Business Intelligence (BI) enables an organisation to collect and analyse internal and external data to generate knowledge that support the decision-making processes.
Big Data (BD) expands the analytical capabilities of organisations to the extent that any piece of relevant data must be gathered, processed, and analysed.
BD implies the complete digitalisation of the organisations’ internal processes and the incorporation of external data from any available relevant source.
Its main objective is to train computer scientists who have an in-depth understanding of the stakes, challenges, and open issues of gathering and analysing large amounts of heterogeneous data for decision-making purposes.
Hosting Universities: The curriculum is jointly delivered by Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain, Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Germany, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), the Netherlands, and Université François Rabelais Tours (UFRT), France. Academic partners around the world and partners from leading industries in BI and BD, private companies, excellence centres, service companies, start-up incubators, public research institutes, and public authorities will contribute to the programme. BDMA is a 2-year (120 ECTS) programme.
Procedure of the Programme:
- Semesters 1 and 2 are devoted to fundamentals on BI and BD delivered by ULB and UPC. Then, all students participate to the European Business Intelligence and Big Data Summer School (eBISS).
- In semester 3 students chose one of the three specialisations delivered by TUB, TU/e, and UFRT.
- Semester 4 is dedicated to the master’s thesis. All students attend the Final Event devoted to master’s theses defences and the graduation ceremony.
- Candidates must have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree (i.e., the equivalent of 180 ECTS) with a major in computer science, from an accredited university.
- The university has to be listed in the World Higher Education Database (WHED) or be included in the following university rankings: The Times Higher Academic Ranking of World Universitie QS World University Rankings
- 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).
- The consortium will rely on how certification bodies evaluate their own equivalences against this framework, e.g., Cambridge General English FCE, IELTS (Academic) 5.5, TOEFL (paper based) 570, TOEFL (computer based) 230, TOEFL (internet based) 72, etc.
Master Scholarships in Big Data Management and Analytics
The Erasmus+ programme provides EU-funded scholarships to students who have been selected by the consortia.
The scholarship for students from Partner Countries comprises of the following:
- Participation costs: up to 9,000 euros per year
- Travel costs: 2.000 or 3,000 euros per year depending on whether the student is resident of a country whose location is, respectively, less than or more than 4.000 km away from Brussels, the coordinating institution of the BDMA programme.
- The place of residence will be verified on the basis of the provision of documents such as a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate’s municipality normal registration rules or a certificate from the candidate’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question. Both documents must have been issued within 12 months before the BDMA official deadline for student selection.
- Installation costs: 1,000 euros.
- Contribution to subsistence costs: 1,000 euros per month for the entire duration of the BDMA programme (24 months maximum).
The participation costs covering the tuition fees are directly taken by the consortium.
The remainder of the scholarship will be allocated to selected students as follows:
Two yearly instalments, each one covering half of the travel costs. One installment of 1,000 euros covering the installation costs for students from Partner Countries. 24 monthly instalments of 1,000 euros for the subsistence costs.
The scholarship will be paid by bank transfer and all scholarship holders will receive an insurance meeting the minimum insurance requirements of the Erasmus+ programme for JMDs.
For further information see official scholarships website