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MASTER IN BUSINESS ENGINEERING IN BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY

Main advantages of this master programme:

Language


entirely instructed in

ENGLISH

Curriculum design


in two modules (120 ECTS)

THEORY MEETS PRACTICE

International project


Conquer new markets worldwide

TRADE MISSION

Student body


from all over the world

INTERNATIONAL MINDSET

Economics meets technology

"Economics as its foundation, technology as added value and entrepreneurship as a guideline" - this is, in short, the philosophy behind the Belgian academic qualification of business engineer (also known as management engineer or commercial engineer).

The master in Business and Technology focuses on business aspects of cutting-edge technology and offers high-level courses on various aspects of business, finance, accounting, technology, strategy, analytics and more. The entrepreneurship course combines business and technology by putting our products on the market. 

Thanks to the mix of in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge, you will learn everything you need to succeed as a business engineer in a highlevel position. Our master programme prepares you for the challenges of the globalised economy.

Study at Solvay Business School, VUB

The Faculty of Social Sciences & Solvay Business School has its roots in the Business Engineer program by Ernest Solvay in 1903. A long tradition of integrating business education with technology continues in all of its programmes. 

We strive to educate students to become highly skilled professionals with an excellent command of various languages and a good understanding of multiple cultures wanted by/needed in national and international public institutions and in multinational companies.

Solvay Schools Alumni Network

Solvay Schools Alumni is the association that gathers all graduates from the VUB Solvay Business School and the ULB Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management.

Representing a network of 20,000 alumni in more than 65 countries, our alumni are present in all areas of the workforce. With about 50 activities and conferences every year, the organisation offers its members lifelong learning, career services, support and networking opportunities.

Thanks to an extensive online database and its annual yearbook, Solvay Schools Alumni gives its members the chance to keep in touch and meet up at professional and social meetings.

International university

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic and modern university with almost two centuries of history. VUB has 15.000 students, 21% of which are international students from more than 120 different countries. 

Being a student at VUB means learning in an international and open atmosphere of tolerance and diversity that will help you to grow into an independent and critical-thinking individual. 

VUB offers high quality English-taught programmes, supported by outstanding research. VUB is known for treating its students as individuals. Professors and teaching assistants are available and open to answer questions from students. Interactive methods ensure close interaction and contribute to students growing into independent and critical individuals.

Faculty of Social Sciences & Solvay Business School

More information

Contact the programme coordinator

mbt@vub.ac.be

Educational quality


HERE AT VUB WE PUT GREAT CARE AND EFFORT IN THE QUALITY OF OUR EDUCATION. TRANSPARENCY IS KEY. INFORMATION ON THE EDUCATIONAL QUALITY OF EACH PROGRAMME IS PUBLIC, E.G. DESCRIBING ITS STRENGTHS AND ACTIONS.

Public info on the quality of the programme

Programme overview

The master in business and technology is a daytime programme that consists out of two modules (two years), in total 120 ECTS-credits.

Module 1

Module 1 (year 1) is composed out of 9 compulsory courses and one elective, in total 60 ECTS-credits

Module 2

Once you've completed the courses from Module 1, you can start with this second module.

Programme Calendar

  

First semester


All new students start mid-September with a series of daytime classes during 13 weeks. The first semester ends in the 3rd week of December (winter break). The first exam session (1st semester courses) is organized in January.

Second semester


starting halfway February - 8 weeks of class, followed by the spring break, and then another 5 weeks of class.The first exam session (2nd semester courses) is organized at the end of May and in June.

Resit chance


organized from mid-August till mid-September . This second chance exam is included in your enrollment and we expect you to attend this exam if you've failed a first exam session (no failed result is transferred to second session).

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies. Do you want to know more about the specific learning outcomes of this program? Click here for more information.

Are you eligible to join the programme?

Discover the admissions criteria

Start application season 2021

December 2020

Deadline non-EEA students (visa required)

1 April 2021

Deadline EEA students (and holders of a valid permit)

1 September 2021

Start of the academic year 2021-2022

20 September 2021

Academic requirements

DIRECT ADMISSION

Candidates with a Flemish degree of BSc in Handelsingenieur have direct admission into this master.

ADMISSION AFTER SCREENING

All other students will be screened on study background, motivation and language skills. 

You must have an academic Bachelor’s degree in a field related to Business/Management or Economics. In addition to this, you need to have successfully achieved a minimum number of (European) credits in Economics, Business/Management, Quantitative Methods, Law. Also, it is absolutely vital that you have acquired credits in Natural Sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, etc.):

  • Law: 6 ECTS
  • Economics: 15 ECTS
  • Business/Management: 24 ECTS
  • Quantitative Methods: 24 ECTS
  • Natural Sciences: 12 ECTS

Language requirements

There are three ways to prove your English language proficiency:

Option 1: send us one of the following language certificates proving your CEFR B2 level:

  • TOEFL (only the internet-based test is accepted): minimum level: 79
  • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5
  • Cambridge English: Minimum scale grade 170 (equivalent to the CEFR B2)
  • ITACE: minimum grade B2

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that students may face difficulties to take a test in person. Please note that we also accept the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator. These are variants of the classic TOEFL and IELTS tests that you may take at home.

Please note that language test results cannot be older than 5 years at the moment of application.

Option 2: having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as language of instruction:

  • submit official proof of the language of instruction of your previous study;

Option 3: having successfully completed Belgian secondary education

  • submit official proof that you completed a study in the Belgian educational system

Online application procedure

If you feel you meet both the academic requirements and the language requirements, you best start the online application procedure to find out if you're accepted to join this programme. The following documents are required to upload during the online application procedure to start the screening process:

  • Proof of identity (Passport or ID-card)
  • Profile picture (ends on your student card)
  • All higher education degrees (official documents, both original and translations)
  • All higher education transcripts of records (official documents, both original and translations)
  • Motivational letter
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Proof of English language proficiency

The screening process takes up to several weeks. Submit your file as soon (and complete) as possible.

