Advanced Master in Innovation & Strategic Management

Postgraduate course in Management for Master students or junior professionals
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Brussels
Solbosch Campus (ULB)
1 year
every day
Monday to Friday
English
€ 15.000
The fee does not include accommodation, travel and living expenses, as well as the optional European Innovation Tour and the optional coding school.
Registration deadline: 31/08/2019 | Programme start: 12/09/2019
Deadline for non-EU students: 31 May 2019, for EU students: 31 August 2019

Who is the programme aimed at?

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This program seeks Master students or junior professionals from any academic background who wish to acquire or develop new skills and take their career to the next level. Motivated candidates, with a strong interest in business, innovation and entrepreneurship, appreciating diversity and multidisciplinary activities.

Key admissions criteria

Eligibility criteria
  • Bachelor or Master or equivalent (4 or 5 years of study overall)
  • 3-year Bachelor (180 ECTS), preferably followed by 1-2 years of work experience
  • Proficiency in English is a must

Your benefits

By the end of this Advanced Master, you will be able to make informed choices about strategic & innovation issues carrying a high degree of uncertainty, solve complex business & radical innovation issues, work in or lead teams in charge of change management or innovation projects and integrate technological advances and opportunities into existing business models.

The program covers the main management disciplines with a particular focus on the future developments of the market and emerging technologies. Innovation and strategy at the heart of the knowledge economy!

The programme highlights the importance of innovation and helps instil a strategic approach. This is why we offer you the possibility to participate in the (optional) European Innovation Tour that we organise every year for the students of the Advanced Master in Innovation and Strategic Management. Join our 2 study trips in top innovation hubs across Europe (Milan, Berlin, Paris,…). Please note that the cost of this trip is not included in the tuition fees. 

Develop the ability to analyse complex challenges, grasp innovative opportunities, acquire new soft skills, become more prepared and self-confident to face recruiters.

Experience our teaching methods which are very hands-on and participant-centred. Courses are mainly structured into real case studies, workshops, seminars, simulations, presentations, group work, field projects, company visits and on-the-job learning.

Classes are intentionally limited to manageable-sized and coherent cohorts (max 35 students), ensuring maximum participation and easy access to the faculty and the advanced masters academic or administration team.

The faculty comprises Solvay and ULB professors bringing in their theoretical insight and the latest research expertise from their respective fields, as well as top-level practitioners driven by a real passion for education bringing in their practical insight and on-the-field experience. Top-of-the-line guests are also invited for additional workshops or sessions.

Diversity in class in terms of gender, academic background and culture enhances your student experience. Benefit from our international faculty, international case-studies, the student trips to other cities and the multicultural environment you will be studying in, right at the heart of Europe.

Our career service will help you in building your career thanks to our strong connection with the business sector and to our dynamic team who will accompany you into the professional world. From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team assists you to realise their full potential. Through a wide range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help you to discover the career path best suited to your personal fulfilment.
85% of our students find a job within 3 months after graduation!

Become part of one of the largest business networks in Belgium, members of which are actually present in more than 65 countries around the world. Participate in the events organized, expand your network and never stop learning and evolving.

Overview of the programme

The Advanced Master in Innovation & Strategic Management provides you with the essential tools, skills and mindset needed to deal with the challenge of organizations in fast-evolving environments. It helps you to develop your ability to analyse complex challenges, integrate technology and innovation into your projects or businesses, and influence your environment early on in your career.

Curriculum

5 terms + preparatory classes.

1 TERM 0: PREPARATORY CLASSES

Beg. Sept – Mid Sept

  • Refresher Excel
  • Refresher Finance

2 TERM 1: GETTING STARTED

Mid Sept – Mid Nov (6 weeks classes, 2 weeks exams)

  • Presentation Design
  • Pitching your project
  • Introduction to Business Models and BMC
  • Discover yourself
  • Design Thinking
  • Creativity & Innovation workshop
  • Strategy Diagnostic and Decisions
  • Strategic Marketing Bootcamp
  • Critical Thinking
  • Finance
  • Milano Student Trip

3 TERM 2: MASTERING THE BASICS OF BUSINESS

Mid Nov – Mid Jan (6 weeks classes, 2 weeks exams)

  • Managing the Future
  • Organizational Behaviour & Leadership
  • Advanced Strategy
  • Digital Innovation
  • Social Innovation
  • Intellectual Property Strategy

4 TERM 3: INNOVATION & STRATEGY

End Jan – End March (6 weeks classes, 2 weeks exams)

  • Data Science for Business
  • Leading and Living Innovation
  • Strategy Implementation
  • International Strategy
  • Financial for Growth

5 TERM 4: GETTING REAL

End March – Mid May (6 weeks classes, 2 weeks exams)

  • Project Management
  • Personal Develoment Sessions
  • European Innovation Tour

6 TERM 5: FIELD PROJECT or CODING SCHOOL

Mid May – End June

You will have the possibility to choose between conducting a field project within a group comprised of Innovation & Strategic Management and Innovation & Entrepreneurship students and participating in coding classes at Le Wagon (coding class costs are not included in the tuition fees).

More programme features

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:

1- Send your resume (see contact details below) for an eligibility check.
2- Complete and submit the online application form together with the required documents.
3- Receive feedback from the Academic Committee.
4- Have a personal interview with the Academic Director.
5- Receive feedback on your admission. If positive, please note that you will have two weeks to finalize your registration by paying a deposit of €2000.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR APPLICATION:

  • Online application form
  • CV in English
  • Copies of University degree(s) and of all academic transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native speaker
  • A cover letter in English

If the applicant deems it relevant, he/she can support the application with:

  • Letters of reference
  • Any other certificate (GMAT, GRE, etc.)

Participants.

Apart from the countless group projects, presentations and company visits, the programme has allowed me to develop essential entrepreneurial abilities, master key managerial concepts and build the right team-player mindset to cope with a continuously changing environment. I’ve had the honour to be carefully guided in creating my own venture with a fellow student, to lead a group-based three-month internship at a fast-growing digital marketing scale-up in Brussels and to be part of a consulting project for EY.

Solvay Brussels School is well known all around Europe for its learning methodology which is very constructive. It helped me become more structured and able to go straight to the point.

I got to meet CEO’s, CFO’s, founders, managing directors from different leading global companies, start-ups and scale-ups; fascinating people that all have a story to tell, full of valuable learnings for young professionals.

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Nationalities

63 %

International students

85 %

Of our graduates find a job within 3 months after graduation

Lecturers

Bruno Wattenbergh
EY
Senior Advisor and Chairman of the Belgium Innovation Board

Academic Director

Luc de Brabandere
Cartoonbase - BCG
Corporate Philosopher

Lecturer

Mathias Schmit
ULB SBS & Sagora Risk Management
Academic director and associate professor of finance, managing director of SAGORA

Lecturer

If you are eager to embed innovation in existing organizations and leverage technology in businesses in a smarter way, this Master is designed for you.
Bruno Wattenbergh
Academic Director

Career Opportunities

After graduation, an unlimited range of job opportunities will be accessible for you. Here are some of the careers that you could undertake:

  • Traineeship opportunity in established firms
  • Strategy or technology consultant
  • Project manager or business analyst in large firms