KU Leuven - University of Leuven

Introduction

KU Leuven. Inspiring the Outstanding.

Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest and highest-ranked university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. From Science, Engineering and Technology to the Humanities and Social Sciences, KU Leuven has 16 faculties and offers degree programmes in virtually every academic discipline – take your pick!

Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.

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Master of Business Economics (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The Master of Science in Business Economics programme emphasises the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills in an area of specialisation related to the corporate world. [+]

Education The Master of Science in Business Economics programme emphasises the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills in an area of specialisation related to the corporate world. By combining this programme with initial specialisations from the bachelor's programme, you will develop deeper insight into a broad range of fields and fine-tune your personal graduation profile. On completing this programme, you will be able to apply scientific frameworks independently and critically, allowing you to evolve continuously in a dynamic society. KU Leuven occupies a leading position in management and economic research and is highly ranked by the European Economic Association. Top-level research and education complement and strengthen each other. The Faculty of Economics and Business Alumni Association includes many leaders of industry, ensuring excellent career opportunities for our graduates. This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Profile You have an entrepreneurial personality with broad socio-economic interests. You are fascinated by the business world and would like to pursue a management career in strategy, international business or finance. To start this programme, students need a solid background in economics or business economics. They should have acquired the basic conceptual frameworks of diverse areas in business economics and have a sufficiently broad view on the general economic and social contexts in which business operates as well as on the human networks within these organisations. Specifically, students need: sufficient analytical skills which will allow them to complete advanced courses in management; background knowledge of other social scientific disciplines related to managerial sciences; sufficient knowledge of economics. Admission Requirements PRIOR EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Applicants should hold a university Bachelor's degree in Economics or Business Economics comparable to a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Business Economics or Business Engineering from the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven, Campus Leuven (click here to have a look at the Bachelor of Business Economics from KU Leuven) They should have a solid background in macroeconomics, microeconomics, mathematics and statistics. During their prior education, applicants should have acquired the basic conceptual frameworks of diverse areas in business economics and have a sufficient broad view on the general economic and social contexts in which business operates and on the human networks within these organisations. Comparability is evaluated by the faculty on the basis of the required documents provided by the applicant through the official online application procedure. PROOF OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH All applicants have to submit a satisfactory score on one of the following internationally recognized test of English language proficiency: - TOEFL (minimum score 575 paper-based, 233 computer-based, 90 internet-based) - IELTS (minimum score 7) No other proficiency tests will be accepted. An exemption from TOEFL or IELTS is possible for applicants with a university degree or high school degree earned in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the USA: the certified degree and transcripts suffice, provided they confirm that the entire study was completed in English. OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS All applicants should provide the following documents: - Certified copies of transcripts, degrees and, if available, a ranking indication - A course description of all relevant courses - A letter of motivation written and signed by the applicant, explaining the choice for Leuven and for this particular programme - Two recommendation forms, filled out and signed, and mailed in a closed envelope signed over the lid by the referee to the Faculty of Economics and Business, Campus Leuven. Forms not provided in a closed envelope signed across the lid by the referee will be regarded as void. The recommendation forms can also be mailed directly by the referee to fbe@econ.kuleuven.be. These documents suffice for applicants with a non-Belgian degree from - universities that have an exchange agreement with the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven, Campus Leuven click here) - universities that are in the global top 200 in the most recent THE or QS world university rankings Additional information is required for applicants from other universities as it is impossible for us to reliably assess the comparability. In those cases a GMAT- or GRE-result above the 75th percentile on the quantitative part is required. The faculty evaluates all applications and has the final say on the admissibility of the applicant, taking into account the relevant information. Application files will not be processed as long as they are incomplete. Objectives Building on previously acquired general economic knowledge and insights in business, the student is taught to judge complex business structures and propose creative solutions independently or in a team. He develops the skills to take on a management function in a company, he learns to fit decisions in with the whole structure of a company and assess strategic consequences for other departments of the company. He has a lot of specialised knowledge, but is also very versatile. The programme consists of a compulsory part, a major and a minor and a Master's Thesis. - The compulsory programme aims to lend the students insight into the strategic consequences of certain decisions. - The major lends depth in a sufficiently broadly defined functional area, which trains the student for a management position with a wide variety of tasks within this area. - The minor allows the student to choose between a further deepening of the area discussed in the major, or a broadening in other areas/disciplines. After graduation Graduates generally take up managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions, and in managerial functions at universities. Given the variety of skills acquired, you will be highly sought-after by a wide range of companies (from small firms to multinational corporations) in a variety of positions and sectors in Belgium or abroad. You can pursue a career as: auditor entrepreneur consultant financial analyst financial manager project manager sales manager stockbroker This is only a small selection of the many options available to you. (Inter)national The Faculty of Economics and Business has close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas. For students MSc in Business Economics, the faculty offers an additional semester at one of these destinations after completing 2 semesters in Leuven. Make your experience truly international by studying in different parts of the world. Spotlight Our mission is to develop participants' critical, conceptual, problem-solving and decision-making skills. A master's degree from KU Leuven's Faculty of Economics and Business equips students with fundamental and conceptual knowledge and with analytical tools to cope effectively with the problems of the current and constantly changing business and economic environment. Adopting a research-based approach, the school focuses on the disciplines that underlie business operations and economic decisions. This enables its graduates to acquire the necessary skills and tools for coping with current and future challenges. [-]

Master of Psychology: Theory and Research

Campus Full time September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The program of the Research master "Master of Psychology: Theory and Research" aims to guide students to become independent researchers in psychological science through the realization of two objectives: (a) a thorough training in statistics and research [+]

The program of the new Research master “Master of Psychology: Theory and Research” aims to guide students to become independent researchers in psychological science through the realization of two objectives: a thorough training in statistics and research methodology; the in-depth study of the basic disciplines of psychology, supplemented with a specialization in perception, cognition and language, emotion, cross-cultural psychology,neuroscience, learning psychology, or in quantitative psychology. In addition to individual and group-based coursework, students become immersed in ongoing multidisciplinary research at the faculty. Topics for master's theses and internships range from fundamental to very applied in nature, and allow the student to sculpt the programme according to his own personal research interests. General objectives 1) Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the basic domains of psychological research. They will understand how research results are established, from the conception of research questions to the dissemination of results. 2) Students will become proficient to gather relevant information from the research literature, critically evaluate information, and actively use this information to generate novel research and theory. They will learn how to deal with questions about psychological functioning in an independent and scientific way. This will involve analyzing concrete problems, asking critical questions, designing and implementing appropriate methodologies and interventions, and developing well-reasoned arguments about their social views. 3) Students will be prepared to independently develop their skills in psychology as a science and as an evidence-based practice. General learning outcomes 1) Students can gain insight in theory and research in the basic domains of psychology and their chosen areas of specialization. 2) Students can critically examine scientific developments in psychology and argue their scientific views and decisions. They can apply this knowledge the analysis of specific psychological problems. 3) Students know and understand the methodology of behavioral science research, both in terms of general principles and data analysis, its potential and limitations. They can apply this knowledge both in the processing of their own research data and in the critical reading of that of others. 4) Students acquire a general scientific attitude, effective communication and reporting skills, personal maturity and sensitivity to ethical and moral issues associated with psychology and the scientific profession. [-]

Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 Belgium Leuven

This master's programme incorporates knowledge from various sectors (food, biomedical, pharmaceutical, environmental, etc.) to provide a well-rounded graduate-level curriculum in biomechanical engineering. In addition to fundamental (bio)chemical-scientific course units, you will take courses in socio-economics (company management, economics) and biotechnology (engineering, separation techniques, fermentation technology, molecular biology techniques, industrial biochemistry and microbiology, environmental technology, bioreactor design, etc.). [+]

This master's programme incorporates knowledge from various sectors (food, biomedical, pharmaceutical, environmental, etc.) to provide a well-rounded graduate-level curriculum in biomechanical engineering. In addition to fundamental (bio)chemical-scientific course units, you will take courses in socio-economics (company management, economics) and biotechnology (engineering, separation techniques, fermentation technology, molecular biology techniques, industrial biochemistry and microbiology, environmental technology, bioreactor design, etc.). A flexible cross-campus elective package and a master's thesis conducted in either a research-specific or industrial context enable you to focus your studies according to your specific interests and career goals. Medical Bioengineering option This option relates to biotechnological developments in the medical sector. Knowledge of human physiological systems (the cardiovascular system, neurophysiology, etc.) and medical engineering techniques form the foundation of developments in the area of artificial organs, tissue engineering, biomaterials, bioelectronics and new diagnostic techniques (microarray technology, PCR technology). This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Add an in-company or project-based learning experience to your master's programme You can augment your master's programme with the Postgraduate Programme Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This programme is made up by a multifaceted learning experience in and with a company, with an innovative engineering challenge as the central assignment. It is carried out in a team setting, has a distinct international dimension, and usually requires a multidisciplinary approach. Entrepreneurs and students alike are encouraged to innovate, transfer knowledge and grow. It is a unique cross-fertilisation between company and classroom Profile Are you a future industrial engineer? Are you a doer and are you fascinated by how and why things are done? Then you must be a future industrial engineer! - You enjoy looking into how to implement new ideas and improve old ones; - You prepare abstract designs for implementation in a business environment; - You like to link theory to practice; - You aim for a position of responsibility that allows you to apply your knowledge to concrete challenges in the day-to-day workings of a company; - You are eager to develop excellent communication and management skills. Objectives The Master of Industrial Sciences in Biochemical Engineering is capable of: · selecting, formulating, analysing and answering appropriately a research question of his own choice based on a theoretical or practical problem in his area of technology while taking into consideration the paradigms and making use of appropriate research technology. · exploiting the potential of the natural world in general and life processes in particular for the benefit of a healthy, sustainable and high-quality society. being professionally active in the areas of Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Bioengineering, Bioproduction, and Environmental Engineering. continuing to build and to operate in a multifaceted manner in both an R&D and industrial engineering environment on the basis of a thorough knowledge of bioresearch methods and technology on the one hand and industrial production technology on the other. managing technology and communicating efficiently the results of his own work, study and research. continuing the process of self-education as well as coaching others in their development as individuals and professionals. integrating relevant research, work and/or study experience acquired in a different environment either at home or abroad. functioning and cooperating in multidisciplinary and international teams through project work and through an exchange of views and opinions. recognizing and taking into consideration the ethical, economic, ecological and aesthetic aspects and implications of his actions. International Students Diversity and an open mind are vital elements in the international learning and work environment at the Group T campus. The student population, staff, and guests come from all corners of the world, turning our campus into a true intercultural nexus for bachelor- and graduate-level education, university-industry collaboration, innovation and professional development. Advantages for international students - All of our undergraduate and graduate degree programmes are offered in English. English is ubiquitous both inside and outside the classroom. If you've mastered English, you'll feel right at home. - Admission to our programmes is not based on an entrance exam. Anyone with the necessary background can apply. - An engineering degree from KU Leuven's Group T campus is a stepping stone to universities and businesses worldwide. Our international network ensures that your degree is recognised by educational institutes and companies in Europe and across the globe. - Leuven is one of Europe's oldest university towns and is located in the heart of Western Europe - just 20 minutes from Brussels, and within easy reach of Paris, Amsterdam, and London. - Tuition fees are markedly lower than those of comparable universities in the US or the UK. Also, Leuven is a mid-sized university town, so cost-of-living expenses tend to be lower than those of other university towns. - The International Office at KU Leuven, Group T Campus has years of experience in welcoming international students from universities worldwide. [-]

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 Belgium Leuven

This master's programme includes a variety of disciplines. In addition to fundamental chemical-scientific course units, the curriculum includes the fields of socio-economics (company management, economics) and chemical technology (engineering, separation techniques, chemical process technology, industrial process technology, surface chemistry, environmental technology, etc.). [+]

This master's programme includes a variety of disciplines. In addition to fundamental chemical-scientific course units, the curriculum includes the fields of socio-economics (company management, economics) and chemical technology (engineering, separation techniques, chemical process technology, industrial process technology, surface chemistry, environmental technology, etc.). A flexible cross-campus elective package and a master's thesis conducted in either a research-specific or industrial context enable you to focus your studies according to your specific interests and career goals. Sustainable Process and Materials Engineering option In the Sustainable Process and Materials Engineering option emphasis is placed on reliable technology that meets today's needs without jeopardising the welfare of future generations. This implies that materials and energy must be used efficiently, taking into account their impact on the environment. Thus, on the one hand this option is aimed at sustainable designing, development, and manufacturing of products and systems, and on the other it is aimed at development, properties, characterisation, production and processing of (new) materials. This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Add an in-company or project-based learning experience to your master's programme You can augment your master's programme with the Postgraduate Programme Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This programme is made up by a multifaceted learning experience in and with a company, with an innovative engineering challenge as the central assignment. It is carried out in a team setting, has a distinct international dimension, and usually requires a multidisciplinary approach. Entrepreneurs and students alike are encouraged to innovate, transfer knowledge and grow. It is a unique cross-fertilisation between company and classroom. Profile Are you a future industrial engineer? Are you a doer and are you fascinated by how and why things are done? Then you must be a future industrial engineer! - You enjoy looking into how to implement new ideas and improve old ones; - You prepare abstract designs for implementation in a business environment; - You like to link theory to practice; - You aim for a position of responsibility that allows you to apply your knowledge to concrete challenges in the day-to-day workings of a company; - You are eager to develop excellent communication and management skills. Objectives The Master of Industrial Sciences in Chemical Engineering is capable of: selecting, formulating, analyzing and answering appropriately a research question of his own choice based on a theoretical or practical problem in his area of technology while taking into consideration the paradigms and making use of appropriate research methodology. designing, implementing, testing, and improving industrial processes in a chemically and technologically responsible manner. researching, developing and applying new materials such as polymers, composites, metals and ceramics. integrating environment and safety in the various phases of a process supported by the principles of sustainable development. managing technology and communicating efficiently the results of his own work, study and research. continuing the process of self-education as well as coaching others in their development as individuals and professionals. integrating relevant research, work and/or study experiences acquired in a different environment either at home or abroad. functioning and cooperating in multidisciplinary and international teams through project work and through an exchange of views and opinions. recognizing and taking into consideration the ethical, economic, ecological and aesthetic aspects and implications of his actions International Students Diversity and an open mind are vital elements in the international learning and work environment at the Group T campus. The student population, staff, and guests come from all corners of the world, turning our campus into a true intercultural nexus for bachelor- and graduate-level education, university-industry collaboration, innovation and professional development. Advantages for international students - All of our undergraduate and graduate degree programmes are offered in English. English is ubiquitous both inside and outside the classroom. If you've mastered English, you'll feel right at home. - Admission to our programmes is not based on an entrance exam. Anyone with the necessary background can apply. - An engineering degree from KU Leuven's Group T campus is a stepping stone to universities and businesses worldwide. Our international network ensures that your degree is recognised by educational institutes and companies in Europe and across the globe. - Leuven is one of Europe's oldest university towns and is located in the heart of Western Europe - just 20 minutes from Brussels, and within easy reach of Paris, Amsterdam, and London. - Tuition fees are markedly lower than those of comparable universities in the US or the UK. Also, Leuven is a mid-sized university town, so cost-of-living expenses tend to be lower than those of other university towns. - The International Office at KU Leuven, Group T Campus has years of experience in welcoming international students from universities worldwide. [-]

Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Campus Full time September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The cornerstones of this programme are mechanical design and energy conversion. The former starts with an idea that is shaped in a graphical design and results in a finished product through choice of materials, simulation and production technique. Energy conversion is aimed at all aspects of energy efficiency in this process and ranges in practice from electrical controls and automation to thermal power plants, combustion engines, climatisation, etc. [+]

The cornerstones of this programme are mechanical design and energy conversion. The former starts with an idea that is shaped in a graphical design and results in a finished product through choice of materials, simulation and production technique. Energy conversion is aimed at all aspects of energy efficiency in this process and ranges in practice from electrical controls and automation to thermal power plants, combustion engines, climatisation, etc. Intelligent Manufacturing option The issues covered in this option include the latest production techniques; the way production systems operate; and the intrinsic relationship between production and other business processes, especially the design process. At the core of this option are the possibilities that computer-based systems offer in this context. Moreover, you learn to factor in the tension between technology, economics, and the environment and ergonomics. Intelligent Mechanics option The option Intelligent Mechanics relates to designing, developing and optimising automated mechanical machines. Based on a strong background in electricity and mechanics, you delve more deeply into aspects like advanced design methods, electronic operations, controls, measures and drives, data communication and visualisation methods. Intelligent Mobility option Intelligent Mobility deals with the sustainable application of smart solutions. Its application area is very broad, but examples include: fitting electric or hybrid cars with intelligent recharging systems and designing vehicles that can warn each other about accidents or traffic jams. Intelligent Mobility also has to do with choosing materials or production methods that have the smallest ecological impact possible, and optimally syncing transportation systems to one another. This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Add an in-company or project-based learning experience to your master's programme You can augment your master's programme with the Postgraduate Programme Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This programme is made up by a multifaceted learning experience in and with a company, with an innovative engineering challenge as the central assignment. It is carried out in a team setting, has a distinct international dimension, and usually requires a multidisciplinary approach. Entrepreneurs and students alike are encouraged to innovate, transfer knowledge and grow. It is a unique cross-fertilisation between company and classroom. Profile Are you a future industrial engineer? Are you a doer and are you fascinated by how and why things are done? Then you must be a future industrial engineer! - You enjoy looking into how to implement new ideas and improve old ones; - You prepare abstract designs for implementation in a business environment; - You like to link theory to practice; - You aim for a position of responsibility that allows you to apply your knowledge to concrete challenges in the day-to-day workings of a company; - You are eager to develop excellent communication and management skills. Objectives The Master of Industrial Sciences in Electromechanical Engineering is capable of: selecting, formulating, analyzing and answering appropriately a research question of his own choice based on a theoretical or practical problem in his area of technology while taking into consideration the paradigms and making use of appropriate research methodology. achieving maximum efficiency from products and machinery through computer-aided engineering in areas of dimension and control, materials design, kinematic, dynamic and thermal behaviour. analyzing and structuring problems of production control at the level of computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) and designing and implementing controls for installations. managing technology and communicating efficiently the results of his own work, study and research. continuing the process of self-education as well as coaching others in their development as individuals and professionals. integrating relevant research, work and/or study experiences acquired in other environments either at home or abroad. functioning and cooperating in multidisciplinary and international teams through project work and through an exchange of views and opinions. recognizing and taking into consideration the ethical, economic, ecological and aesthetic aspects and implications of his actions. International Students Diversity and an open mind are vital elements in the international learning and work environment at the Group T campus. The student population, staff, and guests come from all corners of the world, turning our campus into a true intercultural nexus for bachelor- and graduate-level education, university-industry collaboration, innovation and professional development. Advantages for international students - All of our undergraduate and graduate degree programmes are offered in English. English is ubiquitous both inside and outside the classroom. If you've mastered English, you'll feel right at home. - Admission to our programmes is not based on an entrance exam. Anyone with the necessary background can apply. - An engineering degree from KU Leuven's Group T campus is a stepping stone to universities and businesses worldwide. Our international network ensures that your degree is recognised by educational institutes and companies in Europe and across the globe. - Leuven is one of Europe's oldest university towns and is located in the heart of Western Europe - just 20 minutes from Brussels, and within easy reach of Paris, Amsterdam, and London. - Tuition fees are markedly lower than those of comparable universities in the US or the UK. Also, Leuven is a mid-sized university town, so cost-of-living expenses tend to be lower than those of other university towns. - The International Office at KU Leuven, Group T Campus has years of experience in welcoming international students from universities worldwide. [-]

Master of Science in Electronics and ICT Engineering Technology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

In this master's programme you learn to correctly assess the workings and impact of various electronic technologies. You learn to design and implement existing analogue and digital electronic systems and leverage this knowledge to complex information [+]

In this master's programme you learn to correctly assess the workings and impact of various electronic technologies. You learn to design and implement existing analogue and digital electronic systems and leverage this knowledge to complex information and communication systems. Intelligent Electronics option In the Intelligent Electronics option you will use a combination of hardware and software to develop and implement so-called embedded systems (e.g. cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, etc.). You learn to take into consideration limitations in the areas of I/O possibilities, memory, speed and energy consumption. Internet Computing option The Internet Computing option adopts a more broadly distributed approach to developing computer applications. The advantages to this are high reliability, scalability, high performance, easy maintenance, low cost price, etc. Examples of applications based on this approach include web-based and internet applications like search robots and voice-over IP, as well as e-commerce, enterprise resource management, and user applications in the area of info-/edu-/entertainment. This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Add an in-company or project-based learning experience to your master's programme You can augment your master's programme with the Postgraduate Programme Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This programme is made up by a multifaceted learning experience in and with a company, with an innovative engineering challenge as the central assignment. It is carried out in a team setting, has a distinct international dimension, and usually requires a multidisciplinary approach. Entrepreneurs and students alike are encouraged to innovate, transfer knowledge and grow. It is a unique cross-fertilisation between company and classroom. Career paths On completion of the programme, you will be an industrial engineer with a broad foundation of general skills and technical knowledge. At the same time, you will be familiar with the fascinating world of information processing, which plays a crucial role in many social sectors. Often, you will also play a key role in the development of a variety of digital media applications ranging from modern consumer products (positioning and navigation systems; smartphones; digital audio and video) to custom stand-alone or networked applications. An increased fee (€ 6000) is not applicable for students who come from countries belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA), the regular fee is €890 [-]

MSc

EIT-KIC Master in Energy (Leuven et al)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The Master in Energy for Smart Cities programme addresses internationally-oriented and entrepreneurial engineering students who wish to implement modern energy technologies for end-users of the electrical value chain. The programme is a collaboration between the KU Leuven and technical universities from Eindhoven, Stockholm, Barcelona, Lisbon and Grenoble. [+]

