Master's degree-Access regulation

SIC

In the event of the divergence between the different linguistic versions of the present conditions, the French version shall prevail

Decree of 7 November 2013 defining the landscape of higher education and the academic organization of studies.

The admission requirements must be met prior to enrolment in the University.


 General requirements

Admission to studies leading to the award of a Master’s degree will be granted to students with one of the following qualifications:

1. an undergraduate (first-cycle) degree in the same field of study;

2. the same Master’s (second-cycle) degree, but with a different specialization (focus);

3. a long-cycle undergraduate or Master’s degree, in accordance with a decision by the academic authorities and subject to the additional requirements that they lay down;

4. a degree comparable to those mentioned above, awarded by a higher education institution, within or outside the French Community of Belgium, in accordance with a decision by the academic authorities and subject to the additional requirements that they lay down;

5. a short-cycle undergraduate degree, in accordance with a decision by the Government or the academic authorities and subject to the additional requirements that they lay down, without these requirements being more restrictive than those laid down by the Government or making any distinction between institutions that have awarded the degree;

6. a short-cycle undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education institution, within or outside the French Community of Belgium, in accordance with a decision by the academic authorities and subject to the additional requirements that they lay down;

7. a degree obtained abroad and deemed equivalent to those mentioned above, in accordance with this Decree, a European directive, an international convention or other legislation, subject to the same requirements.

Any qualifications conferring the same professional opportunities or enabling the holders to continue their studies in their home system are deemed comparable to a long-cycle degree awarded in the French Community of Belgium.

By way of derogation, students who, for entry to a Master’s (second-cycle) programme, still require a maximum of 15 credits and are already simultaneously enrolled for this programme at a higher education institution in the French Community will also be admitted to the Master’s programme. However, students admitted on these terms cannot be passed by the Master’s Examination Board until they have met the admission requirements in full and have obtained the necessary undergraduate degree.

Subject to the general requirements laid down by the academic authorities, students with a diploma, degree, certificate or other qualification, issued outside the French Community, that does not grant them admission to Master’s studies in accordance with the previous paragraphs may nevertheless be admitted by the relevant Examination Board if all of the higher education they have successfully completed is deemed by the Board to be worth at least 180 credits.

 


Specific requirements

 

 

Admission to Master’s studies on the basis of accreditation of knowledge and skills obtained through professional or personal experience (Accreditation of Prior Experience)

Subject to the general requirements laid down by the authorities of the higher education institution, with the aim of admission to the Master’s programme, the examination boards accredit the knowledge and skills that students have obtained through their professional or personal experience. This experience must correspond to at least five years of documented activity, with years spent in higher education being partially taken into account: 60 credits are deemed equivalent to one year of experience, with a maximum of two years being counted. At the end of an assessment procedure organized by the authorities of the higher education institution, the Examination Board will decide whether a student has sufficient skills and knowledge to successfully pursue Master’s studies. After this assessment, the Examination Board will determine the additional courses and possible exemptions constituting the supplementary requirements for the student’s admission.

 


French language proficiency examination (Master’s degree with a teaching focus)

Anyone not demonstrating sufficient proficiency in French will not be admitted to examinations for a Master's degree with a teaching focus.