Zico Martin_alumnus Organization Studies

Alumnus Organization Studies Zico Martin

now Product Manager at VRS Railway Industry BV

Organizing for Global Social Challenges

1 year English Starts end of August

Become an expert in sustainable development in an international context, by addressing global societal challenges such as poverty, inequality, migration, climate change, environmental degradation, or humanitarian interventions after a natural disaster. Consider the role of organizations and businesses can play in tackling global societal challenges through different interventions.

Education as of September 2022

All education takes place on campus again, now that the coronavirus measures have been scaled back. Of course, we will always maintain a safe environment for our students and staff. Therefore, a few basic measures still apply. For the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation, see our FAQs for prospective students.

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Program and courses

You will acquire a meso-level perspective on sustainable development, focused on social and economic drivers and motives. Specifically, you will examine and discuss how organizations may address sustainable development goals by designing sustainable business models, and examine the difficulties and shortcomings these interventions may entail. You will explore the emergence of new hybrid organizations, like social entrepreneurship, the challenges they face, and how they overcome them. 

  • A different perspective on sustainable development: this specialization considers the role of organizations and private businesses in addressing global social challenges, in addition to the emergence of new organizational forms to achieve sustainable development goals.
  • Students learn how to develop organizational interventions, run projects  and compose teams of experts that address global societal challenges. 
  • Community-building activities throughout the program will ensure cohesion in the programs cohort. Become part of an innovative program which brings together academics and students from all over the world in a small-scale and interactive learning environment.
  • Benefit from an internationally focused, and internationally composed program with approximately 50% international students.  

Typical courses are:

  • Social Changes and Sustainable Development
  • Hybrid Organizations
  • Complexity within Organizations
  • Inter-organizational relationships

More on the program and courses

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Career prospects

Become prepared to lead and participate in change- and innovation-oriented projects aiming to tackle societal challenges. In this program you’ll learn to combine multi-disciplinary disciplines to address complex societal challenges from a cross-cultural and international comparative perspective. 

With this knowledge, you can think beyond country borders and the limits of one area of expertise. These skills are in great demand within companies, organizations and projects operating in international environments.

Some examples of our graduates' jobs:

  • Consultant in an international organization, connecting people in order to create the most competent team to solve complex problems.
  • Fundraiser finding solutions for poverty, or helping with introducing sustainable practices in supply chains.
  • Project manager making projects run smoothly to produce the best possible results.

More on your career prospects

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Application and admission

This program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

A Bachelor’s degree in Global Management of Social Issues, Sociology, Human Resource Studies, Organization Studies, or Social Sciences.

Pre-Master’s program:

Open to both Research University students and students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo).

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find all information about tuition fees and scholarships here.

Interested in this Master's program?

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More information on this Master's program

Download the brochure with information on program content, admission requirements, career prospects, housing and immigration matters, and student life in Tilburg. Throughout the year you can take part in various types of events: on-campus, abroad or online.

Interested in the Organizing for Global Social Challenges MSc track ?

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