Something for me?

The Postgraduate Certificate and Advanced Master of Science in Smart Operations and Maintenance (O&M) in Industry allows engineers to specialise in the field of Smart O&M. The programmes are 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 from the Postgraduate Certificate forms an integral part of the Advanced Master’s Programme, in which students go one step further and choose one of three in-depth and hands-on elective tracks.

Where will it take me?

Graduates from both programmes 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.  

For MSc Smart O&M graduates in particular, there are ample opportunities, but narrowed down, three essential job profiles can be identified, which are reflected in the programme’s structure (cf. three elective tracks): job profiles in an industrial R&D team (the machine track), job profiles in a production engineering department (the factory track), and job profiles in production operations (the operations track).

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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