Master of Business Administration (MBA)


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Program Description

United Business Institutes (UBI) was established on April 4th, 1992, as a not-for-profit establishment of higher education. UBI was co-founded by Mr Lucien van Dievoet and Mr Francois d’Anethan who together decided to work on starting an English-language Business School that would combine a genuinely international dimension with a high-quality business curriculum. The quality assurance mechanisms of British universities have always been seen as the standard for higher education, and therefore the decision for a British validation was made, and British Universities have validated the UBI programmes since 1998.

Since taking its first students in October 1992, UBI has achieved a reputation for the high quality of its teaching programmes. Situated in Brussels and Luxembourg, UBI offers the opportunity to study in English in a non-English speaking country and allows students to benefit from an international, intercultural and dynamic environment.

This successful recipe was extended to opening new campuses. UBI – Luxembourg was opened in 2013 to operate a campus in Wiltz, Luxembourg. UBI – China was opened in 2018 in Shanghai (China).

UBI’s classrooms have been meticulously crafted to provide the broadest international experience to the students. Having students and alumni from over 50 countries in the world, we consider diversity in our classrooms as our competitive advantage. While the programme is designed to challenge you intellectually and personally and requires self-discipline and dedication, it is at the same time rewarding and enables you to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will allow you to navigate easily in a multicultural environment.

The MBA will be a life-changing experience for you in a positive sense. We, the UBI team, are committed to providing you with the tools, resources and support that you may need in your road to academic and professional success. Our aim is to provide you with the best possible education in business. We can only do that with your effort and ambition. UBI’s international and professionally-driven programmes, which are taught in English, are validated by Middlesex University London and meet the most stringent British requirements as laid out by the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education - UK).

As a student of UBI, you are now part of the quality-assured UBI international programme, created and delivered by professionals and academics. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to further broaden your horizons.

The specific objectives for the MBA are that students will improve their ability to:

  • Enhance and develop previous relevant experience in business and management.
  • Develop the ability to apply previous and newly acquired knowledge and experience to complex business issues in a range of contexts.
  • Prepare students for leadership and transformational roles in business.
  • Develop strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Develop knowledge, at an advanced level, of organisations, their management and the environment in which they operate, and demonstrate a broad perspective on organisational management and its wider impact on society and the environment.
  • Operate and manage in a global and multicultural environment.
  • Develop interpersonal and group-working skills.
  • Encourage lifelong learning and personal development.

The MBA Part-time programme takes place during the evenings, Monday through Friday, from 18h to 21h. The MBA Full-time programme takes place during the day and evenings. The programme can be taken as a full- or part-time course.

Full-time MBA programme – 12 months

Number of core modules: 10 (taught in two 13-week terms).

Further required modules: Business Transformation Project or a Dissertation.

Number of classes per week: 5 (Monday to Friday) for 13 weeks x 2.

Weekend classes: If applicable.

Part-time MBA programme – 24 months

Number of core modules: 10 (taught in four 13-week terms).

Further required modules: Business Transformation Project or a Dissertation.

Number of evenings per week: 2 or 3 (Monday to Friday) for 13 weeks x 4.

Time: 6 pm to 9 pm (18h to 21h).

Weekend classes: If applicable.

Compulsory and optional modules

You have a list of 9 compulsory modules that you are to take to qualify for the MBA and a list of 4 optional modules that you can choose from. Depending on the number of students, the optional modules will be offered if the sufficient amount of students register for them.

To obtain an MBA degree, you need to obtain 90 ECTS credits. Below is the list of your modules:

Module: Credits

  • Global Economic Environments 6
  • Lead: People, Teams and Organisations 6
  • Marketing Concepts and Practice 6
  • Entrepreneurship, Technologies and Innovation 6
  • Executive Accounting for Decision Making 6
  • Finance and Capital Markets for Global Managers 6
  • International Management Perspectives 6
  • Data analysis and Operations Management 6
  • International Business Strategy and Governance 6
  • Optional course 6
  • Business Transformation Project/Dissertation 30 (see below)

Optional courses

  • Lobbying & Negotiation 6
  • International and European Law 6
  • Global Communication Management 6
  • Research Methods 6

Dissertation/Business transformation project

Dissertation/Business transformation project is a major part of your MBA. It bears 60 ECTS credits and constitutes an essential part of your programme. You may choose a practical project, i.e. a business transformation project, or you can take more academic topic in the form of a dissertation. As part of this module, you will be taking the Research methods module which is offered every year. For more details, please refer to the module narrative.

International trip

In addition to your core and optional modules, you will need to take an international trip organised for you by UBI after you have taken most of the compulsory modules. The international trip is a key component to the MBA programme at the United Business Institutes. Exploring dynamic world economies with knowledgeable faculty and fellow students provides you with an unforgettable and enriching experience. The international study trip focuses on the competitive, commercial, and cultural components of the global marketplace. The specific details of the international trip will be tailored made to each class and communicated at the time of study.

MBA Admission policies

UBI endeavours to accept only those candidates whose records indicate that they possess the qualities needed to achieve academic success and who are willing to participate in the programme in the spirit of openness and tolerance.

Entry Requirements

  • A completed application form. The form can be completed on our website (Only complete application files will be processed).
  • A secondary school/high school diploma with official academic transcript and supplement (showing module names and grades).
  • An undergraduate degree from a recognised institution or a minimum of five years of management work experience.
  • Working experience of a minimum of two years will be considered an asset.
  • Proficiency in English is essential (please see below ‘English Language Entry Requirements’).
  • Two recommendation letters.
  • Proof of identity in the form of either passport or national identity card.

Transfer Admission

MBA Students who have gained credits on a recognised university degree programme elsewhere may apply for a Credit Transfer. Sufficient official academic records and transcripts must support all such applications. Successful applications are dependent upon approval by the Dean and the Middlesex University Moderator.


UBI offers two intakes onto the MBA degree programme: one in September (autumn) and one in February (spring). For those full-time MBA students who commence studies in the autumn, September will mark the commencement and August of the following year as the end of the academic year (after final assessment of the dissertation). For those students who commence studies in the spring, January will mark the commencement and February of the following year the end of the academic year (after final assessment of the dissertation).

Sponsorship and Scholarship

Available periodically for high GPA students. Scholarships are awarded after the first term of studies. Please enquire directly.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

United Business Institutes (UBI) is a private, higher education institution in Brussels, Belgium, with affiliated campuses in Luxembourg and China. Since its founding in 1992 UBI is providing highest- ... Read More

United Business Institutes (UBI) is a private, higher education institution in Brussels, Belgium, with affiliated campuses in Luxembourg and China. Since its founding in 1992 UBI is providing highest-quality British business education at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. All UBI students study for and earn a globally recognized UK degree through UBI's partnership with Middlesex University, London (UK). Focusing on international management and the global economy, the school’s programmes combine real-world, professional issues with the latest in management thinking. Read less
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