Master in Economics - Research Track

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Master in Economics

Research Track

  • Scientific world

  • Frontier courses, with leading researchers in their field

  • Excellent placement of our Ph.D. graduates across the world (Boston University, Chicago GSB, Inter-American Development Bank, European Commission, …)

This master offers an internationally competitive, high quality PhD programme in "Quantitative Economics", which leads to the ECARES Doctoral School. Its outstanding quality has been confirmed by recent studies on the quality of doctoral schools in economics. One of them is based on the success of the graduates on the academic job market. It finds that the ECARES Doctoral School is among the top ten in Europe and the third best in Continental Europe. The other one is based on the scientific achievements of the graduates. It shows that one of our graduates, Domenico Giannone, is among the top 65 of young researchers worldwide who graduated less than 15 years ago.

This Research master constitutes the first two years towards a PhD degree. During the first year the students follow graduate courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, and statistics. In the second year students follow field courses to deepen their knowledge in their field of specialization, follow advanced research seminars and write a first scientific paper.

During the thesis writing phase the PhD students present their research in internal and external seminars, participate in workshops and conferences, attend summer and winter schools, follow advanced field courses, etc. They are also most welcome to take their own initiatives and create, e.g. reading groups or short topical courses.

ENTER nerwork

This research master also offers the opportunity of obtaining a double diploma by taking 60 ECTS in one of our ENTER partner universities: Madrid (Carlos III), Barcelona (Autonoma), Tilburg, London (UCL), Stockholm, Mannheim or Toulouse. One of the many benefits of the European master is that it allows students from all partner universities to follow courses that are not available at their home university.

Fact Sheet

- English (100%)
- Double degree optional (ENTER Network : www.enter-network.org)

 

The detailed course outline and admission conditions can be consulted in the ULB catalogue.

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Access on application file only
Admission requirements
- TOEFL > 95  
- GMAT > 650
- ECTS Grade of B
- Strong economic and quantitative background       
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Costs

Tuition fees 
Complementary tuition fees (non-EU)      
Estimated cost of living

2014-2015 Registration calendar

Non-EU student : from February 19 until April 30, 2014
EU student : from April 30 until August 31, 2014
Unconditional access : from June 25 until September 21, 2014

 

 
Information sessions

JPO (Open Day): Wed, March 18, 2015
Evening information session about Masters and PhD: Thu, March 31, 2015
Morning information session for parents and futures students
Sat, May 9, 2015

The Faculty

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A multidisciplinary high-quality education

The "Solvay School" was founded in 1903 by the businessman Ernest Solvay and, since then, has been training men and women to be able to decide, participate, analyze and manage. In September 2010, the merger between the Solvay Business School and the Economics departments led to the creation of an independent Faculty, the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM). The Faculty has over 2800 students in its bachelor and master programmes. Nearly 400 business engineers, managers and economists graduate each year. In order to match the needs of economic and financial markets, the SBS-EM also provides two Complementary Masters (in microfinance and management), one MBA (Master in business administration), several Executive Education programmes, custom-made training for companies and PhD training in economics and management. The SBS-EM is internationally recognized and accredited by EQUIS and AMBA, the main international accreditations of quality control for management in higher education.

A perfect method: rigour and international mobility

The educational methods that had already been put forward by Ernest Solvay, have made the reputation of the Solvay Brussels School. The quality of the education is based on a demanding system that combines theory and practice. Students will therefore benefit from in-depth scientific courses, rigorous education in economics and management, many opportunities for mobility in the context of the international exchange programme - the school has more than one hundred partners worldwide - and the active learning of languages. The curriculum is aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship, analytical ability, decision making, the ability to work as a team and openness to the world.

