Taught course

Organisational Design & Development (specialisation)

Radboud University · Nijmegen School of Management

Entry requirements

  1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related area from a research university
    Ideally, your Bachelor's degree should cover the following courses:
    • Organisation Theory
    • Strategy
    • Marketing
    • Human Resource Management
    • Finance
    • Statistics
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
    • Bachelor’s thesis of 12 EC

  2. Proficiency in English
    In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.
  3. GMAT requirements
    Based on your (academic) background we might require.

Months of entry


Course content

Organisations need to constantly adjust how they can best fulfil their task of providing goods and services to society and meaningful employment to their members. Customer and market requirements might change, or new production methods or technology become available. If there are underlying structural issues, these need to be addressed in the organisational design. However, a grand plan for change that forgets about the people who are to carry it out will not work. Likewise, a plan that focuses only on the soft factors and ignores the root causes is almost certainly doomed to fail. The Master's specialisation in Organisational Design and Development. focuses on the interplay between design and development. You’ll become a flexible leader who knows how to get people involved from the start and who understands that plans need to be adjusted to deal with unforeseen bumps along the way.

This specialisation takes corporate social responsibility as its starting point: how organisations can operate efficiently while never losing sight of the people involved. Customers, personnel, local residents, related governmental organisations, but also the organisation’s future plans and current reputation (i.e. risk management) are all part of that. Corporate social responsibility is a moral and ethical issue, but also a strategic one of managing reputational risks and creating commitment among employees and investors. The specialisation builds on the tradition of socio-technical system design that aims to jointly optimise both the social and the technical aspects of an organisation. You’ll explore the possibilities of organisational development and the barriers that may arise. Put simply, you’ll learn not just what needs to be changed, but also how this can best be done.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the impact of organisational structure and how to implement changes in a responsible manner
  • Approach issues from a traditional of socio-technical system design aimed at optimising social and technical aspects of an organisation
  • Gain advisory skills and learn how to systematically analyse organisational problems
  • Learn to understand social practices and processes of change in organisations

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme can find a variety of positions at different national and international companies:

  • Consultant
  • Account manager
  • Subsidy advisor
  • Managment trainee
  • Sales project coordinator
  • Application coordinator
  • PhD candidate

If you have any questions, email us here: study-information@ru.nl

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Fees and funding

UK students
€ 17,470
International students
EU € 2,530 Non EU € 17,470 p/a

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Study Information