The Master in Energy for Smart Cities programme addresses internationally-oriented and entrepreneurial engineering students who wish to implement modern energy technologies for end-users of the electrical value chain. The programme is a collaboration between the KU Leuven and technical universities from Eindhoven, Stockholm, Barcelona, Lisbon and Grenoble. What is the ‘EIT-KIC Master of Energy’ all about? Structure The Master's programme consists of 120 credits, organized in two stages of 60 credits. The first stage consists of compulsory courses that cover a broad base of electrical, thermos-mechanical, and techno-economic subjects. In the second year, students continue working towards writing a Master's thesis and attend elective courses: general, broadening and option-specific. The first year of this programme combines electrical and mechanical engineering courses with energy-related socio-economic subjects. An integrated project is also included. After the first year exams, the programme organizes a one-week summer school to sharpen participants' innovation and entrepreneurial skills in the energy sector. This summer school includes soft skills such as teambuilding, networking, leadership, entrepreneurship and intercultural communication, all fueled by interesting conversations with professionals from the energy industry, consultancy firms and municipalities. In the second year a Smart Cities Week course is organized during the annual ATHENS week each November. These students discover a myriad of leading innovations and technologies in the smart cities sector outside of the traditional curriculum. The Master's thesis is a second-year research project on electrical or thermos-mechanical energy, or on one of energy's technical-economic aspects. A wide range of topics is available every year at KU Leuven and the other second year universities. Here students learn to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their previous year. Topics are linked with on-going KIC InnoEnergy research and innovation activities. Project findings will be investigated with a view to optimizing their value and application in both current and future energy contexts. During the programme, all students have the opportunity to visit at least one international smart cities event, two energy companies and one energy research institute. In addition, all students get to meet at least one venture in the KIC InnoEnergy Highway active in the Smart and Efficient Buildings and Cities technology field. In this way, the programme aims at maintaining a multidisciplinary approach to energy technology, while allowing students ample freedom in shaping their personal profile (e.g., with emphasis on in-depth knowledge, or a broader profile). After successfully completing the programme, alumni receive a double degree, one from each university they attended during the two years, as well as a KIC-EIT certificate that recognizes the extra activities accomplished. A strong mobility concept by KIC InnoEnergy and the EIT, means that students spend their first year at one university, their second year at another, and have the possibility to complete an internship at a third. Strengths Top merits (according to participants in Survey 2013-2014): mobility and international exposure, Innovation and close relation with industry in joint activities and project-based course, Master's thesis with industry/research centre, Innovative education and Entrepreneurship skills, Nice topic, attendance to top international events related to the topic, Double-degree Scholarschip, Active organisation, Effective communication. Energy engineers are much wanted by industry and society. Most students have an industry contract before they officially get their degree. Unique programme in Belgium and a pioneering role in Europe. Graduates of the programme have gained an active knowledge of the basic aspects and methods of energy conversion and rational use of energy in the three domains: 'electrical energy', 'thermo-mechanical energy', and 'techno-economic energy knowledge'. According to the relevant stakeholders these different subjects are well balanced. The strong multidisciplinary programme is valued highly by students, alumni, and industry. Clear, well-structured and balanced programme with a good mix between core programme and elective programme, allowing students to adjust programme according to own interests. Strong core team of professors (10 ZAP) with large research expertise (all top researchers in their field), and with professional educational training. Diverse group of part-time guest professors from industry with specific knowledge on energy topics. Teaching of exercises, labs and coaching of Master's thesis by research-oriented staff (PhD students). Versatile preparatory programme that can be well fitted to background of side inflow. Every year, a one-week Germany trip is organized (optional), during which students visist German energy companies (ABB, 50Hz, Siemens, RWE, etc). Most students participate. Good gender diversity in teaching staff. Gound counseling service provided by PhD researchers that have followed the Master's programme themselves. Continuous process of quality control, guaranteed by a structural approach. Next to the classic processes common for KU Leuven and the Faculty of Engineering Science, the core teaching staff meets twice a year in a one-day meeting to discuss on the programme. The extended teaching staff, including guest lecturers from industry, meets on a yearly to two-yearly basis, discussing longer term vision and strategy. Finally, the Industrial Advisory Board meets on a two-yearly basis. Is this the right programme for me? The Master in Energy for Smart Cities programme addresses internationally-oriented and entrepreneurial engineering students who wish to implement modern energy technologies for end-users of the electrical value chain: citizens, companies and cities. Graduates of this custom-developed programme will be truly multi-disciplinary smart city experts: well qualified to work in industry or research, or to take on policy-making roles in energy issues related to secure, sustainable urban living and working. The Master in Energy for Smart Cities programme balances exciting technological opportunities in energy with environmental and socio-economic aspects of smart cities, such as energy efficieny in buildings, electric transportation, energy economics, smart lighting and other city services. Students receive a broad education in electrical and mechanical energy systems, allowing them to participate fully in the design and operation of advanced energy solutions. They will also learn how to construct and employ contemporary energy conversion technologies and secure energy supply in general, while taking into account overriding technical limitations, environmental consequences and economic considerations. The programme is ideal for students who are fascinated by energy technology and interested in environmental and socio-economic factors, as well as the electrical and thermo-mechanical aspects of the urban environment. Objectives Competent in one or more scientific disciplines The graduate has an active, advanced knowledge of and insight in energy conversion and rational use of energy in each of the following three areas: Electrical energy (e.g. the generation from different primary sources of energy, transmission and distribution, control and regulation, efficient use) Thermo-mechanical energy (e.g. the use of primary sources, conversion to other vectors, combustion, engines and turbines) Economic and regulatory aspects of energy (e.g. markets, regulations, organization in the European context) The graduate actively looks for structure, coherence between and integration of the relevant fields in these three domains. The graduate is capable of structuring realistic problems (of a more complex nature) as a research question, designing a research plan, developing innovative solutions and synthetizing. He thereby considers the limits of the system. The graduate is able to choose the appropriate level of abstraction on a component, device and system level, given the process stage of the research problem. The graduate is capable of and has the attitude to integrate related energy systems and other disciplines where needed in his own research. Based on this knowledge / the integration, the graduate can participate in state-of-the-art design, management and production activities of energy converters and systems in their economic, regulatory and environmental context. The graduate can design energy components and systems with an eye for the dynamic interaction between individual components in a global system. The graduate can deal with changeability of the designing process by external circumstances, such as social tendencies or political decisions, or advancing insight. He can adjust this process based on these circumstances. The graduate possesses the skills and the attitude to independently and efficiently apply, expand and formalize this knowledge in the context of more advanced ideas or applications in at least one of the three aforementioned domains. Competent in conducting research The graduate is capable of structuring realistic problems (of a more complex nature) as a research question, designing a research plan, developing innovative solutions and synthetizing. He thereby considers the limits of the system. The graduate is able to choose the appropriate level of abstraction on a component, device and system level, given the process stage of the research problem. The graduate is capable of and has the attitude to integrate related energy systems and other disciplines where needed in his own research. Competent in designing The graduate can design energy components and systems with an eye for the dynamic interaction between individual components in a global system. The graduate can deal with changeability of the designing process by external circumstances, such as social tendencies or political decisions, or advancing insight. He can adjust this process based on these circumstances. A scientific approach The graduate can critically examine existing theories, models or interpretations in the field of energy. The graduate can use, develop and validate models and experimental techniques and is able to make an informed choice between modelling and measuring methods. The graduate possesses the skills and knows the techniques to become more proficient in his technical field throughout his entire life. He knows the sources of information, recognizes their value and knows how to apply them in new circumstances. He also possesses the skills to continue to develop in non-technical elements of the field of energy, such as economic, environmental and regulatory aspects. Basic intellectual skills The graduate can critically reflect on his own thoughts, decisions and actions. The graduate can ask adequate questions regarding an argument in the field of energy and take a reasoned position. He hereby considers the social context. The graduate can apply methods of reasoning to the discipline (e.g. interactions between components of the electricity system as a base for stability, energy and pinch analysis in thermodynamics, market forces and integration of renewable sources of energy) and is able to recognize and refute fallacies. The graduate can work purposefully: possesses a pragmatic approach, can deal with limited sources, can handle risks. Competent in co-operating and communicating The graduate can effectively report on research and project results to experts, peers and stakeholders, in Dutch and/or in English, both orally and in writing. The graduate is able to cooperate and manage projects in a (multidisciplinary) team: he can distribute and assume responsibilities, keep an eye on time and resource constraints, document project progress and results and can compromise. Takes account of the temporal and social context The graduate considers the (changing) social context, such as societal support, policy decisions, the socio-economic context, geopolitics, energy markets and climate change when analyzing and solving complex energy problems. The graduate considers the existing and future challenges of power supply and can contribute to the transition of the energy system in a globalized society, from a technical and socio-economic perspective. Career perspectives As a graduate, you will possess a genuinely multidisciplinary skill set and be qualified to work in a research, policy-based or industrial environment. [-]

Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Leuven et al)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Within the Erasmus Mundus framework, four leading educational institutions in Europe offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The partner institutions are: <ul> <li>KU Leuven, Belgium (Coordinator)</li> <li>Chalmers, Tekniska Högskola, Sweden</li> <li>Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble, France</li> <li>Technische Universität Dresden, Germany</li> </ul> [+]

What’s the Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology all about? Within the Erasmus Mundus framework, four leading educational institutions in Europe offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The partner institutions are: KU Leuven, Belgium (Coordinator) Chalmers, Tekniska Högskola, Sweden Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble, France Technische Universität Dresden, Germany The word Nanoscience refers to the study, manipulation and engineering of matter, particles and structures on the nanometer scale (one millionth of a millimeter, the scale of atoms and molecules). Important properties of materials, such as the electrical, optical, thermal and mechanical properties, are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble on the nanoscale into larger structures. Moreover, on a nanometer scale, structures’ properties are often different then on a macro scale because quantum mechanical effects become important. Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience leading to the use of new nanomaterials and nanosize components in useful products. Nanotechnology will eventually provide us with the ability to design custom-made materials and products with new enhanced properties, new nanoelectronic components, new types of ‘smart’ medicines and sensors, and even interfaces between electronics and biological systems. Structure In the first stage of the programme all students study at the coordinating institution, where they take a set of fundamental courses (max 12 credits) to give them a common starting basis, general interest courses (6-9 credits), a compulsory common block of core courses (36 credits), and already a profiling block of elective courses (min 6 credits) which prepares them for their specialization area. In the second stage the students take a compulsory set of specializing courses (15 credits), depending on their chosen specialization area, combined with a set of elective broadening courses (15 credits), and do their Master’s thesis research project (30 credits). Chalmers offers the second year specialization options of Nanophysics and Nanoelectronics. TU Dresden offers the options Biophysics and Nanoelectronics, and JFU Grenoble offers the options Nanophysics, Nanochemistry and Nanobiotechnology. The programme contains the following educational modules: The fundamental courses (max 12 credits) introduce the students to relevant disciplines in which they have had no or little training during their Bachelor’s. If a student does not need any or all of the fundamental courses, he/she may use the remaining credits to take more elective courses from the broadening course modules. The general interest courses (6-9 credits) are imparting non-technical skills to the students, in domains such as management, economics, languages, quality management, ethics, psychology, etc. A Dutch language and culture course is compulsory for all the students. The core courses (36 credits) contain first of all five compulsory courses focusing on the thorough basic education within the main disciplines of the Master: nanophysics, nanochemistry, nanoelectronics and nanobiochemistry. All students also have to take one out of two available practical courses where they learn to carry out some practical experimental work, which takes places in small teams. Also part of the Core courses is the Lecture Series on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, which are series of seminars (14-18 per year) on various topics related to nanoscience and nanotechnology, given by national and international guest speakers. The specific courses (min. 21 credits) are courses of the specializing option aimed to deepen the student’s competences. The students can choose 6-18 credits elective profiling programme units in the first year at the KU Leuven from three course modules. Then in the second year university the students take 15 credits compulsory courses at their second year location on their selected specialization. They can also choose to do an industrial internship on a nanoscience or nanotechnology related topic at a nanotechnology company or research institute. The broadening courses (15 credits) are courses from the other options of the Master’s programme, which allow the students to broaden their scope beyond the chosen specialization. Students can choose from a large set of program units offered at the second year university. The Master’s thesis (30 credits) is intended to bring the students in close and active contact with a multidisciplinary research environment. The research project always takes place at the second year partner university and is finalized with a written thesis report and a public presentation. Each Master’s thesis has a promoter from the local university and a co-promoter from KU Leuven. The EMM-Nano programme is truly integrated, with a strong research backbone and an important international scope. The objective of the programme is to provide a top quality multidisciplinary education in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Strengths The programme is strongly research-oriented, and is largely based on research of centers such as imec in Belgium, CEA-LETI in France and Leibniz Institute for Solid State Materials Research in Germany. These institutions are worldwide research leaders in nanoscience and nanotechnology and provide access to world-class infrastructure for nanotechnology research and development as well as opportunities for graduating students to continue their studies with a PhD. They are associated partners in the consortium. This strong link between education and research ensures a contemporary program at the cutting edge of state-of-the-art research. A limited number of scholarships for both European and non-European students are funded by the European Commission. There are scholarships funded by the EU-Commission for non-EEA students, whereas the consortium funds a limited number of its own grants. The number of grants and the amount of the grant is decided on an annual basis. The programme is strongly connected to the latest innovations in the field. The courses are continuously updated following the progress of science and technology in this young and highly innovative field. Furthermore, students will spend one quarter of the study programme elaborating their own research project in the context of Master’s thesis. There is ample opportunity to take elective courses, either to increase their level of proficiency, or to broaden their horizon, according to their own interest. The intended programme outcomes are clearly stated and are also clearly achieved according to students feedback. The programme offers a broad education covering all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology where the students are acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes, with on one hand a strong horizontal multidisciplinary core education, in the various underlying disciplines, and on the other hand a more vertical specialization in one specific subfield of nanoscience and nanotechnology. All this is realized in a programme with a strong international dimension. The programme is well structured with choice of several subdisciplines as specialization options which allows for individual tuning of the students study programme to their individual interest. Course content builds on one another throughout the programme. The programme sufficiently refers to specific current situations and relevant problems, and can be considered as state-of-the-art. It gives a broad multidisciplinary education with sufficient attention to theoretical foundation. Each year a number of company visits is organized in the second semester to expose students to the type of companies in which they can find jobs (Holst Centre, Melexis, Europlasma, Solvay, On Semiconductor, ASML, etc.) The Erasmus Mundus label gives prestige to the programme, and promotes European education and research; it allows attracting the best students from all over the world (brain magnet), gives a strong international dimension to both the Erasmus Mundus and the local Master’s programmes and guarantees that the education closely follows the international leading research of the contributing universities. The expertise of the professors and assistants is an asset of the programme. The research infrastructure and the contributing faculties are state-of-the-art. The link, both in teaching and in research, to a world renowned research organization in the field of Nanotechnology such as imec adds to the uniqueness of the programmes. According to the students feedback they find it positive that the programme challenges them to work hard during their studies. Students find that there is a very broad variation and a wide choice of Master’s thesis topics offered and that the guidance during the development of the Master’s thesis is good. Is this the right programme for me? You have a strong analytic, synthetic, and interpretive capabilities and a clear interest in both fundamental sciences as well as technological problems. You should be able to understand a large variety of problems and to translate them into an abstract academic level, to crosslink knowledge from a variety of scientific disciplines, to form a personal and independent opinion and to transmit it to others. You should show a strong interest in scientific and/or technological problems, be interested in how and why systems function and have a clear sense of the societal and psychological relevance of technology and its implications upon society. From your Bachelor's education, you should have acquired a basic knowledge of mathematics (including advanced algebra and differential equations), physics, chemistry and electronics. If you are missing some of this background, introductory fundamental courses are offered to acquire this knowledge within the Master's programme. Knowledge of cell biology and biochemistry, molecular and atomic architecture, materials science and electromagnetism are considered as asset. Moreover, you are able to demonstrate excellence in your previous study results, as well as sufficient knowledge of English. In general, you have a capacity to think in a mathematical-analytical way and have a strong interest for technology. You are fascinated by the relationship between science and technology, are eager and prepared to learn autonomously, are willing to work hard and show perseverance, entrepreneurship and creativity. The programme aims at forming engineers who are able to design novel materials, devices, circuits, processes and products that are based on novel and special properties that are active at nanometer scale. The application areas are very broad going from nanoelectronics to bionanotechnological applications. Key in the education is its multidisciplinary character, and one of the aims of the programme is to enable students to cross the boundaries of various technological disciplines and create novel applications and products at the interface between these disciplines. Objectives The level defining descriptors of a master's programme, leading to the degree of master, as mentioned in article II.141 of the Code Higher Education and in article 6 of the decree of 30 April 2009 regarding the Flemish qualification structure: a) general competences at an advanced level such as the ability to reason and act in an academic manner, the ability to handle complex problems, the ability to reflect on one's own thoughts and work, and the ability to convert this reflection into the development of more effective solutions, the ability to communicate one's own research and solutions to professional colleagues and laymen, and the ability to develop an opinion in an uncertain context; b) general academic competences at an advanced level such as the ability to apply research methods and techniques, the ability to design research, the ability to apply paradigms in the domain of the sciences or the arts and the ability to indicate the limits of paradigms, originality and creativity regarding the continuously expanding body of knowledge and insight, and the ability to collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment; c) advanced understanding and insight in scientific, discipline- specific knowledge inherent to a certain domain of the sciences or the arts, insight in the most recent knowledge in the subject/discipline or parts of it, the ability to follow and interpret the direction in which theory formation is developing, the ability to make an original contribution towards the body of knowledge of one or several parts of the subject/discipline, and display specific competences characteristic for the subject/discipline such as designing, researching, analyzing and diagnosing; d) the competences needed for either independent research or the independent practice of the arts at the level of a newly- qualified researcher (in the arts), or the general and specific professional competences needed for independent application of academic or artistic knowledge at the level of a newly-qualified professional. A master's programme is concluded by a master's thesis of which the workload, expressed in credits, amounts to at least one fifth of the total number of credits in the programme of study, and consists of at least fifteen credits and at most thirty credits. Scope The Master of Science (120 credits) is awarded after the student has completed the courses required to gain 120 credits with a defined specialization determined by the higher education institutions. The student obtains the joint Master diploma if he/she has obtained minimum 120 credits in total and minimum 54 credits at each of both universities where he/she is following the program. Outcomes Knowledge and understanding For a Master of Science (120 credits) the student shall have: - demonstrated knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialized knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and - demonstrated specialized methodological knowledge in the main field of study. Competence and skills For a Master of Science (120 credits) the student shall have: - demonstrated the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyze, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information - demonstrated the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work - demonstrated the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and - demonstrated the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity. Judgement and approach For a Master of Science (120 credits) the student shall have: - demonstrated the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work - demonstrated insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and - demonstrated the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning. Independent project A requirement for the award of a Master of Science (120 credits) is completion by the student of an independent project for at least 30 credits in the main field of study. Aims and attainment targets of the master program Nanoscience and nanotechnology: The overall objective of the programme is to provide every student with both a broad common multidisciplinary basis and a personalized top-level specialisation in a certain area of nanoscience or nanotechnology. By the end of the programme, you will possess: - thorough knowledge of the general principles of physics, chemistry, electronics and biology that play a role on the nanometer scale; - insight into the materials, fabrication and other experimental techniques that can be used on the nanoscale, as well as their limitations; - understanding of the formation of complex macro systems which are unique in their operations and possess new functionalities; - in-depth knowledge of at least one specialisation area within the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology; - proficiency in translating this knowledge into useful technological applications; - extensive analytic and synthetic problem-solving capacities; - sufficient scientific background to undertake research. Upon the completion of the two-year cycle, successful students will be awarded a joint Master's degree. In addition, the EMM-Nano consortium furnishes a joint degree supplement providing a description of the nature and level of the programme followed. Career perspectives In the coming decades, nanoscience and nanotechnology will undoubtedly become the driving force for a new set of products, systems, and applications. These disciplines are even expected to form the basis for a new industrial revolution. Within a few years, nanoscience applications are expected to impact virtually every technological sector and ultimately many aspects of our daily life. In the coming five-to-ten years, many new products and companies will emerge based on nanotechnology and nanosciences. These new products will stem from the knowledge developed at the interface of the various scientific disciplines offered in the EMM-Nano programme. Thus, EMM-Nano graduates will find a wealth of career opportunities in the sectors and industries developing these new technologies: electronics, new and smart materials, chemical technology, biotechnology, R&D, independent consultancies and more. Graduates have an ideal background to become the invaluable interface between these areas and will be able to apply their broad perspective on nanoscience and nanotechnology to the development and creation of new products and even new companies. [-]

Master of Advanced Studies in Economics (Leuven)

Campus September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The Master of Advanced Studies in Economics (MASE) is an advanced English-taught programme which takes student with an initial graduate economics degree further into the research frontier in economics. [+]

The Master of Advanced Studies in Economics (MASE) is an advanced English-taught programme which takes student with an initial graduate economics degree further into the research frontier in economics. What is the 'Master of Advanced Studies in Economics' all about? The Master of Advanced Studies in Economics offers students a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, provides them with advanced theoretical and empirical tools to analyse concrete economic problems and acquaints them with current research practices in economics. The MASE features a choice of graduate-level courses from different fields within economics. The goal of the programme is to enable you to find a promising research topic and to stimulate you to develop your own research on this topic. This research leads to the MASE thesis, which for many students eventually becomes the first chapter of a doctoral dissertation. Truly international The Faculty of Economics and Business had close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas. Is this the right programme for me? You have an initial degree in economics or equivalent, sufficiently strong quantitative skills and analytical abilities, with interests in recent scientific developments, broader social developments and policy issues and the desire to work in research positions in business, in national and international institutions and at universities, or to pursue a PhD in economics. Specific competences: a sufficient knowledge of economics (at an initial master's level); a sufficiently strong quantitative (i.e. mathematical and statistical) background. General competences: analytical skills; communicative abilities (both oral and written). Attitudes: a keen interest in recent scientific developments; interest in broader social developments and in policy questions; a belief in the usefulness of applying advanced scientific techniques for the analysis of concrete problems; a critical attitude and the ability to work in (small) groups. Objectives The main purpose of the programme is to offer students with an economic background a deeper knowledge in specific areas of application, to provide them with advanced theoretical tools to analyse economic problems and to acquaint them with current research practices in Economics. These research practices, currently used in leading business, political, academical and international institutions, make use of formal and quantitative techniques. The programme reflects this quantitative orientation. Graduates of the programme should have: A deep insight into the most recent developments in economic theory and an active knowledge of the analytical techniques used by economists for the study of economic problems. An active and specialized knowledge of the detailed features of economic problems in some specific fields of interest. The ability to translate general and specific questions into operational problems and the ability to find creative solutions to these problems. This includes formulating a specific research or policy question, collecting and analysing the relevant information, choosing an adequate methodology for analysing the problem, reporting the results, and formulating policy advice. Career perspectives A large majority of MASE graduates find careers in managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions and universities. Students graduating with distinction can apply for the PhD Programme in Economics at KU Leuven. Testimonial "The Master in Advanced Studies in Economics provided me with the opportunity to truly immerse myself in the most cutting-edge topics and techniques in economic research. The fact that I could combine the master with my own research allowed me to immediately apply newly acquired theoretical insights in practice. As the master attracts aspiring researchers from across the world, it represents a stimulating environment, constantly providing you with new ideas. The programme is indispensable for anyone pursuing a career in economic policy-making or analysis since it brings you up to speed with a range of topics relevant in economics today." - Senne, Graduate of the MSc in Advanced Studies in Economics [-]

