As part of the continuing adult education programmes offered in Luxembourg, there are several courses leading to a university degree.
This means that it is possible to take a university course and study for certain university degrees—Master's degree (Bac + 5 years), or Licence (Bac + 3 years)—while working.
These continuing education courses are offered by:
- the Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Centre (LLLC), which is the continuing education arm of the Chamber of Employees;
- the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (the result of the merger between the Henri Tudor and Gabriel Lippmann CRPs);
- the University of Luxembourg;
- Sacred Heart University;
- the Luxembourg School of Business.
The LLLC also collaborates with the British distance learning university, Open University.
In the first two cases, students attend courses at the Luxembourg institution but are enrolled with the partner university, which awards the diploma.
Most of these courses are usually held in the evening and/or during the weekends. Some of them are offered as distance courses (correspondence courses). In addition to hours in class, candidates can expect to have about 12 hours of personal work per week.
Who is concerned
Anyone who wishes to obtain a university degree through continuing education, generally while working.
How to proceed
The Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Centre
The Luxembourg Lifelong Learning Centre (LLLC), in partnership with various French universities, offers 8 diplomas at the Licence (Bac + 3 years) or Master's (Bac + 5 years) level, in various business-related fields, that can be obtained through evening classes. The courses are delivered in French, and the admission requirements may vary from one course of study to another.
The LLLC also collaborates with the British distance learning university, Open University, which offers various programmes leading to Bachelor's (Bac +3) and Master's (Bac +5) degrees. These correspondence courses are delivered in English.
All pre-enrolment forms can be completed online on the LLLC website. After doing so, applicants will receive their application materials and instructions on how to enrol.
Licence in Management Science
The LLLC, in partnership with the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises (IAE) of the University of Lorraine, offers a Licence in Management Science, which aims to produce non-specialist managers that are quickly fully operational and capable of taking up positions of responsibility. The programme provides students with a solid foundation in all disciplines of management sciences while touching on related fields.
Master's in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations
In partnership with the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises (IAE) of Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2), the LLLC offers a Master's in Human Resource Management and Labour Relations every two years. The main objective of the course is to train future HR managers. For graduates, career prospects include jobs in management, human resources, and HR assistant functions in organisations of all sizes.
Master's in Business Marketing and Communications
The Master's in Business Marketing and Communications is offered in partnership with Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). The course prepares graduates to progressively assume responsibility in the areas of advertising, promotional, business, global and integrated communications with advertisers, communication consultancy agencies, advertising agencies and marketing research and consulting companies. It is aimed at individuals who are already knowledgeable in the subject and would like to advance their careers within the profession.
Master's in Banking, Finance, Insurance with a major in Investment Funds and Private Banking
In collaboration with Université Paris Ouest – Nanterre La Défense, the LLLC offers a Master's in Banking, Finance, Insurance with a major in Investment Funds and Private Banking. Classes cover such topics as the prudential banking framework, the financial environment, the investment fund industry, wealth management, and private management.
Open University - Distance university studies
In cooperation with Britain's Open University (OU), the LLLC offers access to a wide range of university courses, at all levels, through distance education. The university offers various Bachelor's (BAC +3 years) and Master's (BAC +5 years) degree programmes delivered in English via correspondence courses. In Luxembourg, the most popular courses are in the fields of management and computer sciences, which are offered through the Open University Business School.
Note that there are specialised non-university courses in various fields such as sophrology, applied law or financial management, most of which are held in the evening.
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology website
The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (the result of the merger between the Henri Tudor and Gabriel Lippmann CRPs) offers 4 professional Master's degrees (Bac + 5 years) in partnership with universities in the greater region.
These courses allow students to specialise or acquire new skills while continuing to work. It is also possible to gain recognition of past experience through Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (Validation des Acquis Professionnels - VAP).
Master's in Information System Security Management
The aim of the Master's in Information System Security Management is to provide Information System Security managers with the new skills they require to stay on top of their jobs. It also provides additional training for IT specialists and managers who are not specialists in the field. Upon successful completion, a (professional) Master's degree in Information System Security Management is awarded by the University of Luxembourg.
