials, contact an alumni mentor, or attend an interactive workshop.
See the RSM Career Centre page for more details.
More and more firms are becoming aware that they need to innovate in order to survive. But innovation doesn’t come from automated systems. The creative process of generating ideas for new products, services and new business models is a human skill and the future for innovation leaders looks bright.
Our graduates find jobs in new business development, innovation project management and innovation consultancy. They work in product and service contexts across a broad range of industries. Their daily jobs involve supporting development teams when new products are being developed, and they devise and initiate new products and services themselves, becoming new business developers. They also act as consultants to small and medium-sized enterprises, advising on organising businesses for innovation.
According to the latest RSM Graduate Placement Survey, the majority of our recent graduates found a job within two months of starting their job search. All of them had a job within six months. Many found jobs in companies such as Unilever, Shell, Philips, ABNAmro, DSM, Deloitte, Accenture, PwC, Cap Gemini, Rabobank, KPN, ING, and Randstad. Others work in small or medium-sized enterprises. Some of them have founded their own companies.
Non-EEA nationals who have earned a diploma from a higher education institute in the Netherlands can apply for a special residence permit called the orientation year after completing their studies. The 'Orientation Year for Graduates Seeking Employment' is a residence permit aimed at retaining foreign talent for the Dutch labour market. During this orientation year you are free to work without a work permit. Participants who find a job during this period can change their orientation year into a residence permit for Highly Skilled Migrants under more favourable terms.
For the most up-to-date information please visit the website of the Nuffic.
You and your MSc classmates will always stay connected through a valuable global professional network which generates lifelong business and career opportunities. With more than 29,000 alumni across about 100 countries, the RSM alumni network is truly global. Many alumni are in top positions in some of the world’s largest companies – and keen to help you follow in their footsteps. RSM’s Alumni Office organises events worldwide, and you will be provided with an online platform, an e-newsletter, and a business magazine distributed twice yearly.
After graduation, many alumni stay involved with RSM, using its opportunities for networking, lifelong learning, and often contribute to the development and success of current students and recent graduates. As a member of the network, you can benefit from:
Alumni regularly attend seminars, social gatherings and other events organised by the RSM Alumni Office or by RSM alumni all over the world. Many also return to Rotterdam for events, such as alumni reunions and the RSM Leadership Summit. The Leadership Summit is RSM's flagship event that takes place every year on the first Friday of October.
Through seminars, masterclasses, executive education programmes and Alumni Affinity Groups, you can benefit from lifelong learning opportunities to stay up to date with the latest knowledge and developments in business and research.
RSM Local Chapters expand, strengthen and build upon RSM’s extensive global network. Whether you stay in the Netherlands, return to your country of origin, or travel around the world after your RSM studies, you can find a Local Chapter to make you feel at home.
RSM alumni often contribute to the education of current students by providing guest lectures or business cases, or by mentoring students. Many also recruit talented RSM students for internships and job opportunities for their companies.
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Studying at RSM
The RSM Experience
Education for life
Studying at RSM will be a life-changing experience. Your master degree will prepare you for a fulfilling professional life as a capable, self-assured individual. It will make you valuable to business and attractive to employers because it teaches you skills that make the most of your innovative mind. You will be challenged in and outside of the classroom, and you will gain an education based on the latest developments in business. Your master degree from RSM will include RSM’s promise of life-long learning, and membership of the more than 40,000-strong alumni network that is present in more than 110 countries which hosts activities and events all over the world.
Open intellectual culture
Your education at RSM is valuable. You will learn from academics who produce the highest quality research and the most innovative management thinking. In the classroom, sharing and questioning opinions is encouraged – yours and those of your fellow students, as well as the professors’. Many of RSM’s faculty members are young and passionate professors and researchers with outstanding academic credentials. Their work is published in top international management journals.
Professors’ doors are always open for students who have questions, projects or ideas. Depending on the study programme, students have different opportunities to tailor their programme. This can, for example, take the form of a minors course, an internship, an exchange at one of over 160 partner schools worldwide, elective choices, the participation in a consulting project with a company or public sector organisation, or a thesis project in their specific area of interest. RSM’s strong links with local and international businesses and organisations offer opportunities for practical projects and real-life collaborations.
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Fees & Scholarships
The combination of affordable tuition fees and living costs together with quality education and an excellent global reputation make a Masters degree at RSM a clever investment.
Tuition fees 2022-2023
The 2022-2023 tuition fee for the MSc programmes is approximately €20,700 for non-EEA students. The Dutch government contributes towards this cost for students who hold a nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). These students therefore only pay the statutory fee of €2,209 in 2022-2023.
