Higher education in Wallonia-Brussels is organised into three cycles leading to the award of Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees corresponding to a set number of ECTS credits.
The first cycle studies:
This cycle can be "professional" if it leads to short courses of study or "transitional" if it leads to longer courses of study. It corresponds to 180 credits (3 years) and leads to the award of a Bachelor's degree.
The 1st cycle of studies may also lead to Specialised bachelor's degree (at least 60 credits). This one is only accessible to holders of a Bachelor’s degree and allows them to obtain a specialised professional qualification.
The second cycle studies:
It leads to the award of the degree of:
- Master after having successfully completed 60 credits (1 year) or 120 credits (2 years).
- Medical doctor or veterinarian after having successfully completed 180 credits (3 years).
The second cycle studies can also lead to the degree of an Advanced Master (at least 60 credits). This one is available to holders of a Master’s degree (at least 120 credits) and allows them to gain access to certain professions (e.g. in the health sector) or to offer specific training in the framework of development cooperation programmes.
The third cycle studies