Master's programme in Information Technologies for Business Intelligence (IT4BI)

A multiple degree jointly offered by:

- Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) – Bruxelles, Belgium

- Université François-Rabelais Tours (UFRT) – Tours, France

- École Centrale Paris (ECP) – Paris, France

- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) – Barcelone, Spain

- Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) – Berlin, Germany


  • Level: Postgraduate ; Vocationnal
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Total Number of ECTS Credits: 120 ECTS
  • Beginning of Courses: September
  • Admission Requirements and Procedure:

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).

Candidates are invited to fill in the application form available on the website:

  • Application Deadline
- Students applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship: December 15th, 2013.

- Students not applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship:
> Non European students: April 30th, 2014
> European students: June 30th, 2014

  • Registration Fees
- European students: €4,000 per year
- Non-European students: €8,000 per year

  • Tuition language: English

When applying to IT4BI, students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The consortium relies on how certification bodies evaluate their own equivalences against this framework.

 Accepted certificates are: Cambridge General English Exams: minimum First Certificate (FCE); Cambridge Business English certificate (BEC): minimum Vantage; Cambridge International certificate in Finantial English (ICFE): minimum B2; Cambridge International Legal English certificate (ILEC): minimum B2; Business Language Testing Service (BULATS): minimum 60; Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic: minimum 5.5; Spoken English Test for Business (SETB): minimum Communicator; London Test of English (LTE): minimum Level 3; Trinity Integrated Skills in English examinations (ISE): minimum II; Certificate in English of Michigan University (ECCE): minimum Competency (ECCE); Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC): minimum 785; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):Internet Based: minimum 88, Computer Based: minimum 230, Paper Based: minimum 570.

The period between the proficiency test and this application should not exceed two years. If the test is more than two years old, then the applicants must show that they have been practicing English since the expiration date (e.g., by means of some courses in English).

  • Keywords

- Informatique / Computer Science

- Technologies de l’information / Information technologies

- Systèmes d’information / Information systems

- Analyse décisionnelle / Business intelligence

- Web

  •  Objectives

Business Intelligence (BI) encompasses many scientific and technological fields including data warehouses, data mining, content analytics, business process management, visual analytics, and requires competences in information systems, web science, decision science, software engineering, and innovation and entrepreneurship. IT4BI is designed to provide understanding, knowledge and skills in this broad scope of fields.  Its main objective is to train computer scientists who understand and help develop the strategies of modern enterprise decision makers.
IT4BI prepares 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.

  • Description 

IT4BI is a 2-year (4 semesters, 120 ECTS) programme.
The first year is devoted to fundamentals: the first semester at ULB (Belgium), the second one at UFRT, (France). In the third semester, the programme offers three specialisations at ECP (France), UPC (Spain) and TUB (Germany). Students move to the partner of the chosen specialisation. The fourth semester is dedicated to the master's thesis and can be realized at either as a placement in industry, or as an internship in a research laboratory in any full or associated partner. 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.


  • Mobility Scheme & Course Contents

Semester 1 – ULB, Belgium

Business Intelligence Fundamentals 


Semester 2 – UFRT, France

Business Intelligence Fundamentals


Semester 3 – ECP, France

Decision Support and Business Intelligence


Semester 3 – UPC, Spain

Service-Oriented Business Intelligence


Semester 3 – TUB, Germany

Distributed and Large-Scale Business Intelligence


Semester 4 – In one of the partner universities or in a company

Master’s Thesis 30 ECTS


  • Employment Prospects

From an industrial perspective, constantly growing amounts of largely unstructured data, rapidly changing economic conditions, and an emerging trend of incorporating unstructured data into analytics bring new challenges to BI, and new opportunities to qualified practitioners.

Notably, statistics on employability of graduates from the "Master en Systèmes d'Information et Analyse Décisionnelle" at UFRT (a BI specialisation of the Computer Science Master) showed that in 2010, 97% of graduates were employed 6 months after graduation (the remaining 3% continues their studies) with a mean initial annual net salary of 30,000 euro.

From an academic perspective, interest in business intelligence is growing and diversifying in academia, with strong interest in the management of unstructured data along with structured data, personalisation and recommendation, graph databases, complex event processing, collaborative aspects, as well as visual analytics. Students choosing to do their master's thesis in a partner's laboratory, will be considered for subsequent enrollment at doctorate in one of the full or associated partner HEIs. Co-supervision will also be considered.

Finally, the consortium promotes and develops technological transfer from academia to the enterprise. This is done through various informal as well as formal partnerships, for instance, the academic chair in Business Intelligence at ECP that involve, among other partners, SAP research, with the objective of combining semantic technologies with Business Intelligence.

To conclude, many opportunities are available in the field, for both academic and industrial research. IT4BI is the best master's degree for learning the skills needed to excel in those jobs.


  • Financial Support 

This curriculum is supported by Erasmus Mundus programme (European Commission).

The Erasmus Mundus programme provides EU-funded scholarships to students who have been selected by the consortium. The scholarship amount is €24,000 per year for Non- European students and €11,500 per year for European students.