Like no other field in the business management area, Human Resource Management directs and accompanies the internationalisation of organisations. Aside from pure HRM topics, modern human resource managers need a well-defined combination of skills in the fields of marketing, strategy and innovation management.

This double degree programme gets this set of skills across to its students and additionally educates them in an international environment. This 2-year programme allows students to study in two universities, gaining a unique perspective on Strategic Human Resources Management and Leadership with an international outlook. In the first year of the programme, you follow courses at the University of Bamberg in Germany, and in the second year, you continue your education at Radboud University.

Upon successful graduation, you receive the Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bamberg and the  Master of Science in Business Administration with specialisation in Strategic Human Resources Leadership from Radboud University.

Internationalisation at the core of Human Resource Management

The programme at the University of Bamberg combines classic Human Resource Management with psychological theory, examining the organisational and individual processes by simultaneously accounting for international aspects in research and teaching. In this programme, you will acquire specific intercultural knowledge. This comprehensive education opens diverse employment opportunities across industry sectors in Human Resource Management and Development as well as in Personnel Consulting and International Assignments. Furthermore, you develop extra business understanding from courses in Strategy, Creativity, and Innovation or in Strategy, Creativity, and Marketing.

The Master's specialisation in Strategic Human Resources Leadership at Radboud University chooses a comprehensive approach to the entire range of human capital: emotion, behaviour and potential. Through real-life examples, students learn to understand how the micro goals of individuals relate and can be aligned with the strategic plans of a company. The double degree programmes will allow you to discover some of the distinct advantages of studying in a small exclusive programme. We offer excellent support throughout your studies and provide advisory services from counsellors with extensive experience in all of our study programmes.

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Obtaining the academic degrees

On completion of the double degree programme, the Radboud University Nijmegen awards the academic degree

  • Master of Science in Business Administration

and the University of Bamberg awards the academic degree

  • Master of Science in business administration and management

Admission and application

To apply for admission to the Dual Degree Programme, you first have to apply for the Master in Business Administration. The application is only possible in winter term within the application for the Master in Business Administration. To be considered for this programme, you need to submit the following documents:

  • Statement of motivation in English or German;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Proof of language proficiency English (equivalent to C1);
  • Certificate of previous academic achievement/University Diploma.

>>>Information about languge courses at the language center of the University of Bamberg

>>>Further Information about the dual degree application and deadlines

>>>General information about the application process

>>>Information about the admision requirements of the Radboud University

The students submit their application for the second year at Radboud University independently during their first year at the University of Bamberg. The double degree coordinator in Bamberg guides the students through the process.

Study programme

The degree programme comprises 4 semesters. Students spend the first two semesters (Master 1, Bac +4, respectively) at their home institution and the last two semesters (Master 2, Bac +5, respectively) at the host institution. During their stay at the host institution, students remain enrolled at their home institution. Both institutions recognise the academic credit earned according to the double degree programme mutually and equivalently.

At the University of Bamberg, course credit and credit recognition are governed by the examination regulations for the master’s degree programme in business administration and management. Course credit and credit recognition at the University of Nijmegen are regulated by the University of Nijmegen’s examination regulations. To a large extent, students can define an individual degree of emphasis by selecting certain areas of focus. Students initially admitted in Bamberg may choose from all areas of focus that are part of the master’s degree programme in business administration and management.

The following tables provide information on the distribution of course credits between the two universities. You will find detailed information on the individual courses on the pages of the respective institutions.

Students in Bamberg may choose between two focuses:

  • Strategic Human Resource Management, Leadership and Innovation
  • Strategic Human Resource Management, Marketing and Customer Relationships

The modules are allocated to the module groups in Bamberg as follows:

The following overview is designed for planning and orientation, while the individual programme details result from the individual recognition agreement that students reach with the programme coordinators at both universities based on the current versions of the studying and examination rules for the underlying programmes. The courses currently offered in Bamberg are defined by the current version of the Module Handbook (in German only).

Module group1st year in Bamberg2nd year in Nijmegen
Specialisation 118 
Specialisation 2 18
General Management36 
Research 18
Business Languages6 
Master Thesis 24
Total ECTS120

ECTS credits for students matriculated in the Master in Business Administration in Bamberg are allocated as follows:

 1st year in Bamberg2nd year in Nijmegen
S-BWL I
Corporate Strategy and Growth6 
Strategic Renewal and Organizational Transformation 6 
Strategic Practice and Process 6 
 18
S-BWL II

A Critical Approach to Strategic Human Resource Leadership

 6
Gender and Diversity in Organisations 6
Elective I 6
 18
General Management
The Future of Work 6 
Leadership and Management Development 6 
Implementation and Diffusion of Innovations 6 
Research Seminar on International Innovation Strategies 6 
Organizational Innovativeness and Creativity 6 
Intercultural Challenges in Customer and Account Management 6 
 36
Business Languages
One Business language module according to the module handbook (MHB) in Bamberg. 6 
 6
Research
HRM and Performance 6
Elective II 6
SHRL and the Flexible Workforce 6
 18
Master Thesis
Advanced Research Methods 6
Master's Thesis in Strategic Human Resources Leadership 18
 24

You will find the current version of the module handbook (MHB) of the M. Sc. in Business Administration here.

 1st year in Bamberg2nd year in Nijmegen
S-BWL I
Corporate Strategy and Growth6 
Strategic Renewal and Organizational Transformation 6 
Strategic Practice and Process 6 
 18
S-BWL II

A Critical Approach to Strategic Human Resource Leadership

 6
Gender and Diversity in Organisations 6
Elective I 6
 18
General Management
Business to Business Marketing and Purchasing 6 
Leadership and Management Development 6 
Price Management 6 
Intercultural Challenges in Customer and Account Management 6 
Research Seminar Business-to-Business 6 
Organizational Innovativeness and Creativity 6 
 36
Business Languages
One business language according to the module handbook (MHB) in Bamberg.6 
 6
Research
HRM and Performance 6
Elective II 6
SHRL and the Flexible Workforce 6
 18
Master Thesis
Advanced Research Methods 6
Master's Thesis in Strategic Human Resources Leadership 18
 24

You will find the current version of the module handbook (MHB) of the M. Sc. in Business Administration here (German only).

Students who want to participate in theEuropean Human Resource Management (EHRM) Programmechoose one of the regular focuses in the first year - Strategic Human Resource Management, Leadership and Innovation or Strategic Human Resource Management, Marketing and Customer Relationship - and simultaneously apply for the  EHRM Programme. You will find further information on the programme here.

After the admission to the EHRM Programme the courses Corporate Strategy and Growth, Strategic Renewal and Organizational Transformation are moved to the Module Group General Management. The second year for students participating in the EHRM programme is the following:

 1st year in Bamberg
S-BWL I
European Human Resource Programme I18
General Management
European Human Resource Programme II12

The rest of the programme is the same. You will find the current version of the module handbook (MHB) of the M. Sc. in Business Administration here (German only).