Education for the higher educated

Advanced Master in Innovation and Strategic Management

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

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Programme overview

The Advanced Master in Innovation & Strategic Management will provide students with the tools, skills and mindset needed to deal with the challenge of fast-evolving organisations. It helps students to develop their entrepreneurial abilities, to analyse complex challenges and influence their environment early on in their careers. It covers the main management disciplines (strategy, marketing, finance, project management, etc.) with a focus on the future. It embraces innovation in all its aspects, from technological, thanks to a real understanding of social media, new products and services, to new business models and organisational forms.

Programme objectives

The programme will show you the importance of innovation and how to think strategically. You will master key management concepts and learn how to drive innovation projects. It will help you to develop your entrepreneurial skills and to understand the dominant strategic logic in many different sectors around the world. In short, you will learn how to think globally and act locally.
By the end of the programme, you will be able to:
  • Make informed choices about strategic issues that have a high level of uncertainty
  • Solve complex business problems
  • Work in or lead teams in charge of change management projects
  • Start your own venture (if you want to) or join an existing one

Your profile

We target participants who:
  • have a strong interest for business and/or entrepreneurship
  • enjoy diversity and multidisciplinary activities
Eligible applicants must hold one of the following:
  • a master's degree (four or five years of study)
  • a post-graduate degree
  • a bachelor's degree followed by one to three years of work experience
  • another degree equivalent to the above (please consult us for more information)
Admissions will be based on the candidates' proficiency in English, on their background, professional potential and motivation.

Programme framework

This master consists of full-time day courses (60 ECTs) split over five terms and completed within one year of daily classes.

The course starts with an introductory week in mid-September, during which students discover what it takes to develop new solutions in a creative and entrepreneurial way. They will then have an overview of general management during their core courses.

The last two terms, students gain real-world experience via a deep immersion in the challenges of different industries. The key subjects at this stage comprise change management, case studies in innovation management, business modelling and planning, and a field project (a consulting assignment).

Programme content

  • Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship
TERM 1-2
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Finance for non-Financial Managers
  • Project Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship and CSR
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship and Disruptive Innovation
  • Innovation & IP Management
  • Technology Strategy
  • Innovative Sourcing Strategy
  • Digital Innovation

TERM 4-5
  • Change Management
  • International case studies in Innovation Management
  • Business Planning/ Lean Launchpad
  • Field Project (consulting assessment)

Faculty information

The faculty is made up of seasoned Solvay professors. Discover our unique mix of academics combining professional expertise and theoretical knowledge and practitioners driven by a real passion for education:
  • Jean-Pierre Aerts
  • Bernard De Carnière
  • Manuel Hensmans
  • Hugues Pirotte
  • Susan West
  • Philippe Silberzahn
  • Bruno Wattenbergh
  • Kevin Jackson
  • Nicolas van Zeebroeck
  • Bruno Van Pottelsberghe
  • Antonio Nieto Rodriguez
  • Marek Hudon
  • Olivier Witmeur
  • Fredéric Ooms
  • Fabian Seunier
  • ...

Job opportunity

After graduation, an unlimited range of job opportunities will be accessible for you. Here are some of the careers that participants could undertake:
  • Business developer or project manager in a small or medium-sized innovative business
  • Project manager or business analyst in 'new business', R&D or the innovation division of an established business
  • Strategy or technology consultant
  • Advisor in innovation or entrepreneurship support initiatives: incubators, technology transfer office, venture capital, entrepreneurship centre, etc.
  • Member of the founding team of a start-up, or an independent
However, to successfully grow in your working life and make the right choices for your career, it is fundamental to define your goals and have the tools to achieve them. The Solvay Brussels School's career service will help you in building your career thanks to its strong connection with the business sector and to its dynamic team who will accompany each participant into the professional world.

From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team assists participants to realise their full potential.

Through a wide range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help our participants to discover the career path best suited to their personal fulfilment.

Practical information

If you wish to join the Advanced Master course in September 2015, please follow the five main steps of our admission procedure:
  1. Complete and submit the online pre-enrolment form together with your CV.
  2. Receive feedback on your eligibility from the Academic Director.
  3. Have a personal interview with the Academic Director.
  4. Receive feedback on your admission. If positive, please note that you will have two weeks to finalise your registration by:
    • Completing, signing and sending back the admission documents
    • Pay a deposit of €1000

Application Deadline:

  • EU students - August 30th 2015
  • Non-EU students - June 30th 2015
Starting date: September 2015
Language: English
Location: Brussels
Tuition: 12,500 euros (contact us for more information on financial aid conditions)
Contact: Aurélie Messina, Programme Coordinator
Tel.: +32 (0)2 650 39 15

Level University
Form Full-time
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Location Brussels
Costs €12500
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Start month September
Country Belgium
Completion Diploma