Master of Science in Business Engineering (Operations Management)

A business engineer possesses a thorough knowledge of the discipline of business administration and related technologies, i.e. technological products and processes. In this respect, a business engineer may act as a mediator between technical and business economic positions to conduct data analysis, modelling and decision-making. You are trained to develop and implement business solutions from model to business process, and to develop and implement solutions for business problems. You also model the real business situation in a (-n abstract) presentation, take relevant decisions based on the model and translate these decisions into business processes.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
English
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What

The Master of Science in Business Engineering is a business administration programme with a focus on (data-driven) management science, business processes and technology. These three disciplines are offered throughout the two-year Master’s curriculum in the form of theoretical lectures, practical case studies and business games, and by means of guest speakers and company projects. The Master's programme conveys these disciplines both in a theoretical and a practice-oriented way

While the Bachelor of Science in Business Engineering mainly focuses on providing a (quantitative) foundation, the Master’s programme studies different aspects of the subdisciplines mentioned above in a more applied manner. The specific content of the study that links business analytics and business processes with technology helps to translate processes into business models, and organisational structures into information systems. By means of data analysis techniques, conceptual or mathematical modelling techniques and decision-making techniques, we study the business operations within a single company and between companies in a supply chain thoroughly. Such business operations include the processes and the logistical flow of products, services and/or information. These techniques support the efficient organisation of resources in companies for them to work towards their common goals and objectives.

By way of specialisation, studends choose one of three main subjects: Data Analytics, - Finance, or - Operations Management.

The Operations Management main subject is a management discipline with a focus on overseeing, designing, controlling service or production processes and redesigning business operations. It includes the responsibility of ensuring that business operations use their reources efficiently, and meet their customer needs effectively. It also covers process management from the conversionof various types of input (raw materials, labor and energy) into various types of output (goods and/or services). Important business concepts concerning Project Management, Total Quality Management, Production and Supply Chain Management will be highlighted from various angles and perspectives.

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For whom

The admission requirements vary. Depending on your prior education, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.

Structure

The link between management science, business processes and technology returns throughout the master’s programme. In this perspective, attention is spent to the management of an organisation, its resources and its business processes by means of courses like Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, Business Process Management, etc.

The technology component in the course is further widened by the topics of Technology for the Circular Economy and System Dynamics and the link between these technology courses and business management is further treated in the courses in Financing High Tech Entrepreneurial Companies, Technology Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Enterprise Architecture.

Different management science principles are discussed and maintained throughout these courses including mathematical modelling, simulation, statistics and numerical algorithms to improve an organisation’s ability to enact rational and meaningful management decisions.

If you want to combine a master’s degree with a teacher’s degree, then there is the option of following an ‘Educatieve master’ instead of the above described master. The ‘Educatieve master’ however is a Dutch taught programme. More information can be found on www.ugent.be/educatievemaster.

It is possible to participate in a double degree programme with the Université de Liège or the University of Porto. In a double degree programme students receive a degree of both the home and the host university. More information can be found on https://www.ugent.be/eb/en/degree-students/double_degree_programmes.

Labour Market

A Business Engineering diploma leads to various career paths. With their strong foundation in business economics, their broad knowledge of new technologies and their strong focus on quantitative analytics in production, services, logistics, marketing and finance, business engineers understand how to improve the efficiency in the various parts of a company’s logistic chain better than anyone else .

Our graduates end up in jobs where they deal with managing production processes and services, with analytical and quantitative tasks to improve it’s a company’s overall efficiency. As a bridge builder between business economists and engineers, they are able to optimise the decision-making process at various levels of the company, ranging from operational decisions on the work floor to strategic decisions at board level . As economic agents, they are familiar with the company processes in order to perform cost price calculations, but as engineers they also have a much wider view of the company’s logistic processes and its potential for improvement. With their essential knowledge of the latest technologies and their strong background in business analytics, business engineers rely on the state-of-the-art ICT concepts to optimise the business processes. This essential skill is embedded in almost every course unit in the Business Engineering curriculum and will be key in today’s modern international business strategy.

Some specific examples of jobs our graduates in Business Engineering pursue: production manager, logistics director, production planning expert, business consultant, business analyst, process engineer, research & development manager and customer relations manager.