Master of Artificial Intelligence (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Investigating the true nature of intelligence is one of today’s most fascinating research avenues. Advances in the study of cognitive processes and models, natural language and perception, human knowledge, representation, and reasoning attest to this. One of the scientific community’s key research objectives is the development of an intelligent robot. The Master of Artificial Intelligence explores and builds on this challenge, will you? [+]

Investigating the true nature of intelligence is one of today’s most fascinating research avenues. Advances in the study of cognitive processes and models, natural language and perception, human knowledge, representation, and reasoning attest to this. One of the scientific community’s key research objectives is the development of an intelligent robot. The Master of Artificial Intelligence explores and builds on this challenge, will you? What's the Master of Artificial Intelligence about? The Master of Artificial Intelligence programme at KU Leuven explores and builds on these fascinating challenges. For many years, it has provided an internationally acclaimed advanced study programme in artificial intelligence. The multidisciplinary programme trains students from a variety of backgrounds - including engineering, sciences, economics, management, psychology, and linguistics - in all areas of knowledge-based technology, cognitive science, and their applications. The one-year programme, taught entirely in English, is the result of a collaboration between many internationally prominent research units from seven different faculties of the university. It allows you to focus on engineering and computer science, cognitive science, or speech and language technology. Is this the right programme for me? Students entering the programme should have already successfully completed at least a 4-year university programme. Most have already obtained a Master's degree or completed an equivalent 4-year degree. As such, we expect that entering students already possess the general skills and attitudes of a Master's student. Students should already be able to formulate research goals, determine trajectories that achieve these goals, collect and select information relevant to achieving research goals and interpret collected information on the basis of a critical research attitude. The AI programme will further develop these skills within the specific scientific context of artificial intelligence. On a more specific level, entering students are expected to be familiar with basic mathematical notations (sets, union, inclusion, integral, summand, etc.). Moreover, students who select the ECS option are expected to master basic undergraduate-level mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability or statistics). All entering students are expected to be familiar with at least one higher-level programming language. Students who select the ECS option are expected to master at least one object-oriented programming language. All entering students are required to be proficient in English (level of TOEFL test result of at least 550). Students entering the Big Data Analytics option must hold a degree in Computer Science or Informatics. Objectives The programme aims at instructing and training students in state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques in artificial intelligence, with particular focus either on Engineering and Computer Science Technology or on Speech and Language Technology. It aims to bring students up to the level of knowledge, understanding, skills and experience that are needed to participate actively in research on an international level. At the end of the programme, students should : - be able to understand the concepts, the methods, and the applicability of the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, including knowledge representation formalisms, search and problem-solving techniques, the basics of neuroscience and neural computing, the basics of cognitive science or of the philosophical aspects of artificial intelligence; - be familiar with an object-oriented or an AI programming language and be able to write programmes in it; - be familiar with the basics of several advanced areas of AI and with the current research directions; - be able to formulate research goals, determine trajectories that achieve these goals, collect and select relevant information and interprete collected information; - have acquired enhanced knowledge in one of the three specific domains the programme is focusing on. Career perspectives With a Master's degree in artificial intelligence you will be welcomed by companies working in: Information technology Data mining and Big Data Speech and language technology Intelligent systems Diagnosis and quality control Fraud detection Biometric systems You will also be qualified to work in banking or provide support for the process industry, biomedicine and bioinformatics, robotics and traffic systems. Some graduates go on to begin a PhD programme. [-]

Master of Business Administration (Brussels)

Campus September 2017 Belgium Brussels

The Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) is a one-year Master’s programme taught in English. It has an international focus and is designed to provide you with academic knowledge as well as hands-on expertise, enabling you to be successful in international management positions. [+]

The Master of Science in Business Administration (MBA) is a one-year Master’s programme taught in English. It has an international focus and is designed to provide you with academic knowledge as well as hands-on expertise, enabling you to be successful in international management positions. What is the 'Master of Business Administration' all about? Three majors The majors not only deepen the knowledge but also broaden it and offer insight into the selected management domain. In your Master's thesis you will carry out scientific research into a business-relevant or economic subject. The Master's thesis is the conclusion of your degree course. It gives you the opportunity to display your analytical attitude as well as your ability to synthesise and your oral and written communication skills. 1. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT The programme provides you with an overview of the many different aspects of management of organisations and companies. Are you planning on launching an international business career? Are you eager to work for a company or an organisation that operates on an international scale? Do you like international (strategic) management, international strategic decision making, international marketing, entrepreneurship, business processes and operations? The IBM major is tailored to students seeking a business-oriented, hands-on, critical, and problem-oriented approach to education. Students are challenged to study and work in a multicultural team. 2. BUSINESS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT For students with a strong interest in the general operation of industrial processes and the related information technology they require. Business information managers lead IT projects and supervise new IT systems. In the world of ICT, three things matter most: the right information shared in the right place with the right people. Students in the BIM major have an eye for both the overall picture and specific details. They have strong social skills, and excel at building bridges between users, managers and technical ICT experts. These are precisely the skills developed in this major. Students in the BIM are interested and, ideally, well-versed in technology, computers and networks. However, the focus is not on hardware or technical aspects, but on developing and evaluating information systems. There is a high demand in the industry for competent people who are willing and able to think creatively and logically about information systems. You will be trained to find solutions quickly and to explain them clearly to users. 3. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS The International Relations (IR) major is embedded in the context of global economics and business life. It takes a practical-analytical approach to the study of multinationals and is embedded in a sound theoretical framework. It covers international management and marketing techniques as well as international socio-economic analysis and monetary economics. Students in the IR major particularly develop insight into the role of governments in international relations and business. The IR major is built on three international 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?). Truly international Our MBA will challenge you to meet and work closely with students from other cultures and nationalities. The diversity of our programme is impressive. Business oriented We invite international managers and government officials to share their experiences with students at guest lectures and business seminars held throughout the year. In the heart of Europe Learn business where business is done! Brussels is the economic heart of Europe. As a business hub, Brussels has a central position in Europe and it hosts the EU and the NATO, as well as diverse range of international trade and finance organisations. Brussels is where hundreds of multinational corporations have their head offices and where many important political and economic decisions are made. Your campus is in the middle of this decision-making centre: a head start for launching your career. Centrally located The campus is located in the heart of Brussels, only a five-minute walk from Brussels Central train station, with several metro (underground) connections in the immediate vicinity. Interdisciplinary Our MBA's interdisciplinary approach prepares you to address and solve business problems by drawing on insights and experiences from multiple disciplines and perspectives - often as a member of a team. In this way, the MBA emulates the real business world and leverages input from a multitude of cultural backgrounds and worldviews. International experience The Master of Business Administration is international not only in focus and content, but also in terms of student population. As the language of instruction is English, students from all over the world attend, which allows for intercultural interaction on a daily basis. If you haven't had the chance to study abroad before, or if you want to have another international experience under your belt, you can add an extra semester abroad to your programme. In that case, apply for a place at one of our many European partners or more limited set of non-European partners. Eligibility and selection depend on your study progress, academic results, your language proficiency and motivation. Is this the right programme for me? As a MBA graduate, you marshal a wide range of knowledge that can be successfully applied to launch a career in international business. Depending on your personal interests and career goals, positions in purchasing, sales, marketing, production control, planning and budgeting, financial management and ICT are all open to you. Other graduates find employment in banks and insurance companies, join the civil service or one of the European institutions, or start their own company. Objectives The graduate is formed academically and able to develop and implement business solutions, through analytical and synthetical reasoning within the actual globalizing economic and societal context. Furthermore he/ she is capable to be of additional value on the level of business oriented research. The graduate, who builds upon the obtained results of the bachelor: Has concerning the chosen specialization advanced knowledge and insights in the concepts, principles and reasoning of the chosen specialization and can relate these to the general managerial framework. Can give as an expert, from the insight and knowledge of his specialization - and the familiarity with the general business organization, processes and strategies - purposefully and scientifically funded advice with critical attention to the broad frame of business, the environmental factors and the relevant public players. Can organize, plan and monitor business processes from a business contextual perspective. Can estimate, on the basis of knowledge and insight in societal, international and organisational developments, estimate the impact of it on business and deal with it in a professional and adequate way. Is able, to support (management) decisions, to select the appropriate research methods and techniques for the chosen specialization on a scientific funded reasoning and use them with attention for the applicability in a specific business context. Is able to collect and analyze purposefully and responsible information and data and employ it in solving managerial problems within the chosen specialization. Is able to devise a business oriented research project within the specialization, schedule and execute it on the level of a beginning researcher. Demonstrates management and business skills and can translate these into a business context and implicate the social ethical and durability aspects of business. Can work thematically: address interdisciplinary problems, function effectively and efficient in a variety of roles in a multidisciplinary and/or international team. Can communicate effectively and convincingly with a public of colleagues and others. Can detect, monitor and judge important evolutions and innovations within the specialization and the broader field in complex business contexts. Acknowledges the importance of lifelong learning and the necessity of continuous education. Career perspectives Thanks to your general business background combined with your specialism you as a business administrator can work in a wide range of positions at companies or organisations. The international character of your degree programme is an asset. The International Business Management major prepares graduates for management positions in finance, administration and commerce. Employment opportunities are numerous and diverse. Many graduates choose to pursue a career in the financial sector or in management consultancy firms. The Business Information Management major prepares graduates for management positions in ICT. The demand for driven managers with ICT expertise continues to grow. Our graduates go on to positions as business consultants, business process engineers, project leaders, system analysts, functional analysts, information analysts, system designers/administrators, network and data administrators. The International Relations major prepares graduates for management positions in international organisations, NGOs, government, multinational enterprises and local organisations with a global perspective. Graduates have keen insight into international economic and political realities and are thus also well-positioned for careers in banking and international business. [-]

Master of Chemical Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering programme is primarily aimed at applying chemical engineering principles to develop technical products and to design, control and improve industrial processes. Students also learn to take environmental and safety issues into account during all phases of the process. [+]

What's the Master of Chemical Engineering all about? The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering programme is primarily aimed at applying chemical engineering principles to develop technical products and to design, control and improve industrial processes. Students also learn to take environmental and safety issues into account during all phases of the process. Two guiding principles of sustainable development – the rational exploitation of resources and energy, and the application of the best available technology – are emphasised, as is the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle”. As a chemical engineering student, you will learn to think in a process-oriented manner and grasp the complexity of physico-chemical systems. Even more than other specialists, you will be asked to solve problems of a very diverse nature. Insights into processes at the nano and micro scale are fundamental for the development of new products and/or (mega-scale) technologies. While students should have a foundational knowledge of chemistry, the underlying chemistry of the elements and components, their properties and mutual reactions are not the main focal points of the programme. With a focus on process, product and environmentalplanet engineering, the programme does not only guarantee a solid chemical engineering background, it also focuses on process and product intensification, energy efficient processing routes, biochemical processes and product-based thinking rather than on the classical process approach. International and industrial experience One or two semesters of the programme can be completed abroad in the context of the ERASMUS+ programme. Additionally, you can apply for an industrial internship abroad through the departmental internship coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years. The department also offers a new exchange programme with the University of Delaware (United States) and with the Ecole Polytechique in Montréal (Canada). The faculty’s exchange programmes are complemented by the BEST network (Board of European Students of Technology). This student organisation offers the opportunity to follow short courses, usually organised in the summer months. The faculty also participates in various leading international networks. Strengths The chemical sector is one of the most important economic sectors in Belgium. It provides approximately 90,000 direct jobs and more than 150,000 indirect jobs. With a 53 billion turnover and a 35% share of the total Belgian export, the chemical sector is an indispensable part of the contemporary Belgian economy. In addition, the Antwerp Harbour region is, after Houston in the United States, the world’s second most important chemical cluster. Thus, employment prospects for the next generations of chemical engineers are very promising. A common core curriculum of 63 credits is the basis of the programme in order to obtain a solid background in chemical engineering. Furthermore, the three options give students the opportunity to deepen a certain aspect according to their choice. Most of the European chemical engineering curricula have a strong focus on process oriented education. Leuven has made the choice of also incorporating a product oriented approach. Moreover, the ‘current trends’ courses focus on modern chemical engineering aspects that are closely related to the research conducted in the department. The department was the first to establish an Industrial Advisory Board that advises on strategic issues but also on educational matters, such as the content of the programme. Also guest professors from industry are actively involved in the curriculum. Given the limited number of staff in the department, students are familiar with the afteaching stf, which facilitates interactions and communication. This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Structure The programme itself consists of an important core curriculum that covers the foundations of chemical engineering. The core curriculum builds further on the basic knowledge obtained during the Bachelor’s. In this part of the programme, you will concentrate on both the classical and the emerging trends in chemical engineering. Students also take up 9 credits from ‘Current trends in chemical engineering’-courses. These courses are signature courses for the Master’s programme and build on the research expertise present within the department. These courses encompass microbial process technology, process intensification, exergy analysis of chemical processes and product design. The curriculum consists of a broad generic core, which is then strengthened and honed during the second year, when students select one of the three specialisations: product, process and environmental engineering. This choice providesing you with the opportunity to specialise to a certain extent. Since the emerging areas covered in the programme are considered to be the major challenges within the chemical and related industries, graduating in Leuven as a chemical engineer, will give you a serious advantage over your European colleagues since you will be able to integrate new technologies within existing production processes. During their Master’s studies, students are encouraged to take non-technical courses (general interest courses), organized for instance by other faculties (economics, social sciences, psychology…) in order to broaden their scope beyond mere technical courses. An important aspect of the Master’s programme is the Master’s thesis. Assigning Master’s thesis topics to students is based on a procedure in which students select 5 preferred topics from a long list. The Master’s programme highly values interactions with the chemical industry which is one of the most important pillars of the Flemish economy. As such, some courses are taught by guest professors from the industry. Is this the right programme for me? The Master of Science in Chemical Engineering programme builds on the foundation developed in the Bachelor's programme, which provides a general background in the basic sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry) in combination with a number of well-chosen introductory technical courses and basic principles of chemical technology. To acquire design experience, students exploit different knowledge domains and complete shared projects. Testimonial "As Flanders – and Antwerp in particular – is a world player in the (petro)chemical industry, I decided to follow the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering. The course content is a major asset, and so are the close contacts between the Department of Chemical Engineering and the industry. Much of the knowledge that I have gained during my studies at KU Leuven has already been useful in my current job." - Graduate of Master of Chemical Engineering programme Objectives Competent in one or more scientific disciplines The graduates possesses an advanced and active (i.e. application-oriented) knowledge in chemical engineering, in addition to and as a deepening of the chemical engineering package of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering. And possesses, depending on the selected option, specialized knowledge in one of the following areas of chemical engineering: Chemical and biochemical process engineering; Environmental engineering; Product engineering. The graduate can apply, expand, deepen and integrate knowledge from the various fields of chemical engineering. Competent in conducting research Can actively participate in research in order to acquire new knowledge and insight from the applied current methods and techniques. Can independently perform a complete research; develop a hypothesis, gather information and develop, plan, execute and evaluate a research plan. Can carry out a risk analysis. Is able to conduct advanced experiments and interpret their results in a sufficiently profound manner. Competent in designing Is able to formulate clear research questions based on a complex design problem within the field of chemical engineering. The student is able to solve problems; this includes defining a problem, gathering information, processing information independently (analyse, evaluate and select), formulating a solution or solution method, developing and implementing a solution, and evaluating the results. Can come to an integrated process or product based on knowledge of the individual sub-steps and their relationship. Can actively modify the process of designing when changing external circumstances or new insights require so. A scientific approach Has a systematic approach, critical attitude and understanding of the specificity of science and technology Is able to find, process and evaluate literature and technical manuals. Can critically examine existing theories, models or interpretations. Is proficient in developing, using and validating models, and uses the adequate simulation software and design tools. Demonstrates academic integrity in thought and action. Independently keeps up with the latest developments in the field of chemical engineering. Basic intellectual skills Can form an opinion based on objective evidence. Can formulate a reasoned opinion in the case of incomplete or irrelevant data, taking into account the way in which these data have been gathered. Can independently reflect critically and constructively on their own thinking, decision making and actions. Has a critical and constructive approach to developments in their field. Is capable of abstract and structural thinking. Competent in collaboration and communication Can communicate orally and in writing about his or her field in Dutch or English with laymen and specialists. Can efficiently work in groups, carry team roles, and deal with social dynamics. Can handle deadlines through an independently drawn work schedule. Takes the temporal and social context into account Can take into account the various aspects of the corporate culture and industrial structure he/she will be part of. Has insight into the broader context of engineering (financial, legal, economic, sociological, cultural, political, technical-industrial context). Is familiar with aspects of environment, safety and sustainability in procedures and in product development. Is aware of their social, ethical and environmental responsibility and acts accordingly. Career perspectives The chemical sector represents one of the most important economic sectors in Belgium. It provides about 90,000 direct and more than 150,000 indirect jobs. With a 53 billion euro turnover and a 35% share of the total Belgian export, the chemical sector is an indispensable part of the contemporary Belgian economy. As a chemical engineer you will predominantly work in industrial branches involved in (the production of) bulk and specialty chemicals, oil and natural gas (petrochemical companies and refineries), non-ferrometallurgics, energy, waste treatment, food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The following professional activities lie before you: design, planning and building of installations ('project engineer') monitoring and optimisation of existing processes ('process engineer') design/formulation and optimisation of products ('product engineer') R&D of technical products, processes and devices customer services, retailing ('sales engineer') management Apart from the traditional career options, your insight into complex processes will also be much appreciated in jobs in the financial and governmental sector, where chemical engineers are often employed to supervise industrial activities, to deliver permissions, and to compose regulations with respect to safety and environmental issues. As self-employed persons, chemical engineers work in engineering offices or as consultants. Due to their often very dynamic personality, chemical engineers can also be successful as entrepreneurs. [-]

Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites (Leuven)

Campus 90  September 2017 Belgium Leuven

Want a programme with true pedigree? Try the Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites, run by the RLICC, founded by Raymond Lemaire. The RLICC has almost 40 years of experience in training, research and consulting in the field of preservation of constructed heritage. Its advanced international and interdisciplinary study programme in the conservation and restoration of historic monuments and sites is a three-semester programme. [+]

