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M2 Big Data Management and Analytics (BDMA)

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Nowadays, data drives the world. Public and private organisations in all sectors face an avalanche of digital data. While at first glance this appears to be favourable for our knowledge-based society, in many ways it is a burden. Data is of great value only after it has been refined and analysed, in order to produce information and knowledge that can be used for decision making in a particular domain of interest. Usage is no longer restricted to simple querying or data mining, it increasingly requires exploration, recommendation, explanation, and visualisation, along with special treatment of time and location.

This specialization disseminates essential knowledge about the ethical generation, collection, and exploitation of data for efficient decision-making systems. It focuses on models, algorithms, and technologies related to massive data analytics. It covers theoretical foundations such as decision-making in uncertain situations, machine learning methods, graph management and analytics as well as visualisation and innovation.

This specialization is underpinned by the Erasmus Mundus BDMA (Big Data Management and Analytics) Master’s program.

Course Prerequisites

Science and engineering graduates, holding diploma equivalent to high school diploma + 4 years of higher education studies. Including Erasmus Mundus BDMA programme students (achieving ULB and UPC BDMA programme).

  • The students acquire fundamental knowledge related to models, algorithms, and technologies for decision-support systems.

  • The students acquire fundamental knowledge in data management and data analytics that any data specialist must have.

  • The students develop fundamental technical competences as well as skills in research, ethics and entrepreneurship.

Post-graduate profile

Digital Transformation Leader, Data Scientist, System Analyst, Data Specialist, and Data Administrator

Career prospects

Career opportunities for students in this field include executive IT positions in industry or the services sector, or data management research and development positions in universities or public and private research organizations, or in major groups and startups. More specifically, career opportunities following the BDMA track include those linked to models, algorithms, and technologies related to decision-support systems and massive data analytics.


Laboratoire de recherche en informatique
Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes
Centre de Vision Numérique
Laboratoire d'Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l'Ingénieur.


Le parcours BDMA est uniquement ouvert en M2. Il s'adresse aux étudiants inscrits au programme Erasmus Mundus. La validation du premier semestre consiste à valider 11 UEs.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
[BDMA] Big Data Research Project 5 4 4 40
[BDMA] Decision Modeling I 2.5 12 12
[BDMA] Decision Modeling II 2.5 12 12
[BDMA] French Language and European Culture or Scientific English 2.5 24
[BDMA] Law & Intellectual Property 2.5 16 6
[BDMA] Machine Learning I 2.5 12 12
[BDMA] Machine Learning II 2.5 12 12
[BDMA] Massive Graph Management and Analytics 2.5 12 12
[BDMA] Massive Graph Management and Analytics II 2.5 12 12
[BDMA] Visual analytics I 2.5 12 12
[BDMA] Visual Analytics II 2.5 12 12

Le deuxième semestre du M2 BDMA consiste en un stage long (5 à 6 mois) permettant d'obtenir 30 ECTS.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Long internship 30
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Application period
From 03/01/2024 to 30/06/2024
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Motivation letter.

  • All transcripts of the years / semesters validated since the high school diploma at the date of application.

  • Certificate of English level.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Detailed description and hourly volume of courses taken since the beginning of the university program.

Additional supporting documents
  • Certificate of English level (compulsory for non-English speakers).

  • VAP file (obligatory for all persons requesting a valuation of the assets to enter the diploma).

  • The application procedure, which depends on your nationality and your situation is explained here :

  • Supporting documents :
    - Residence permit stating the country of residence of the first country
    - Or receipt of request stating the country of first asylum
    - Or document from the UNHCR granting refugee status
    - Or receipt of refugee status request delivered in France
    - Or residence permit stating the refugee status delivered in France
    - Or document stating subsidiary protection in France or abroad
    - Or document stating temporary protection in France or abroad.

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Registration fees

This master's program offers additional services. This program requires specific tuition fees in addition to the mandatory fees :