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Program and courses Strategic Management: Consultancy track

Become a strategic management consultant and master intake, selection of tools, data collection, data analysis and presentation of your strategic solutions. During the program you apply these skills by advising real companies.

Program structure

This one-year track of MSc Strategic Management consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 7 core courses (42 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis / internship (18 ECTS)

This program starts at the end of August.

Watch a brief introduction to the program (3:21 minutes)

Program content

Core courses

You will follow 7 core courses

Unit 1: August - October 

  • Business-Level Strategy
  • Corporate-Level Strategy
  • International Strategy

Unit 2: October - January

  • Research Skills
  • Strategy Analytics

Unit 3: January - April

  • Strategic Consultancy
  • Strategy Implementation

Optional but highly recommended course:

  • Career Development Strategic Management
Master's thesis / Internship

In the fourth unit you will write your Master’s thesis (18 ECTS).

  • The master thesis starts with you drafting a research proposal on a relevant management topic. Based on this proposal, you will conduct your research under individual supervision. The research is a combination of literature study and empirical research.
  • Combine your thesis with an internship working on a topic related to the business of this company.

Examples of thesis subjects are:

  • Choosing between an acquisition and a greenfield investment to enter a new industry
  • Deciding on the best channels and partners to internationally distribute products and services
  • Improving an organization’s positioning by sharpening its business-level strategy
  • Designing a fitting structure and the matching controls to successfully implement a strategy

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.


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Make the most of your Master's

In the first semester of the regular program, ambitious students can apply for the following additional advanced programs:

Extended Master's Program: traineeship (+0.5 years)

Short overview of the Extended Master's Program

During your traineeship, you work on practical assignments for a company, follow professional skills courses, and receive mentoring and guidance. By increasing your professional experience, skills, and network like this, you seriously boost your chances in the job market.

  • If selected, you will fulfill your traineeship from April to October. On average, you will work four days at the company, and attend skills training once a week at Tilburg University. In addition to this, company visits will be organized in the Extended Master's Program network.
  • If both you and the company are happy with the results, you are welcome to extend the traineeship by writing your Master's thesis at the company. Your research topic then needs to be approved by the Tilburg University thesis coordinator.
  • There are no administrative or participation fees for taking part in the Extended Master's Program. You will pay the regular tuition fees for the extra six months the Extended Master's Program takes.

Application and admission

You can apply for the Extended Master's Program once you've started the regular Master's program.

More on the Extended Master's Program

QTEM program: study abroad and traineeship (+1 year)

This Master's program is a proud partner of the prestigious Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management (QTEM) network.

  • Excellent and ambitious students have the opportunity to extend their one-year Master's program with an additional year.
  • In this additional year, they can spend up to two semesters at different QTEM partner universities, and do an internship abroad at one of the corporate partners. Corporate partners include McKinsey, Bain, Deloitte, and ABInBev.
  • Successful QTEM students are awarded the QTEM Network Certificate.

Application and admission

You can apply for the QTEM program once you've started with the regular Master's program.

More information about the QTEM program

Or apply for a two-year double degree program with one of our international partner universities, to acquire two full Master's degrees.

Double degree: study abroad (+1 year)

Benefits of pursuing a double degree

  • A great opportunity to expand quantitative and financial knowledge and skills. 
  • Gain a greater perspective in addressing international issues and a competitive edge on the job market; potential employers highly value international exposure.
  • Experience two distinct academic, social, and cultural environments.

Partner universities

  • Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM) in Zagreb, Croatia
  • LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy

More on the content of these programs

Application and admission

You can't apply for the double degree program directly. All advanced programs are introduced during the first semester. So, you start your regular Master’s program, and then apply for the double degree program. It entails a vigorous selection process, so when you start the Master’s program, there is no absolute guarantee that you can start the double degree program. 

Short overview of the Strategic Management: Consultancy track

Become a strategic management consultant and master intake, selection of tools, data collection, data analysis and presentation of your strategic solutions. During the program you apply these skills by advising real companies.

  • Taught by renowned professors who represent some of the world's leading expertise in the discipline.
  • Variety of small-scale teaching methods like workshops and coaching sessions.
  • Strong connection to business practice through real-world cases, practical assignments and guest lecturers.

Interested in the MSc Strategic Management?

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