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14.What if you want to follow a different graduation subject in your master year than the one of your orientation in your bachelor?

Basically, you have access to any specialization in the master year. You risk encountering problems with the courses due to a lack of previous knowledge about the subject. Therefore, you may recommended to follow a particular course from the BBA in self study. If this applies to you, please contact the programme director of the graduation subject.

15.Can you follow two graduation subjects?

If you passed the master year (including the graduation subject and the master thesis), you obtain the degree of ‘Master of Science in Business Administration – graduation subject xxx’. A second master degree with a different graduation subject is possible, when, after the received exemptions, you have at least 30 credits left. For this purpose you need to fill out an exemption file and hand it in at the student administration. The master thesis is never exempted. If you want to obtain a second degree, you need to do another master thesis for that graduation subject.

You could also follow a few courses from a different graduation subject with a credit contract. In that case you won’t obtain an extra degree, but you will obtain credit certificates for all courses that you passed. An alternative is that you follow a Master after Master.

15.1.Choosing a subject for your master thesis
The following topics will be covered:

  • Which types of master theses are possible?

  • How do you choose a topic?

  • Which promotor is willing to give you guidance?

  • What administrative steps do you need to follow?

  • What deadlines do you need to respect?

  • The link between the master thesis, the course ‘Research Proposal’ and the graduation subject.

All this information you find on
We wish you good luck in making the right choice!

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NT: no resits allowed C: credits
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The study programmes listed in this brochure are subject to change by the Academic Council.

16.Graduation subject Business information Management
16.1.Personal field of interest
If you consider the graduation subject Business Information Management, then you need a strong interest in the general operation of business processes and the related information technology. It is the responsibility of the computer specialist to lead the IT projects and to monitor the use of the new information technology. In the world of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) everything revolves around four things: the right information at the right time at the right place and for the right people. This requires some precision and some detail to tackle those problems. Here you need to have an eye for both the whole picture and the details.
Because computers and networks provide the necessary support, a certain interest in these technologies is useful, but not essential. You don’t have to be a computer freak or nerd to choose Business Information Management. Neither the hardware nor the technical aspects are the focal point, but the analysis, the development and the evaluation of the information systems. The sector seeks competent people who possess the will and the ability to be creative and to think logically. They must be able to find solutions quickly for certain problems and to clearly explain these solutions to the users. Information and communication are the key competencies of the modern computer scientist. Building bridges between users, management and technically skilled IT personnel is the main task.
16.2.Justification of the programme content
The programme is geared towards all aspects of the computer software as well as the business aspects of the information technology. The content and the consistency of the courses focus on analysing, developing and managing information systems. Compare this to being an architect: he designs a building according to certain requirements of the future occupants or users. The key words here are analysis of the needs and desires, proposition of a design and, after approval, implementation of the plan and coordination of the work. In a similar way the computer scientist analyzes an ICT problem, individually and in group, for which he then designs the best system. This implies a good knowledge of the most common ICT disciplines. Once designed, the computer expert needs to assess and adjust the system if necessary.
Specifically, the programme includes the following courses for the orientation part:

  • ICT infrastructure

  • Databases

  • Application Development

  • Project Management

As a bachelor graduate you will have acquired a basic and some technical knowledge to design simple systems.
The master programme includes primarily courses which are policy oriented. The content is geared to those who want to achieve a complete state of the art system. Like the architect who needs to follow up the building site, the computer scientist is responsible for monitoring and managing the construction of an information system. For that reason the ICT positions in a later stage of the career path are more policy oriented. Many applications are already automated but they require constant monitoring and maintenance. The policy oriented courses are:

  • ERP and Business Process Modeling

  • Business Intelligence Methods

  • ICT Governance and Operational Management

  • IT Strategy and Architecture

  • Systems Development and Economics

The business world as well as the students value the practical applications. Therefore, the course ‘Design of a business information system (DBIS Project)’ was developed. Here you can work on a specific business problem. Company problems are not solved separately, but in conjunction. Naturally, the content of certain courses will be reviewed and updated regularly. The programme tries to respond to the new trends while giving a basis for further specilization depending on your career or interest.

