Brussels, international city and European capital

In the heart of Europe, just 1h20 by train from Paris, 1h30 from Amsterdam, and 1h50 from London and Cologne, Brussels offers all the advantages of a capital city and the quality of life of a large and lively town.

Brussels is home to all the major European institutions. It is the official seat of the EU and many other political and economic decision-making entities and boasts a growing number of businesses, organizations and international experts.

The long tradition of hospitality and exchange in Europe's greenest capital means visitors and residents alike can enjoy a broad mix of world food and music, while culture vultures can choose from a host of museums and shows.

Located in the heart of the city, the Université libre de Bruxelles or ULB also offers many cultural, festive and sports activities. The university campuses and surrounding areas are extremely attractive, providing just the right mix between study and leisure.

The Université libre de Bruxelles and the world, an ongoing dialogue

As a multicultural university with one-third of students and researchers from abroad, international relations is a daily reality for the Université libre de Bruxelles, just like the city of Brussels itself, one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.

Collaboration with universities from around the world has been stepped up in both education and research, thanks in large part to the various European mobility programs. In addition to student mobility programs, the University offers diverse integrated programs with foreign partners, including joint Master and doctoral degrees. Several of these programs have received the prestigious Erasmus Mundus accreditation.

Its outward-looking position with regard to Europe and the world has resulted in a number of agreements, collaborations and special partnerships being set up with some of the world's top universities.

With many years of experience on the international stage, the University launched UNICA, a network of 45 leading European universities that encompasses over a million students. It is also a founding member of the International Forum of Public Universities (IFPU).

The institution's internationalization is anchored by the following:

  • Cross-border cooperation with the Nord-Pas-de-Calais (Lille) region of France
  • A policy of preferred partners to build joint, long-term, activities with about ten institutions (notably Oxford, Paris VI, Berkeley, Montreal, UBC in Vancouver, Fudan in Shanghai)
  • Several specialized institutions and centers including the Institut d'études européennes (Jean Monnet research pole), the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, the School for Public Health, the Centre for Canadian Studies, Czech Studies, etc.
  • A transatlantic dialogue and opening to emerging countries

Over the years, and despite limited resources, ULB has been able to sustain its level of excellence and meet its public and social responsibilities.

The University believes that it can help in the creation of a more just and democratic world by contributing a relationship of trust, a critical dimension and the impartiality required in a globalized world.

Groundbreaking Research

Four scientific Nobel Prizes, one Fields Medal, three Wolf Prizes and two Marie Curie Prizes are further evidence of the University's longstanding tradition of excellence.

The Université libre de Bruxelles is an active member of the Research Area and is involved in almost 130 projects financed by the 7th European Framework Programs. Over the past few years, it has obtained 7 starting Grants from the European Research Area (ERC) to finance research in Medicine, Economics, Mathematics, Sociology, or Political Science, as well as 2 Advanced Grant in Artificial Intelligence and Physics. In addition, the University's Institute for European Studies is recognized as a “Jean Monnet European research center” for its work on European integration.

High teaching standards

The Université libre de Bruxelles has 13 faculties, schools and specialized institutes that cover all the disciplines, closely combining academic input and research. It offers almost 40 undergraduate programs and 250 graduate programs. It also partners 20 Doctoral schools, with almost 1,600 Ph.D. in progress.

Some of our Master programs focus on transdisciplinarity, whilst others place more emphasis on international relations through European Masters degrees, or on multilingualism. We have also been working in close collaboration with the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Brussels Flemish-speaking university) for a number of years.

In the field of health, in addition to the Erasme teaching hospital, the University works closely with an extensive network of hospitals around Belgium.

One of the University's main aims is to give its students a solid foundation in critical thinking as well as a taste for research, while at the same time catering to the needs of new publics.

Executive education programs and courses with specially adapted hours for working professionals are offered alongside more traditional programs and courses involving cutting-edge research.

