Target audience

The programme aims at three types of students;

  • recent graduates,
  • international students, and
  • professionals.

In general, any highly motivated candidate with a master’s degree, a keen interest in Sustainability, Food and Packaging, basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel, and sufficient background in chemistry and mathematics can be admitted. 

If you hold a master’s degree in an entirely different field of study, your application will still be considered if you can demonstrate the necessary academic requirements.

Students with certain minor gaps in their educational background will be provided with extra learning materials (for example in microbiology or biochemistry).

Want to find out whether your background in chemistry and mathematics is sufficient? Test yourself with this self-evaluation.

Academic requirements

Each application file is evaluated by the programme committee irrespective of the diploma obtained, and has to be approved by the registrar’s office.

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree of minimum 4 years from a university or recognised equivalent. Good overall scores are recommended.
  • Applicants are expected to have a basic science training (e.g. demonstrable in the transcripts) in (i) Mathematics and Statistics; and (ii) General and/or Organic Chemistry.
  • Applicants are expected to add a short letter of motivation.

If you do not yet hold a master’s degree but expect to graduate before the start of the programme, you should submit your application package before the deadline. Instead of the legalised diploma and final transcripts/diploma supplement, you are required to submit upon application:

    • an official declaration from your school/university confirming the expected graduation date and the exact name of the diploma that will be awarded
    • your most recent transcript

Language proficiency requirements

The applicant must be proficient in English.
Students who do not have a diploma Secondary or Higher Education from an institution recognised by the Flemish Government, can meet the language proficiency by providing a certificate (not older than 5 years) of one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL iBT 80
  • TOEFL PBT 550
  • ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score with a min. of 6 for writing
  • CEFR B2 Issued by a European university language centre
  • ESOL CAMBRIDGE English CAE (Advanced)
  • Interuniversity test of academic English (ITACE)

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 successfully completed programme units in higher education with a minimum of 54 ECTS-credits where English was the language of instruction. A certificate that the language of instruction was English has to be submitted for institutions in countries where English is not the national language.

Other requirements

Students with a Chinese diploma need to obtain the APS certificate.

An APS certificate is a condition for obtaining a student visa at the Belgian Embassy or Consulate General in PR China.

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