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16.4.Special attention for the students who currently follow the bridge programme (schakelstudenten)
In the master year a basic knowledge of databases is required. You can easily acquire this knowledge through self study. Some knowledge of system development is an asset, but not a necessity.
16.5.Future opportunities and employment
The media often reports that ICT jobs are outsourced to China and India. That is correct. But this is not true for ICT jobs for MBA graduates!
If you browse through the job announcements in Jobat, Vacature or international newspapers, you will see immediately that there are many job announcements for graduates who can bridge the gap between ICT and management, mainly in banks, governmental institutions, consultancy firms and the like.
16.6.Personality Characteristics
For you? Yes, if:

  • you want to become a manager and want to exploit the possibilities (and opportunities!) of ICT,

  • you are tuned into the world of ICT and telecom,

  • you want to launch an international business career with a focus on information system applications,

  • you believe that a business-oriented, hands-on, critical, and problem-oriented approach to education is something for you,

  • you are convinced that studying and working in a multicultural team is an asset.

16.7.Nature of the Master thesis
Any matter relating to any of the above mentioned courses may qualify for a master thesis. The professors also provide a broad list of topics. However, we do recommend that you choose a topic depending on your interests. This can be either a theoretical as well as a practical study (company project).


“Having a clear vision of my career aspirations makes it easier for me to define my short and long-term goals. Completing the MBA at HUB was an important step in this respect. I grasped a lot of knowledge and skills in Information Management and ICT which I easily transferred to my current job. The MBA is a solid and challenging programme and I feel lucky I have had the opportunity to take part in it.”
Seifu Habtemichael W. (Ethiopia), MBA graduate, IT Auditor at ATOS Worldline

17.Graduation subject International Business Management
17.1.Personal field of interest
It is a general programme since it provides students with an overview of the many different aspects of management of organizations and companies.

The programme is for you if you want to launch an international business career. It is most likely that you will be employed by an international organization or a company operating on an international scale.

On the level of study method and study environment the programme will suit you if you believe that a business-oriented, hands-on, critical, and problem-oriented approach to education is important and if you are convinced that studying and working in a multicultural team is an asset.
Would you like to study in an international environment? If so, we can assure you that both the contents of the programme and your fellow students will be international: professors cover international and European aspects of business and there are about 80 nationalities in the current BBA and MBA programmes.
It is an English-taught programme but you don’t need to worry: if you did a good job in the English classes you attended, it is most likely that you will be successful in following the programme.
17.2.Justification of the programme content
The programme is a balanced mix of business management (the core) and international relations (the line of approach).

Our purpose is:

  • to provide you with the core contents of international business economics on a specialized and academic level,

  • to make sure that graduates have the hands-on experience that is expected in the job market,

  • to provide you with real-life case studies in the field of business,

  • to offer education at a perfect location Brussels, the capital of Europe and hub of many international companies,

  • to focus on the analysis of strategies and management principles for companies, from multinationals to SMEs,

  • to help you develop management skills in an international and intercultural context,

  • to build bridges to real business life by inviting guest speakers to share their experiences in class and working out case studies directly taken from business life,

  • to challenge you to integrate acquired knowledge and apply it to real life business situations in the context of your final project – the pinnacle of the programme,

  • to give you the opportunity to go abroad for some months and study business administration at one of our partner universities abroad,

  • to offer you ample opportunities to acquire the qualifications and skills you need to launch a professional career or pursue another degree at HUB or somewhere else in the world.

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17.4.Special attention for the students who currently follow the MBA bridge programme (schakelstudenten)

Students that are currently enrolled in the MBA bridging programme or in the preparatory programme for MBA have direct access to all graduation orientations of MBA. They can only obtain the MBA diploma after successful completion of the MBA bridging/preparatory programme. MIBEB/M students wishing to enrol in the MBA programme (all graduation orientations) will be screened based on the requirements of the preparatory programme applied to all incoming students with an economic background (60 credits). Based on the student’s individual background access (or not) will be granted to the MBA or to the preparatory programme for the MBA.

