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Master in International Business and Management


The Master in International Business and Management (MIBM) is a full-time, English-taught programme provided by the International Business School (IBS) of Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen. During the MIBM programme you learn to solve international business issues from the boardroom perspective of an existing company, with significant practical and professional orientation towards international business. The programme truly applies professional knowledge and skills into practice. The MIBM prepares you to work in a real international context, by gaining intercultural specific competences. You will be working together with students and faculty from all over the world. On top of this, MIBM offers you the opportunity to obtain a double degree, allowing you to study for one third of the programme at the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Obtain a second master’s degree in Cambridge

The MIBM programme offers an integrated Double Degree programme with Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. After completing the Double Degree programme, you will obtain two officially recognised international master’s diplomas:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.
  • Master of Science in International Business (MSc) from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.


Responsible leadership

At the International Business School, our mission is to educate and inspire our students to become responsible managers who are accountable for the consequences of their ideas, actions and behaviour – both as individuals and as part of a team or an organisation. Responsibility refers to taking into account the various interests of multiple stakeholders in today’s global environment.
You learn how to run business processes, while taking into account the social and environmental impact. Above all, you will be highly specialised to work with international teams, increasing your managerial capabilities.

The Boardroom

In the business simulation game ‘Invitation to the Boardroom’ you and your fellow students will be invited to work on the boardroom case of a real company. We will set you up with a task and a real-life boardroom problem that you will have to solve in limited time, with limited resources and changing parameters. You will step into the role of a boardroom executive and come up with your strategic direction. This business game requires you to put into practice all that you have learned. The concept of the boardroom gives every course a unique setting, which prepares you for complex decision-making in a dynamic international business environment. To create a business plan, get a go-ahead and begin implementation of the plan, you must communicate and cooperate with external stakeholders, as well as colleagues in all layers of an organisation. Therefore, this master’s programme also has a strong focus on developing communication competences that you can apply in an authentic and multicultural business setting.

Semester One

The first semester of the MIBM programme begins with a comprehensive introduction programme. New students become acquainted with the city of Groningen and Hanze UAS’ campus, facilities and services. Students participate in a variety of activities that enhance both group cohesion and personal effectiveness. The introduction is followed by two blocks of 10 weeks (periods 1 and 2). Each period features seven lectures, which include the subjects listed below. Each subject is 5 European Credits (EC).

  • Strategic Decision-Making & Multinational Boardroom
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • International Strategic Management
  • Business Research Methods
  • Intercultural & International Competence
  • European Business in a Global Context

Semester Two

The second semester focuses on the following subjects:

  • International Finance & Accounting
  • International Marketing Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Business Research Methods 2
  • International Business Project
  • Creating Business Opportunities

Students who opt for the Double Degree programme, will study the following courses at Anglia Ruskin University during the second semester:

  • Financial Decision-Making
  • Digital Marketing Communications
  • Human Resource Management in the Global Context
  • Optional module, to choose one of: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sustainable Sourcing and Supply Chain, Leading, Managing and Developing People

Semester Three

During the second semester you will select a topic and business setting for your MBA thesis that you will write in the third semester. In your thesis you will research a real question for a real client from a company or organisation.

Educational concept

Our overall educational concept is characterized by small group sizes and intensive contact between students and faculty. Next to lectures and workshops, you work both individually and in teams on practice- and experience-based projects and case studies. Within our Living Labs, you interact with the world of professional practice through guest lectures as well as through seminars, real-life consultancy projects and company visits. Our teaching staff is selected to ensure an interesting mixture of business experience and expertise in applied research. Throughout the programme the integration between different knowledge areas is strongly emphasized.

Company visits

Our programme is enriched with company visits, where students can apply the knowledge gathered in class in practice. These visits give you the opportunity to not only learn from experts in the field, but to also share your ideas on innovation that might contribute to the development of the company. We collaborate with more than 250 companies within the Netherlands but also abroad.

International classroom

In a globalised society where international trade and cooperation between companies, public organisations, and universities is increasing, the international orientation of this master’s programme is vital. In the international classroom, you will know what it is like to work in an international context. You will study with a mixed group of students, consisting of Dutch as well as international students, sharing your specific points of view and learning from their perspective. You will broaden your horizon and expand your international network. You will make friends for life from all over the world.

Career opportunities

MIBM graduates become managers and entrepreneurs in the international arena, for example, product managers, consultants, business development managers, or account managers. Our alumni are located around the world and can be found in companies and organisations of all sizes, from consultancies and start-ups to large multinationals such as Google, IBM, Rabobank, Volkswagen, PwC and Philips.



Graduates of business and business-related disciplines, e.g. economics or management studies. The Master in International Business and Management is designed for students with a wide interest in international business and management, who are aiming at managerial or consultancy positions in the international business. It is aimed at students who want to develop deeper competencies for their future work as manager in the global workplace.


Applicants are admitted to the course on the basis of the following criteria:

  • A valid business bachelor’s degree or (no GMAT required), accompanied by a transcript that holds all the following courses: Human Resource Management, Operations Management or Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, Marketing Management and Strategic Management
  • A letter of motivation
  • English language proficiency should be proven with an IELTS score of 6.5 (no sub score below 6) or a TOEFL score of 575/Internet 90
  • If you meet the requirements above, you will be invited for an admissions interview, either by phone or in person.

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen reserves the right to check, both in the Netherlands and abroad, the authenticity of all documents submitted in support of applications.



Overige data



18 months. 90 ECTS.


See for detailed information: www.hanzegroningen.eu/tuitionfees

Tuition fee for the Double Degree programme is the same as for the regular MIBM option.


Van OlstToren, Zernikeplein 7, Groningen (and Cambridge for Double Degree option).


Graduates of the MIBM programme are awarded an internationally recognised MBA degree. In case of a double degree the graduates also receives an MSc in International Business from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge, UK.


Ms Manon Nienhuis
Enrolments & Admissions
Tel. +31 (0)50 595 3731

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
International Business School
P.O. Box 70030
9704 AA Groningen
The Netherlands


Programme taught in English.

Application and enrolment
Required documents to be included in the application:

  • Certified copy of the Bachelor’s Diploma and transcript (original copy and official English translation with stamps and signatures).
  • Proof of proficiency in English (IELTS, TOEFL, TOIEC or Cambridge ESOL). *In some cases students can be exempted from the additional English requirements. Please check www.hanze.nl/languagerequirements for more information.
  • Motivation letter (max. 500 words)

Dutch and international students can apply via Studielink. Deadlines:

  • Students needing a visa (non-EU/EEA): 1 June;
  • Students not needing a visa (EU/EEA): 15 August.


The MIBM programme is accredited by the NVAO (Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation)


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