Erasmus Mundus Master's programme in Information Technology for Business Intelligence (IT4BI)

IT4BI consists in:
- a two-year, English-language course in BI, given by world-renowned European institutions who jointly designed the courses and programme, including three choices of specialisation
- the first curriculum in Europe covering the broad scope of scientific and technological fields supporting today and tomorrow's Business Intelligence systems
  • Objectives

IT4BI is a two-year (four semesters, 120 ECTS) programme. The first year is devoted to fundamentals: the first semester at ULB, the second one at UFRT. Then, all students participate to the European Business Intelligence Summer School. In the third semester, the programme offers three specialisations at ECP, UPC and TUB and students move to the partner of the chosen specialisation. The fourth semester is dedicated to the master's thesis and can be realised at either as a placement in industry, or as an internship in a research laboratory in any full or associated partner. Eventually, all students will be gathered in the workshop "Business Intelligence: Innovation Meets Research". The tuition language is English. The program targets students with a Bachelor of Science (or a level equivalent to 180 ETCS) with major in Computer Science, as well as an English proficiency corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be awarded with a multiple degree, the national master's degrees from ULB, UFRT and the university of the specialisation.

The program favours the integration of students into a network of specialists and researchers in BI. The curriculum is jointly delivered by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium, Université François-Rabelais Tours (UFRT) in France, École Centrale Paris (ECP) in France, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain, and Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) in Germany.
Scholars from academic partners around the world and partners from leading industries in BI, private R&D companies, service companies, public research institutes, and public authorities will contribute to the programme by training students, providing computers, software, course material, job placement or internship perspectives, as well as financial support.
This consortium will prepare the graduates not only to answer today's professional challenges by a strong connection with the needs coming from the industry, but also to pursue their studies into doctorate programs, through strong connections with the researchers' and innovators' views. 

  • Contents or models of training

SEMESTER 1 – ULB, Belgium

Business Intelligence Fundamentals
Data Warehouses 5 ECTS
Business Process Management 5 ECTS
Operational Research 5 ECTS
Software Engineering and Project Management 5 ECTS
Database Systems Architecture 5 ECTS
Humanities 5 ECTS


Business Intelligence Fundamentals
Advanced Data Warehousing 5 ECTS
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 5 ECTS
XML and Web Technologies 5 ECTS
Information Retrieval 5 ECTS
Business Intelligence Seminar 5 ECTS
Humanities 5 ECTS

SEMESTER 3 – ECP, France (as one chooses)

Decision Support and Business Intelligence 
Visual Analytics 5 ECTS
Statistics for machine learning and data mining 5 ECTS
Corporate Semantics and Semantic Web 5 ECTS
Decision Modeling 5 ECTS
Introduction to innovation and research 5 ECTS
Humanities 5 ECTS

SEMESTER 3 – UPC, Spain (as one chooses)

Service-Oriented Business Intelligence
Service-Oriented BI 6 ECTS
Software Engineering and BI Project 6 ECTS
Web Services 6 ECTS
Viability of Business Projects 6 ECTS
Humanities 6 ECTS

SEMESTER 3 – TUB, Germany (as one chooses)

Distributed and Large-Scale Business Intelligence
Internals of Database Systems 6 ECTS
Implementation of a Database Engine 6 ECTS
Heterogeneous and Distributed Information Systems 6 ECTS
Information Management Project 6 ECTS
Humanities 6 ECTS

SEMESTER 4 – In the partner university/company of the student’s choice

Master’s Thesis 30 ECTS

  • Admission requirements

To apply to IT4BI, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

- they have been awarded a Bachelor's degree (i.e., the equivalent of 180 ECTS) with a major in computer science, from an accredited university
- they must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)