You meet all entry requirements?

Start your online application today

How about the tuition fee calculation? Scholarships? Housing?

Discover all practicalities and VUB support

Prepare your study

Welcome at VUB. Find out how we can facilitate and support your study.

Housing


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Housing options in Brussels

Tuition fees


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Scholarships


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Financial support

Time for action


Your standard to-do-list

Prepare your stay

A quick campus tour

All courses will be organised on the Brussels Humanities, Science and Engineering Campus

Contact the programme coordinator

mtb@vub.ac.be

Join a monthly Q&A

Online information sessions

What our Alumni say

Our B&T alumni share their experiences at VUB with you.

Asli Irem Orgun, Class of 2019-2020

I would definitely suggest this program to any student who wants to improve oneself in a challenging and international environment

"In my first day at the VUB, I found a warm welcoming environment where the administrative staff was very helpful and supportive. During my studies, the professors and teaching assistants were always ready to help us understand better and answer our questions.

VUB research environment taught me to ask ‘How, Why and Why not’ questions to comprehend the deeper levels of the several study topics. Even during the oral exams, I had a chance to learn new aspects of the subjects while I was discussing the questions with the professors. Thanks to several student projects, I’ve worked with students from almost all corners of the world and had a chance to understand different perspectives to solve a problem.  Within the scope of the Business and Technology Program, I did an internship in a multinational consumer goods corporation where I met with other interns from VUB and several universities from all over the world. For the technological business development course, I found an opportunity to work with a startup company from VUB. To be able to conduct a market research, we visited sector fairs and met with several potential customers.

VUB has provided me an international environment where I could meet with many nice people. I have made new international friends with who we learn, study, discuss, travel, eat, drink and enjoy together. To sum up, I would definitely suggest this program to any student who wants to improve oneself in a challenging and international environment.  Moreover, even we had some difficult times during 2020, VUB crowned this journey with a legendary graduation ceremony in the heart of Brussels – Grand Place!"

Currently Asli is a PhD candidate.

Michiel de Dekker, Class of 2019-2020

I further developed my business knowledge on strategy, finance, marketing, and management while also acquiring technological insights and skills.

“After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Business Engineering at the VUB, I searched for a program with a more international and tech-focused approach to pursue my master’s degree. Hence, I decided to continue my career at the VUB by submitting for a master’s in Business Engineering with a specialization in Business & Technology. During the program, I further developed my business knowledge on strategy, finance, marketing, and management while also acquiring technological insights and skills. Furthermore, both worlds collided to learn students how business impacts technology and vice versa. The program balanced these two elements perfectly with great support and guidance from the academic staff. In addition, as a Belgian student, you get the opportunity to have a more international experience since fellow students are coming from different parts of the world. All aspects combined, the program provided me with a strong foundation to initiate my career as Management Trainee at Proximus where I need to apply both business and technological skills in the telecom sector. I thus warmly recommend this program for whoever wishes to pursue a career in business with a focus on technology”

Currently Michiel is a Management Trainee (Product Manager) at Proximus.

Emmelien De Roock, class of 2019-2020

An Erasmus experience in my own country

"After finishing my bachelor studies of “Handelsingenieur” at VUB, I was ready for the next challenge. I chose the Master in Business & Technology for several reasons. Following a master program taught in English after a Dutch bachelor program gave me the opportunity to finetune speaking, writing and reasoning in English. There was also a good mixture of courses, mostly focused on technology from a business perspective. Our group consisted of Belgian and international students from all over the world. For me this was like going on Erasmus in my own country. I had a lot of fun discovering Belgium and Brussels all over again while learning customs from other countries as well. I will never forget the lunches at the Resto, the picknicks in Terkamerenbos, the game nights after class, celebrating birthdays etc. Choosing VUB and specifically the Master in Business & Technology has made me discover my full potential and helped me become the best version of myself. At VUB you are treated as a person, not as a number!"

Emmelien is currently a Phd Student in our Data Analytics Laboratory (VUB)

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Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony, September 2020, Grand Place Brussels

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AFTER GRADUATION

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

Careercenter


CC HELPS YOU TO MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE JOB MARKET WITH WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING EVENTS, JOB FAIRS,...

First step in the market

All graduates get access to the network

Solvay Schools Alumni

Fond of research?


become a phd student

PhD @ VUB

Join one of our sessions online

As of January, we try to organize at least one online information session per month. We introduce you to our academic staff and present the programme (short presentation). Afterwards we make time for Q&A so all of your questions become answered.

Data informations sessions

We organize information sessions on the following moments:

  • Tuesday, 18 May at 3pm
  • Thursday, 17 June at 4pm

How to book your seat?

Follow the next steps:

1. After clicking on the button below 'book online', a virtual calendar will show up.
2. At the top you select which study programme you are interested in (we organize one session for both 'international business' and 'business & technology')
3. You scroll down to the calendar and select one of the available moments (appear in black).
4. You pick the moment that best suits you and fill out your details under the calendar.
5. Now click on "book" to complete your registration.
6. You will receive a confirmation mail, so check your inbox.
7. Something is wrong? You can contact us here.

The digital information session will be organized via a Microsoft Teams meeting. When you have booked your seat, you receive an invitation 24h before the start with a link that leads to this online session. We advise you to open the link with the browser of Google (Chrome)