Admission criteria

The BNEN programme has a limited capacity of enrollment, as lab sessions are organized at the premises of the SCK•CEN research center, using its experimental facilities. Consequently, all admissions are conditional and subject to a decision by the BNEN Academic Committee. Admission to the BNEN programme can be considered for the following possibly eligible cases:

  • the holders of an academic degree of “master en sciences de l'ingénieur, orientation ingénieur civil” from the “Communauté française de Belgique” or an academic degree of « Master of science in de ingenieurswetenschappen (burgelijke ingenieur)” from the “Vlaamse Gemeenschap van België”, given a sufficient scientific/technical background required for the BNEN courses, whereby the BNEN Academic Committee may impose additional background courses (for a maximum number of 15 ECTS), taking into account the contents of the curriculum already completed;  
  • the holders of an academic degree similar and considered equivalent to those mentioned above, under the same conditions;
  • the holders of an academic degree similar and considered equivalent to those mentioned above, delivered by the Royal Military School, under the same conditions.
  • the holders of an academic degree of “master en sciences industrielles ou de master en sciences de l'ingénieur industriel” from the “Communauté française de Belgique” or an academic degree of “master in de industriële wetenschappen, industrieel ingenieur” from the “Vlaamse Gemeenschap van België”, whereby the BNEN Academic Committee will impose an additional set of background courses (for a maximum number of 60 ECTS), taking into account the contents of the curriculum already completed, and whereby previously relevant background courses may be valorized and accepted for credit transfer;1       
    • If the student registers in an institution of the “Communauté française de Belgique”, these additional credits are then part of the « master de spécialisation » the student will enroll in and they are a prerequisite for the regular BNEN programme of 60 ECTS.
    • If the student registers in an institution of the “Vlaamse Gemeenschap van België”, these additional credits are part of a preparatory  “make up” programme, before possibly being admitted to the BNEN programme of 60 ECTS.
  • the holders of an academic degree of “master en sciences chimiques, physiques, mathématiques ou informatiques” or “master en sciences de l'ingénieur orientation bioingénieur” from the “Communauté française de Belgique”, or an academic degree of “master in de chemie, in de fysica, in de wiskunde of in de informatica” or “master in de bio-ingenieurswetenschappen” from the “Vlaamse Gemeenschap van België”, or holders of an academic degree similar and equivalent to those just mentioned, whereby the BNEN Academic Committee will impose an additional set of background courses (for a maximum number of 60 ECTS), taking into account the contents of the curriculum already completed, and whereby previously relevant background courses may be valorized and accepted for credit transfer;2
    • If the student registers in an institution of the “Communauté française de Belgique”, these additional credits are then part of the « master de spécialisation » the student will enroll in and they are a prerequisite for the regular BNEN programme of 60 ECTS.
    • If the student registers in an institution of the “Vlaamse Gemeenschap van België”, these additional credits are part of a preparatory “make up” programme, before possibly being admitted to the BNEN programme of 60 ECTS.
  • the holders of a foreign academic degree judged similar to the academic degrees delivered by either the “Communauté française de Belgique” or the “Vlaamse Gemeenschap van België”, mentioned in the above items, under the same conditions (i.e. basic master programme of at least 300 ECTS and depending on the acquired background in the curriculum and the level of abstraction) and according to the prescriptions of the respective decrees;

The clearance to access the control zone of the SCK•CEN is delivered by the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) and must be obtained to take part in laboratory sessions of the BNEN programme. This clearance by FANC is a precondition to the BNEN programme and as such, all “admissions” given by the BNEN Academic Committee are conditional and thus “provisional”. The “provisional” admission will be automatically cancelled if this clearance is not timely received by the student.


TOEFL Test Scores

550 points on the written test is required or equivalent.

New Score Scales:

Because of significant changes to the content of the test, there will be new scoring scales.
Score reports will contain five scores: four section scores (reading, listening, writing and speaking) and a total score.
Each section score will be on a 0-30 scale; the total score is the sum of the four section scores.

TOEFL Test Website: http://www.ets.org/toefl

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As an example, typical “make up programmes” amount to about 30 ECTS for applicants with an electro-mechanical background. For applicants with a different background, like ICT, the “make up programme” may be close to 60 ECTS.

As an example, typical “make up programmes” amount to about 30 ECTS for applicants with a physics background. For applicants with a different background, like informatics, the “make up programme” may be closer to 60 ECTS.