Want a programme with true pedigree? Try the Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites, run by the RLICC, founded by Raymond Lemaire. The RLICC has almost 40 years of experience in training, research and consulting in the field of preservation of constructed heritage. Its advanced international and interdisciplinary study programme in the conservation and restoration of historic monuments and sites is a three-semester programme. What is the Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites about? This three semester programme is organized jointly by the department of Architecture and the department of Civil Engineering. Structure The Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites, 90 credits, is a three-semester, research-based academic degree spread over two years. The first academic year consists of theoretical courses, seminars and project work. The first semester is chiefly dedicated to the establishing of a common theoretical framework, providing students with different background with a common basis, according to the interdisciplinary character of the programme. Optional courses offered by the other Advanced Master’s programmes of the Department of Architecture, and project-based education oriented towards building archaeology, documenting and surveying heritage, and larger-scale urban sites and landscapes, complete his semester. In the second semester, the theoretical framework is dedicated to the technical and policy aspects of heritage. On the project level, its backbone consists of interdisciplinary project work integrating all aspects of conservation, based on a group work format, this is completed with a workshop abroad. The third semester consists mainly of the Master’s thesis, i.e. individual research work in the field of conservation, supported by an ad hoc study programme. This semester concentrates on research training with seminars, including a thematic week (open to first and second year’s students), supporting the writing of the Master’s thesis. It is completed with a professional internship, which aims to introduce students to the world of heritage practice. Spotlight The Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) offers and advanced Master’s programma through the Faculty of Engineering Science at KU Leuven. The Centre was established by professor Raymond Lemaire in 1976, on the initiative of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and within the framework of the College of Europe in Bruges. The RLICC has more than fourty years of experience in traning, research and consulting in the field of the preservation of constructed heritage. Its founder, professor Lemaire, was one of the authors of the Charter of Venice, which established the doctrine for the conservation of architectural and urban heritage in 1964. He was also a well-known advisor to the European Union, the Council of Europa and UNESCO. He established the centre, which took his name, to strengthen interest in the preservation of cultural heritage worldwide through interdisciplinary training and to promote further reflection on the best possible integration of heritage in today’s society for tomorrow’s generations. In this spirit, more than 700 conservation specialists have graduated from the programme. Many of them have leading positions in national or international heritage organisations, have founded their own private consultancy offices or work for public authorities in the field of conservation. MCMS-graduates master the necessary common language, critical prespective, research methodologies and practices used in conservation of monuments and sites as reflected in international guidelines, charters and literature. This allows them to proceed towards a research career (PhD) or high-level professional careers in official bodies or as specialized self-employed activities. International professors as well as professionals are systematically participating in lecture series, studio juries and workshops. MCMS has a unique position within the international educational landscape, since it is the only English-language and internationally oriented programme in Belgium dealing with the preservation of monuments and sites. The international dimension of the MCMS is embodied in the profile of the students’ population as well as in that of the guest professors and the content of their lectures. The interdisciplinarity rests upon the different backgrounds of the students and (guest) professors, as well as on the integrative set-up of the curricula. This integration is mostly achieved in the workshops and design-studio, which is where the transdisciplinary intentions of the programme are the most visible. There is a diversity of incoming students, both in terms of geographic origin and in terms of professional and educational backgrounds. The alumni-network covers alumni from 69 countries created over 2 generations (almost 40 years): Alumni-database Support of the international workshops by providing the possibility to interact with local organisations, communities and professionals Recruiting new possible students Providing internships in an international context Support in education (visiting lectures, Master’s thesis and PhD-supervisors) The recently revised programme of three semesters offers the opportunity to organize a time-schedule which is compatible for first and second year students (Master’s thesis presentations, design-studio juries, the international symposium…) Through the interactive education which links the project work with the theoretical courses the graduates have learned to be flexible, they are capable of working in complex environments within interdisciplinary teams and they are well-skilled in communication. The MCMS contributes to the research basis of involved departments and other research groups at KU Leuven and abroad, not only because of a substantial number of graduates becoming doctoral students, but also because the networking resulting from the educational programme overlaps with and strengthens the international networks for research. The MCMS-programme is closely linked to other fields of study such as Civil Engineering, Tourism, heritage and sustainable tourism development, Archaeology and Art History. Contributing to the international reputation of the University of Leuven UNESCO Chair on Preventive Conservation, Monitoring and Maintenance of Monuments and Sites. Partnerships with other universities: University of Cuenca, University in Santiago de Cuba, Politecnico di Milano, South-East University, Peking University, etc. MCMS-Alumni are engaged in leadership and policy making positions at the international level dealing with heritage institutions (ICOMOS, DOCOMOM, UNESCO, Council of Europe, Heritage authorities in different countries, Getty Conservation Institute, Future for Religious Heritage). The MCMS prepares graduates for intervening in highly sensitive and critically important issues of cultural heritage and has amongst other contributed to the report ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’ (2015) which measure the impact of heritage for sustainable development. Is this the right programme for me? Applicants should be able to demonstrate real commitment to the conservation of cultural heritage in general. They should be willing to work in a team and to let ideas from their own backgrounds, training and cultural contexts be confronted with those of other students. Upon successfully completing the programme, you will have acquired and developed sufficient knowledge in all basic fields of conservation and restoration, as well as more specialized knowledge in those conservation and restoration subjects close to your own basic training. As such, you can advance your professional practice or start research in the heritage field. Ideally, upon entering the programme, you will possess: An initial Master’s degree in a field related to built heritage or cultural resource management, such as architecture, design, (construction) engineering, archaeology, (art) history, urban planning or cultural studies. Candidates with a five-year bachelor’s degree qualifying them for a professional career as an architect or engineer in their country are also eligible to apply. Motivated candidates with a Master of Science degree in another relevant discipline may also be eligible to apply, but they should contact the programme office before applying. A special interest and, preferably, a demonstrable commitment to the cause of the conservation of cultural heritage in general. A willingness to work in a team and to confront concepts/opinions/methods from your own background and cultural context with those of other students with different background, traning and cultural context. Professional experience (recommended) Knowledge of languages (recommended; English required) At the end of the programme, the participants will have acquired and developed sufficient knowledge in all basic fields of conservation and restoration; acquired specialized knowledge in those conservation and restoration subjects which are closest to the student’s own (first) discipline; acquired the necessary common language needed for interdisciplinary communication in a restoration or heritage management project, so as to advance professional practice and/or scientific research in the heritage preservation field. Objectives The master after master programme offered by the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation aims at educating young professionals in the conservation and restoration of immovable heritage (buildings, structures and sites), both into the tradition of the discipline and into the new scientific methods. Graduates of the MCMS have acquired and developed skills that allow for the necessary interdisciplinary research, communication and collaboration between the various disciplines involved in the restoration of architectural heritage as for example : archaeology, history, urbanism, architecture, engineering, human sciences, conservation and restoration sciences, .... They have learned to use relevant source material, to approach a problem in a scientific way, to understand the approaches and possibilities of other disciplines than their own, and they have developed the necessary common terminology, methodology and skills to carry out research and to prepare jointly restoration studies, projects, and long-term programs. They have learned to reflect critically about ongoing concepts and debates on heritage preservation. Based on the above they have acquired the necessary common language and they master with a critical attitude the research methodologies and practices used in conservation of monuments and sites, as reflected in international guidelines, charters and literature. They have obtained knowledge and experience (through project works) that strengthens them to be part of interdisciplinary research and to communicate in a restoration team. Career perspectives Employment options for graduates from the RLICC are numerous and wide - spread. Alumni are currently working as independent professionals in conservation and restoration of architectural heritage all over the world. They display highly appreciated professional experience in private architecture and restoration offices as well as in leadership and policymaking positions in regional, national and international conservation institutions such as UNESCO, ICOMOS and the Council of Europe. All levels of the heritage administration, be they regional, national or international, count RLICC alumni among their ranks. Testimonial "It already seems long ago that I entered UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre! I got in through an internship which I did within the framework of my studies at the Raymond Lemaire Centre in Leuven. I had just finished the first part of my master’s programme, and was very pleased to be able to put theory into practice. Later on, I combined my work in Nepal with my thesis for the RLICC. The international atmosphere at the RLICC and the broad range of courses taught by some of the most renowned experts in their fields not only gave me the proper theoretical background, but also provided me with a basic professional network, which proved to be a very good starting point for continuing to work in the field of heritage conservation at an international level." - Graduate of the Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites programme [-]

Master of Economics (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The Master of Economics programme offers students with a bachelor's degree a theoretical framework, allowing them to provide well-grounded answers to socio-economic questions. [+]

Education The Master of Economics programme offers students with a bachelor's degree a theoretical framework, allowing them to provide well-grounded answers to socio-economic questions. As an economist, you will observe the various players (individuals, companies, domestic and foreign governments) and their interactions within the global economy. You will be able to interpret the general economic situation in a wider social and legal context. This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Profile You have an interest in the dynamics of economy and society. You have an ability to analyse, synthesise and interpret. You have a positive scientific attitude and you are critical and creative. Students should have a solid academic background in economics or business, including the most important domains in economics or business/management (such as macro and microeconomics), mathematics and statistics. Students should also be familiar with more general themes necessary for understanding the evolutions in the business world and be able to relate these evolutions to the broader social, juridical, political and social context. Admission Requirements PRIOR EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Applicants should hold a university Bachelor's degree in Economics or Business Economics comparable to a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Business Economics or Business Engineering from the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven, Campus Leuven (click here to have a look at the Bachelor of Economics from KU Leuven). Students need a solid background in economics or business economics. They have acquired the basic conceptual frameworks of microeconomics and macroeconomics, the basics of mathematics, statistics and econometrics, and they have a sufficient broad view on the general economic, social and institutional context of economic interactions. Comparability is evaluated by the faculty on basis of the required documents provided by the applicant through the official online application procedure . PROOF OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH All applicants have to submit a satisfactory score on one of the following internationally recognized test of English language proficiency: - TOEFL (minimum score 575 paper-based, 233 computer-based, 90 internet-based) - IELTS (minimum score 7) No other proficiency tests will be accepted. An exemption from TOEFL or IELTS is possible for applicants with a university degree or high school degree earned in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the USA: the certified degree and transcripts suffice, provided they confirm that the entire study was completed in English. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS All applicants should provide the following documents: - Certified copies of transcripts, degrees and, if available, a ranking indication - A course description of all relevant courses - A letter of motivation written and signed by the applicant, explaining the choice for Leuven and for this particular programme - two recommendation forms , filled out and signed, and mailed in a closed envelope signed over the lid by the referee to the Faculty of Economics and Business, Campus Leuven. Forms not provided in a closed envelope signed across the lid by the referee will be regarded as void. The recommendation forms can also be mailed directly by the referee to fbe@econ.kuleuven.be. These documents suffice for applicants with a non-Belgian degree from - universities that have an exchange agreement with the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven, campus Leuven (clickhere) - universities that are in the global top 200 in the most recent THE or QS world university rankings Additional information is required for applicants from other universities as it is impossible for us to reliably assess the comparability. In those cases a GMAT - or GRE -result above the 75th percentile on the quantitative part is required. The faculty evaluates all applications and has the final say on the admissibility of the applicant, taking into account the relevant information. Application files will not be processed as long as they are incomplete. Objectives The Master of Economics programme aims to transfer an economic-science based structured reasoning about individual, interpersonal and social phenomena, so that the student is able to autonomously formulate an answer to questions or developments that the society/sector/company is facing. The training aims knowledge, to provide understanding, skills and attitudes required to achieve recognition, structuring and solve complex economic issues in their contextual environment. In addition, the training aims the ability and skills to communicate and to report economic analysis and solutions and to test the results in an explicit ethical value framework. Exit qualifications of the programme: The student masters the general framework of economic analysis, the conceptual and methodological principles of economic science and can therefore recognize economic problems. The student can - by means of economic research methods and techniques - carry out, independently and in teams as well - a complete analysis of economic problems. This includes: formulating the problem, selecting of information, master mathematical and econometric methods, setting up a research-based strategy, reporting and presentation of the research and the results, including the possible policy recommendations. After graduation As a graduate, you will have a very informed perspective on society as a whole. Moreover, you will be equipped to address social problems in an economically and socially sound way. Thanks to the expertise and flexibility acquired throughout the course of the programme, you will be qualified for employment in a variety of contexts, including: - Policy development in sectors in which decision making is highly dependent on the external economic context: government research centres, professional associations, large enterprises and international organisations - Problem solution and implementation in managerial positions involving external communication, i.e. government departments, public institutions, international organisations, financial services, companies and social organisations - Critical reflection on and transfer of knowledge in education and basic scientific research - External communication, journalism and public relations in companies and social organisations (Inter)national The Faculty of Economics and Business has close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas. For students MSc in Business Economics, the faculty offers an additional semester at one of these destinations after completing 2 semesters in Leuven. Make your experience truly international by studying in different parts of the world. Spotlight Our mission is to develop participants' critical, conceptual, problem-solving and decision-making skills. A master's degree from KU Leuven's Faculty of Business and Economics equips students with fundamental and conceptual knowledge and with analytical tools to cope effectively with the problems of the current and constantly changing business and economic environment. Adopting a research-based approach, the school focuses on the disciplines that underlie business operations and economic decisions. This enables its graduates to acquire the necessary skills and tools for coping with current and future challenges. Various teaching methods are used to enhance students' educational experience, including: lectures case discussions exercises computer-assisted problem-solving independent research Students are expected to participate actively. The faculty evaluates classroom work, written assignments and examinations on a regular basis. The workload is demanding, as to be expected in a high-quality graduate school. Be forewarned: our management courses are known to be more analytical than those at other business schools. Our students receive rigorous training in economics. The faculty's international credentials and academic reputation guarantee the quality of the programme. [-]

Master of Educational Studies

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The main objective of the program is to encourage a profound knowledge and a deep understanding based on scientific educational research for those people who have already obtained a professional or academic degree and strive for a career in the field of education. [+]

The Master of Educational Studies offers an academically-oriented programme providing broad expertise related to the field of education. This entails: - a thorough understanding of educational approaches and methodologies related to educational issues; - the necessary competencies and skills to conduct educational research, design instruments, develop training modules and curricula, guide and evaluate innovation processes; - insight into instructional psychology, school development, professional and continuing education and educational policies. The programme primarily aims to provide in-depth knowledge in one or more sub-domains of educational studies (basic educational topics, instructional science, educational policy, and adult education), but also offers advanced knowledge of educational processes, policy, innovation, and research. Through individualised assignments and research seminars, our experienced teaching staff will provide you with an overview of basic theories and recent developments in the field of educational studies. Beyond fine-tuning your theoretical insights, you'll come to grips with macro-, meso- and micro-processes, as well as methodological skills. Your research-based master's thesis will help you develop your aptitude for - and contribute to - scholarship in the field. After graduation, you will be equipped to begin an exciting career as an educational advisor or manager - or perhaps even embark on a PhD project. This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Profile - You have an interest in professional contexts where learning environments are created to support the development of learners of all ages (from early years to continuing education). - You seek to develop a research-based understanding of educational processes, taking into account the various factors that play a role at the level of day-to-day practice, organisation, educational policy and society. - You are driven by a will to learn how to optimise education through more advanced, evidence-based practices and policies. Objectives The main objective of the program is to encourage a profound knowledge and a deep understanding based on scientific educational research for those people who have already obtained a professional or academic degree and strive for a career in the field of education. The program offers a thorough understanding of educational models and insights in methodology, pedagogy and education to define educational issues and create learning environments to support and optimize the educational development of people (from early years to adulthood). The Master of Science of Educational Studies embodies a scientific-professional and critical-reflective attitude and has attention for contemporary and societal developments and for the growing complexity in educational processes. The master is systematically and profoundly trained, is competent in translating research results to educational practices and is trained to approach educational issues in the practice of the classroom and the school in a scientific way and to give a justification for his/her approach. . The master demonstrates concern and an engagement towards the education of young children and adults and a loving care and attention for the learning abilities of each person. [-]

Master of Electrical Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

What's the Master of Electrical Engineering all about? KU Leuven is already preparing the next generation of integrated systems - will you be involved? The Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT) is the largest department within the university and was the starting point of IMEC and many spin-off companies. With such an excellent reputation within an innovative industry, the programme exemplifies the link between education, research and valorisation. The Master in Electrical Engineering programme gives you in-depth training in the software and hardware design of electronic systems, with an emphasis either on circuit design or the design of applications. Your Master's thesis, carried out in close co-operation with the department's on-going research, will expose you to cutting-edge research. [+]

What's the Master of Electrical Engineering all about? KU Leuven is already preparing the next generation of integrated systems - will you be involved? The Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT) is the largest department within the university and was the starting point of IMEC and many spin-off companies. With such an excellent reputation within an innovative industry, the programme exemplifies the link between education, research and valorisation. The Master in Electrical Engineering programme gives you in-depth training in the software and hardware design of electronic systems, with an emphasis either on circuit design or the design of applications. Your Master's thesis, carried out in close co-operation with the department's on-going research, will expose you to cutting-edge research. Structure Core education The core education consists of courses which provide the common hardware and software basis for electronic platforms, analogue and digital circuits, signal processing and telecommunications. It also comprises the finalizing Master’s thesis. Options The choice of an option gives you the opportunity to specialise in one of the two approaches to create electronic systems. The option Electronics and Integrated Circuits explores the design of electronic components and systems. You will learn how to design integrated analogue, digital and high frequency circuits as well as building blocks and platforms for different applications and with the necessary knowledge of sensors, antennas and the underlying semiconductor technology. The option Embedded Systems and Multimedia explores the design of applications for electronic systems. In this option, you will learn to develop and evaluate applications in telecommunication, cryptography, and in audio, image and signal processing in the light of an optimal implementation (hardware/software). Elective courses The remaining 24 credits are available for elective courses to allow you to personalise your programme. A student can make a programme ranging from much specialised (e.g., following courses from both options) over interdisciplinary (e.g., following courses from other engineering masters) to rather broad (e.g., including many non-engineering courses). It also allows for internships and international courses. International At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years. Other study abroad opportunities are short summer courses organised by the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network or by universities all over the world. The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER and ATHENS, offering international opportunities as well. Strengths A common core of 33 credits, only 2 options, and an extensive set of electives, allows a specialisation without overdoing it, combined with substantial room for personalisation. Having only core education in the first semester gives the students the chance to get familiar with the domain before choosing an option in the second semester. Because of the high level research activities in the department, there is a prominent link to research in the courses and especially in the Master’s thesis. Students are actively involved in the quality control of the programme through official consultative bodies as well as the engineering student union VTK and an active IEEE student branch. These student organisations also organise extracurricular activities related to the programme, including contact with the professional field (e.g., internship fair and several job fairs). KU Leuven is Belgium’s largest and highest-ranked university and, founded in 1425, is one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. Leuven is a modern, bustling and safe student city with a long and rich history. Cultural and recreational opportunities abound. KU Leuven’s central location offers a truly international experience. Major European capitals such as Brussels, Paris, London and Amsterdam are only a (very) short train journey away Is this the right programme for me? You are looking for a programme which aims at forming engineers who are able to design (based on fairly generally formulated needs) complex electronic circuits and systems and advanced algorithms for signal and data processing in information and telecommunication systems. In this problem solving process, technological constraints and constraints inherent to the industrial environment, both in terms of hardware and software, are taken into account. The programme assumes basic knowledge of electrical engineering (ie., basic transistors and logic design, digital signal processing, systems and control), similar to the contents of our Bachelor’s Minor of Electrical Engineering. Objectives Competent in one or more scientific disciplines Has an advanced knowledge and understanding of the main disciplines of electronics (circuits, signal processing and telecommunication). Depending on the chosen option, the student has an in-depth knowledge of one of the following areas: Electronics and integrated circuits, with emphasis on designing electronic components and systems. Embedded systems and multimedia, with emphasis on designing applications of electronic systems. Can creatively apply, expand, deepen and integrate knowledge of different domains of electrical engineering. Competent in conducting research Can independently acquire the knowledge and technological status needed in the problem-solving process. Is able to find, process and evaluate literature and technical manuals independently. Is able to synthesize, establish a research plan and develop innovative solutions for a realistic problem (of a more complex nature), while considering the system boundaries. Can critically evaluate research results. Engages other disciplines in the study, where needed. Competent in designing Has acquired specific expertise in all stages of the problem-solving process: drafting requirements, analysis, design, implementation and testing. The graduate takes into account technological constraints and constraints inherent to the industrial environment, both in terms of hardware and software. Option Electronics and Integrated Circuits: Can design integrated analogue, digital and high frequency circuits as well as building blocks and platforms for different applications and with the necessary knowledge of sensors, antennas and the underlying semiconductor technology. Can use complex design and software tools common in the field of electrical engineering. Option Embedded Systems and Multimedia: Can choose the right electronic platform (hardware / software) for various applications and implement the application. Can develop and evaluate applications in telecommunication, cryptography, and in audio, image and signal processing in the light of optimal implementation (power consumption, cost, ...). A scientific approach Has a systematic approach and a critical scientific attitude. Can objectively consider positive and negative aspects of a solution, and select the most realistic, efficient and effective solution for a specific situation. Is able to independently keep up with developments in their field. Basic intellectual skills Can form an opinion based on objective evidence. Is capable of abstract and structural thinking. Can rationally cope with incomplete or irrelevant data. Can independently reflect critically and constructively on their own thinking, decision making and actions. Competent in co-operating and communicating Can report on and communicate about their own research and solutions, orally and in writing. Can efficiently work in groups on a project basis, carry team roles, and deal with social dynamics and deadlines. Is sufficiently proficient in technical English. Takes account of the temporal and social context Is aware of the broader context (economic, legal, sociological, cultural, political, technical and industrial). Is aware of their social, ethical and environmental responsibility and acts accordingly. Career perspectives The Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) is the university's largest department and was the starting point of IMEC (a world leader in nanotech research and products) and many spin-off companies. The faculty also has excellent professional connections with industry leaders. Thanks in part to the programme's strong link between education and research, employment perspectives for programme graduates are excellent - not only in Belgium, but also in Europe and the rest of the world. Our graduates are in very high demand. [-]

Master of Engineering: Computer Science (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

This Master will train you to become an expert in the development and up-front professional use of computer and software systems. Nowadays, these systems are indispensable in nearly all areas of our society: in industry, the public sector, health and many social applications for end users. They are also the most complex systems, ever created by humans. [+]

What's the Master of Computer Science about? This Master will train you to become an expert in the development and up-front professional use of computer and software systems. Nowadays, these systems are indispensable in nearly all areas of our society: in industry, the public sector, health and many social applications for end users. They are also the most complex systems, ever created by humans. The programme will teach you to specify, design, implement, test and maintain advanced software systems. It will teach you how to handle complexity and how to deal with diverse requirements such as functionality, reliability, user friendliness, security, reliability, intelligence, efficiency and cost. You will acquire all the necessary skills to tackle complex research questions, formulate your own research goals, and successfully achieve them. You will be trained in communication skills and stimulated to acquire a broad societal view on the relevance of computer science and technology today. Structure The programme is structured around a mandatory core (42 credits) of which 18 credits are dependent on the Bachelor’s track followed by the incoming student. This core focuses heavily on software development, and is the main foundation of the programme. You can choose between two advanced specialization areas: software security or artificial intelligence. In both specializations, you will conduct your own research and develop novel technology, guided by top-experts in the international research community. The Master’s thesis covers 24 credits, and is typically started at the beginning of the second stage. General education courses (12-14 credits) cover a wide variety of topics such as advanced language courses, economy, law, advanced mathematic courses. All students have the additional option to complete their programme with any course offered by the university (6 credits). International At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years. Other study abroad opportunities are short summer courses organised by the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network or by universities all over the world. The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER and ATHENS, offering international opportunities as well. Strengths The programme, courses, and areas of specialisation are strongly linked to the research groups. This guarantees a state-of-the-art education in the field of computer science. Research activities (e.g. Master’s thesis) also form part of a student’s curricula. A significant number of courses are focused on industry-relevant skills and content. The amount of industry-related research projects in the department of computer science allows us to include relevant content in our courses. The 2015 student survey indicated that the following aspects of our programme score very high: structure of the programme, electives, theoretical foundations, research & scientific content, quality of teaching staff, overall logistics. This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Testimonial "The Master’s programme challenged our creativity. (…) The field of computer science is constantly evolving. As a student you become part of that atmosphere of constant renewal and new challenges. The programme provided a very sound basis and taught us all the technical skills we need." - Carl Tilkin-Franssens, CIO Acerta Is this the right programme for me? You have completed a bachelor’s programme in computer science or informatics. You are very familiar with programming, including object-oriented programming, and are knowledgeable about computer architecture, networks and databases. You have received thorough training in mathematics, including analysis, linear algebra, numerical mathematics, statistics and preferably discrete mathematics. Experience with working in teams is also preferred. Objectives Competent in one or more scientific disciplines Has advanced knowledge and insight in the following areas of computer science: Software engineering: principles and techniques of modelling, design, and development of software; principles and realization of software architectures; A wide range of different types of programming languages and algorithms; Systems software (operating systems and distributed systems); Theoretical and mathematical foundations of computer science. And possesses specialized knowledge in at least one of the following disciplines of computer science: Artificial intelligence Computational informatics Distributed systems Human-computer interaction Software engineering Secure software Is able to apply, expand, deepen and integrate knowledge from different fields of computer science. Competent in conducting research Can gather all the scientific information relating to a complex problem, assess its relevance and process the valuable aspects. Can formulate specific research questions. Can independently plan and execute different phases of the research process. Can critically evaluate research results. Engages other disciplines in the research, where needed. Competent in designing Has acquired specific expertise relating to all stages of the software development process: drafting requirements, analysis, design, implementation, testing and maintenance . Can use different paradigms and tools to develop software systems. Can handle and control software development on a project-driven basis. Can make an informed decision about whether to reuse an existing software solution based on the quality of the design and implementation. Can create software solutions for multidisciplinary problems with an open end of which the solution space is very large. A scientific approach Can critically examine existing theories, models or interpretations in the field of computer science. Can develop, use and validate new models at different levels of abstraction. Observes the limitations and boundaries of solution methods. Demonstrates academic integrity in thought and action. Is able to independently keep up with developments in the field. Basic intellectual skills Can form an opinion based on objective evidence. Can rationally cope with incomplete or irrelevant data. Can independently reflect critically and constructively on their own thinking, decision-making and actions. Has a critical and constructive approach to developments in the field. Is capable of abstract and structural thinking. Competent in co-operating and communicating Can orally and in writing communicate about and report on his or her research and solutions in Dutch and/or English with laymen, specialists and other stakeholders. Can efficiently work in groups on a project basis, carry team roles, and deal with social dynamics. Can handle deadlines through an independently drawn work schedule. Takes account of the temporal and social context Takes into account the social and economic constraints and the different aspects of the sectors he/she will be part of (e.g. industry, banking and insurance, healthcare, government and education) Is aware of their social and ethical responsibility and acts accordingly. Has insight into the broader context of computer science in society (legal, economic, sociological, cultural, political and technical-industrial context). Career perspectives Software engineers can be found in nearly all sectors of society. Software is a crucial component in all industrial processes, in the service and entertainment industry, and in our society as a whole. Masters of Computer Science are active in the software-development industry as well as in telecommunication and other industries. Many of our graduates work in hospitals, in the banking sector, in social organisations, and for the government as heads of ICT. [-]

