Master in Business and Technology

The Master in Business and Technology, organized by the Solvay Business School of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, focuses on business aspects of modern-day technology. The programme contains advanced business courses, technology courses, as well as courses that combine both perspectives, such as the Entrepreneurship course.

This English variant of the Dutch-language Handelsingenieur ('Business Engineering') Master is not just a copy. On the contrary, the Solvay Master of Business & Technology focuses even more on IT and innovation and has a clear international flavour.

You will have the opportunity to take a number of elective courses in the second year, thus allowing you to personalise your curriculum and specialise more in either business, technology, or both.


Course outline & programme

ECTS: 120
Years: 2
Campus: Etterbeek
Programme organised by the Solvay Business School of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Master of Science in Business Economics: Business Engineer

Becoming a business engineer

Economics as its foundation, technology as added value and entrepreneurship as a guideline - this, in short, is the philosophy behind the Belgian academic qualification of 'Business Engineer' (Handelsingenieur / Ingénieur de Gestion, sometimes translated as 'Management Engineer' or 'Commercial Engineer').

Bridge the gap between the different worlds

The idea is to train professionals who are able to understand the jargon and business environment of all of their colleagues, whether they are engineers, economists, lawyers, computer scientists or they have other specialisations. Our graduates can bridge the gap between the different worlds of the many and varying professions in the workforce.

Solid foundation in economics

During the bachelor phase of our degree, which is only offered in Dutch, our students develop a solid foundation in economics and are immersed in business disciplines such as marketing, finance, management and human resource management. This is combined with a thorough grounding in mathematics, statistics and computer science, while a strong basis in science is provided by coursework in physics, chemistry, electronics and technology. Another unique aspect of the business engineer’s education is a strong focus on language skills.

This broad background is the cornerstone of our master’s programme, and all students admitted to the program are expected to have a similar knowledge base.

Personalise your curriculum

The compulsory courses make up the curriculum in the first year. There are courses with a distinct business flavour like Advanced Marketing, Advanced Accounting, Advanced Finance and Project Management. The technology pillar includes courses on Advanced Technology, Software for Management, Information Systems Management, and Databases.

In the second year, only 36 credits are compulsory, thus allowing students to personalise their curriculum. Students can take four electives out of a (current) total of 13 courses. Within the Business & IT profile subjects range from Global Banking to Web Information Systems and Risk Management. Within the Technology profile, students can include, among others, Biotechnology and Rational Use of Energy in their curriculum.

High-level business programme

Through this programme international undergraduate students have the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the Solvay Business School without having to attend classes in Dutch. Participation in a high-level business programme in Brussels, the capital of Europe, is a great asset for any student who strives to be prepared for the challenge of management in a globalised world.



Strengths of the programme


The Master in Business and Technology is a unique interdisciplinary programme with a clear focus on all business aspects of cutting edge technology, offering advanced courses in business, technology and their intersection. The offered technology courses are taught by professors from both the Faculty of Exact Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering Science. Professors of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences & Solvay Business School for their part will provide students with highly specialised knowledge in economics and business aspects.


Students in the Master in Business and Technology will meet with peers from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds while greatly improving their English language skills.


In their second year students get the chance to greatly personalise their curriculum. This gives them the opportunity to do an internship with a minimum of 20 full time workdays and with no maximum duration. In this way students can gain work experience that will give them a head start on the job market.


All of the courses in the Master in Business and Technology have a distinct international flavour. Due to its all-round and international character, the programme provides students with a multitude of career opportunities after graduation.


Admission & application

All necessary information regarding the admission requirements, deadlines and application forms can be found on the web page 'How to enroll as a student'.

Language requirements

In order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English. The language requirements can be found on the website.

Curriculum requirements

Students with a Bachelor Handelsingenieur / Ingénieur de Gestion have direct admission to the master of Business and Technology. Candidates must have a university Bachelor’s degree in a field related to business/management or economics. In addition to this, applicants need to have successfully achieved the minimum number of credits (ECTS) in each of the subjects listed below:

Field Minimum number of ECTS credits required
Business/Management (Management, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, HRM, …)
Economics (Micro economics, Macro economics, ...)
Quantitative methods (Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics, IT, ...)
Humanities/Social Sciences (Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, ...)
Natural Sciences
(Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Technology …)

Additional information

Students who have obtained the go-ahead of the Admission Board, or who have direct admission can find additional information on the web pages for prospective students. Certainly take a look at the webpages Preparing your stay prior to your visit to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.



Career opportunities

As a graduate in Business and Technology you have acquired a broad knowledge of various fields like economics, technology and languages, which enables you to bridge the gap between the different worlds of the many and varying professions in the workforce. The all round and international character of the programme gives you a multitude of career options to choose from. Most of our graduates end up in top management and hold a financial position. But you also find graduates in strategic positions in consultancy, audit, marketing, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, banking and insurance.


Student services

Students at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are not just mere numbers. A lot of attention goes into making sure that you can study in the best possible situation. There are numerous staff members ready to assist you and give advice on all topics related to student life: practical information, medical assistance and finance, study planning, sports and culture, health, transport, housing and food, etc.

For all kinds of help, advice and support visit the site of ‘Student Facilities’.Top



More information

  • Contact the coordinator:, tel: +32 (0)2 629 26 95
  • An overview of all Master and Postgraduate programmes taught in English at the VUB can be found in the brochure Student (on top) of the world (970 KB)


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