Unique and internationally renowned professors, complemented by educational training

The diversity of the Faculty’s professors ensures the provision of a high-quality education, close to the business world and to international institutions. Our team of professors includes prestigious academic researchers as well as experienced leaders from the professional world. In addition, the SBS-EM has created teaching and research chairs, financed by corporate sponsorship and private donors. In view of this, students have the opportunity to follow classes taught by both experienced lecturers and the holders of research chairs, who specialize in specific fields and are internationally renowned.  

Course programmes at the cutting edge

Course programmes are constantly revised and adapted to reflect the ongoing development of the fields of economics and management, and utilize methods such as cases studies, seminars and group work. This cohesion in terms of methodology optimizes interaction between students and professors.

The Careers Service: workshops and jobs

The careers service, which is jointly organized by the Cercle Solvay (student association) and the Bureau Etudiant (students’ office), provides “job days” (careers fairs), conferences, a careers book, training (e.g. on “How to write a CV”), etc. in order to ease access to the professional world for students during the third year of the bachelor’s degree and both years of the master’s degree. Internships are also offered on our intranet website. We encourage students to do an internship which would allow them to better determine their professional goals and acquire work experience, which is obviously an asset regarding the employment process. The Faculty provides the internship agreement.

FAQ

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* The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management is a Faculty of the ULB. Some of the information on the links below is organized by the ULB and is only available in French.

Conditions for acceptance
Registration and costs
Registration calendar
Application file
Visiting the ULB
External information session
Academic year 2012-2013 and welcoming of students
Specific cases
Interested in a postgraduate programme/other programme offered as an evening course?

Conditions for acceptance

The conditions for acceptance can be consulted in the ULB course catalogue. If your profile does not fit one of these conditions match these conditions, you can apply by completing an application file (more information below). Please find the admission requirements by master programme.

Registration and costs

Registration is organized by the ULB. For more information, please visit this web site :  www.ulb.ac.be/enseignements/inscriptions-english/index.html

The procedure is available in French for the programmes taught in both languages; in English for Management Science, Business Economics and Research Track.

Information on tuition fees is available here: www.ulb.ac.be/enseignements/inscriptions-english/frais-etudes.html. The complementary tuition fees (non-EU citizens) are available here : www.ulb.ac.be/enseignements/inscriptions-english/droits-complementaires.html. The estimated cost of living is available here: www.ulb.ac.be/international/students/en/international-en-budget.html.

The opening hours of the registration department are available here: www.ulb.ac.be/enseignements/inscriptions-english/SIE-adresse.html.

Registration calendar

Application file (conditional access)
Registration for non-EU students will open in the vicinity of January 2014.
Registration for EU-students will open in the vicinity of April 2014.
Registration for Belgian, resident or assimilated students will open in the vicinity of April 2014.

Registration file (unconditional access) will open in the vicinity of June 2014.

Application file

The procedure and other information such as deadlines, tuition fees, etc. is also on the website of ULB. Please submit your application file by completing the online form. First, you are required to create your personal account (key and password), after which you can track the progress of your file. Then, you will be able to download the application form.

Admission will be based on this file. The required documents will be listed in the registration procedure. The file will be examined by the Admissions committee whether or not to admit you, and if necessary,  decide on any conditions you may need to fulfil in order to be accepted. The commission will decide whether your qualifications are sufficient for you to cope with the course.. There are 3 (or 4) possibilities: admission, admission subject to you following extra courses (maximum 15 ECTS), refusal or admission onto a preliminary year of foundation courses (only for the Master’s in Economics). You may only apply once per academic year.

GMAT and TOEFL are highly recommended. It means that there are not compulsory to get considered at the application procedure. You can provide other certificate(s) but it is advised to provide the recommended ones.

It is impossible to receive a preliminary opinion. The only option is to complete the application file and receive an official answer. The response time is about 6 weeks.

If you have a problem with the registration procedure or if you have already completed your application file, please contact the admissions department : admissions [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be.

