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Master in Labour sciences

Master in Labour sciences
  • Focus Gender and inequality : This formation is organized in flexible hours.
  • Focus Education and job placement management (evening schedule) : This formation is organized out of office hours.
  • Focus Professional (evening schedule) : This formation is organized out of office hours.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Labour sciences
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Degree type
    Master 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Human and social sciences/Political and social sciences
  • Schedule type
    Daytime/Evenings and weekends/Afternoons
  • Languages of instruction
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
    Charleroi Ville Haute/Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Human and social sciences - Human resources management/Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences
  • Jury President
    Aline BINGEN
  • Jury Secretary


General information

Degree type

Master 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)


Schedule type

Daytime/Evenings and weekends/Afternoons


Charleroi Ville Haute/Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Human and social sciences - Human resources management/Human and social sciences - Political and social sciences

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.


The objective of the Master in Labour Studies is to train people specialised in the organisation and management of labour. This means the programme's content must be versatile and flexible, tailored to social realities, and designed to prepare graduates for professional careers in the public or private sectors. With its direct link to the working world, the Master is above all characterised by its multidisciplinarity, with labour being considered from legal, sociological, psychological, economic, social, and medical perspectives.

Students can spend a term abroad in the master programme. The department has exchange agreements with numerous European universities: Toulouse, Rennes, Istanbul, Lisbon, Zaragoza, etc.

The “gender and inequality” specialisation is part of a European network.

The Master programme can be completed either as daytime classes or as evening/weekend classes, depending on the chosen specialisation.

Certain specialisations are taught on the Solbosch Campus in Brussels, others in Charleroi.

Access conditions


Students in this programme must pick one of the following specialisations:

Specialisations on the Brussels campus:

  • Labour organisation and administration (daytime classes) – This specialisation is directly linked to labour issues in the fields of law, sociology, psychology, and economics.

  • Managing training and work-to-school transitions (evening/weekend classes) – This specialisation targets unemployment and greater labour mobility, where activities in the field of employability have greatly developed. The specific features of the skills involved in project design and management are a major subject in the programme. Company modernisation, in particular from an organisational perspective, has placed the focus on the need to provide training on strategies for managing companies.

  • The specialisation on Gender and inequality, offered in part as evening/weekend classes, aims to train gender equality specialists by giving them the tools, knowledge, and awareness required to support progress in the field of gender equality and the fight against discrimination. This specialisation is closely connected to the European EGALES network (Etudes Genre et Actions Liées à l’Égalité dans la Société), whose members are the Lumière University Lyon 2 (network coordinator), the University of York (United Kingdom), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), the Åbo Akedemi University (Finland), the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Bucharest (Romania), and the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès (France). The network offers opportunities for Erasmus exchanges for students taking who pick this specialisation. The EGALES Master website is: http://egales.univ-lyon2.fr/fr/

Evenings/weekend classes on the Charleroi campus:

Two branches of Master programme are available:

o Management and administration in the non-market sector, which provides training related to the non-commercial sector. This programme is intended for students who are called upon to work in positions of responsibility in public services, as well as for those interested in designing, developing, and managing service projects within non-profit organisations (associations, cooperatives, foundations, sheltered companies, NGOs, etc.).

o Social development, which is related to the ongoing promotion of professions associated with social work. The programme trains designers, managers, trainers, and supervisors of social projects in the public and private sectors as well as in NGOs. It provides graduates with a theoretical basis for analysing major challenges we are now facing: employment, working conditions, social exclusion, finding a job, local development.

What's next ?


The Master in Labour Studies prepares students to work in HR management in private or public companies, manage ‘social secretariats’ (payroll administration) and to work in tier 1 positions in public administrations. Opportunities also exist in NGOs, international organisations, and international trade unions. It also opens the door to positions of responsibility in private and public companies or in the non-profit sector (career guidance, job seeking, training, etc.):

  • University-level social worker

  • Team leader or organiser in the non-profit sector

  • Consultant, human resource / training management

  • Civil servant

  • Manager in the private sector

  • Project manager

  • Gender equality officer

  • Trainer

  • Employment counsellor

  • Labour inspector