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Specialisation track of the English Bachelor's Degree International Business Management

Data Science, Protection & Security



Turn information into insights into results!

  • Interested in using technology and the newest digital tools?
  • Curious about the inner mechanisms that drive the world of business?
  • Ready to take the plunge into the fast-moving, high-tech world of big data?
  • Start acquiring the business knowledge and ICT skills that will enable you to make the connection between both worlds.
  • Learn how to unlock the full power of data to make businesses smarter, more efficient, more agile and more profitable.
  • Boost your cyber security capabilities with the latest technologies and techniques.
  • Discover the art and science of extracting insights from data.
  • Put theory into practice tackling real-life projects from the corporate world.
  • Get an inside perspective during an intensive internship.
  • Experience a hands-on approach with project work organised by lecturers with extensive industry experience.
  • Realise your potential as a fully-qualified data manager, data analyst, data protection officer or cyber security expert.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility to start this 6-semester programme either in February or September!
students working on data protection

After graduation

The programme in short

Choose your programme type

Data Science, Protection & Security

  • If you take this course as a full-time programme, you can graduate in three years.
  • You will take up 180 credits, divided into three phases.
  • Your classes are organised during the week as daytime classes.
  • Put theory to practice tackling real-life projects from the corporate world.
  • Get an inside perspective during an intensive internship.
  • Experience a hands-on approach with project work organised by lecturers with extensive industry experience.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility to start this 6-semester programme either in February or September!

Practical information

  • Duration

    3 years

  • Where

    On campus


  • Phase 1 | You learn how to use technological tools to process databases and large amounts of data. You will get acquainted with efficient programming and scripting in C# and Python, among others, and will be introduced to data protection and cyber security. You will also learn the basics of entrepreneurship and management. A good balance between technology and business acumen provides a solid foundation!
  • Phase 2 | You refine your technical and business skills. You dive deeper into programming, web technologies and data science, while also expanding your knowledge of data protection and data security. You gradually learn to put all the pieces of the puzzle together to transform business requests into data models for smart analysis.
  • Phase 3 | In the third phase you delve even deeper into advanced (predictive) techniques. To exploit the added value of big data, you explore and apply the principles of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). You will also learn a lot about security by applying Privacy by Design principles and hacking AI systems. During your 12-week internship, you will fully immerse yourself in your preparation for work life.

Below you can find an overview of the courses ( under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per phase. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit. 

  • We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.  
Phase 1 2 3
Entrepreneurial Management 3
Business Fundamentals 3
Introduction to Financial Management 3
Financial Management 6
Management skills 3
Procurement & Supply Chain 3
Marketing analytics i 3
Corporate Social Responsibility 3
Project Management 3
Personal Development 3
Professional Communication 3
Dutch i 6
French i 6
Programming Fundamentals i 6
Scripting i 6
Programming Advanced i 6
Web Fundamentals i 3
DevOps i 3
Artificial Intelligence i 3
AI Tools i 3
Phase 1 2 3
Digital Skills i 3
Business Intelligence Fundamentals i 3
Business Intelligence Advanced i 3
Business Intelligence Lab i 3
Databases i 6
Data Processing & Analysis i 3
Data Science Fundamentals i 6
Data Engineering i 6
Machine Learning & Forecasting i 6
Computing Fundamentals i 6
Cyber Crime Fundamentals i 3
Legal Frameworks i 3
Governance & Risk Management Frameworks i 3
Identity & Access Management i 3
Cyber Resiliance i 3
Hacking AI Systems i 3
Privacy and Security by Design i 3
Hands-on experience
Inspiration Lab i 3
Project Lab i 3
Internship i 21
Integrated Lab i 9
Data science protection security vb rooster.pdf

This programme offers a February start date and guarantees a 6-semester (3-year) study path.  Check the  admission requirements for international degree students,  apply and you’re in! Of course, we’ll organise Welcome Days for you too!

Need some advice before deciding when to start?

We understand that you may need some more personal guidance when making a decision on your start date. We’ve got you covered! Check out our  Meet us page to connect with us through webinars, open days and more!

Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to the programme manager of your programme. Plus, our admissions team  and international support are always there  to help you with more general questions!


Hello top internship and job

The demand for data and security experts has increased exponentially. You can land an internship at Ordina, PWC, Deloitte, DHL, IBM... Thanks to your unique combination of technical knowledge, data and business background, companies are lining up for you!

Unique combination

Our programme blends critical domains – Data, Security, Programming and Business – to sculpt a learning experience that prepares you for the future. Our curriculum is not just about theory; it's a unique fusion of practicality and innovation. 

Front-row seat to the daily practice

For guidance and knowledge, you can count on (guest) lecturers from the business world. Combine this with a healthy no-nonsense approach and you get a unique mix of authenticity, expertise and coaching!

In practice

Practice will be the common thread throughout your programme. Thanks to projects with companies you will get the opportunity to test new technologies in a real-life working environment. You will be assigned tasks and projects that go to the heart of the business.

To top it all off, you will conclude this option with a full term of internship. In the past, our students have made an impression on companies such as Telenet, ING, Deloitte, KBC, Cronos, Keyrus, Proximus and Delta Lloyd.

Go international

Here, daily life is an intercultural adventure with students from across the world. You'll build a global network and make English your main language. The world becomes your home, enriching you with diverse perspectives.

Studenten klaar voor vertrek in Centraal Station

Personal coaching

Each year is divided into two parts that last 13 weeks. During those 13 weeks we focus intensively on a number of classes. At the end of the 13-week period, exams are organised. This allows us to spread out the study load more evenly throughout the academic year. What’s more, this means we can focus more on personal mentorship and feedback. Practical exercises, group projects, cooperation and sharing knowledge are all central. You will receive this mentorship and knowledge from (guest) lecturers with a firm grounding in the business world. Add to that a healthy no-nonsense approach, and you end up with a unique mix of authenticity, expertise and coaching.

Got questions?

Programme coordinator

Collin Van der Vorst

For all your questions on the content and promotion of the programme.
Study path coach/coordinator & inclusion coordinator

Ariane Buysschaert

Questions about your individual study programme & on studying with use of facilities.

Admissions Officer

For all your questions about Admissions & Application.
Available by phone 9.00 - 15.00 +32 15 36 92 50

Excited? Apply now!


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