For EEA nationals who have already completed a master in the Netherlands (and obtained the diploma) the tuition fee for a 2nd master is approximately €12,000.
The MSc International Management - CEMS (18 months) is a longer programme, for which the tuition fee will have to be paid for the duration of the programme. The expected tuition fee for the 18-month MSc International Management - CEMS programme is €31,050 for non-EEA students and €3,314 for EEA students.
Please note that all these tuition fee tariffs are subject to change.
The number of scholarships is limited and mainly merit based. If a scholarship covers only the tuition fees, be aware that you need to finance your own living expenses (rent, food and insurances) for the duration of your studies. RSM does not offer scholarships for the pre-master programme. We do however offer a maximum of 2 scholarships per academic year to RSM pre-master students enrolling in an MSc programme.
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) offers multiple scholarships to prospective students from non-EEA countries who are not entitled to pay the EEA tuition fee, provided their grades are considered ‘excellent’. RSM also offers one scholarship, the Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship, to students from EEA countries.
Besides scholarships awarded by RSM, there are also scholarships awarded by the Dutch government or other organisations that are available if you meet certain criteria such as nationality, age, etc We have listed some of them below but we encourage you to use resources such as Grantfinder or the Scholarship Portal to find additional scholarships.
- G&D Europe Scholarship
- NN Future Matters Scholarship
- Russia: The Global Education Programme
- Contact the Ministry for Higher Education in your home country to see whether there are scholarship options.
- We have virtual information session covering all you need to know about scholarships and financial aid. Watch it here.
After having filled in all of the necessary information on the Online Application Form (OLAF) and uploaded the required documents, applicants with a degree obtained outside the Netherlands will be asked to pay a non-refundable €100 handling fee. This fee can be paid online via the Erasmus Payment System which uses either iDEAL (for those with a Dutch bank account) or PayPal (which can be linked to any bank account or credit card worldwide). It is important that applicants complete the payment process as indicated, otherwise the system cannot register the payment.
The additional expenses in addition to tuition and general living costs vary per programme and may include:
- Study materials such as books, readers and business cases
- Costs involved in kick-off meetings
- Costs related to travel, international excursions and compulsory exchange semesters or internships abroad
For a reasonable standard of living in the Netherlands, you should have an income of approximately €1,000 per month or €12,000 per year (excluding the tuition fee). Here is an example of monthly expenditure:
- Furnished Accommodation, including gas and electricity €525
- Medical insurance €50
- Telephone €25
- Food €200
- Books, recreation, clothing, public transport, etc. €200
Total costs per month €1,000
Study and work - part-time jobs
Please ensure, prior to your arrival at RSM, that you have or will have sufficient funding available to finance your stay at RSM. Finding a part-time job, may be an option, but can not be guaranteed. You should therefore not rely on finding other ways to supplement your income during your studies. For additional information on obtaining a part-time job, visit the website of the Nuffic.
For EEA students there are no formal restrictions in finding work in the Netherlands, but students with a lack of Dutch language skills will find it difficult to secure employment. Non-EEA students are subject to labour regulations, which makes the likelihood of obtaining a work permit very small. We therefore ask students not to rely on this possibility. We do not encourage students to combine studies with the heavy workload from a part-time job.
Admission & Application
The application for all programmes starting September 2022 are closed. The application for September 2023 will open 1 October.
Important immigration information for NON EU/EEA Full-time BScIBA and MSc students
Depending on your nationality, you might need an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit for the Netherlands, issued by the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). Students can only apply for an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit through the RSM/ Erasmus University. Only with a valid Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit you are allowed to study at RSM/ Erasmus University.
Needless to say that RSM/ Erasmus University is not the institution that determines the requirements. The IND is the official governmental body that sets the rules and procedures.
Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their offer and hold a passport from an EU/EEA country do not need to apply for an Entry Visa and / or Residence Permit.
Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their conditional or unconditional offer and have a nationality and hold a passport of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, USA or Vatican State.
Full-time BScIBA and MSc students who accepted their conditional or unconditional offer, have a nationality and hold a passport of one of the countries mentioned in Group III and IV. This procedure also applies to students with a Surinamese nationality.
Note for Chinese students
Obtain a Nuffic Certificate : All Chinese students (with the exception of students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and students with a British Overseas Nationality) must register with EP-Nuffic for a ‘Nuffic Certificate’ before their immigration application can be started. The certificate is a document providing an assessment of your English language proficiency and of the authenticity of your educational degrees and diplomas. For more information, see the Nuffic website
Validity Entry Visa
An Entry Visa is valid for 90 days (counted from the day that you pick up your Entry Visa).