Visiting the ULB

-    ‘Taster courses’ begin on Monday, March 3 and end on Friday, February 7, 2014.
-    The JPO (Open  Day) will take place on Wed, March 18, 2015.
-    The SIMA (evening session on Master’s and PhDs) will take place on Thue, March 31, 2015.
-    The morning session for parents and new students will take place on Sat, May 9, 2015.

External information session

We will be present at different Student Fairs in Belgium (SIEP) :
- in Brussels, November, 21 and 22, 2014;
- in Namur, February, 6 and 7, 2015;
- in Tournai, February 27 and 28, 2015 ;
- in Liège, March 13, 13 and 14, 2015.

2013-2014 academic year and 2014-2015 welcoming of new students

The welcome day for new students takes place on September 12, 2014. Classes begin on September 15, 2014.

The general academic calendar 2014-2015 is available here: www.ulb.ac.be/ulb/greffe/agenda/academique.html. The SBS-EM calendar can be download here.

Specific cases

If you would like to the register for the first year of the Bachelor’s degree and you do not have a Belgian high school diploma, you need to get an ‘equivalence’ delivered by the “Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles”. Please find more information at : www.ulb.ac.be/enseignements/inscriptions-english/equivalences-secondaire.html. You can also take an entrance exam : www.ulb.ac.be/enseignements/inscriptions-english/examen-admission.html.

If you do not come from the European Union and your profile does not suit to an assimilation criteria, you can no longer apply for the academic year 2013-2014. The registration procedure for the 2014-2015 school year will, as a rule,be available around January 2014. All 2013-2014 registration deadlines are available here : www.ulb.ac.be/enseignements/inscriptions/calendrier-admissions.html.

If you want to apply for the second (or third) year of the Bachelor’s degree, you need to have passed at least one (or two) year(s) of college education (60 ECTS or 120 ECTS) and fill in an application file.

If you want to apply for an undergraduate Master’s programme, you need to have passed at least 3 years of college education (180 ECTS). There is no enrollment in the second year of a master (120 credits ECTS).

If you want to obtain a course exemption, you can apply to the student secretariatas soon as you have registered.  

Interested in a postgraduate programme/other programme offered as an evening course?

Programmes taught during the evening are postgraduate Master’s :

•    The complementary Master’s in Management ;
•    The European Microfinance Programme ;
•    Some programmes in Executive Education.

You will find further information and contact persons for these programmes by clicking on the links given above.

 

Studies and Students

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On-line services

These are services organized by the ULB and the information on the links below is available in either French or English.

The ULB course catalogue

The course catalogue allows you to consult compulsory and optional courses for all available programmes as well as the conditions for admission.

The Mon ULBportal

"Mon ULB" is your online link to your Faculty and all of the services offered by the ULB (electronic notice board, classes, schedules, etc.).

The Geholportal

Gehol gives you the possibility to check class schedules for each year of study, department or course.

The Webmailportal

Webmail allows you to consult your e-mail from any computer.

Services proposed by Université libre de Bruxelles

The information on the links below is often only available in French. Please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to the addressprovided.

Preparatory classes

The ULB proposes preparatory classes for university studies in several fields. These are taught in French (except for the language courses).

Student accommodation

The halls of residence offer student housing on each of its three campuses (Solbosch, Plaine and Erasme). For more information, please check this page.

InfOR-Etudes : information, curriculum counseling, relationships with high/secondary schools

The service InfOR-Etudes is your direct contact for all requests about your studies (choice or reorientation) or student life in general at the Université libre de Bruxelles.

The medical service

The ULB offers medical care with medical costs fully reimbursed by Belgian social security. Please find more information on this page.

The student social service

The student social service proposes several types of help: counseling, information, advice, study orientationg. Students who need financial support for the academic year can contact this service.

Aimer à l’ULB (Love life/Private life at the ULB)

Aimer à l’ULB is a family planning center supported by the Commission communautaire française. It proposes several services such as medical, psychological and legal help.

PsyCampus

Planning on embarking on a course of academic study but unsure as to what you would like to do? PsyCampus is there to help you.