Master of Engineering: Energy (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

What will the future bring in terms of energy? Will we produce electricity from renewable sources such as the wind and sun? Will nuclear energy make a comeback? What will power cars in the future and what will their engines look like? The liberalisation of energy markets is causing a genuine techno-economic revolution. The greenhouse gas issue threatens our way of life. Guaranteeing a (sustainable) supply of energy is a challenge for all mankind. These phenomena make the subject of energy highly topical. [+]

What will the future bring in terms of energy? Will we produce electricity from renewable sources such as the wind and sun? Will nuclear energy make a comeback? What will power cars in the future and what will their engines look like? The liberalisation of energy markets is causing a genuine techno-economic revolution. The greenhouse gas issue threatens our way of life. Guaranteeing a (sustainable) supply of energy is a challenge for all mankind. These phenomena make the subject of energy highly topical. What's the Master of Engineering: Energy all about? The programme addresses every multidisciplinary aspect of energy. There is extensive coverage of the possibilities and limitations of the various energy technologies, but also of the environmental consequences and economic aspects. The multidisciplinary master prepares you for jobs related to research and development, policy and management, and industrial applications. The master is supported by EnergyVille, an association of the Flemish research institutes KU Leuven, VITO and imec in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. Both industry and research are increasingly looking for multidisciplinary engineers. The Master of Science in Engineering: Energy provides sound training in energy engineering. It addresses the main issues of mechanical and electrical engineering in a balanced and integrated manner, together with socio-economic preconditions that have an impact on the engineer’s sphere of action. This programme teaches you to focus on technological possibilities without losing sight of the environmental and socio-economic aspects of your chosen field. The programme has an international scope and collaborates with partner universities excelling in the energy domain. Structure The first year consists of electrical and mechanical engineering courses, as well as more general socio-economic, energy-related subjects and integrated problem solving and projects. In the second year, you continue your specialisation by, among other things, writing a master's thesis on a subject related to electrical energy, thermomechanical energy, or more general technicaleconomic aspects. You can also participate in an international exchange or do an internship. Three options Thermomechanical energy: emphasis on the mechanical aspects of energy supply and ‘energy machines and systems’ Electrical energy: emphasis on the electrical aspects of energy supply and energy converter) General techno-economic energy: a broader specialisation, with a focus on non-technical aspects (economy, legal framework, environment) Three corresponding specialisation options thermomechanical energy electrical energy techno-economic energy knowledge International At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years. Other study abroad opportunities are short summer courses organised by the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network or by universities all over the world. The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER and ATHENS, offering international opportunities as well. Is this the right programme for me? The programme aims at educating engineering students in the field of energy technology, covering a broad range of topics in electrical, mechanical and other engineering disciplines. The programme is built on the Bachelor of Science in Engineering curriculum, which is comprised of general courses in the basic sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry) in combination with a number of carefully selected basic technical courses (especially in mechanical and electrical engineering). Students with that Bachelor diploma are especially well-prepared for this Master's programme. Objectives Competent in one or more scientific disciplines The graduate has an active, advanced knowledge of and insight in energy conversion and rational use of energy in each of the following three areas: Electrical energy (e.g. the generation from different primary sources of energy, transmission and distribution, control and regulation, efficient use) Thermo-mechanical energy (e.g. the use of primary sources, conversion to other vectors, combustion, engines and turbines) Economic and regulatory aspects of energy (e.g. markets, regulations, organization in the European context) The graduate actively looks for structure, coherence between and integration of the relevant fields in these three domains. The graduate is capable of structuring realistic problems (of a more complex nature) as a research question, designing a research plan, developing innovative solutions and synthetizing. He thereby considers the limits of the system. The graduate is able to choose the appropriate level of abstraction on a component, device and system level, given the process stage of the research problem. The graduate is capable of and has the attitude to integrate related energy systems and other disciplines where needed in his own research. Based on this knowledge / the integration, the graduate can participate in state-of-the-art design, management and production activities of energy converters and systems in their economic, regulatory and environmental context. The graduate can design energy components and systems with an eye for the dynamic interaction between individual components in a global system. The graduate can deal with changeability of the designing process by external circumstances, such as social tendencies or political decisions, or advancing insight. He can adjust this process based on these circumstances. The graduate possesses the skills and the attitude to independently and efficiently apply, expand and formalize this knowledge in the context of more advanced ideas or applications in at least one of the three aforementioned domains. Competent in conducting research The graduate is capable of structuring realistic problems (of a more complex nature) as a research question, designing a research plan, developing innovative solutions and synthetizing. He thereby considers the limits of the system. The graduate is able to choose the appropriate level of abstraction on a component, device and system level, given the process stage of the research problem. The graduate is capable of and has the attitude to integrate related energy systems and other disciplines where needed in his own research. Competent in designing The graduate can design energy components and systems with an eye for the dynamic interaction between individual components in a global system. The graduate can deal with changeability of the designing process by external circumstances, such as social tendencies or political decisions, or advancing insight. He can adjust this process based on these circumstances. A scientific approach The graduate can critically examine existing theories, models or interpretations in the field of energy. The graduate can use, develop and validate models and experimental techniques and is able to make an informed choice between modelling and measuring methods. The graduate possesses the skills and knows the techniques to become more proficient in his technical field throughout his entire life. He knows the sources of information, recognizes their value and knows how to apply them in new circumstances. He also possesses the skills to continue to develop in non-technical elements of the field of energy, such as economic, environmental and regulatory aspects. Basic intellectual skills The graduate can critically reflect on his own thoughts, decisions and actions. The graduate can ask adequate questions regarding an argument in the field of energy and take a reasoned position. He hereby considers the social context. The graduate can apply methods of reasoning to the discipline (e.g. interactions between components of the electricity system as a base for stability, energy and pinch analysis in thermodynamics, market forces and integration of renewable sources of energy) and is able to recognize and refute fallacies. The graduate can work purposefully: possesses a pragmatic approach, can deal with limited sources, can handle risks. Competent in co-operating and communicating The graduate can effectively report on research and project results to experts, peers and stakeholders, in Dutch and/or in English, both orally and in writing. The graduate is able to cooperate and manage projects in a (multidisciplinary) team: he can distribute and assume responsibilities, keep an eye on time and resource constraints, document project progress and results and can compromise. Takes account of the temporal and social context The graduate considers the (changing) social context, such as societal support, policy decisions, the socio-economic context, geopolitics, energy markets and climate change when analyzing and solving complex energy problems. The graduate considers the existing and future challenges of power supply and can contribute to the transition of the energy system in a globalized society, from a technical and socio-economic perspective. Career perspectives Thanks to the broad education, both nationally and internationally, the energy engineer has plenty of job opportunities in research, policy, industry and services, in all sectors where energy plays an important role, and that is everywhere increasingly. Junior engineers have predominantly technical functions, including design and development, exploitation, improvement and optimization of energy systems, system integration, logistic and techno-commercial functions and consultancy. Senior engineers typically grow towards management functions in industry and policy, or expert leaders in engineering and consultancy. [-]

Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering (Leuven)

Campus September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering programme provides students with up-to-date, sound and advanced financial, actuarial and statistical skills, aiming for university graduates interested in a career in risk management, financial and/or actuarial engineering within financial institutions. [+]

The Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering programme provides students with up-to-date, sound and advanced financial, actuarial and statistical skills, aiming for university graduates interested in a career in risk management, financial and/or actuarial engineering within financial institutions. What is the 'Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering' all about? The Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering programme provides students with up-to-date, sound and advanced financial, actuarial and statistical skills. It is an intensive, advanced, one-year programme for university graduates interested in a career in risk management, financial and/or actuarial engineering within financial institutions. The discipline focuses on the application of quantitative methods to problems involving risk or uncertainty. You will gain an understanding of current and future problems and solutions in insurance and banking and be equipped with fundamental and conceptual knowledge of the mathematical and economic aspects of financial theory and insurance techniques. The programme provides advanced insights into the actuarial aspects of life insurance, general insurance and risk theory as well as financial mathematics and the inter-relationship and integration of actuarial sciences and finance. The programme draws on over sixty years of experience and international recognition. The research team for risk theory, finance and statistics has a strong research profile and is ranked among the world top in terms of actuarial research productivity. The programme is jointly offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Science at KU Leuven, in collaboration with Université Catholique de Louvain. Is this the right programme for me? Prospective students should be interested in a career in the actuarial and/or financial sector. Given the quantitative nature of actuarial sciences and financial mathematics, a sound mathematical background and sufficient knowledge of probability theory, statistics and scientific computing is indispensable. In particular, prospective students must have mastered the topics and practical concepts covered in the following international textbooks: Ross, S. (2009) A First Course in Probability. (8th edition). Prentice Hall. (Or a similar textbook appropriate for an undergraduate course in probability). Ross, S.M. (2004). Introductory Statistics. Elsevier Academic Press. (Or a similar textbook appropriate for an undergraduate course in statistics). Bowers, N.L; Gerber, H.U.; Hickman, J.C.; Jones, D.A.; Nesbitt, C.J. (1986). Actuarial Mathematics. The Society of Actuaries, Itacsa, Illiniois. Chapters 3,4,5,6 and 7. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and is designed for students with a background in either mathematics or economics. Objectives The main goal of the programme is to provide the students with an sound knowledge of finance and actuarial science. They develop the capabilities to understand current and future problems and solutions in the actuarial and financial context. They will be equipped with fundamental and conceptual knowledge of the mathematical and economic aspects of financial theory and insurance techniques. Graduates holding both the degree of Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering and 'Master in de verzekeringen' (Dutch-language initial master at KU Leuven) are eligible for membership in the professional body of actuaries in Belgium (IA|BE), and the international actuarial professional body (IAA). At the end of the programme students will: be equipped with fundamental and conceptual knowledge of the mathematical and economic aspects of financial theory and insurance techniques; have advanced insights in the actuarial aspects of life insurance, general insurance, risk theory as well as in the interrelationship and integration of actuarial sciences and financial mathematics; have a strong background in quantitative methods and financial models and will be able to select and apply those methods to problems that involve risk or uncertainty; dispose of enhanced analytical, critical, conceptual, problem solving and decision making capabilities and skills; have the ability to integrate actuarial, statistical and financial modelling techniques in order to arrive at effective solutions to problems occurring in insurance and financial practice; be able to conduct research, not only in an academic context, but also in view of a professional career; be able to stay up-to-date with the advances in actuarial sciences by following up and familiarizing with new insights, developments, results and methods; be able to communicate and report adequately on financial and actuarial topics. Career perspectives The programme addresses the rapidly-changing needs resulting from the accelerating globalisation of the banking and insurance sector. As such, it provides a sound basis for a career in various areas of risk management, financial and actuarial engineering and insurance. Most graduates find employment in insurance companies, whose financial stability depends on actuarial calculations (e.g. premiums, provisions, capital requirements, reinsurance policy). As an expert in the field of risk and uncertainty, you can also play an important role in banking and finance. The increasing convergence between the insurance and financial markets as well as the use of mathematically based instruments, such as options and futures, offers excellent career prospects. Graduates are well placed to find employment in banks, pension funds, reinsurance companies, consulting and audit companies. Some graduates go to work in government, for instance in social security or economic affairs departments. Graduates holding both the degree of Master of Financial and Actuarial Engineering and 'Master in de verzekeringen' (Dutch-language initial Master's programme at KU Leuven) are eligible for membership in the professional body of actuaries in Belgium (IA|BE). [-]

Master of Human Settlements (Leuven)

Campus 60  September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The Master in Human Settlements addresses rapid urbanization in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations within the scope of sustainable development. The programme aims to provide insight into the problems of human settlements as related to rapid change and to the interaction between modernity and tradition, formal and informal city-making. [+]

The Master in Human Settlements addresses rapid urbanization in the developing world and contemporary urban transformations within the scope of sustainable development. The programme aims to provide insight into the problems of human settlements as related to rapid change and to the interaction between modernity and tradition, formal and informal city-making. What's the Human Settlements about? Architecture, urbanism and spatial planning are the core disciplines of the programme. Contributions from economics, geography and anthropology, among others, complement this core. The structure is organized around: Introductory courses Core courses Design Studios Optional courses Master's thesis (research- or design-based) Design studios form an important part of the programme, a status reflected in their credit load. They are organized as two full days of work on Mondays and Tuesdays to provide an intensive and immersive working environment, as occurs in most professional practices. They also are courses where a balance between teamwork and individual contribution is developed, since students are subdivided in small but mixed groups from inception. Core courses are related to the studios themselves, whereas for students selecting a more research-oriented trajectory in line with the programme's profile supporting courses are organized for the elaboration of a research Master's thesis. International Study trips to various destinations are organised throughout the academic year as a compulsory part of the MaHS programme. You will be able to observe and experience the area being studied and will have a unique opportunity to link your theoretical knowledge to daily practice and fieldwork. The trips include visits to sites, lectures by local experts and a range of assignments. Recent study trips in Europe have been made to: Paris-Lyon (France) Amsterdam-Rotterdam (the Netherlands) Zurich-Frankfurt (Switzerland/ Germany) London (UK) In addition, one-day visits within Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent) are organised to support courses and provide an understanding of current trends in Belgian urban transformation. Moreover, as a key feature of the MaHS programme, a study trip and studio-related fieldwork sessions are offered in a non-Western context. You will be given the opportunity to travel for a two-week period to a non-European studio context for fieldwork and visits to best practices sites and other relevant sites. Spotlight The programme is taught by professors belonging to as well the Department of Architecture as the Faculty of Engineering Science. They cultivates research in the fields of architecture, urbanism and urban design, conservation, and spatial planning. The Postgraduate Centre for Human Settlements, renamed the MaHS MaUSP Centre in 2005, is known by specialists worldwide and has a remarkable history spanning over almost 40 years. Its activities have been broadened to coordinate both the Master of Science in Human Settlements and the Master of Science in Urbanism and Strategic Planning. Other activities include a doctoral programme, capacity-building projects and consultancy on human settlement policies and projects. The programme occupies a unique position within educational landscape of Belgium and internationally, including a long tradition and forthcoming 40-year jubilee. It has a strong research basis, with an emphasis on the scientific underpinning of the discipline of human settlements, the central role given to space as a resource (in urban transformations) and as a medium of integration. The MaHS knows a diversity of incoming students, both in terms of geographic origin, and in terms of professional/educational backgrounds. There is a broad network of alumni and a sound reputation fostering an active system of collaborations supporting the selection of design studio topics, Master's thesis topics, etc. (examples: UNRWA; UN-Habitat Asia + Arcadis Shelter Program; etc.) and a credible reputation as international research partner. The quality and quantity of visiting faculty and international speakers as part of lecture series, studio juries and showcase events such as World Urbanisms, provides one of the strengths of the programme. Synergy between MaHS - MaUSP - EMU Interdisciplinary collaborations with anthropology, geography, etc. This is an Advanced Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Is this the right programme for me? The programme aims to provide insight into the problems of Human Settlements as related to rapid change and to the interaction between modernity and tradition, formal and informal city-making. It also aims to strengthen capacities to tackle the growth of spontaneous settlements and the design of large scale projects in a complex urban context with up-to-date insights and techniques. Its graduates have a thorough understanding of the dynamic and multifunctional aspects of the built environment, they have the skills to devise interventions that are context-responsive and sustainable and are at ease in moving back-and-forth between academic theory and day-to-day professional practice. Applicants with some years of relevant professional experience will be preferred. Students aim at preparing themselves for a possibly international career in the field of human settlements. Objectives The discipline of human settlements encompasses aspects of architecture, urban design and spatial planning and deals with the problems of the built environment in the context of dynamic change. It approaches the built environment from a perspective of sustainable development and emphasizes in that respect the resourcefulness of space. Historically, the discipline of human settlements mainly focuses on developing countries. The 60 credits programme in human settlements is taught by internationally respected specialists from both academic and professional spheres and targets experienced professionals and postgraduate students with an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary background. The programme aims to give students a solid scientific basis and the necessary research skills in the various disciplines within the broad field of human settlements. The programme is carried out in an intercultural and interdisciplinary environment and provides students with the capacity: - to operate independently and critically at a high level within the field of human settlements, - to contribute significantly to (sustainable) development by applying context-responsive approaches - including the cultural dimension of context - to construction and local development challenges. These core objectives can be translated into the following learning outcomes: 1. Graduates have gained a deep understanding of the dynamic and multifunctional aspects of the built environment through critical analysis of scientific and design approaches to the professional field of urban design and spatial planning, complemented with approaches in architecture and construction, thereby transcending conventional professional boundaries, and accentuating concepts of sustainable development. 2. Graduates understand the approaches and possibilities of related disciplines such as urban geography, social and cultural anthropology, material culture and urban sociology and can relate these disciplines to human settlements. 3. Graduates have strengthened their capacity to deal professionally with problems of human settlements, particularly as they relate to modernization. Hence, graduates are familiar with specialized methods and skills for intervention that reflect context-responsive concepts of sustainable development and are able to deal with the different levels of the built environment (from individual buildings to entire cities) and use design as a medium to address the resourcefulness of space. 4. Through exposure to stimulating exchanges and feedback between academic theory and day-to-day practice, graduates will have acquired the ability to operate as a 'reflective practitioner', meaning promoting approaches that include reflection (theory, history, critique), action (in the form of designerly research and strategy development) but also self-reflection (self-criticism and reorientation, personal development through communication and co-learning). 5. Graduates will have acquired and deepened their scientific knowledge in human settlements and will have gained the experience necessary for mastering research methodologies and practices in the field of human settlements. Consequently, they have learned to use literature sources and approach problems in a scientific way and acknowledge the potential of design. 6. Graduates are able to apply basic up-to-date techniques (e.g. GIS, cost control at different scale levels) required for relevant professional involvement in urban development. 7. Graduates have experience in interdisciplinary research and studio work in a team in order to prepare them to act/work constructively in a multilevel, multi-sectoral environment. 8. Graduates are able to operate both at the local level and at the international level in the field of human settlements, providing the necessary international and intercultural background. A graduate of the Master of Human Settlements programme will consequently be expected to have acquired the following: Knowledge: A broad understanding of the relationship of complex phenomena related to the dynamics of human settlements, with a focus on its spatial materialization. This includes reflection on the following questions: - How have human settlements emerged, grown and changed particularly related to worldwide phenomena such as globalization, climate change, urbanization, changing rural-urban relationships, formation of cities, etc.? - How do cultural identity, the dynamics of modernity and tradition, the search for new urbanities and urban citizenship, etc. find expression in the built environment of cities, towns and villages embedded in a variety of place-space contexts, including those of the students in the program? - How have approaches to human settlements evolved both within the professional context of the students (architects, engineers, planners) and in relation to other selected professional disciplines (sociology, economy, geography, etc.)? - What is the relationship between the policies at various levels (worldwide, international, national, local) and the professional approaches applied in human settlements? Skills: In the professional world, graduates: - Are able to scientifically define a human settlement problem and subsequently to propose a method for solving this problem and implementing the solution. - Are able to seek out, select and assess the best sources of information. This analytical capacity is complemented with an important synthetic skill to conceive, develop and express interventions on various scale levels. - Have mastered specific insights, methods and techniques which are particular for the professional field of human settlements and belong to the following orientations: 1) architecture and urban studies, 2) rational design and construction, or 3) urbanism and strategic spatial planning. - Are capable of communicating acquired knowledge in a well-structured and clear manner, orally, textually and graphically, to the audiences with whom they engage professionally (experts and public authorities at different levels, etc.). Attitudes: - Graduates will have developed a critical and open attitude, enabling them to appreciate the value and contextual relevance of information and evaluate proposals of interventions in human settlements, taking into account specific contexts and day-to-day realities of rapidly growing towns and cities in a development context. - Graduates will have developed attitudes enabling them to learn from others and cooperate with professionals and other actors in society. Career perspectives The programme produces interdisciplinary graduates capable of understanding and managing the complexity of urban development as well as promoting sustainable territorial transformations. Graduates of the MaHS programme find employment in numerous and widespread areas. Many alumni work as civil servants in urban development agencies in cities or national governments. Others are independent professionals in the field of urban design, planning, and community development. Some join private architecture offices or take on in leadership and policymaking positions in regional, national, and international human settlements institutions, such as UNCHS or UEPP. A small number of graduates continue on to an academic career by obtaining a PhD, and some have become professors. [-]

Master of Information Management (Leuven)

Campus September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The Master of Science in Information Management offers a non-technical training in information management. The emphasis lies on the efficient and effective application and management of information technology in various business contexts (e.g. finance, marketing, HR, production and logistics, etc.). [+]