A Focus on Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

As a French-speaking university, most of the courses at the Université libre de Bruxelles are delivered in French. However, a growing number of Master degrees are partly or entirely delivered in English.

The University offers a wide range of French courses, prior to and during the academic year, to help its international students improve their language skills.

A Committed University

The Université libre de Bruxelles has developed a large spectrum of student support initiatives: e.g., financial and psychological support, guidance, French classes, etc.

Since its foundation in 1834, the Université libre de Bruxelles has been closely involved in the ongoing debate on critical thinking and freedom. This has included outspoken opposition to dictatorships and other nationalist abuses, the promotion of equal opportunities and a raft of other social issues. Based on the principle of free inquiry that postulates independent reasoning and the rejection of all dogma, the University has retained its original ideals as a free institution that is firmly engaged in the defense of democratic and human values.

Programs taught in:
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The Master in Bioinformatics and Modelling enables graduates to adapt to a variety of jobs in many fields of activity. Upon completing the program, they can pursue career ... [+]

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The Master in Bioinformatics and Modelling enables graduates to adapt to a variety of jobs in many fields of activity. Upon completing the program, they can pursue careers in the industrial sector (pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, food, etc.) or in the public sector (environment and sustainable development, quality control, biosecurity, scientific outreach), or remain in the academic sector (teaching and research in secondary or post-secondary schools).

Whatever direction the graduates decide on, their interdisciplinary training will be a major asset.

Program objectives

The response to current biological problems—from genome sequencing to the study of biomolecular structures and the analysis of dynamical cellular processes—increasingly relies on the complementarity between experimental and theoretical approaches, which allows biological systems to be analyzed, modelled, and simulated on computers from the molecular and cellular scales up to entire organisms and even populations. To meet this trend, the program trains students from a variety of academic backgrounds on computational genomics and proteomics, structural bioinformatics, and modeling of dynamical processes. Graduates of this Master are able to use and design bioinformatics and modeling tools to address all aspects of a biological question, in close collaboration with experimental researchers.... [-]

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In the professional world, graduates of this program put their knowledge and skills into practice as chemists in research laboratories and production units, or as scienti ... [+]

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In the professional world, graduates of this program put their knowledge and skills into practice as chemists in research laboratories and production units, or as scientific experts and advisors. They are often hired in leading-edge chemical industries, in which they can quickly reach senior positions.

A Master's degree in Chemistry opens up job opportunities in the following areas:

Industrial or academic research State-run services: crime laboratories, heritage conservation laboratories, health services, etc. Teaching Production Analysis Technical and commercial sectors Health

Chemists can be viewed as architects, creating new molecules, developing new materials, developing and optimizing manufacturing processes, contributing to improving the quality of life in many areas (medicine, environment, energy, food, cosmetics, etc.).... [-]

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The idea that geography studies are only for future geography teachers is a myth: graduates in geography can work in a wide range of professional capacities, as they are ... [+]

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The idea that geography studies are only for future geography teachers is a myth: graduates in geography can work in a wide range of professional capacities, as they are appreciated in many environments for their knowledge and skills, as well as for their ability to combine different disciplines. Our former students are now experts in urban planning, regional development, and environmental management; designers of geographic information systems; spatial data analysts; project managers in the fields of tourism, transportation, retail, real estate, civil safety; but others are involved in associations, research, or indeed teaching in secondary or post-secondary education.... [-]

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Today, more than ever, geologists are geoscientists. Their multi-disciplinary background with earth and environmental sciences allows them to tackle complex issues associ ... [+]

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Environmental consulting, mineral and oil exploration, research, civil engineering, etc.

Geologists can be involved in local, regional, or even global issues, while their background can lead them to positions in the public or private sectors. The technical skills acquired in the Master of Geology are highly valued in industrial sectors that deal with geomaterials (civil engineering, cement, etc.) and geological resources (water, mining, oil, etc.). An increasing number of opportunities also exist in the public and non-governmental sector related to the management of natural hazards, land use planning, and the decontamination of soils and aquifers.

