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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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Culture, Organization and Management at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Have you ever noticed how, despite all the planning ahead, things turn out completely different from what was planned? Or how difficult it can be to get people to work together?

 

It’s complicated to get things done, to manage, to organize, because it involves people. If you’re interested in such social processes then the VU Master’s programme in Culture, Organization and Management might be just the study you’re looking for.

 

Organisations are typically messy. There’s no one-size-fits-all management solution. Cultural bias comes into play. People make mistakes. Messages get lost along the way. And it’s this very complexity that makes the programme – and what you can do with your knowledge afterwards – so exciting.


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Culture, Organization and Management

Culture, Organization and Management (COM) at VU Amsterdam is like no other. It offers an unique perspective by drawing close to organisational practice. We teach you to look behind the scenes and focusing on both individual’s lived experience and the wider social context. No other university in the world offers such an ethnographic perspective on organisation and management, coupled with practical field research, grounded analysis and critical advice.

 

This is a truly multi-disciplinary programme, combining insights from different social science disciplines, like psychology, anthropology and sociology. This interdisciplinary approach helps you understand organizational problems and management issues. There are no pre-set models that will allow you to make sense of an issue – you’ll need to come up with your own solutions based on the situation, the data, and the people involved. For example, a student can carry out  field work and write a thesis on employee theft in companies. In order to tackle the issue, they receive not only facts and figures, but learn to get closer to their employees to understand why they are stealing in the first place.

 

What’s more, this is an international programme, covering global issues that affect people transnationally, as well as local issues at the level of individual groups and organisations. One of our students for excample looked at the cultural differences between the Dutch and the Japanese in a multi-national organisation. In order to solve the communication issues being experienced, she suggested to include the power structures in play and the politics within the organisation and culture.

 

Whatever the issue, our approach has a few things in common: multiple perspectives on complex problems, a critical attitude that looks both internally and externally, a self-reflexive mindset that’s sensitive to cultural bias, and an effective and engaged style of communication. Teaching students to develop a practice-based understanding of complex issues ‘from within’ and to provide distanced analysis and critical advice, the knowledge and insights gained throughout the COM programme provide graduates with new career opportunities in both public and private sectors.


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Culture, Organization and Management

Having studied Culture, Organization and Management, the opportunities are diverse. All sorts of organisations are looking for your unique brand of culturally sensitive expertise.

 

Graduates from this Master’s programme go in any and every direction. Not least because almost all organisations are engaged in change processes and collaborative practices on an ongoing basis.

 

The programme’s international approach lends itself well to working abroad: around a third of our students research their thesis in another country, and a substantial number find work abroad afterwards. The focus on management is an obvious fit with consultancy, advisory and managerial roles – especially in situations where a people-focused approach is important. Plenty of graduates go on to find work in the public sector as well: from healthcare and medical professions to educational institutions. And of course some Master’s graduates continue their education and study related PhD subjects.


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Culture, Organization and Management

I have an international degree


The Master’s degree programme in Culture, Organization & Management is an international programme. To gain admission, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Organization Science, Communication Science (from a Social Sciences perspective), Organization Psychology, Social Psychology, or Business Administration. You must have had research methodology. Those who hold another degree (particularly in the Humanities) can be admitted if their study programme shows sufficient affinity (course content and research methodology). You also need an excellent working command of English.

 

How to apply


To apply for the programme, you need to register in Studielink. Once you have completed your registration in Studielink, you will receive log in details for the portal in VUnet. You must complete your application in VUnet by uploading the following required documents:

  1. Certified copy of your original Bachelor’s degree certificate. The certified degree must be in English or be translated into English by your university or a sworn translator. If you have yet to obtain your degree, you can ask the registrar of your university to provide an official statement to the effect that your are certain to graduate before 1 September.
  2. A transcript of the grades you obtained in your Bachelor’s programme. The certified transcript must be in English or be translated into English by your university or by a sworn translator. If you have followed or are following a Master’s programme and/or more than one bachelor’s programme, please include transcripts of all these programmes.
  3. A clearly legible copy of the page(s) in your passport (or ID-card if you are an EU student) that contain(s) your personal data. A copy of a passport / ID card that is no longer valid will not be accepted.
  4. A curriculum vitae, including your personal details, and listing your previous education and relevant work experience.
  5. A Bachelor's or Master's thesis (in English). Or if you have not finished your thesis yet, a sample of an academic writing in English (at least 10 pages in length). The writing sample should be relevant for the programme and clearly demonstrate your academic skills. We will check your sample for plagiarism as one of the first steps of the evaluation procedure.
  6. A description of the courses you have taken during your Bachelor’s programme, you can either copy this from the study guide or type 5-10 sentences for each course yourself (written in English). Emphasize the ones that you think are relevant for the proposed Master's Programme. If you have not yet graduated, please also include an overview of courses with course descriptions which you are following or going to follow before graduation.
  7. A letter of motivation (no more than 2 pages in length, in English). Also, if applicable, please specify in this letter, the name of the specialization you are applying for.

 


I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor's degree, VU premaster or Bachelor's degree at another university)


To successfully follow the Master’s programme Culture, Organization and Management (COM), you need to have sufficient knowledge of qualitative research methods and insight into the field of organization sciences at the level and load of an academic Social Science Bachelor’s programme.


Directly Admissible

 

If you have one of the following bachelor’s degrees, you are admissible to the master’s programme in Culture, Organization and Management (COM):

  • Bedrijfskunde
  • Bestuurs- en organisatiewetenschap
  • Organisatiewetenschappen 
  • Psychologie afstudeerrichting Sociale- of Arbeids- & Organisatiepsychologie*
  • *please add proof of the track you follow(ed) to your application in VUnet

 

 

Conditionally Admissible

 

To successfully follow the Master’s programme Culture, Organization and Management (COM), you need to have sufficient knowledge of qualitative research methods and insight into the field of organization sciences at the level and load of an academic Social Science Bachelor’s programme.

 

 

The Board of Admission assesses whether you have sufficient knowledge and skills in qualitative research methods. With qualitative research methods courses of at least 9 EC in total you qualify for this criterion.

 

If you have one of the Bachelor’s degrees mentioned below, you are admissible to the Master’s programme COM on the following conditions:

  1. you successfully passed the two following VU-bachelor's courses: Kernthema’s bestuurs- & organisatiewetenschap (S_KBO) and Organizational Culture and Change (S_OCC) or at least 2 similar courses (12 EC) in organization science AND
  2. you have sufficient knowledge of qualitative research methods. You are also advised to read Neyland, D., Organizational Ethnography. London: Sage.

 

  • Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Bestuurskunde
  • Communicatiewetenschap 
  • Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen
  • Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie
  • Liberal Arts/ Social Sciences (University College)
  • Politicologie
  • Psychologie met andere afstudeerrichting dan Sociale- of Arbeids- & Organisatiepsychologie
  • Science, Business & Innovation 
  • Sociologie


If you have a university Bachelor’s degree other than mentioned above, you can hand in a request for admission. The Board of Admissions decides whether you will be admitted or whether you have to meet with additional requirements.


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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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