Economics as foundation, technology as added value

The Master in Business and Technology, organised by the Solvay Business School of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, focuses on the business aspects of modern technology. The programme contains advanced business and technology courses, as well as courses combining both perspectives, such as the entrepreneurship course. The programme encompasses all aspects of international businesses: from economics and finance to engineering and human recourses. 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.

Why study at the Solvay Business School

The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences & Solvay Business School has its roots in the  Business Engineer programme by Ernest Solvay in 1903. A long tradition of integrating business education with technology  continues in all of its programmes. Highly skilled professionals with an excellent command of various languages and a good understanding of multiple cultures are needed in national and international public institutions and in multinational companies. As the capital of Europe, Brussels is the perfect setting in which to prepare yourself for such a job. 

Solvay Schools Alumni

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

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Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School

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Programme structure

The Master in Business and Technology is a two-year, full-time programme of 120 ECTS. The first year consists of compulsory courses, with the exception of one elective that can be chosen from three technology courses. In the second year, only a few courses are compulsory. A list of electives in business aspects and courses ranging from entrepreneurship to biotechnology to global banking allows students to personalise their curriculum. Students can also choose to do an internship of 6 (20 working days) or 12 ECTS (40 working days).

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Becoming a business engineer

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. 

Close the gap between different worlds The idea is to train professionals who can understand the jargon and business environment of all their colleagues, be they engineers, economists, lawyers or computer scientists. The Solvay Master in Business and Technology focuses strongly on IT and innovation and has a clear international flavour. Our graduates can bridge the gap between the different worlds of the many professions in the workforce.

Language requirements

Prospective students can prove their English language level via one of the following criteria:

1. having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:

• TOEFL: minimum level: 213 for the computer-based test (CBT); 80 for the internet-based test (IBT); 550 for paper -based test

• TOEIC: minimum level: 785

• IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5

• CAE: minimum grade B

• CPE: minimum grade C

2. having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as language of instruction;

3. having successfully completed secondary school in a Belgian institution.

Direct admission

Candidates with a Flemish degree of BSc in TEW: Handelsingenieur.

Admission after examination of the application file

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

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

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Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website www.vub.ac.be/en/apply

• All students need to apply before June 1st

• Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

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Thierry Geerts, Solvay alumnus and Country Director at Google Belgium

Key in the digital age

”The MBT programme offers a combination of business and technology education; a mix that is key in the digital age. The programme offers a broad education, opening a lot of future career opportunities. Alongside the quality of the programme, the university’s open mindset and diverse culture help students achieve their goals in this complex world.” 

Graduation Ceremony, December 2016

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.

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THE VUB HELPS YOU TO MAKE YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE JOB MARKET WITH WORKSHOPS, NETWORKING EVENTS, JOB FAIRS, TIPS ‘N TRICKS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS. ALL AN AMBITIOUS STUDENT NEEDS!

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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