Research course

European Master in System Dynamics

Radboud University · Nijmegen School of Management
Joint Masters

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

With the growing interconnectedness of society and increasing turbulence, organisations in the public and private sectors are continuously confronted with the need for improvement in strategy development, policy design and decision making in and across complex, dynamic domains. History is full of examples where decision makers did not succeed in designing such effective policies. Overly optimistic leaders who started wars they were bound to lose. Learning-by-doing policies that were unable to prevent over-utilisation and depletion of renewable resources. Very successful start-up-firms that went bankrupt as a result of over-expansion. Governments that tried in vain to reduce healthcare costs. And so the list goes on.

A common denominator in all these examples is a lack of understanding of the systems people control: they ignore or misperceive the nature of stocks and flows, feedback loops, delays, and non-linearities. Many such dynamic systems are still insufficiently understood, confer the recent financial crisis. Model based policy analysis and design (with the help of System Dynamics) has long been recognised as a way to help people make better decisions when confronted with the complexity of dynamic systems.

Upon completing the European Master’s in System Dynamics, you’ll know how to build a system Dynamics model, how to apply it to a variety of complex, real-life problems and how to facilitate the model-building process with the client in such a way that a high-quality model cannot only be built, but – equally important – a strategic change can be achieved and policies can be implemented. No other programme in System Dynamics in the world offers you this combination of model building and group facilitation skills.

Partner universities:
University of Bergen, Norway
University of Palermo, Italy
New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Multiple Master's degrees:
Master of Philosophy in System Dynamics
Master of Philosophy in System Dynamics
Master of Science in System Dynamics
Master of Science in Business Administration

Participation costs 2014-2016:
€ 4,000 per year for EEA students
€ 8,000 per year for non-EEA students

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 4,000
International students
€ 8,000

Qualification and course duration

Joint Masters

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admission Office