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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?


Specific admission criteria 

1. for international students 

  • preferred background: bachelor or master degree in (Applied) Physics/Photonics/Optics/Electrical Engineering/Materials Science or related 
  • bachelor or master degree in another scientific field will also be considered based on pre-knowledge 

ALL international applicants must submit their initial application through the MSPE pre-admission platform. All files will be evaluated on academic background and excellence. Each applicant who meets the academic threshold will be invited for a technical interview. Only the applicants who pass the interview will be allowed to start the pre-enrolment process at VUB. 

2. for Belgian degree holders 

  • bachelor or master degree in Electrical or (Applied) Physics Engineering/Materials Science have direct access 
  • bachelor or master degree inβ€―Architecture, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, industrial Science - Electronics/ICT, Engineering Science or KMS Polytechnical Department can apply for theβ€―preparatory programmeβ€―of 30 ECTS 

Belgian degree holders can apply directly via the central admissions platform. 

Are there any language requirements?


We accept the following proof of English language proficiency:

  • A secondary school diploma from the Belgian educational system;
  • A certificate from the institution where you completed secondary or higher education, stating that English was the language of instruction;
  • A certificate of one of the following language tests corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference with minimum level B2:
    • TOEFL (internet-based test) with minimum level: 79
    • IELTS academic module, with minimum level: 6.5
    • Cambridge English minimum grade scale score of 170
    • ITACE with minimum level B2
  • We also accept the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition and the IELTS Indicator. These are variants of the classic TOEFL and IELTS tests that can be taken at home.
  • This proof can be provided by presenting results of a language test or documents issued by your home institution. Please note your language test results must not be older than 5 years at the moment of application.


Are there any other conditions?

Once accepted, there are no extra conditions you should meet before you can start this programme.