The Master of Science in Information Management offers a non-technical training in information management. The emphasis lies on the efficient and effective application and management of information technology in various business contexts (e.g. finance, marketing, HR, production and logistics, etc.). What is the 'Master of Information Management' all about? This programme offers students with a Bachelor's or Master's degree advanced non-technical training in information management, with an emphasis on the efficient and effective application and management of information technology in various business contexts (e.g. finance, marketing, HR, production and logistics, etc.). Following basic training in technology, the programme explores specific management issues in greater depth, particularly in order to develop the skills required to analyse information needs, design and manage information systems and fine-tune an IT strategy as an integral part of an overall business strategy. The key focus is the preliminary design needed to develop and set up an information system. In completing your Master's thesis, you can apply these skills within a specific business context. Finally, a wide range of electives enables you to either explore specific areas in greater depth or gain a broader understanding through a multidisciplinary approach. Is this the right programme for me? The ideal prospective student possesses knowledge of information technology (e.g. office applications, basics of database management, basics of computer hardware, basic knowledge of modelling, etc.), a sound background in mathematics and statistics and thorough English language skills (oral and written). You should be familiar with and interested in the fundamentals of computer science and its business applications. Background knowledge of business economics is useful, but not strictly necessary. You will acquire basic knowledge of business information systems and will learn to develop an information strategy aligned with an organisation's corporate strategy. You will also learn to identify information needs and to translate these into an information system architecture. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be able to develop, model and manage business processes. Moreover, you will be able to evaluate an information system, assess its economic merits and make appropriate technological choices. Testimonial "I wanted to complement my technological skills in the database and business intelligence domains by exploring recent innovations in het field of (IT) management. I would really recommend this programme to anyone interested in combining a technological and a corporate perspective. As the curriculum offers a choice between more technical and more managerial electives (in addition to a number of basic courses), the programme is suitable for those wishing to lead an IT department as a project leader as well as for analysts primarily interested in technology. In my experience, there's often a mismatch between business and information technology, usually due to a lack of common ground. This programme enables you to gain a wealth of new knowledge in an exeptionally short time span. Highly recommended for anyone ready to take the next step." - John, graduate in the MSc in Information Management Objectives This programme presents a non-technical curriculum in information management. It focuses on the effective and efficient application and management of information technology in a business setting. First, a basic technological background is offered, after which the management aspects are elaborated in more detail. The programme aims at developing skills in analysing information needs, the modelling and management of information systems and the alignment of information technology strategy with business strategy. Hence, the main focus is on the early phases of the information system development cycle. By means of the master project, skills acquired throughout the programme are applied in a concrete business setting. Finally, the electives provide the opportunity to explore particular aspects in more depth or to broaden the scope by taking one or more multidisciplinary courses. By the end of the programme, students will have acquired: a broad and general knowledge of business information systems; the skills to independently formulate a strategy concerning information systems management accompanying an existing company strategy (business, non-profit, government); the skills to analyse and model the needs concerning information systems and to follow up on the design, implementation and management of these systems; the skills to evaluate technology independently and to choose a technical solution in accordance with the company strategy; the skills to independently recognise the economic aspects of a choice for a particular system; the skills to judge and optimise the quality of data, processes and decisions; the skills to lead and manage projects on information systems in a multidisciplinary team of analysts, designers and users; a professional and scientific attitude in the field of information systems. Career perspectives In the business world, there is a great demand for IT specialists with highly developed management skills. Our graduates are trained to gain leverage within a company through the strategic use of technology. The analysis and management of information, knowledge, processes and systems, in line with an overall business strategy, play a bridging role between computer science and business. Qualities such as strong communication skills, teamwork and group management are therefore more essential than mere technological expertise. Our graduates pursue careers as information analysts, project leaders and information technology strategists. [-]

Master of International Business Economics and Management (Brussels)

Campus September 2017 Belgium Brussels

The Master of International Business Economics and Management is a tailor-made programme for non-economic graduates. It offers insight into all major disciplines of business economics and management at an academic level. [+]

The Master of International Business Economics and Management is a tailor-made programme for non-economic graduates. It offers insight into all major disciplines of business economics and management at an academic level. What is the 'Master of International Business Economics and Management' all about? The Master in International Business Economics and Management (MIBEM) is a master program for holders of a degree in a non-business economic or management discipline. It prepares for a career in international business through the acquisition of business economic insights, knowledge and management skills. The curriculum adopts a practical and business-oriented perspective, but still provides a thorough treatment, based in science, of major international business economic and management issues. As a master of science program, MIBEM relies on insights from scientific research. Its primary purpose is not to prepare graduates for an academic career, but to foster an attitude of autonomous, critical and informed reflection in the search for solutions to concrete business problems. The program instills an international and business- and management oriented mindset in individuals educated in diverse backgrounds. Students who have direct access, can follow the one-year Master's programme. Those who have no direct access, must first follow the 30 credits preparatory programme from September till January and start the Master's programme in February. They can finish the programme in January of the following academic year. Is this the right programme for me? The ideal prospective student: has obtained an academic bachelor's or master's degree in a non-business economics or management discipline; is eager to broaden his/her horizon by acquiring knowledge of business economics and management; aims to enhance his/her career opportunities by acquiring general management skills and business knowledge; is interested in an international business career; feels that a business-oriented, hands-on, critical, interdisciplinary and problem-based learning approach is something for him; understands that working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team is an asset. Objectives Students with no economics background are first, if necessary, introduced to the basics of economics and management in a 30 ECTS preparatory programme. After the programme a master: Is able to apply microeconomic and macroeconomic insights when analyzing the international business context. Can analyze, interpret, plan, and evaluate business processes, based on scientific knowledge, and -when relevant- with an explicitly international perspective. Understands and can critically assess how societal and international evolutions affect the business world. Can identify the risks and challenges of doing business in an international environment, and can provide solutions for dealing with them. Possesses managerial and entrepreneurial skills, applied within an international business context, with attention to social and ethical aspects. Is able to work on a project basis in a multidisciplinary team, whether or not internationally established. Can autonomously conceive, plan, execute and communicate a scientifically grounded research project as a beginning practitioner and with an international mindset. Recognizes the importance of lifelong learning and the need for continuing education. Career perspectives The MIBEM programme prepares students for management positions in a number of sectors. Obviously, your personal interest and prior education play a major role in your post-graduation path. Our graduates find employment in a broad range of sectors, including purchasing, sales, marketing, production control, planning and budgeting, financial management and ICT. Other graduates go on to a career in banking and insurance, become civil servants, work in one of the European institutions, or set up their own company. [-]

Master of Materials Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Materials are at the heart of our quality of life and economic welfare and this will continue to be the case in the foreseeable future, especially considering the need to build a sustainable world and to use our resources intelligently. Materials engineers invent, design, make and use materials for products, processes and services. You are educated for leadership in sectors where material play a decisive role. [+]

Materials are at the heart of our quality of life and economic welfare and this will continue to be the case in the foreseeable future, especially considering the need to build a sustainable world and to use our resources intelligently. Materials engineers invent, design, make and use materials for products, processes and services. You are educated for leadership in sectors where material play a decisive role. What's the Master of Materials Engineering about? The structure of the program consists of a core of 60 credits, four options of 12 credits, three fixed elective packages of 12 credits, engineering and general interest electives of 12 credits and the Master's thesis of 24 credits. The four options focus on materials families or on application domains: Metals and Ceramics, Polymers and Composites, Materials for Nanotechnology, and Materials for Biomedical Applications. The three fixed elective packages have been designed to help the students in imagining themselves in their future professional environment and thus in developing a career profile: research, production and management. The two latter packages include industrial internships. The programme crowned with the 24 credits Master's thesis where the student will apply his/her knowledge to a research topic of choice. These topics are usually embedded in a cutting-edge research project in cooperation with other institutions and/or industrial companies. Is this the right programme for me? The Master of Science in Materials Engineering aims at educating engineers who will be able to design new materials and/or processes to manufacture them, and who can make sustainable choices in materials selection problems, both in industrial and academic environment. These capabilities will be based on a thorough understanding and sovereign use of the relationships between the internal structure (crystal structure, microstructure, architecture#) of materials, their properties (mechanical, electrical, chemical#) and their processing (the materials triangle). As an academic programme, the Master of Materials Engineering focuses on teaching the knowledgeable application of generic principles to a broad gamut of materials challenges rather than on transferring encyclopaedic knowledge on specific material families. The programme builds on the basics of engineering science: physics, mathematics, chemistry and mechanics. It is also assumed that the student has already covered the fundamental courses in the materials engineering curriculum (structures, microstructures, mechanical behaviour of materials, transport phenomena, thermodynamics and kinetics) prior to starting the Master's programme. The economic and societal context is considered both in engineering and in general interest courses. In particular, scarcity, sustainable materials management in closed materials loops, life cycle analysis and recycling processes are broadly covered in both research and teaching. Finally, the programme aims at conveying the social, communication and leadership skills required on an engineering work floor. The ideal prospective student should be strongly motivated to pursue a career in materials science and engineering or in industrial sectors dealing with materials. He/she should hold a basic three- or four-year Bachelor's degree in a field of engineering or one of physical or chemical sciences. Objectives Competent in one or more scientific disciplines The graduate: has an advanced knowledge of: the production, processing and recycling of materials; the families of materials and their properties; the techniques used for material characterization and material modelling; the behaviour of materials during use. understands and actively seeks the connections between processing, structure and properties of materials and their applications. Competent in conducting research The graduate: can divide a complex realistic problem in sub-problems, is able to distinguish the critical sub-problems, and to structure these sub-problems into research questions and research strategies. can generate, process, analyse and critically evaluate experimental or theoretical results in a planned manner. can gain insight in and knowledge of material sciences and apply it interdisciplinary. Competent in designing The graduate: can formulate design problems at the level of material development and material applications. can develop new materials based on insights into the relationships between structure, properties and processes. can make responsible choices of material in interdisciplinary design projects, taking into account technical constraints and specifications, and the prudential context. A scientific approach The graduate: is curious, has an attitude of lifelong learning, is able to identify and acquire relevant developments. is critical to scientific literature and research results and is able to process it. has a systematic approach; can use, develop and validate models and is able to consciously choose between modelling techniques. is capable of abstracting basic knowledge and insights relating to material engineering and apply it in different contexts. Basic intellectual skills The graduate: can ask relevant questions, and take and substantiate a reasoned position. recognize irrelevant and incomplete information and unsubstantiated arguments. has a sense of realism and a sense of orders of magnitude. Competent in co-operating and communicating The graduate: can communicate orally and in writing about his or her field in Dutch and English with laymen and specialists. has a professional attitude, characterized by dedication, accuracy and commitment. has social skills and is capable of leadership and teamwork in (interdisciplinary) teams Takes account of the temporal and social context The graduate: can take into account the various aspects of safety, health and environment in the production and use of materials. has an eye for sustainability issues in the production, use and recycling of materials. is aware of the importance of materials, material innovation and the role of a materials engineer in the changing society. Career perspectives Graduates have access to a wide range of engineering sectors. Prominent technical industries such as the automotive, aerospace, energy, microelectronics, and chemical industries and emerging sectors such as nanotechnology, biomaterials and recycling are keen to hire qualified and talented materials engineers. Materials engineers are also well suited for functions as process engineers, materials or product developers, design specialists, quality control engineers or consultants. Graduates with an interest in research can apply for an R&D position or start a PhD. Several alumni have also gone on to start their own companies. [-]

Master of Mathematical Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

The Master of Science in Mathematical Engineering is unique in Flanders and is supported by high quality research that has led to several spin-off companies. The ever increasing computer capacity for treatment of data, storage of measurements and data, and computing models, offers solutions to important challenges in business and society. Often mathematical techniques are crucial. [+]

What's the Master of Mathematical Engineering all about? The Master of Science in Mathematical Engineering is unique in Flanders and is supported by high quality research that has led to several spin-off companies. The ever increasing computer capacity for treatment of data, storage of measurements and data, and computing models, offers solutions to important challenges in business and society. Often mathematical techniques are crucial. A few examples: How does an auto-pilot work? How do you trace credit card fraud? How do you find out which genes play an important role in cancer? How do you simulate the evolution of greenhouses gases in the atmosphere? How do you determine the value of financial products such as options? How do you compress the images of fingerprints? How do you compute airplane noise? How do you optimize the process in a chemical reactor? How do you analyse customer data and model consumer profiles? How do you find abnormalities in brain images caused by epileptic seizures? At first sight, these applications have little in common. However, for each of those, large amounts of data and various models are available. Mathematical techniques are crucial for the efficient treatment of these data and for fast and accurate simulation and optimization. Structure The programme consists of a technical core education on advanced topics on mathematics, process control, system identification, numerical optimization, numerical simulation of differential equations, and scientific software, and a project where students solve a problem that requires a combination of knowledge and skills taught at the core education. The students freely choose among the many elective courses. They are stimulated to select courses from different tracks in order to obtain a broad overview of techniques and applications of mathematics in engineering science. The elective courses include technical courses on mathematical techniques, as well as courses that are taught in other Master’s programmes that focus on modelling and the use of these mathematical techniques. International At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years. Other study abroad opportunities are short summer courses organised by the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network or by universities all over the world. The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER and ATHENS, offering international opportunities as well. Strengths The programme is generally perceived positively by alumni. There are many elective courses, which gives freedom to develop an individual study programme tuned to the student’s interest. This fact is often mentioned by students and alumni as one of the strong points of the programme. Since September 2014, the EC (Educational Committee) can rely on the expertise of the Industrial Advisory Board. The programme is organised by the departments of computer science and electrical engineering. The students can use the computer infrastructure of both departments. The students become familiar with different fields of research which broadens their view. This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis. Testimonial "This programme was the perfect background for my work at BASF. As an automation engineer, I optimise and control processes using mathematical techniques. I have acquired the necessary skills during my studies. (…) But my job involves more than ‘just’ mathematical optimisation. As an automation security expert, I protect the BASF plants worldwide against hacking and virus attacks. Data mining allows us to track suspicious activities on our networks. Strong encryption algorithms help us protect our intellectual data." - David Ariens, automation engineer at BASF Antwerp Is this the right programme for me? The goal is to prepare students for a multidisciplinary context, i.e., the design of solutions of technical problems in a multidisciplinary environment, where mathematics plays an important role. In particular, the focus lies on technical skills in the context of process control, numerical simulation, data mining, cryptography, and visualization. The emphasis is not on mathematical theory, but the design, analysis, implementation and use of mathematical models and algorithms in order to solve mathematical problems from industry. Therefor, most courses have home works or a project. The programme aims at bringing students in touch with industry that require advanced mathematical techniques. Starting Master’s students should: have acquired a basic training in mathematics and sciences. be familiar with the engineering approach of problem-solving. be interested in bridging mathematical models and design methods used in industry and services. Objectives Competent in one or more scientific disciplines Possesses specialized knowledge in the field of Mathematical Engineering: Design, analysis, implementation and use of mathematical models Numerical algorithms in a context of simulation, identification, monitoring, control and optimization of industrial systems and knowledge systems. Possesses specialized knowledge in two or more of the following application areas: Industrial process control Data mining Image processing Scientific computing and simulation Cryptography Can creatively apply, expand, deepen and integrate knowledge of different fields of mathematical engineering. Integrates the acquired knowledge into basic sciences and in a number of engineering disciplines and is capable of multidisciplinary thinking and acting. Competent in conducting research Can divide a complex realistic problem in sub-problems, and is able to structure these sub-problems into research questions and research strategies. Can independently gather all the scientific information about a topic, assess its relevance and process the valuable aspects with attention to proper source indication. Can establish, execute and adjust an independent research project about new technical and scientific methods. Can gain new insights from generated results and discuss these insights critically. Competent in designing Can reformulate a design problem in specific design objectives. Can design and implement mathematical techniques and algorithms in order to solve problems in application fields such as industrial process control, data mining, image processing, scientific computing and simulation, and cryptography. Can design solutions for multidisciplinary problems, often with an open nature. Controls the complexity of the design of mathematical techniques and algorithms by means of abstraction and structured thinking. Can critically evaluate and report on design results. Can handle the variability of the design process due to external circumstances or new insights. A scientific approach Has a systematic approach, critical attitude and understanding of the specificity of science and technology Can critically observe current mathematical theories, models and methodologies in the context of engineering problems, and make a sound decision. Can evaluate the efficiency and accuracy of methods. Demonstrates academic integrity. Is able to independently keep up with developments in their field. Basic intellectual skills Can independently reflect critically and constructively on their own thinking, decision making and actions. Can reflect critically and objectively on developments in their own field of engineering. Can objectively consider positive and negative aspects of a solution, and select the most realistic, efficient and effective solution for a specific situation. Can formulate a reasoned opinion in the case of incomplete or irrelevant information. Competent in co-operating and communicating Can communicate orally and in writing about his or her research and solutions in Dutch and English with colleagues and stakeholders. Can work on a project basis: takes into account the limited resources (computing time, memory usage,...), can deal with deadlines, possesses pragmatism, can apply the basic techniques of project management. Can efficiently work in groups and carry team roles. Takes account of the temporal and social context Is aware of the role played by mathematical processes in a complex and changing high-tech society (legal, economic, sociological, political and technical-industrial context). Is aware of their social, ethical and environmental responsibility as a mathematical engineer and acts accordingly. Career perspectives Many small, dynamic, young companies are active in the field of mathematical engineering. But even big players in materials, chemistry, automotive, aerospace, biomedical industries, as well as finance, are increasingly interested in mathematical engineering thanks to the everincreasing complexity of mathematical models and more stringent environmental standards and comfort expectations. Many of our young graduates start their careers in the R&D departments of high-tech companies or matriculate into one of the university’s PhD programmes. [-]

Master of Mechanical Engineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

Mechanical engineering is a very broad field of study in the engineering sciences. It integrates almost all disciplines of technology. Any device or product that is used in modern, everyday life is the result of an ongoing synergy between different basic techniques. In short, all products in modern society arose from the merger of different technical disciplines. Mechanical engineering is the preferred integrator specialized for realizing this. [+]

Mechanical engineering is a very broad field of study in the engineering sciences. It integrates almost all disciplines of technology. Any device or product that is used in modern, everyday life is the result of an ongoing synergy between different basic techniques. In short, all products in modern society arose from the merger of different technical disciplines. Mechanical engineering is the preferred integrator specialized for realizing this. What's the Master of Mechanical Engineering all about? The Master of Science in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering is a general training programme integrating all disciplines of basic sciences, engineering and technology. An essential element of the mechanical engineering curriculum at KU Leuven is the direct training of each student in a real-life industrial or research setting. Following up on the design assignment in the Bachelor's programme, the Master's programme brings the student in close contact with the industrial reality. Structure Three variants The Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering has three variants: A Dutch-language version for students who have already obtained a Master's degree of Engineering Technology: Electromechanical Engineering A Dutch-language version for students who have completed their Bachelor's training at our Faculty or at another university with Mechanical Engineering either as a major or as minor. An English-language variant which mainly addresses foreign students, and to which admission is granted after evaluation of the application file. Five modules The programme consists of five modules. The first major component is the core module in mechanical engineering. The second major component is one out of five options, which have been put together in a complementary way. Three generic options Manufacturing and Management: modern techniques for the design and production of discrete components, CAD and computer integration in production, management techniques, maintenance and logistics of a production company. Mechatronics and Robotics: mechatronics is the discipline in which the synergy of construction, sensing, actuation and control of machinery are concurrently defined and tuned for optimum integration Thermo-technical Sciences: physical principles and analysis, design, construction and operation of combustion engines and thermal and flow machines, cooling machines, power plants, etc. Two application oriented options Aerospace technology: physical principles, analysis, design, construction, exploitation and operation of aircraft and space systems; Vehicle technology: physical principles, design, analysis and production of cars and ground vehicles and of systems for ground transportation. Elective courses The third and fourth components in the programme structure concern a set of elective courses, to be chosen from a list of technical courses and from a list of general interest courses. Master's thesis The final component is the Master's thesis, which represents 20% of the credits of the entire curriculum. Strengths The department has a large experimental research laboratory with advanced equipment, to which Master's students have access. FabLab (a "Fabrication Laboratory") is also directly accessible for students. The department has built up an extensive network of companies which recruit a large number of our alumni since many years already, from whom we receive lots of informal feedback on the programme. In addition to their academic teaching and research assignments, several members of the teaching staff also have other responsibilities in advisory boards, in external companies, science & technology committees, etc. and they share that expertise with students. The programme attracts a large number of students. The programme offers students the choice between application oriented options and generic methodology oriented options. Many courses are dealing with contents in which the R&D of the Department has created spin-off companies, and hence can offer very relevant and innovation driven contents. The programme has a clearly structured, extensive and transparent evaluation procedure for Master's theses, involving several complementary assessment views on every single thesis. Several courses are closely linked to top-level research of the lecturers, and they can hence offer up to date and advanced contents to the students. International At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator. These internships take place between the third Bachelor’s year and the first Master’s year, or between the two Master’s years. Other study abroad opportunities are short summer courses organised by the Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) network or by universities all over the world. The Faculty of Engineering Science is also member of the international networks CESAER, CLUSTER and ATHENS, offering international opportunities as well. Is this the right programme for me? A car is a complex system which consists of very different kinds of materials equipped with an energy-efficient combustion engine and/or electric motor and a multitude of on-board intelligent systems. It must be quiet and safe for occupants and other road users, and must meet many other increasingly stringent requirements. An electric shaver, a hair dryer, kitchen robot, a refrigerator and a washing machine - these machines may seem somewhat less complex, but they, too, are being further refined thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art technology. The same applies to surgical robots, advanced production machines and satellites for telecommunications and earth observation. In short, all products in modern society arose from the merger of different technical disciplines. Mechanical engineering is the preferred integrator specialised for realising this. Technological developments in mechanical engineering are often a catalyst for innovations in related domains. New production techniques make it possible to further miniaturise electromechanical systems. This requires a multidisciplinary training and a curriculum in which all these technologies get the place they deserve, no more but certainly no less. After completing the programme, the graduate has: A thorough understanding of advanced techniques in mechanical engineering (construction and production methods, control systems, design techniques, measurement techniques, numerical simulations) and principles of standardization and regulation regarding the design and exploitation of machines and systems. Own experience in mechanical design, analysis and development within a company or in contact with an industrial enterprise. Gained experience and engineering skills in mechanical design, analysis and development within a company or in contact with an industrial enterprise, as a natural continuation after the PS&D projects in the bachelor's programme. Received adequate training in new engineering approaches to cope with modern societal challenges, such as sustainability, aging, mobility and quickly changing job contents. Objectives Competent in one or more scientific disciplines Graduates possess a general active (i.e. application-oriented) knowledge in mechanics. In addition to the mechanics package in the Bachelor of Engineering Science program, graduates are aware of the prevailing theories and have mastered the prevailing experimental and numerical techniques in the following domains: propulsion techniques, measurement and control techniques, structure mechanics. Graduates possess a general active (i.e. application-oriented) knowledge in one of the following subjects. Depending on the chosen option, this is acquired in a broad domain of mechanical knowledge: Manufacturing and management: operational management, production technology, product design and management. Mechatronics and robotics: integration of mechanics, electronics and robotics, precision mechanics and robotic systems. Thermo-technical sciences: physics of fluids, gasses, plasmas and neutrons for the development of thermo-technical devices and installations. Or in an application-oriented domain of mechanical knowledge: Aviation and space technology: application of all mechanical disciplines in aviation and space technology. Vehicle technologies: application of all mechanical disciplines in vehicle technology. Graduates are able to apply knowledge from various mechanical domains in a creative way, expand it, deepen it and integrate it in functional systems. Competent in conducting research Graduates are able to reformulate a complex mechanical engineering problem into specific research objectives, compose a research plan, define the different steps of the research process with the aim of advancing knowledge beyond the state of the art, including: critical analysis of the state of the art, problem formulation, creating a plan of action, execution and synthesis. Graduates are able to execute a research plan and process, analyze and critically evaluate research results. Competent in designing Graduates are able to apply design methods of mechanics in real industrial situations based on theory, experiments and simulations, leading to an innovative or optimized functional product/process that meets multifunctional design requirements. Graduates take the technological and economic conditions into account throughout the design process and are aware of the capabilities and limitations of the user and the social demand for sustainability. A scientific approach Graduates possess a broad analytical, integrating, and problem-solving mind and are able to combine knowledge from mechanics and related domains. Graduates can select and process the most suitable information sources (scientific literature, internet, workshops, conferences, experimental data, professional networks). Graduates are able to evaluate, select and exploit advanced mathematical models, including the system/process model and boundary conditions with the appropriate level of complexity for the specific application. Graduates have a proactive attitude and seek to constantly improve their professional skills. Basic intellectual skills Graduates are able to judge whether experimental or model results are correct based on their scientific knowledge and numerical skills. Graduates have a critical-constructive attitude with respect to new discoveries and developments encountered in the scientific literature and in their own research. Graduates are aware of their own competences and the range in which they can operate independently. Competent in co-operating and communicating Graduates are capable of effectively reporting research and project results to experts, peers and laymen, in Dutch and in a second language, both orally and in writing. Graduates are able to cooperate and manage projects in a (multidisciplinary) team, including distributing and assuming responsibilities, observing time and resource constraints, and documenting project progress and results. Graduates are able to work independently. Takes account of the temporal and social context Graduates take the business-economic context into account. Graduates are able to analyze the societal consequences (sustainability, environment, health, safety, ethics) of new developments in mechanics and integrate these in scientific work. Graduates are aware of the standards and regulations concerning technology and the principles of the right to intellectual property. All of the above learning outcomes are developed within a broad international context. Career perspectives The field of mechanical engineering is very wide. Mechanical engineers find employment in many industrial sectors thanks to our broad training programme. Demand for this engineering degree on the labour market is very strong and constant. A study by the Royal Flemish Engineers Association, identifies the specific sectors in which graduated mechanical engineers are employed. mechanical engineering: e.g. production machinery, compressed air systems, agricultural machinery metal and non-metal products: a very wide range of products e.g. pressure vessels, piping, suit cases,... off-shore and maritime engineering automation industry vehicle components, such as exhaust systems, drivetrain components and windshield wipers,... development and production of bicycles aircraft components, such high lift devices, aircraft engines and cockpit display systems building, textile, plastic, paper sector electrical industry chemical industry environmental engineering and waste management energy sector financial, banking and insurance sector communications sector transportation sector: infrastructure and exploitation and maintenance of rolling stock software development and vendors technical and management consulting: large companies and small offices education and research technical and management functions in the public sector [-]

Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering (Leuven)

Campus Full time Part time 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven + 1 more

This master’s programme combines the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanometer scale with courses on technology and engineering. The programme fits into the growing worldwide convergence between the basic sciences and between science, technology and engineering sciences in general. Nanotechnology and nanoenginineering are the application of this science in new nanomaterials and nanoconcepts for new components, systems and products. [+]

This master’s programme combines the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanometer scale with courses on technology and engineering. The programme fits into the growing worldwide convergence between the basic sciences and between science, technology and engineering sciences in general. Nanotechnology and nanoenginineering are the application of this science in new nanomaterials and nanoconcepts for new components, systems and products. What's the Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering all about? The Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering combines the basics of physics, biology, and chemistry at the nanometer scale with courses on technology and engineering. The programme fits into the growing worldwide convergence between the basic sciences and between science, technology, and engineering sciences in general. Nanoscience studies phenomena and manipulation at the atomic and molecular scale (nanometers: i.e., one billionth of a meter). Important properties such as the electrical, optical, and mechanical properties are determined by the way molecules and atoms assemble into larger structures on the nanoscale. Structure Students follow a set of introductory courses to give them a common starting basis, a compulsory common block of core programme courses to give them the necessary multidisciplinary background of nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanoengineering, and a selection of programme courses to provide some non-technical skills. The students also select their specialization option for which they choose a set of compulsory specific programme courses, a number of elective broadening programme courses and do their Master’s thesis research project. The fundamental courses (max 15 credits, 6 OPOs) introduce the students to relevant disciplines in which they have had no or little training during their Bachelor’s education. These are necessary in order to prepare students from different backgrounds for the core programme courses and the specialization programme courses of the Master’s. The general interest courses (9-12 credits) are imparting non-technical skills to the students in domains such as management, economics, languages, quality management, ethics, psychology, etc. The core courses (39 credits, 8 OPOs) contain first of all 6 compulsory courses focusing on the thorough basic education within the main disciplines of the Master’s: nanophysics, nanochemistry, nanoelectronics and nanobiochemistry. These core programme courses deliver the basic competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) to prepare the students for their specialization in one of the subdisciplines of the Master. Next all students also have to follow one out of two available practical courses where they learn to carry out some practical experimental work, which takes place in small teams. Also part of the core courses is the Lecture Series on Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering, which is a series of seminars (14-18 per year) on various topics related to nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanoengineering, given by national and international guest speakers. The specific courses (21 credits) are compulsory programme courses of the specialization option. These programme courses are deepening the student’s competences in one of the specializing disciplines of the Master’s programme and prepare them also for the thesis work. The broadening courses (9-27 credits) allow the students to choose additional progamme courses, either from their own or from the other options of the Master’s, which allow them to broaden their scope beyond the chosen specialization. They can also choose to do an industrial internship on a nanoscience, nanotechnology or nanoengineering related topic at a nanotechnology company or research institute. The Master’s thesis (24 credits) is intended to bring the students in close and active contact with a multidisciplinary research environment. The student is assigned a relevant research project and work in close collaboration with PhD students, postdocs and professors. The research project is spread over the two semesters of the second Master’s year, and is finalized with a written Master’s thesis report, a publishable summary paper and a public presentation. You can also follow a similar programme in the frame of an interuniversity programme, the Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Strengths The programme is strongly research-oriented, and is lagerly based on the research of centres like imec (interuniversity microelectronics center) and INPAC (institute for nanoscale physics and chemistry) at the Faculty of Science, which are both worldwide research leaders in nanoscience and nanotechnology. During the Master’s thesis, students will have the opportunity to work in the exciting research programmes of these institutes. As a graduate of the Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering programme, you will have thorough scientific knowledge of the fundamental structures of physical, biological and chemical systems in terms of their molecular and atomic characteristics. You will also understand the formation of complex macro systems, which are unique in their operations and possess new functionalities, based on their molecular and atomic properties. The objective of the Master of Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering is to provide a top quality multidisciplinary education in nanoscience as well as in the use of nanotechnologies for systems and sensors at the macro-scale. The programme encompasses the disciplines of the three contributing faculties: Science (Departments of Physics and Chemistry), Engineering: Departments of Electrical Engineering and Materials Engineering, Bioscience Engineering. Some of the teaching staff are affiliated with imec, bringing a strong nanoelectronic component to the programme. The course are taught in English. The nanosciences are multidisciplinary. Students will receive basic training in nanoscale physics, chemistry, biology, bio-chemistry, material science and electronics. Special courses are designed to encourage thinking beyond the boundaries of these traditional scientific disciplines. This knowledge is complemented with courses in modern nanoelectronics and complex electronic systems, with an emphasis on the innovate role the nanosciences play in society. The programme is strongly connected to the latest innovations in the field. The courses are continuously updated following the progress of science and technology in this young and highly innovative field. Furthermore, students will spend at least one fourth of the study programme elaborating their own research project in the context of a Master’s thesis. There is ample room for elective courses, either to increase students’ level of proficiency or to broaden their horizon, according to own interest. The intended programme outcomes are clearly stated and are also clearly achieved according to students feedback. The programmes offer a broad education covering all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology where the students are acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes, with on one hand a strong horizontal multidisciplinary core education, in the various underlying disciplines, and on the other hand a more vertical specialization in one specific subfield of nanoscience and nanotechnology. All this is realized in programmes with a strong international dimension. The programme is well structured with choice of several subdisciplines as specialization options which allows for individual tuning of the students study programme to their individual interest. Course content builds on one another throughout the programme. The programme sufficiently refers to specific current situations and relevant problems, and can be considered as state-of-the-art. It gives a broad multidisciplinary education with sufficient attention to theoretical foundation. Each year a number of company visits is organized in the second semester to expose students to the type of companies in which they can find jobs (Holst Centre, Melexis, Europlasma, Solvay, On Semiconductor, ASML, etc.) The Erasmus Mundus label gives prestige to the programme, promotes European education and research; it allows attracting the best students from all over the world (brain magnet), gives a strong international dimension to both the Erasmus Mundus and the local Master’s programmes and guarantees that the education closely follows the international leading research of the contributing universities. The expertise of the professors and assistants is an asset of the programme. The research infrastructure and the contributing faculties is state-of-the-art. The link, both in teaching and in research, to a world renowned research organisation in the field of Nanotechnoly such as imec adds to the uniqueness of the programmes. According to the students feedback they find it positive that the programme challenges them to work had during their studies. Students find that there is a very broad variation and a wide choice of Master’s thesis topics offered and that the guidance during the development of the Master’s thesis is good. Is this the right programme for me? You have a strong analytic, synthetic, and interpretive capabilities and a clear interest in both fundamental sciences as well as technological problems. You should be able to understand a large variety of problems and to translate them into an abstract academic level, to crosslink knowledge from a variety of scientific disciplines, to form a personal and independent opinion and to transmit it to others. You should show a strong interest in scientific and/or technological problems, be interested in how and why systems function and have a clear sense of the societal and psychological relevance of technology and its implications upon society. From your Bachelor's education, you should have acquired a basic knowledge of mathematics (including advanced algebra and differential equations), physics, chemistry and electronics. If you are missing some of this background, introductory fundamental courses are offered to acquire this knowledge within the Master's programme. Knowledge of cell biology and biochemistry, molecular and atomic architecture, materials science and electromagnetism are considered as asset. Moreover, you are able to demonstrate excellence in your previous study results, as well as sufficient knowledge of English. In general, you have a capacity to think in a mathematical-analytical way and have a strong interest for technology. You are fascinated by the relationship between science and technology, are eager and prepared to learn autonomously, are willing to work hard and show perseverance, entrepreneurship and creativity. Non-Belgian students are required to submit proof of GPA, proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL test or equivalent) and a letter of motivation. Objectives Competent in one or more scientific disciplines Will possess a thorough knowledge of the basic underlying disciplines of nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanoengineering: material physics, devices and technologies for nanoelectronic applications and a clear view on the evolution of these applications in future physics, chemistry and biochemistry at nanometre scale electronic, optical, mechanical and thermodynamic qualities of metals, semiconductors and insulators physics and technology for building nanoelectronic and optoelectronic systems, electronic and optical interconnection technology for high speed and high pin count, packaging technology, thermal management in electronic systems and system-in-a-package structure, stability, folding and conformational dynamics of nanostructured biomolecules and their industrial applications chemical methods for preparing and characterizing nanostructured materials and supramolecular systems (molecular devices) and the properties of these materials and systems. mesoscopic properties which appear when the size of a system becomes comparable to characteristic physical length scales, and an understanding of how mesoscopic effects can be manipulated and controlled Have specialized knowledge in one of the following domains: Nanodevices and nanophysics Nanoelectronic design Nanomaterials and nanochemistry Bionanotechnology Graduates are able to apply knowledge from various domains and specializations in a creative way, expand it, deepen it and integrate it in functional systems Will possess a thorough knowledge of the methods used in technological problem solving and design. Will have an understanding of the formation of complex macro-systems which are unique in their operations and possess new functionalities. Are capable of thinking and acting across the boundaries of the underlying disciplines (physics, electronics, chemistry, biology). Competent in conducting research Possess the ability to systematically acquire and critically assess the scientific value and relevance of the state-of-the-art, related to nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanoengineering Possess the capability to analyze complex problems, define problem statements and formulate clearly structured research questions with the correct level of abstraction. Have the ability to assimilate existing and new concepts, methodologies and research results and apply them in an academic or industrial research environment. Competent in designing Possess the expertise to use and combine the various disciplines of nanoscience and nanotechnology to formulate new research questions based on a design problem Use acquired skills and knowledge to solve design problems by developing new models, (bio-)materials, devices, integrated circuits and systems while taking into account relevant boundary conditions Have the skill to independently take decisions related to the design, and to justify and evaluate these in a systematic manner A scientific approach Graduates possess a broad analytical, integrating, and problem-solving mind and are able to combine knowledge from nanotechnology and related domains. Graduates can select and process the most suitable information sources (scientific literature, internet, workshops, conferences, experimental data, and professional networks). Evaluate, select and exploit advanced scientific models, including the system/process model and boundary conditions, with the appropriate level of complexity for the specific application. Possess the correct attitudes to continuously adapt in a knowledge based society and to learn new technologies. Basic intellectual skills Can reflect autonomously on a variation of different problems related to nanoscience and nanotechnology Graduates have a critical-constructive attitude with respect to new discoveries and developments encountered in the scientific literature and in their own research. Have the capability of developing and defending opinions about their field, based on objective argumentations Competent in co-operating and communicating Experience in communication, both written and orally (in Dutch and/or English) with experts and non-experts about their own research and design results Co-operate and manage projects in a (multidisciplinary) team: distribute and assume responsibilities, observe time and resource constraints, document project progress and results Takes account of the temporal and social context Are able to function within a context of social, economic and environmental boundary conditions as well as in an international context Are aware of their societal, ethical and ecological responsibility and act on it. Are aware of the challenges, risks and promises of nanotechnological developments. Career perspectives In the coming decades, nanoscience and nanotechnology will undoubtedly become the driving force for a new set of products, systems, and applications. These disciplines are even expected to form the basis for a new industrial revolution. Within a few years, nanoscience applications are expected to impact virtually every technological sector and ultimately many aspects of our daily life. In the coming five-to-ten years, many new products and companies will emerge based on nanotechnology and nanosciences. These new products will stem from the knowledge developed at the interface of the various scientific disciplines offered in this Master's programme. Thus, graduates will find a wealth of career opportunities in the sectors and industries developing these new technologies: electronics, new and smart materials, chemical technology, biotechnology, R&D, independent consultancies and more. Graduates have an ideal background to become the invaluable interface between these areas and will be able to apply their broad perspective on nanoscience and nanotechnology to the development and creation of new products and even new companies. [-]

Master of Nuclear Engineering (Leuven et al)

Campus 60  September 2017 Belgium Leuven

Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including power production, waste management, nuclear fuel production, etc. The Belgian Nuclear Higher Education Network (BNEN) combines the expertise in nuclear education and research of six major Belgian universities (KU Leuven, Ghent University, VUB, UCL, ULG and ULB) with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN. [+]

Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including power production, waste management, nuclear fuel production, etc. The Belgian Nuclear Higher Education Network (BNEN) combines the expertise in nuclear education and research of six major Belgian universities (KU Leuven, Ghent University, VUB, UCL, ULG and ULB) with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN. What is the Master of Nuclear Engineering about? Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including: power production nuclear fuel production radioelement production engineering accelerator design and fabrication waste management safety management nuclear medicine research The Belgium Nuclear Higher Education Network combines the expertise in nuclear education and research of six major Belgian universities (KU Leuven, UGent, VUB, UCL, ULG and ULB) with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. Structure The current programme can be divided into three core blocks: Introductory courses allowing refreshing or first contact with the basic notions of nuclear physics, material sciences and the principles of energy conversion through use of nuclear phenomena, supplemented by a core block of nuclear engineering applied to electricity generation and reactor use; theory of reactors and neutronics, thermal hydraulic phenomena during reactor operation, the nuclear fuel cycle and specific material-corrosion problems. A block of elective courses that allow students to deepen certain topics of their choice. A Master’s thesis. The collaboration with SCK*CEN makes it possible to include actual use of facilities in the curriculum, supporting the development of skills and competences in a research environment. All subjects are taught by academics appointed by the partner universities, whereas the practical exercises and laboratory sessions are supervised by the experts of SCK*CEN. The Master’s thesis offers an opportunity for internship in industry or in a research laboratory. All teaching activities take place on the premises of SCK*CEN. Courses are organized in English and in a modular way; teaching in blocks of one to three weeks for each module allows optimal time management for students and lecturers, facilitates registration for individual modules, and allows easy exchange with international students. BNEN has served as a role model for the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) which now has become an association of over 60 members (universities, industry, regulators, research centres), aiming at facilitating mobility in Europe for students in nuclear engineering. On particular aspect of the BNEN degree is that it automatically leads to the recognition as Class I Expert by the Federal Agency of Nuclear Control. In order to receive this accreditation the programme must at least offer 24 credits in Nuclear Safety and 12 credits in Radioprotection. Spotlight The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering programme is an internationally oriented, interuniversity programme organized by BNEN in close collaboration with nuclear research centres and industry. The aim of the BNEN programme is to provide students with all the skills and scientific and technical background necessary to carry out duties at a high level of responsibility in order to ensure the safe and economical operation of nuclear power plants, the regulation and control of nuclear installations or to design new nuclear systems. A major strength of the BNEN programme, as to its sustainability, is that it allows providing high quality academic education by experts from (or appointed by) the main Belgian universities at low individual cost and thus very efficiently harmonized/rationalized. In addition, the participation of the nuclear research centre SCK*CEN in the consortium provides superb realistic experimental facilities in a difficult (radioactive) environment at low cost for the universities. A further fundamental strength of the programme can be found in the fact that a well-balanced curriculum is offerded where the contents and format have been discussed at length with representatives of the major nuclear companies that are the first potential employers of the graduates. Objectives and programme outcomes were defined that encompass in depth disciplinary specific competences as well as, but in a less pronounced way, transferable skills and competences that are needed for an efficient integration of a graduate in a larger engineering team. There is a nearly complete overlap between objectives and realized competences in courses, electives, exercises and Master’s thesis. This can be ascribed to the following contributing factors: There is a good balance between theory and practical skills. This is implemented through an appropriate diversity of didactic formats, including exercises and/or labs for nearly all courses. There is a good balance between basic subjects and advanced subjects through elective course modules and topical days organized by SCK*CEN. There is appropriate care for multidisciplinary scientific competences and for transferrable skills through the importance given to the Master’s thesis. The competences of the teaching staff (lecturers and assistants) with respect to the theoretical background are strong. There is a good mix of junior and senior lecturers. The education in programmes is backed by world-class research at the universities, the research center and the involvement of teachers working in international research institutes. The involvement of several professors who have their principal employment in nuclear companies. There is a large and dynamic group of young researchers involved in the course teaching (seminars), labs and exercises sessions and as mentors of Master’s theses. Both in the professors and the young researchers are very active in the major international research programmes and associations related to applications of nuclear phenomena. Is this the right programme for me? Students entering the programme are expected to have a solid background in engineering, mathematics and physics. They should possess a problem-solving attitude and a genuine spirit for safety. Incoming students must hold an academic degree in engineering (Master of Science in Engineering or Agricultural Engineering, based on a programme of at least 300 ECTS. Holders of a 4-year Master's degree in industrial engineering and sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.) are required to take an entrance exam amounting to the material covered in 'adjustment courses' equivalent to a maximum load of 30 ECTS. Former Industrial Engineering majors need to compensate for a lack of mathematics and science related background; science majors need to compensate for typical engineering subjects. Objectives The aim of the programme is to deliver experts in the field of nuclear energy generation, the construction of facilities for appropriate use and the follow-up of safety procedures concerning nuclear processes. At the end of the programme the students will have acquired : - understanding of nuclear processes (physics); - understanding of the procedures and techniques necessary to control nuclear processes (hydraulics, reactor technology, operation and controls management); - understanding of safety and reliability procedures; - understanding of nuclear waste treatment and safety; - the capacity to create and maintain structures to control nuclear processes; - the capacity to take part in industrial processes related to the generation of nuclear energy; - communicative capacities; - the capacity to take part in further research concerning this topic. Career perspectives Upon completion of the Master's programme in Nuclear Engineering, students will have acquired: a thorough understanding of nuclear physical processes; a comprehensive knowledge of the procedures and techniques necessary to control nuclear processes; an in-depth knowledge of nuclear safety, reliability procedures and nuclear waste treatment; the competence to design and maintain structures to control nuclear processes; communicative skills in the field of nuclear technology and the capability to participate in research concerning the above mentioned topics. Graduates possess the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out duties at a high level of responsibility in: nuclear power plants nuclear research reactors nuclear regulatory organisations nuclear engineering firms nuclear fuel fabrication nuclear waste treatment radio-isotope production In addition, the degree itself is an important part of the legal qualifications necessary to become a safety professional in a major nuclear installation. [-]

Master of Safety Engineering (Leuven)

Campus 60  September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The Master of Safety Engineering meets the existing needs and growing demands for safety experts coming from society and industry. The programme will prepare you to improve and realize safety in many different areas. The programme trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety. [+]

