Admission and enrolment

VUB welcomes a broad range of applicants. That said, every programme has a small set of conditions which you will need to satisfy to begin the course. This page tells you the admission requirements for the Master in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management programme. It also sets out the steps you will need to follow if you wish to enrol.

Admission requirements

As a general rule, every study programme comes with its own set of conditions. You will find all the requirements for your chosen programme by clicking 'admission requirements' under the 'programme' tab.

Which degree is required?

The following bachelor's degrees allow direct admission to this programme:

  • Bachelor in Biology
  • Bachelor in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor in Biotechnology
  • Bachelor in Chemistry
  • Bachelor in Geology
  • Bachelor in Geography
  • Bachelor in Geomatics
  • Bachelor in Bioengineering Sciences
  • Bachelor in Environmental Sciences

If you have any other bachelor's degree in science, applied science and life sciences, your application will be evaluated by the Oceans and Lakes Steering Committee based on academic records and skills. You must have completed a bachelor's degree program lasting a minimum of 3 years with good overall scores (at least upper second class or equivalent) from a university or recognised equivalent.

Will I need to sit an entrance exam?

You will not need to sit an entrance exam to begin the programme.

Are there any language requirements?

If you wish to register for a VUB programme with English as the language of instruction, you will need to provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English. You can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • successful completion of one of the following language proficiency tests:
    • TOEFL: minimum level: 79 for the internet-based test (IBT)
    • IELTS: minimum level academic module 6.5
    • ITACE: minimum level B2
    • Cambridge English Qualification Scale: minimum level 170
  • a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction;
  • successful completion of secondary education in a Belgian educational establishment.
Are there any other conditions?

If you don't have a Flemish bachelor's degree, you must submit an online application.

If you hold a foreign diploma (non-Belgian degree), you have to consider specific administration. Let us guide you through these steps:

Check the most important steps to consider

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If you need help during the application and enrolment procedure, don't panic. We've listed useful tips for your application and enrolment, as well as a step-by-step guide through the entire application procedure and an answer to the most frequently asked questions.

All the support during your application and enrolment

Be prepared

Will I cope with the programme? A question faced by many students. Making all the necessary preparations helps you embark on your studies with peace of mind. Do this by seeing if you have the right level of prior knowledge (we list the study material you must know at the start of the academic year for each programme) and filling in gaps wherever necessary (through online tests and other preparations).

Check the knowledge requirements      Test your knowledge      Other preparations

Can't wait to join us, but wondering if you're well enough prepared? You'll need a good command of English, as our curriculum does not include English lessons. If in doubt, see our language admission requirements (at the top of the page). In need of some help with your language? Our VUB Language Centre ACTO offers language classes. If you are an international student, it is also the place where you can sit the ITACE test to demonstrate your language abilities.

If you've been accepted to join the programme, do not hesitate to prepare you for your stay in Brussels.

Ready, set, study!