17.5.Future opportunities and employment
The programme prepares you for management positions in organisations and companies. As the focus of the programme is general, employment opportunities are numerous and diverse. In the first stage of the careers of graduates, they are mainly employed by financial, administrative, and commercial departments of organizations and companies, e.g. companies in the financial sector and management consultancy firms. In the further stages of their careers, graduates take up positions on middle and higher management levels.
Business becomes increasingly more international so you’d better start becoming international while you are studying. In this programme you learn how to function in an international business world so that you are prepared for the real world when you graduate.
In many international organizations and companies English is the working language. Students who studied in English will have the edge over students who didn’t when they apply for a job to such organizations and companies.
17.6. Personality Characteristics
For you? Yes if,

  • you want to launch an international business career,

  • you want to be employed by an international organisation,

  • you intend to work for a company with an international focus,

  • you believe that a business-oriented, hands-on, critical, and problem-oriented approach to education is something for you,

  • you are convinced that studying and working in a multicultural team is an asset.

17.7.Nature of the Master thesis
With the Master thesis we challenge you to integrate acquired knowledge and apply it to real-life business situations.

At KULeuven@HUB there are different categories of Master theses i.e. internally organised theses (linked to field of research at KULeuven@HUB) or externally organised theses (company projects or International Business Economics Research).

“After my studies in Economics I wanted to continue with a master programme in International Management. My choice for the MBA programme in Brussels at KULeuven@HUB was the best I could make. I still benefit from taking these master classes centered in the heart of Europe, capital of the EU. The MBA with focus on International Business Management offered many assets for my professional career which I started in parallel at the European Parliament. The MBA encompassed high level management training. Classes took place in a multi-national environment and often dealt with real life cases. Study visits to SMEs and multinational companies were very interesting, offering a glance at theory put to practice. The option to combine part time study and work has really worked out for me. I was able to work and study at the same time. I strongly recommend KULeuven@HUB if you wish to rethink your professional life from a different perspective.”

Charilaos Andreas Chaidos (Greece), MBA graduate

“After graduating, I worked in KPMG Romania’s Public Sector Advisory department as a consultant, after which I turned towards academia and joined KULeuven@HUB as a researcher on a project done in collaboration with the Federal Public Service Economy and enrolled on a PhD track at KU Leuven.

The MBA programme provided me with the skills needed to succeed in what I would describe as a flexible, international career. Not only was the Master’s practical approach to business administration instrumental in my job at KPMG Advisory, but also a very good foundation for my new research endeavours.”

Daniel Neicu (Romania), MBA graduate
18.1.Personal field of interest
This specialization is aimed at students who are passionate about the international dimension of the economic life of companies with international operations and about international institutions.
18.2.Justification of the programme content
Ever more, the increasing internationalization of economic life leads to the recruitment of graduates in Commercial Sciences who, during their (Master) programme, gained a broad understanding of international events. Not a single international dimension has been neglected when choosing the specialization courses. Unique for the graduation subject International Relations is the fact that it is built on three pillars: an economic pillar (what is the economic environment in which an international firm operates?), a business pillar (how does an international firm operate in this environment?) and a political/legal pillar (which political and legal aspects does an international firm have to take into account?).
Naturally, ample attention is paid to the international business world. Indeed, a country like Belgium lives of foreign trade. More than two thirds of our total production is exported. Moreover, the Belgian industry faces increasing foreign competition due to freer international trade. It is therefore of great importance to analyse the strategies of multinational companies, both from a theoretical perspective – concerning the decision making about the location of the company (Socio-economic Geography) -and a practical perspective (International Management). Furthermore, the commercial function of a firm with foreign activities is analysed by making extensive use of cases (International Business and Strategy).
The study of export or import businesses is not limited to international management and marketing techniques. A thorough knowledge of public services that promote foreign trade is required, as is knowledge of the techniques that are used to finance foreign trade (International Financial Management).
If a company is considering investment abroad or if it wants to conquer new export markets, it is not sufficient to only consider certain aspects of management, marketing and finance. They must also know which protectionist measures other countries have put in place (e.g. the US foreign trade policy). It is also important to follow up the negotiations at the World Trade Organisation: the goal of this institution is to lower trade barriers so companies can take advantage of new opportunities (International Trade Policy). It is also essential to have a thorough knowledge of the financial world in which the company operates (International Monetary Economics).
The graduation subject also includes another important economic topic: the socio-economic policies conducted by European and non-European countries. What are the implications of the government’s policy for employment, the balance of payments and the currency? You will learn to evaluate these policies by means of practical exercises and discussion (International Socio-Economic Analysis).
European policy has many dimensions and quite often an economic angle. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of European policies by making a detailed economic analysis of a specific policy domain and applying it to a specific business situation, country or sector. This analysis is made in a team, which pays attention to both the underlying theoretical and economic aspects and the circumstances in actual practice (Applied European Policy). Besides the economic aspects of the international event, knowledge of the political and legal characteristics is also important. Consequently, more light is shed on the recent political and economic history of Europe during the twentieth century. We devote attention to the political and economic integration after WWII (History of European Integration).
Moreover, international business operations are not conducted in a vacuum. It is important to know the international context in which businesses operate. Who are the main actors? What is the role of international organizations? What is the determining factor for states to engage in conflict or, on the contrary, to cooperate and adopt international laws (Introduction to International Relations)?
When exploring foreign markets, you finally also have o take into account the national and European legal systems because they have a significant impact on the economic performance of a country. It is therefore relevant to analyse the legal systems of countries performing well on the economic level, such as Germany, Switzerland or the US, and gain knowledge of, e.g. European competition law and international dispute settlement. Giving the increasing internationalization of the business world, legal issues beyond the exclusive scope of the national state may rise. In that case, it is important to determine which law applies to private companies (Introduction to International and European Law and Capita Selecta of International and European Law).

