Equivalence of a foreign degree in Medicine

2010 Inter-University Exam on admission to second-cycle courses in medicine and dental science.

Introduction

The decree on courses in medicine and dental science of 1 July 2005 (M.B. 31.08.2005) reserves for each university of Belgium's French Community 5 places for second-cycle studies in medicine and 1 place for second-cycle studies in dental science for students with a certificate granting full or partial equivalence of their foreign degree with a first-cycle degree in medicine or dental science.

To allow the selection of applicants authorised to start studying (first year) for a Master degree in medicine or dental science, the universities of Belgium's French Community hold a once-a-year exam, organised jointly by the UCL, ULg and ULB.

Contents, practical details and regulations governing the exam

The aim of the exam is to assess general medical knowledge relating to theoretical subjects dealt with in the Bachelor course in medicine or dental science.

The exam allows a selection of applicants eligible for registering for the first year of a Master course in medicine or dental science.

Selection

With regard to medicine, 5 places are available each year to each of the universities offering Master courses in medicine.

With regard to dental science, one place is available each year to each of the universities offering Master courses in dental science.

Eligibility for the exam.

Eligibility is granted by the Faculty equivalence commission to which the application is submitted.

Practical details

The written exam is in French and consists of 3 questions to be answered briefly for each discipline (list of subjects in the appendix). The exam lasts the whole day (see "practical aspects")

Please note : 10 minutes is foreseen for each question

Practical details regarding registration, together with the registration form are available herepdf

Results

Exam results ("accepted" or "not accepted") are posted on the Faculty bulletin boards of each of the 3 universities as soon as possible and at the latest 2 days after deliberation. Deliberation of the inter-university exam takes place on Tuesday, 7 September 2010.

A candidate is deemed to have passed when obtaining 60% of possible points and at least 50% of points in each subject. The decision of the selection panel is final. Applicants passing the exam are ranked according to the points gained in the exam.

The 15 best-placed applicants (3 for dental science) are given a pass certificate allowing them to register for the first year of the Master course (MA1) in medicine or dental science. The choice of university is done on the basis of the ranking, with up to 5 (or 1) applicants for each university.

Students must follow the whole MA1 programme of the Medicine or Dental Science course, with no exemptions granted during the second cycle.