Ashen Balasinghe (Sri Lanka): “Wittenborg’s education system gives each of us a chance to build analytical skills and to attain in-depth knowledge in business management applicable to the modern world. It is very practical! One of the methods in MBM is that we not only study cases in relevant times, but we also research the constraints and possibilities of an issue.”
This exciting MSc, Master of Business Management, specialised in Logistics & Trade, challenges students to study at a high academic standard, combining case studies and research. However, the degree programme also has a real practical approach in its design - through project weeks, professional enquiry and a module of professional-based learning in which students complete a short work placement often linked directly to their final project.
The programme offers a combination master of business administration subjects and broader modules in economics and management. Through modules looking at global economics and strategic management, globalisation, society & culture, the programme will enable students to further develop their deeper knowledge of business management and administration.
The specialisation in Logistics & Trade specifically looks at the relationship of operations management, supply chains and logistics from a strategic perspective. Logistics and international trade have a clear link with international law and policies arising from it. Students also look at the concept of international joint ventures as part of this international master's programme.
- Marketing Management
- Globalisation, Society & Culture
- Research Methods Introduction (Final Project)
- The World Economy
- Professional Inquiry
- Operations Management
- Supply Chain – Operations & Strategy
- Research Methods (Final Project)
- Micro Economics - Global Perspectives
- Strategic Management
- Project Module (3 Project Weeks, linked to Final Project)
- International Joint Ventures
- International Trade, Law & Policy
Semester 3 (Work Placement & Graduation)
- Professional-Based Learning
- Final Project
The master's programme is delivered in a block format, with 2 modules being covered every 6 weeks. Core module classes are inter-disciplinary - you study shared modules with master's students from different business management specialisations. Due to the rolling entry (6 times a year), groups are dynamic, extremely international and diverse.
The modules are delivered intensively over consecutive days in the 'block format', which means that each module has 6 days of teaching split into two blocks of 3 days. Teaching methods include group work, case studies, presentations, and live projects. The course is delivered through a variety of approaches including lectures, presentations, tutorials and case studies, with an emphasis on interactive learning. Each module is taught by two lecturers, often a full-time Wittenborg lecturer and a guest lecturer from a partner university. Modules include regular guest speakers from industry.
Logistics & Trade is a specific area in which business managers and administrators can specialise in companies across the globe. Within companies, teams will focus on optimising international trade through working effectively with trading companies, shippers, importers, exporters, logistic service providers and also financiers and insurers.
‘The transport and logistic sector is an integral part in terms of facilitating international trade as it allows firms to effectively complete imports and exports of goods and services and associated transactions.’ (A Gani - 2017)
Graduating from a highly international institute such as Wittenborg, that places high emphasis on a combination of academic research and company and professional exposure, means that the career prospects of graduates from the Master of Business Management specialised in Logistics & Trade are multiple and global.
Often WUAS graduates aspire to continue their studies, with a DBA or a PhD research degree; however, many students move directly into business, sometimes as a result of their work placement, and their final project, which is often company based.
Examples of companies where alumni work range from leading global companies in manufacturing and machinery to more local specialised companies in the Netherlands or elsewhere in Western Europe.
The admission requirements (criteria) for the Master of Business Management programmes (all specialisations) are as follows:
- A bachelor's degree or equivalent recognised qualification.
- Applicants are requested to provide an academic reference from their previous education institute.
- It is necessary to have obtained a bachelor's degree from the domains of business, management, economics or trade. In their bachelor's degree, applicants must have completed an academic piece of work (final project or dissertation) that demonstrates a degree of academic writing and research experience.
- No professional experience is required for these master's programmes.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent. Click here for an overview of the equivalent scores.
The TOEFL Code of Wittenborg is 4889.
The English language proficiency level requirement is ½ a point higher than the minimum national requirements in the Netherlands.
There is no specific selection criteria for students wishing to enter the master's programmes at WUAS; however, all students are interviewed and must demonstrate motivation. Students will be advised of their suitability prior to signing an initial study agreement as a pre-requisite to obtaining admission (offer letter).
Non-EU students requiring sponsored visa for study
Non-EU (visa) students are “screened” according to their background, in order for the institute to be able to guarantee their immigration status.
The screening comprises an interview, collection and correlation of all IND-required documents, including proof of sufficient funds, taking into account any scholarships provided by Wittenborg (Orange Tulip Scholarship, for instance) or by third parties (NUFFIC, EU, etc).
Details on Scholarships at Wittenborg can be found at http://www.wittenborg.eu/wittenborg-financial-assistance.htm.
Applicants are required to provide a motivation letter in which they describe the reasons for choosing Wittenborg’s programme, as well as the reason for wanting to study in the Netherlands (international students). Student motivation is important as the programmes are demanding and, especially for international students, there is a criteria that they complete at least 50% of all their credits in a year.
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