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18.4.Special attention for the students who currently follow the bridge programme (schakelstudenten)
In priciple it is possible for all students who currently follow the bridge programme to take this graduation subject.
18.5.Future opportunities and employment
The specialisation “International Relations” offers a specific programme to anyone who seeks a professional career abroad, in international organisations, enterprises or Belgian companies with international activities. Even if you don’t have such a career in mind, the multipurpose International Relations programme will give you access to a wide range of interesting jobs, as experience has already shown. Moreover, it goes without saying that holding a managerial position in diverse sectors requires a clear insight into international economic and political events. It is clear that the choice for the specialisation “International Relations” is often less determined by its focus on a particular job than by your own aptitude or interest in the international aspects of economic life.
The diversity of positions that are held by graduates is a striking feature of this specialisation. Only a small minority is to be found back in multinationals or international organisations. Most of them work in Belgian companies and institutions focusing on foreign trade. This programme exerts much attraction from public service employees, but as many graduates prefer a job in the private sector, you will find them equally represented in the banking sector and commercial and industrial enterprises.
Obviously, the specialisation “International Relations” is the most appropriate preparation for anyone who seeks an international career and for those who aim to work in a small and medium enterprise which is involved in foreign trade.

18.6.Personality Characteristics

A broad social vision, a lively interest in foreign countries and a strong interest in languages are assets.
18.7.Nature of the Master Thesis
More and more students realise that writing an in-depth and practice-oriented Master thesis (or project) increases their chances of an exciting job. Many of the Master theses also focus on a specific dimension of the international economic process: students often choose to do a market study abroad. Nevertheless, there are as many students who opt for a traditional Master thesis, which is often a study of a certain sector, country or international event.

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  • 15.1.Choosing a subject for your master thesis
  • We wish you good luck in making the right choice! Legend for the curricula CH
  • 16.Graduation subject Business information Management 16.1.Personal field of interest
  • 16.2.Justification of the programme content
  • 16.4.Special attention for the students who currently follow the bridge programme (schakelstudenten)
  • 16.5.Future opportunities and employment
  • 16.6.Personality Characteristics
  • 16.7.Nature of the Master thesis
  • 17.Graduation subject International Business Management 17.1.Personal field of interest
  • 17.2.Justification of the programme content
  • 17.4.Special attention for the students who currently follow the MBA bridge programme (schakelstudenten)
  • 17.5.Future opportunities and employment
  • 17.6. Personality Characteristics
  • 17.7.Nature of the Master thesis
  • 18.GRADUATION SUBJECT INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 18.1.Personal field of interest
  • 18.2.Justification of the programme content
  • 18.4.Special attention for the students who currently follow the bridge programme (schakelstudenten)
  • 18.6.Personality Characteristics A broad social vision, a lively interest in foreign countries and a strong interest in languages are assets. 18.7.Nature of the Master Thesis

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