The Master of Safety Engineering meets the existing needs and growing demands for safety experts coming from society and industry. The programme will prepare you to improve and realize safety in many different areas. The programme trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety. What is the Master of Safety Engineering about? The Master in Safety Engineering will prepare you to improve and realise safety in many different areas. The programme trains you in prevention policy and safety management systems, the safety of products, processes, and installations, qualitative risk analysis techniques, and fire and explosion safety. You’ll obtain detailed knowledge of technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant, and risk evaluations based on qualitative and quantitative methods. Structure The Master of Safety Engineering comprises a total of 60 credits. The programme consists of a group of common compulsory courses (23 credits) that are taken up by every student. This party cointains courses with themes that are of interest to every safety professional, irrespective of the specialisation option. All course in this part are taught in English. This relatively large core part ensures that every student is given the same broad basic education about the specialised field of safety. After a general introduction to safety engineering, prevention policy and safety management systems are treated. Safety of products, processes and installations are discussed next and qualitative risk analysis techniques, fire and explosion safety complete this section. Furthermore, students choose between one of two available options (22 credits each): Option Process Safety or Option Prevention. In turn, each option contains a number of compulsory courses (16 credits) and elective courses (6 credits). The Option Prevention focuses on occupational safety and health-related issues. The compulsory courses in this option also discuss non-technical aspects concerning safety. This option is mainly of interest to candidates who want to obtain the Certificaat Preventieadviseur Niveau 1. The Option Process Safety provides students with a detailed knowledge of technical and managerial process safety concepts with regard to the whole life cycle of a production plant from concept to design, construction and operation to decommissioning. Safety concepts of representative operational units are presented in a series of case studies. Examples of required safety oriented competences in industrial operations are also discussed. It is shown how risk evaluations and estimates based on qualitative and quantitative methods are performed. Each student also needs to choose elective courses either from a short indicative list, or from any Master’s programme within the Group of Science, Engineering and Technology. Finally, students have to complete a Master’s thesis of 15 credits, which represents an effort that is consistent with a programme of 60 credits in total. The programme can be completed in normal fashion in one-year on a full-time basis. However, to facilitate the participation of working professionals, it can also be followed on a two year part-time basis. Spotlight For more than 25 years, the Faculty of Engineering has offered an Advanced Master’s programme in Safety Engineering. This programme was intended to prepare participants for the role of safety officer in large industrial plants, as required by Belgian law. The teaching was accompanied by research activities in industrial safety. In order to meet changing industrial demands and to keep up with major new developments in the field of technical and occupational safety, KU Leuven and Essenscia (the Belgian umbrella organisation of companies that are active in the field of chemistry and life sciences) joined forces to review and renew the contents of the existing programme. Started in 1975, it is one of the first academic safety technology programmes in Europe, and similar programmes are even now not very frequently available. Inside Belgium, the programme is unique in offering a technically oriented safety education. The educational programme and its graduates are highly respected by the industrial partners where job opportunities for safety engineers are available. Safety engineering is a university-level programme developed on top of strong scientific basis (only students with a Master’s degree are admitted). Similar to other engineering programmes where a systems approach is followed, the students acquire a broad conceptual view and knowledge of the scientific disciplines needed for understanding the many different aspects of safety engineering. University professors and professionals from industry each bring their expertise to the teaching of subject matter that is not only technical or of engineering nature, but also related to human factors and organisational aspects needed in the wider context of safety and prevention. Synergy and cooperation with industrial stakeholders. This interaction is present at several levels. The Option Process Safety was introduced as a response to a request and need from industry. The Option Prevention gives access to the legal certificate of prevention adviser in Belgium. External guest speakers from industry are invited to give seminar talks, relatively many company visits are organised for the students and several Master’s theses are undertaken together with an industrial partner. Financial support is available via sponsoring by essenscia of the Chair Safety Engineering. The scheduling of lecturers and seminars is adapted in such a way that the participation of working professionals from industry or government institutes is highly facilitated. Also the mixture of fresh graduates and professionals in the same class room gives rise to mutually beneficial interactions. Graduates have no problem whatsoever in finding a suitable job. Next to the job opportunities already available to them, the Master of Safety Engineering diploma opens up extra job possibilities for our graduates. Is this the right programme for me? Considering the many different aspects related to safety, quality, reliability, efficiency, technical and regulatory constraints, correct management of industrial process operations is becoming increasingly complex. At the same time, our modern society is being confronted with safety-related problems in many different areas, such as traffic and transport, logistics, environment and consumer products. Moreover, there are a growing number of rules and regulations at the European level with respect to health and safety issues. The Master of Safety Engineering meets this existing need and growing demand for safety experts coming from society and industry. To this end, the programme offers a university-level education that gives the participants a broad overview and a scientifically based understanding of professional expertise in the many and different domains of safety specialisation. Attention is paid to the development and acquisition of competences that are of importance to safety: from the identification, analysis and evaluation of hazards and risks associated with products and processes, to the implementation of safety systems in an industrial context where people-related, organisational and management aspects also need to be considered. The graduates are thus well prepared to function professionally as safety officer in a work environment that is most often technical-industrial in nature. The Master of Science in Safety Engineering programme teaches participants how to apply their knowledge and skills in order to improve and realise safety in the above-mentioned areas. Objectives After finishing this advanced Master's programme, the student should: - have a broadly based knowledge of the different scientific disciplines that are needed to study and analyse the diverse technical and non-technical issues related to safety technology, risk management and loss prevention. - have acquired the capabilities and competences to perform or co-ordinate a scientifically sound analysis of safety related problems and their solutions within the governing boundary conditions (legal, organisational, technical, environmental, etc.). To carry out the programme's objectives, teaching activities consist of a combination of classroom lectures, practically oriented seminars and site visits. The instructors themselves come from the academic world both inside and outside K.U.Leuven, or have been recruited from reputable industrial companies because of their long-standing expertise and willingness to contribute to teaching and training. Career perspectives In many countries, there is a permanent and growing need for scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable and trained at the academic level in the field of safety engineering and safety management. This is due to the increasing complexity of industrial production processes and the growing number of rules and regulations both in Europe and internationally. Graduates of the Master of Science in Safety Engineering programme find employment in small national and large multinational industrial companies at home and abroad or are employed in private and/or governmental organisations. Such organisations need experts with the ability to conduct research, carry out analyses, and perform inspections, monitoring and certification in the broad field of safety. Moreover, in some countries (including Belgium), companies beyond a certain size dealing with specific risks are required by law to hire or even employ a certified prevention advisor. This certification can be acquired through the Prevention option of the Master of Science in Safety Engineering (Certificaat Preventieadviseur Niveau 1). It is also possible for graduates to begin a career as an independent consultant with expertise in safety and environmental areas. [-]

Master of Science in Business Engineering (Brussels and Leuven)

Campus Full time September 2017 Belgium Leuven Brussels + 1 more

The Master of Science in Business Engineering is a two year full-time Master's program taught in English. The programme corresponds to the domain of business studies and is management-oriented: the focus lies on the company and how it can function optimally. [+]

Education and program The Master of Science in Business Engineering is a two year full-time Master's program taught in English. The programme corresponds to the domain of business studies and is management-oriented: the focus lies on the company and how it can function optimally. This foundation of business studies is combined with a strong analytical insight and a highly developed knowledge of technological processes. The programme has therefore an input from both the exact and the applied sciences. The Master of Science in Business Engineering is organized at two campuses: Brussels and Leuven. The programme consists of 120 ECTS spread over two years. The programmes share a common structure and have the same compulsory courses. Each campus offers different courses in the majors, minors and electives. Students on one campus have the option to follow some of the courses at the other campus. Core programme CAMPUS BRUSSELS MINORS Students choose one minor from the following list and select courses for 24 credits within that minor: Corporate Sustainability European Affairs Management Quantitative Data Analytics Technology and Innovation Management Finance and Risk CAMPUS LEUVEN MAJORS MINORS (24 ECTS)
 Students choose one minor from the following list and select courses for 24 credits within that minor: Accounting and Financial Management Finance Actuarial and Financial Engineering Marketing Production and Logistics Data Science and Business Analytics Industry, Global Value Chains and New Technologies Economics Technology and Entrepreneurship International Business, Strategy and Innovation Corporate Sustainability * European Affairs Management * Predoctoral Track * These minors are offered at the campus in Brussels. Admission Requirements Admission requirements To be eligible for direct admission to the Master of Business Engineering programme, you must have: an academic bachelor’s degree with a strong quantitative and/or technological focus and with sufficient knowledge of economics and management science; or an academic bachelor’s degree in (business) economics with a substantial quantitative and/or technological component. The screening of the application file will be based on evidence of the applicant’s acquired competences in primarily the following domains: economics; management; quantitative methods, technology and sciences, and IT-programming. A GMAT/GRE-test result with a minimum score of above the 80th percentile on the quantitative part is required. You also need to have a good command of English. Unless you are of Anglo-Saxon origin, you will be asked to submit a TOEFL or IELTS certificate. If you have already completed an English-language academic programme at an Anglo-Saxon university, your degree will be considered sufficient proof of your English proficiency. General admission: www.kuleuven.be/admissions Specific admissions information for this programme and its previous education requirements. (Inter)national The Faculty of Economics and Business has close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas. Spotlight Our mission is to develop participants' critical, conceptual, problem-solving and decision-making skills. A master's degree from KU Leuven's Faculty of Economics and Business equips students with fundamental and conceptual knowledge and with analytical tools to cope effectively with the problems of the current and constantly changing business and economic environment. Adopting a research-based approach, the school focuses on the disciplines that underlie business operations and economic decisions. This enables its graduates to acquire the necessary skills and tools for coping with current and future challenges. Graduates of the MSc in Business Engineering usually start their careers in technical expert functions within interdisciplinary management teams. They are also able to take up more traditional management tasks, armed with the ability to support key decisions using quantitative analyses. [-]

Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning (Leuven)

Campus 120  September 2017 Belgium Leuven

As an internationally oriented programme developing a critical understanding of contemporary conditions of cities and urban regions, the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning aims to cultivate innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through design, planning and policies. It prepares students for leadership roles in urban design, urban development and management, and strategic planning, with a special focus on European-wide urban problems. [+]

As an internationally oriented programme developing a critical understanding of contemporary conditions of cities and urban regions, the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning aims to cultivate innovative concepts and strategies for qualitative interventions in urban territories through design, planning and policies. It prepares students for leadership roles in urban design, urban development and management, and strategic planning, with a special focus on European-wide urban problems. What is the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning about? The Master of Science in Urbanism and Strategic Planning (MaUSP) is a four-semester academic degree offered within the Faculty of Engineering Science by the Department of Architecture. The programme interacts with research conducted by the research groups active in the department. The MaUSP programme is part of the European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU), and students can apply to attend one or two semesters abroad at one of the partner universities - UPC Barcelona, TU Delft or IUAV Venezia - to obtain the additional European Postgraduate Master of Urbanism. The joint EMU programme is a collaborative effort bringing together the best components of existing curricula, creating new courses and offering a top-ranking professional degree by combining the specificity and strengths of the participating universities. The consortium functions as a platform for promoting an exchange of knowledge, ideas, and research projects on current urban trends in Europe and the world. Structure Courses are organized according to the following setup: Core courses Design studios Optional courses Final design thesis Design studios form the heart of the programme, a status reflected in their credit load. They are organized as two full days of work on Mondays and Tuesdays to provide an intensive and immersive working environment, as occurs in most professional practices. They also are courses where a balance between teamwork and individual contribution is developed, since students are subdivided in small but varied groups from inception. Depending on the track students choose (urbanism or planning), certain optional courses become compulsory. Spotlight Guest lectures and seminars form an important part of the programme. Most are compulsory. The programme benefits from the department’s worldwide contacts in the field of human settlement and urbanism. Professionals involved in teaching, design, and consultancy activities from different comers of the world reflect the international character of the MaUSP curriculum. Study trips to various destinations are organized throughout the academic year. You will be able to see and experience the area studied and will have the unique opportunity to link your theoretical knowledge to daily practice and fieldwork. The trips include visits to sites, lectures by local experts, as well as a range of assignments. Recent study trips in Europe have been made to France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and London (UK). Furthermore, one-day visits within Belgium are organized to support courses and provide an understanding of local current trends in urban transformations. As a key feature of the programme, a study trip and studio-related fieldwork sessions are offered in a non-Western context. You will be given the opportunity to travel to the non-European studio context for fieldwork and visits to best practices sites and other relevant sites for about two weeks. Annual design workshops (EMU) are a compulsory and crucial activity offered by KU Leuven and the other three partner universities (IUAV Venice, UPC Barcelona and TU Delft). This weeklong exchange of ideas and exposure to four different school approaches intensifies and broadens the programme’s purpose. To date, students have had the opportunity to undertake design investigations in Conegliano (Italy), in the area of “Pra dei Gai” and the area around Venice. Unique position within the educational landscape of Belgium and internationally, since MaUSP is the only English-language programme in the field of Urbanism and Strategic Planning in Flanders. MaUSP continues to provide high-level education for candidates aspiring to positions as urban planners in Flanders, regardless of its international orientation. Strong research-by-design basis, with an emphasis on space as a resource (in urban transformations) and as a medium of integration, hence the role of planning and design. Diversity of incoming students, both in terms of geographic origin, and in terms of professional/educational backgrounds. Strong network of alumni and a sound reputation despite its young age, which fosters an active system of collaborations supporting the selection of design studio topics, Master’s thesis topics, etc. (examples: T.OP Limburg; Leidal; T.OP Noord Rand; UN-Habitat; etc.). Quality and quantity of visiting faculties and international speakers as a part of lecture series, studio juries and showcase events such as World Urbanisms. Synergy MaHS – MaUSP – EMU. Interdisciplinary collaborations (e.g. European Module Spatial Development Planning, etc.). Is this the right programme for me? The ideal prospective student has a firm foundational knowledge of architecture and planning, exceptional results from previous studies, and a special desire to address European-wide urban problems. Practical experience in design offices, consultancy firms, planning or policymaking councils is beneficial. Proven, extensive and highly regarded personal experience can compensate for deficiencies in academic qualification. Graduates are recognized in Flanders as urban planners, if they comply with certain rules pertaining to their choice of design studios and courses, thus being eligible for certain positions as public servants. Objectives The Advanced Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning (MaUSP) programme achieves the learning outcomes described below through a 120 credits professional training programme taught and tutored by internationally respected specialists from both academic and professional spheres. The programme serves a small group of select international candidates with advanced design skills or an equivalent background related to urbanism and/or planning. This general objective can be translated into the following learning outcomes: 1. Graduates have mastered the state-of-the-art in academic theory and day-to-day methods and have obtained the skills to practice as an urbanism and strategic planning professional. 2. Graduates have acquired the ability to conceive and design spatial interventions and strategies that have the capacity to positively affect complex developments such as contemporary urbanization and give expression to a critical vision on the spatial organisation of today's society. This implies that graduates have gained a deep understanding of the dynamic and multifunctional aspects of the built environment through critical analysis design approaches. 3. Graduates have mastered the research methods, planning tools and state-of-the-art design practices in urbanism and strategic planning. 4. Graduates are able to creatively combine the research and design driven natures of their disciplines. 5. Like their cohorts in the Master of Human Settlements (MaHS) programme, MaUSP graduates have experience in team-based interdisciplinary research and studio work in order to prepare them to constructively act and work in a multilevel and multisectoral environment, which often involves partaking in multidisciplinary teams. 6. By exposure to stimulating exchanges and interactive feedback between academic analysis and day-to-day practice, graduates have acquired the ability to operate as 'reflective practitioners', which means promoting approaches that include reflection (theory, history, critique) as well as action (in the form of design research and strategy development) but also self-reflection (self-criticism and reorientation, personal development through communication and co-learning). 7. Graduates are familiar with methods and have acquired skills for intervention which reflect context-responsive concepts of sustainable development at different scale levels. In a professional capacity, graduates of the Master of Urbanism and Strategic Planning programme will consequently be expected to have acquired the following: Knowledge - Graduates are aware of various contexts of urbanization in Europe and the wider world. They have insight into how the built environment emerged, grew and transformed and understand how the disciplines of urbanism and spatial planning operate in the processes of urbanisation. - Graduates have insight in design methods based on a deep analysis of the ongoing forces and phenomena that determine today's urbanization. - Graduates understand how urbanism and spatial planning as professional fields relate to other selected professional disciplines (sociology, economy, geography, etc.). - Graduates understand, as MaHS graduates do within the field of human settlements, the relationship between policies at various levels (worldwide, international, national, local) and the professional approaches and initiatives of urbanism and strategic planning. Skills - Graduates are able to scientifically formulate a (development) problem in the built environment and propose a method or approach for solving the problem and applying it to offer a solution. Furthermore, graduates are able to focus on the strategic project in an integral way. That is, they will be able to directly intervene in what is politically and economically feasible, yet exert an effect in time and scale that exceeds the hic et nunc. - Graduates are able to recognize the link between the participatory visioning of a strategic project, its design (in terms of concept, form and strategy) and its implementation (in terms of adequate, feasible and timely project management, development and assessment). - Graduates have insight in the design methods based on the deep analysis of ongoing forces and phenomena of urbanisation as mentioned above, and have mastered these methods. This includes searching for, selecting and assessing sources of information. This analytical capacity is complemented with the capacity to conceive, develop and express interventions on various scale levels. - Graduates are able to address the different scales relevant in urbanism and urban planning, with the intention of stressing the interrelations between them. - Graduates are capable of communicating acquired knowledge in a well-structured and clear manner, orally, textually and graphically. Attitudes - Graduates have a result-oriented planning and design attitude that effectively brings the (legitimate) interests of the different stakeholders in a planning or design project closer together and furthers a spatial policy aimed at the implementation of a coherent vision. - Like to their cohorts in the MaHS programme, graduates have developed a critical and open attitude enabling them to appreciate the value and contextual relevance of information and evaluate proposals of interventions. - Like to their cohorts in the MaHS programme, graduates have developed attitudes enabling them to learn from others and cooperate with professionals and other actors in society at large and with stakeholders involved in strategic interventions in particular. Career perspectives After successfully completing the programme, you will have acquired a thorough knowledge of urbanisation in different contexts. You will have learned to work on various scale levels, with an understanding of the interferences between scales. You will be able to conduct a critical analysis of spatial phenomena in relation to the social and economic forces driving them. Building upon such analysis, you can design strategic interventions that are politically and economically feasible, and that have a structural impact. You will have developed excellent communication skills, visually as well as textually, and you will be able to function in a research environment. Graduates will be able to provide professional architectural and/or urban design experience to design offices, consultancy firms, or work as public servants. Urbanism is closely related to current and rapid social transformation and there is a continual need for professionals capable of elaborating new interpretations, strategies and designs in response to emerging trends. MaUSP graduates are highly valued in urban design offices, consultancy firms for urban development and management, real estate agencies that develop public-private partnerships and the public sector. [-]

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Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (Leuven)

Campus 60 - 66  September 2017 Belgium Leuven

The interdisciplinary programme Master of Arts in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (MAES) introduces students to the study of Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and of constant exchange with the outside world. [+]

The interdisciplinary programme Master of Arts in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives (MAES) introduces students to the study of Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and of constant exchange with the outside world. What is the Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives all about? This interdisciplinary programme engages students to study Europe both as a transnational community and as an actor in a globalised world. The programme offers insight and knowledge about the nature and functioning of Europe both in the contemporary world and in a historical perspective. Interaction with staff members from various disciplines and faculties (Social Sciences, Arts, Law, Economics, and Theology) exposes students to a wide range of theoretical approaches and allows them to acquire the necessary methodological skills. The programme strongly emphasises the need to engage in a critical debate about the challenges that confront Europe with respect to its internal, diversified identities and ites interaction with other actors in the world. Programme The programme consists of four interdisciplinary modules. You choose four courses from one particular module. Module 1: European History, Diversity, and Culture focuses on how transnational movements and institutions function in a continent characterised by deep historical diversities. Module 2: EU External Relations analyses the external policies and relations of the European Union within the context of globalisation and new forms of global governance. Module 3: Globalising Europe investigates different dimensions of globalisation and their relevance for contemporary European society, politics, and culture. Module 4: Europe - Asia: Interactions and Comparisons offers students the possibility to complement their European perspective with knowledge of developments in contemporary Asia. In addition, you will be asked to select two courses from the list of electives. Finally, all students take the course 'Transnational and Global Perspectives on Europe' and write a master's thesis. Is this the right programme for me? The Master of Arts in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives is a demanding and specialised initial master's programme. It is advisable to apply only if, in your previous studies, you obtained at least 'cum laude' ('honours' / 'with distinction' / 'onderscheiding'). This programme is a full-time programme. All courses are taught during the day and for most courses your attendance is required. It is therefore not possible to combine a job with this demanding programme. Prospective students should: be capable of engaging scholarly literature in English be capable of discussing scholarly ideas in English possess basic methodological skills for conducting research in the humanities and be familiar with ICT tools be capable of working individually on a research topic and organising work independently seek to acquire a basic knowledge about the modern development of Europe and be willing to devote extra time at the beginning of the programme if that knowledge is deemed to be too limited have good analytical skills and be open to interdisciplinary thinking have a general knowledge of Europe, European history and European integration, and have been introduced to the basic principles of economics and law Students who have not yet obtained sufficient preliminary knowledge of Europe and the EU during previous academic studies should prepare themselves through thorough self-guided study. Objectives The multidisciplinary ‘Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives’ engages students to study Europe as a continent of strong interactions across national boundaries and constant exchanges with the outside world. By choosing one of the four modules, students focus on transnational perspectives on European history, society, diversity and culture; the external relations and policies of the European Union; the position and interactions of Europe in a context of globalisation and global governance; or the interactions and comparisons between Europe and Asia. The multidisciplinary and research-based education enables students to acquire skills to understand, contextualize and assess complex challenges that transcend disciplinary bounderies as well as national and regional borders. It allows students to engage in a critical debate about Europe within a context of complex internal and external dynamics, and formulate alternative options. Interaction with staff members of various disciplines and faculties exposes students to a wide range of academic approaches in the study of Europe. Supervision by individual staff members, particularly in the context of their master thesis, provides students with focus and guidance for their own research. Career paths MAES graduates are equipped with in-depth knowledge of various aspects of European politics, law, history and culture, are schooled in various research methodologies, and are able to communicate their findings to various and diverse audiences. MAES graduates are thus well positioned for a wide range of professional pursuits. Many alumni work for European institutions and lobby groups, provide advice on European affairs to national, regional or local administrations and governments, or work as European affairs officers for private companies and non-governmental organisations. Others are engaged in national and multinational diplomacy. Many MAES graduates hold academic positions in European politics, economics, history and culture at universities all over the world. Other alumni inform the public about European affairs as journalists and cultural officers. Having delivered its first graduates in 1989, many MAES alumni indicate MAES's MA degree in European Studies as a decisive factor in their career success. [-]

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