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This program offers extremely broad insights into the many areas of study associated with the history of civilizations (political, religious, social, economic, and cultur ... [+]

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Graduates of the Master in History possess—on top of their vast cultural knowledge and summarising skills—a specific ability to critically analyze information and any existing type of document. This is why studies in history can lead to a great variety of careers: teaching; administration; libraries and documentation centers; museums and cultural centers; any event that involves ‘memory’ or references to the past; those, and many more, are opportunities for a historian's skills to shine. In addition, the very object of their study gives graduates a strong sense of humanity and the concrete conditions governing its existence, as well as the evolution of these conditions, allow them—as do their methodological and organisational skills—to work in many professions that place humans at the forefront: NGOs, social work, etc.... [-]

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This program helps students understand, explain, interpret, and put to use the major artistic trends and the many different facets of tangible culture produced by the hum ... [+]

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As a multi-purpose and practical program, this Master can lead to a number of careers, whether in fields directly related to art and architecture or in other industries, such as museums, heritage restoration and conservation, art galleries, excavation sites, cultural departments within companies or ministries, secondary or post-secondary teaching, associations, and socio-cultural organisations.

Program objectives

This program helps students understand, explain, interpret, and put to use the major artistic trends and the many different facets of tangible culture produced by the human race. With a strong grounding in practice (visits, work placements in museums, excavation sites, conservation and restoration of works of art, etc.), direct contact with objects, images, and buildings, and through individual work, the program develops the students' independence and expertise. Another goal of the Master in Archaeology and Art History is to provide students with advanced knowledge in a specific field of study, covering all periods and a large part of the world: Prehistory / Protohistory; Antiquity; the Middle Ages / Renaissance / Modern Times; Contemporary Art; Ancient America and Asia; Africa.... [-]

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Graduates of the Master in Mathematics go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Ten years after graduation, 7% are pursuing further studies, 15% are teaching (either i ... [+]

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Graduates of the Master in Mathematics go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Ten years after graduation, 7% are pursuing further studies, 15% are teaching (either in secondary schools or in higher education), 36% are pursuing a career in research (either in a university or another institution), and 42% are working in a wide variety of jobs in the private sector (banks, pharmaceutical industry, etc.).

While the demand for mathematics teachers remains high, options for graduates of a Master in Mathematics are particularly varied and include: high-level positions in financial organizations, conducting studies in statistics or bio-statistics, consulting in network management, etc.... [-]

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Physics is concerned with the fundamental laws that govern nature. From elementary particles to the universe at large, physics explores all possible scales, allowing a be ... [+]

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Today, a wide range of activities needs a physicist’s skills:

Fundamental research in physics, astrophysics, geophysics, or biophysics (developed in universities or large research centers such as CERN or ESA) Applied research (physics, nuclear medicine, imagery, telecommunications, energy production, meteorology, etc.) Teaching (in secondary schools or universities) Applied research in computer science, engineering, actuarial sciences, etc. Private sector (aerospace, microelectronics, environment, medicine, information technology, banking, insurance, consultancy etc.)

With their strong analytical capabilities, physicists are very much in demand on the job market.... [-]

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The Master in Statistics teaches students the difficult art of transforming data into information and helping decision-makers and researchers in other fields analyze this ... [+]

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Statisticians are found in all industries.

Many jobs involving statistics are available in the pharmaceutical industry, clinical trials, and agribusiness, but also in banks, insurance companies, and official statistics institutes.

There are also many opportunities in research (both theoretical and applied) in statistics, especially in the academic sector.

Program objectives

The Master in Statistics teaches students the difficult art of transforming data into information and helping decision-makers and researchers in other fields analyze this information most efficiently. The program offers three specializations, with specific learning outcomes and objectives:... [-]

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