Type of programme: Joint European Master's programme
Title/degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Duration: 2 years (120 EC), full-time
Start month: August
Language of instruction: English
Croho code (Radboud): 60644
Learning how to initiate strategic change in organisations by using computer simulation models.
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 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.
Why study System Dynamics?
- You'll participate in a unique collaborative and integrated European Master programme specialising in system dynamics and built on the strengths of four leading universities in this field:
- University of Bergen, Norway
- New University of Lisbon, Portugal
- University of Palermo, Italy
- Radboud University, the Netherlands
- You'll acquire the important skills and knowledge in this field while at the same time benefiting from Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity.
- You'll be awarded three Master's of Science degrees, depending on your specialisation.
- You'll be taught in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups of international students and by internationally recognised professors in their specific fields.
- You'll study at three of the four universities for an entire semester. Starting in Bergen (Norway), then either in Lisbon (Portugal) or Palermo (Italy), and finally in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). By having lived in different countries and having attended three different universities, you'll have acquired an exceptional international learning experience.
More information on the European Master in System Dynamics can be found on the System Dynamics website. The navigation to the (top-)left will also lead you to specific pages on that website.
At Radboud University, this Erasmus Mundus programme is connected to our Master's in Business Administration. We offer several one-year specialisations that are taught solely at Radboud University. The specialisation in Business Analysis and Modelling has the most in common with the European Master in System Dynamics.