Validity Residence Permit
A Residence Permit is valid for the duration of your study plus three extra months. This means that you do not have to apply for an extension after one year.
I already have a Residence Permit for another EU/EEA Country
NON-EU/EEA students holding a (permanent or temporary) valid Residence Permit (e.g. for study purposes) for another EU/EEA Country no longer need to apply for an Entry Visa for the Netherlands. For these students, the procedure for a Residence Permit application applies. A copy of the EU/EEA-Residence Permit must be uploaded in your application. The Residence Permit must be valid at the time of the application, and still be valid when the student collects his/her Residence Permit in the Netherlands.
I already have a Residence Permit for the Netherlands
NON-EU/EEA students holding already a Residence Permit for the Netherlands (e.g. for study purposes, stay with partner or family, employment), need to apply for Switching Institutions, Change of Purpose or an Extension of your Residence Permit. Requests can be sent after being completely registered (onwards September 1st) to EUR International Office: email@example.com or 3 months prior to the expiration of your permit.
The Financial Requirements (determined by the IND)
Before your immigration application is sent to the IND, you are required to prove that you have sufficient financial means to cover your study (only for the first year of your study)
- the Tuition Fee (BSc IBA €9,600.-, MSc €18,700.-;
- the Immigration Fee (€ 192.-)
- the Costs of Living for 12 months (€11,400.-: €950.- for every month of your stay in the Netherlands)
Note: it is not possible to pay your tuition fee in instalments
Contact details for the immigration application
Your main point of contact for the immigration application at RSM/ Erasmus University is Ms. Joyce Maliepaard.
Once you have a conditional or unconditional offer you receive the ‘Immigration application process’ (from mid March on). The guidelines explains the procedure to successfully process your application. After having received the information you will be registered in student registration system ‘Osiris Zaak’ (‘Osiris Zaak’ opens in April).
After your registration in 'Osiris Zaak' your main point of contact is EUR Internatinonal Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). The immigration documents and invoice for the payment of the fees will be sent to you in 5 working days.
Deadline for MSc students
The deadline for uploading your immigration application documents and your proof of payment in 'Osiris Zaak' is: JUNE 15th. If this deadline is not feasible for you, please send an email to email@example.com
Deadline for BScIBA students
The deadline for uploading your immigration application documents and your proof of payment in 'Osiris Zaak' is: JUNE 15th. If this deadline is not feasible for you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Release date: March 2021
Housing information for full-time RSM students coming to Rotterdam
Although a complete and useful overview of housing information for International Students can be found on the housing pages of the Erasmus University, the information below especially applies to RSM’s first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad. Arranging your stay
As in many major European cities, the demand for reasonably priced housing in Rotterdam is very high. Therefore, make it your number one priority and start searching immediately after being conditionally or unconditionally admitted to our BScIBA or one of the MSc programmes. As campus housing is limited, you may have to look for a room on the private market or seek other alternatives.
The ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ of RSM is run by the housing corporation SSH Student Housing (SSH), specialized in letting furnished accommodation.
For our first year BScIBA and MSc students coming from abroad, we reserve a range of furnished accommodations. Students can only apply for ‘Short Stay Accommodations’ for the first 12 months of their study (it is not possible to rent a room for less than 12 months). After 12 months you have to find accommodation by yourself. The SSH Accommodation is not available for partners or family of the student.
Important: This message applies to all the students who have registered for the SSH housing for the 2022 academic year!
Please note that RSM has only 130 rooms to be divided among BSc and MSc students. A fair distribution will be made under the students. As SSH housing is limited, not every registration can be approved. Please be patient and waiting any approval. To increase your chances we strongly advice you to look for more housing possibilities here.
It is not possible to correspond about the result, neither by email nor by telephone
Available SSH housing/accommodation for BScIBA & MSc students
The SSH has four dorms you can choose from: one on-campus (Hatta Building) and three off-campus, only 15 minutes walking from the university (D'Blaauwe Molen, Overhoningen and Erasmus International House). All rooms/apartments are fully fitted and furnished (not self-contained) and located at Struisenburgdwarsstraat in the district of Kralingen, This district offers everything that a student needs: the Erasmus University, little shops and typical student pubs are around the corner. The centre of Rotterdam and the Kralingse Bos are just a stone’s throw away. In most cases you have communal cooking facilities and sanitary fitting. Accommodations can not be visited in advance, but descriptions of the different buildings are available on the SSH website. Please not that rental prices are re-indexed every year.
When am I eligible to register for a room at the SSH ?
You can register for a room once you have been conditionally or unconditionally admitted to the first year BScIBA programme or one of the MSc programmes.
When and how can I register for a room at the SSH?