General security

Should you wish to report an incidentor attack, suspicious objects, lost objects, bomb alert, fire, theft,… please contact general security. 

 

promotion [at] besolvay [dot] com

Job Opportunities

 

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Renowned Alumni

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Former SBS-EM students have gone on to excel in various industries, sectors and professions, including the following:

Mathias Dewatripont

Mathias Dewatripont

National Bank Of Belgium

Director

 

Dominique Leroy

Belgacom

Chief Executive Officer

Gilles SamynGilles Samyn

Groupe Frère-Bourgeois

Managing director

 

Solvay Alumni

Chairman

Françoise Thys-Clément

Fondation Bernheim

President

 

ULB

Honorary Rector

Nicolas Steisel

Nicolas Steisel

Exki

Co-founder

 

Manager of the year

2009

Trends-Tendances

 

Jean-Paul Philippot

RTBF

CEO

Marianne Bertrand

Booth School of Business University of Chicago

Chris P. Dialynas
Professor of Economics  

Neubauer Family
Faculty Fellow

Peter PraetPeter Praet

European Central Bank

Member of the Executive Board

 

 

International Programme

With globalisation now a reality, SBS-EM considers the opportunity to live and study abroad as being fundamental for students. With more than 110 partners worldwide, this programme is a great occasion to gain experience of new educational methods, to adapt to a different teaching system and to study particular subjects provided by our partner universities. It also offers the chance to deepen their language knowledge, discover the world, new cultures and different ways of life. By having to adapt to an unfamiliar environment, the student will expand his/her horizons, and further develop values such as tolerance and intellectual curiosity.
Living and studying abroad is the best way for students to prepare themselves for a professional life in an international environment.

International Exchange Programme (IEP)

Since 1990, the IEP has grown to become one of the most important components of the School. Exchange agreements have been signed with more than 110 universities and business schools in 40 countries. More information on www.solvay.edu/outgoing-students.

The QTEM networked master

The Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management Master was launched under the initiative of SBS-EM. It consists of a unique learning experience by providing participants with background in quantitative and analytical skills and techniques applied to management or economics, a strong international exposure (2 exchanges) and a strong immersion in the reality of industry through a company internship. The network is growing, there are now 12 partners. More information on www.qtem.org.

Double Degrees

SBS-EM offers several double degrees (1st year at ULB, 2nd year at the partner institution) :

- in Management Sciences with Beihang University ; More information on www.solvay.edu/double-degrees.
- in Business Engineering with Politecnico di Milano ;
- in Economic Analysis & European Policy with LUISS Guido Carli ;
- in Research Track in the framework of ENTER network (www.enter-network.org).

More information on www.solvay.edu/double-degrees.

Credited Internship (25 ECTS)

SBS-EM offers the opportunity to participate in a full-time internship, for duration of minimum 12 weeks maximum 6 months, abroad (or in Belgium). By participating in this programme students will be able to improve their professional skills, examine the academic learning in real work and build their professional network. More information on www.solvay.edu/credited-internship-programme.

Contact

For more information, please contact Tamara Schuller : tamara [dot] schuller [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be, +322 650 41 68.

 

The international exchange programme
With globalization now a reality, the SBS-EM considers the opportunity to live and study abroad as being fundamental for students.  With more than a hundred partners worldwide, this programme is a great occasion to gain experience of new educational methods, to adapt to  a different teaching system and to study particular subjects provided by  our partner universities. It also offers the chance to deepen their language knowledge, discover the world, new cultures and different ways of life. By having to adapt to an unfamiliar environment, the student will expand his/her horizons, and further develop values such as tolerance and intellectual curiosity.
The list of partners is becoming larger every year. For the coming academic years, we are proud to announce exchanges with several new partners:  Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Kyung Hee University (Korea), ESC Dijon (France), and the Technological Educational Institute of Patras (Greece).