Master's in Computer Science and Innovation
The Master's in Computer Science and Innovation is offered through a partnership between the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix de Namur, the Université de Nancy 2 and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. The course's main objectives are:
- the general use of information and communication technologies (ICTs);
- the implementation of innovation strategies for the development of new products, processes or forms of organisation;
- the implementation of alliance-formation and networking strategies;
- the implementation of knowledge management methods and tools.
Students are enrolled at one of the two partner universities.
Master's in Management Science with a major in Quality
The Master's in Management Science with a major in Quality awarded by the University of Metz, is a cross-disciplinary course of study for candidates interested in managerial functions. Coursework focuses on:
- the strategic activities of a business in terms of the organisation and management of human resources;
- the use of analytics, modelling and flow simulations to support strategic decisions.
The courses are held in Luxembourg, at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology.
Master's in Management Science with a major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
The Master's in Management Science with a major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is organised jointly by the University of Metz, the Ecole nationale d'ingénieurs de Metz and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. It aims to provide students with the knowledge required to manage a logistics team and to master the technical concepts underlying the organisation of a global supply chain, as well as the auditing tools of the trade.
This professional master's degree programme aims to produce 1) Supply Chain managers capable of managing and making the most of their company's entire supply chain, 2) future platform managers, and 3) logistics managers, consultants and auditors capable of taking on new duties and responsibilities to optimise existing supply chains.
Courses offered by the University of Luxembourg and Sacred Heart University.
University of Luxembourg
The University of Luxembourg offers several continuing education professional Master's courses, in which candidates are able to combine studies and professional life.
Students can pursue the University's Bachelor's (Bac + 3 years) and Master's (Bac + 5 years) degree courses on a part-time basis, subject to the approval of a programme of study by the director of studies.
Master's of Science in Banking and Finance
The Master of Science in Banking and Finance aims to provide specialist professional training in various banking- and finance-related professions with a view to producing experts in those sectors. Courses are held over four semesters and are delivered English at the Luxembourg School of Finance (which is part of the School of Law, Economics and Finance).
Professional Master's in Gerontology
The Master's in Gerontology is held over 8 semesters and is designed to be taken on a work-study basis. In general, the course comprises 8 dates per semester, with each class lasting 6 hours.
Professional Master's in Mediation
The Master's in Mediation is an 8-semester course primarily aimed at professionals since there is the option to take it on a work-study basis. First and foremost, it provides students with the theoretical and practical foundations of general mediation and conflict resolution.
Professional Master's in Sustainable Development
The Master's in Sustainable Development is a two-year programme designed for students who want to acquire the knowledge they would need to play an effective role in the environmental approach to energy problems.
The Master's degree is organised in partnership with the University of Liège, Arlon Campus (Master' in Environmental Sciences and Management). Student and lecturer mobility allows for an international approach to energy issues and provides an opportunity to learn foreign languages. The course is organised under an ERASMUS agreement.
Sacred Heart University
Master of Business Administration
This MBA course offers majors in finance or management, and is delivered as evening classes.
Luxembourg School of Business
Master of Business Administration
This MBA course offers majors in finance or management, and takes place during evening classes as well as on Saturdays.
INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DE L'ECONOMIE (ISEC)
The Institut Supérieur de l’Economie (ISEC) was founded by the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts in Luxembourg. The establishment offers training courses with a focus on the transmission of skills in business management and administration, innovation and quality management, project management (namely information systems), and in finance and financial instruments.
ISEC allows to prepare for:
- a bachelor or a master degree in Business Administration;
- an MBA in Finance and Financial Instruments;
- a Master in Project Management;
- a Master in Innovation Management - Quality Management;
- a Master in MIAGE - Information Technology and Innovation;
- an Executive Master with a specialisation in ® International Asset Management;
- an Executive Master for Executive Managers.
These courses are offered in cooperation with other higher education establishments, in France and Germany, such as the FOM (Hochschule für Oekonomie und Management) or the ESCP Business School.
Depending on the programme chosen, the courses will be held in the evening and/or during the weekend, in English, French or German.