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Master of Welding Engineering (Sint-Katelijne-Waver)

Course Description

The Master in Welding Engineering is an advanced academic programme comprising 60 ECTS. The programme consists of a group of common compulsory courses (40 ECTS) and an option-based course (20 ECTS).

The programme has two parts:

- 40 ECTS of coursework culminating in a written examination. Upon successful completion, students gain access to the International Institute of Welding (IIW) oral examination. A passing score results in IIW accreditation as a certified International Welding Engineer (IWE) and European Welding Engineer.

- a 20 ECTS Master's thesis.

Upon successful completion of both parts, students are awarded a MSc degree in Welding Engineering.

This is an initial Master's programme. The full programme can be completed in one year of full-time study. Courses are taught exclusively in Dutch.


The advanced Master's programme in Welding Engineering provides the student with the most comprehensive training possible in the niche area of the industrial sciences that is formed by welding. The objectives of the programme are:
- Ensuring full compliance with the minimum requirements set by the International Institute of Welding as described in its IIW Guideline in document IAB 252-07 "Minimum Requirements for the Education, Examination and Qualification for Personnel with Responsibility for Welding Coordination";
- Ensuring the broadest and most extensive understanding possible of all technical welding-related knowledge and skill subjects that a welding engineer needs in order to function within the current social context. These subjects include welding techniques, materials science, metallurgy of low-alloy and high-alloy steels, non-ferrous materials, metallurgy involving the combination of heterogeneous materials, corrosion and prevention, construction codes, technical welding-related standards, design exercises, quality control/assurance and production and manufacturing techniques. To this end, the students must acquire the expertise, knowledge and skills which are needed to:
- As a graduate welding engineer with sufficient scientific background, take on and solve technical welding and related problems (in terms of materials science, corrosion and protection, process, standardisation and coding, quality, fitting out of workplaces, etc.) independently or as part of a team;
- Feel sufficiently comfortable in areas such as legislation, business economics, deontology and safety;
- Develop a positive attitude that includes a clear desire for lifelong learning as well as an interest in new technological developments and creativity;
- Quickly and efficiently make use of available sources of information (scientific databases, patent databases, standards and norms) for purposes of knowledge acquisition.

Career Paths

In many countries, there is a permanent and growing need for scientists and engineers who are knowledgeable and trained at the academic level in the field of welding engineering. Academic training is essential due to the increasing complexity of industrial production processes and the growing number of rules and regulations governing them, both in Europe and internationally.

Our graduates find employment in local SMEs, large multinational industrial companies as well as private and public organisations at home and abroad. There is a real need for experts with the capability to conduct research, carry out quality control analyses, and perform inspections, monitoring and certification in the broad field of welding.

Some graduates begin a career as independent consultants.

Entry Requirements


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