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Postgraduate Certificate Smart Operations and Maintenance in Industry

Something for me?

The postgraduate certificate in Smart Operations and Maintenance (O&M) in Industry allows engineers to specialise in the field of Smart O&M. The programme is developed to equip recent graduates, professionals, and international students with solid academic knowledge of the most essential concepts and technologies in Smart O&M.

The set of courses forms an integral part of the upcoming Advanced Master of Science in Smart Operations and Maintenance in Industry.

Where will it take me?

Graduates are qualified to take up different roles in different (industrial) sectors, ranging from SMEs to international Captains of Industry. The skills developed, and the knowledge obtained will be more widely applicable than in the manufacturing industry alone. All operationally intensive sectors, including for example the food and pharmaceutical sector are eager to recruit engineers with a solid background in Smart O&M who can be the foundation of and an advisor in their digital transformation process.

Participants who successfully complete the courses in the postgraduate programme will be granted exemptions in pursuing the homonymous advanced master’s degree.  

Academic requirements

Immediate access is granted to students who hold one of the following master’s degrees: 

Students with a different master’s degree can submit an application for admission, which should demonstrate that: 

  • The student has the necessary background in an engineering context

  • The student has an understanding of the (manufacturing) industry
  • The student is motivated to successfully complete this programme 

Students can demonstrate the necessary requirements through a transcript of records, a CV and a letter of motivation. The interuniversity programme committee assesses the applications.

Language proficiency

The applicant must be proficient in English. The minimum required language level is B2+. The language proficiency can be met by providing a certificate of one of the following tests:

TOEFL/IELTS predictive tests and TOEIC will not be accepted


The following are exempt from submitting a certificate B2+ English:

  • Students who have a diploma (Secondary Education, Academic Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree) issued by an institution officially recognised by the Flemish Government

  • Students who have a diploma European Baccalaureate in which at least 16 hours per week were taught in English
  • Students who have a diploma International Baccalaureate in which at least half of the courses were taught in English
  • Students who obtained their secondary education degree or higher education degree in one of the following countries: Australia, English speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America (the certified degree and transcripts suffice, provided they confirm that the entire study was completed in English).

Other requirements

All mainland Chinese citizens who are not in possession of a foreign degree, or have not completed any courses at a university in another country other than China, need to go through the APS procedure. Obtainining the APS certificate is needed in order to apply for a student visa for Belgium. These students cannot get a Belgian student visa without this certificate.

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