- Tuesday 12 April 2022 at 12 PM: Start registration
- Tuesday 21 April 2022 at 12 PM: Start booking
IMPORTANT NOTE: The SSH start the registration for all Bachelor students (Erasmus University students) on April 12th, while the BScIBA students get the outcome onwards April 15th. This means that RSM start approving your registration at the earliest on Thursday 21 April. The date of registration for the MSc students has been changed:
Go to SHH* and fill in:
Your educational institution: Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Type of Resident: EUR Full Year Student (15 August 2022 - 31 July 2023)
When and how can I reserve a room at the SSH?
You can reserve a room and only see all the available rooms once your registration has been approved by the RSM. The approval proces for BScIBA students takes place onwards 19 April and for the MSc students on 12 May.
For BSc students: select and reserve a room
Log in to My SSH to reserve a room within 7 days*:
* If you have not selected a room within 7 days, your application will be set automatically to “not approved”. After this period you can no longer reserve accommodation via SSH (to give other students also a fair chance to apply for accommodation).
SSH will handle the whole process – from making a room reservation to payments. For more information about the Terms and Conditions, the Rental Guide and the FAQ’s, please visit the site www.sshxl.nl/en. Any questions can be addressed to: Rotterdam@sshxl.nl
Xior Building is a student building right next to the campus of the RSM/ Erasmus University. This 8th floor building upholds 280 studio apartments with all private bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Registration & Reservation opens on:
- Wednesday 11 May 2022 at 12.00 PM
Fixed rental period: 19 August 2022 – 7 August 2022
RSM is not in charge for the rental of these rooms and is only for students coming from abroad. Your registration will be checked by the Real Estate Services Department of the Erasmus University. All your questions can be addressed to email@example.com
The RSM/Erasmus University has a partnership with the companies SSH, XIOR, The Cohesion Cobana, Roomplaza and the Student Hotel. Additional information on the below mentioned housing providers, and many more, are listed on the Erasmus University Housing pages.
International Student Housing Rooms (ISHR)
Is a private initiative to manage shared living properties in The Netherlands. It was founded by former students of Erasmus University Rotterdam, who now work in the financial industry. ISHR is not an intermediary. It is a landlord-owned operating platform, developed based on lessons learned from a decade of interactions between international students and Dutch private landlords.The EUR has agreed on a partnership with ISHR and we have reserved around 40 flat share rooms exclusively for our first year International Bachelor or Master students.
Registration starts on:
Monday 2 May 2022 at 12 PM. Fixed rental period: 10 August 2022 - 31 July 2023
The Cohesion Cobana
Located in Katendrecht, Rotterdam. Katendrecht is a vibrant part of Rotterdam with a central location. The FIZZ Cobana has a variety of Friends apartments. This unique concept is a great way to share living space of your apartment, but still have all the privacy you want with your own bedroom. As a student of the Erasmus you will have a possibility to live with other Erasmus students in a Friends apartment. It’s a perfect blend of privacy and sociability, whenever you want it. The Erasmus University has reserved for its International students 40 rooms.
How to register? Please find here all the information.
Offers students the possibility to rent a flat with a group of like-minded people. They have 80 rooms for BSc and MSc students. You can apply as an existing group or use your find-a-flat mate tool to form your own. RoomPlaza has a safe booking process with a 100% guarantee of avoiding scams by fake accommodation providers. How to register? Please find here all the information.
The Student Hotel
A hotel located in Kralingen Rotterdam which offers fully furnished rooms with a private bathroom, shared or private kitchen, WiFi, flat screen TV. Included in the price is a bike, use of the gym, study rooms, lounges and game rooms, 24-hour reception, laundry room and a restaurant/bar
How to book a room? Please find here all the information.
Updated: 2 May 2022
Hostels in Rotterdam
Boat Hotel – a short stay apartment on a historical ship in the centre of Rotterdam.
King Kong Hostel - a very cool hostel that blends industrial design with 21st century contemporary art. It has a superb location in the beginning of Witte de Wittestraat which is in the heart of Rotterdam’s social scene and all the city’s best bars and restaurants are on your doorstep.
Hostel ROOM Rotterdam – located in Rotterdam’s historic Scheepvaartkwartier, near a beautiful little harbour. There are lots of good places for wining and dining in the area and close to the city’s main park.
Hostel Stayokay – this hostel is located in the city centre of Rotterdam in the striking cube houses. Next to Metro station “Blaak”.
As tenancy agreements are often only provided in Dutch (huurovereenkomst), we recommend you to view the additional information on this topic provided on the Erasmus University website. There you can also find information on Dutch housing terms, and other information on how to arrange your stay and other useful tips, for example on how not to get scammed.