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Reform of Studies in Medicine

Structure of Studies

For the basic training programme in medicine to conform to Belgian, and more particularly to European, standards, the programme duration has decreased from 7 to 6 years. This course leads to a degree in medicine. It must be complemented by a specialised Master's (in general medicine or in another specialised mecial field) since, according to INAMI guidelines, the degree in medicine alone is not enough to practice medicine .

Exams at the end of the first semester of the first 60-credit block of the Bachelor's

Exam board regulations for the exams at the end of the first semester of the first 60-credit block of the Bachelor's programmes in medical sciences and dental sciences (in French)

After the first year (first 60-credit block of the Bachelor's)

The decree regarding studies in medical and dental sciences adopted on 9th July 2015 establishes which universities of the French Community offer courses in medicine/medical sciences, based on a total the number of students who have passed the first year of the Bachelor in Medicine and who will therefore continue the cycle.

This overall number is fixed regardless of the figure that the INAMI sets. Each university concerned receives a percentage (fixed by the decree) of the number of students who have passed the first year. UMONS is entitled to 11.15% of the overall number.

For the academic year 2015-2016, the total number has been set at 605 and the number of attestations that UMONS can attribute is set at 67 (decree of 17 July 2015, Belgian Official Journal of 14th August 2015).

At UMONS, by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, 67 first year students will therefore be able to continue the cycle.

Information regarding the structure of the first block of studies in medicine from the 2015-2016 academic year (in French)

Mandatory non-binding test prior to registration

Since the 2013-2014 academic year, access to studies in medicine has been limited to students who are able to prove that they have taken the health sector placement test (see Article 6 of the Decree of 23rd March 2012 on the reorganisation of studies in the health sector)

common to 5 universities of the French Community (Namur, Louvain, Brussels, Liège and Mons) offering courses in medicine  have been defined according to the knowledge that is assumed to have been acquired by the end of secondary education from the "General Sciences" option (prospective students need not have taken this option).

These pre-requisites are grouped into 2 categories: general pre-requisites (French and English) and specific pre-requisites for certain subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics).

In order to determine whether these pre-requisites have been met, applicants must take a non-binding placement test 

Students can take this compulsory test at the university of their choice (the test is identical at the 5 universities) in July or September.

Registration and payment of the test fees must be made online: Test registration and practical information

After the test, students receive a certificate of participation that will enable them to register onto the course in medicine. They will then receive their overall score out of 20 for both parts of the test (morning and afternoon) as well as the scores out of 20 for each subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, English and Mathematics).

UMONS and the other universities offer preparatory/refresher courses to allow candidates to prepare for the test and to increase their chances of passing.


2016 Session


  • Monday 4th July 2016
  • Monday 5th September 2016.  


Practical Arrangements for the test on 5th September 2016

Address:    VAN GOGH and CURIE Lecture Theatres
                  “Plaine” Campus – “Les Grands Amphis” Building
                  Avenue du Champ de Mars 8
                  7000 Mons


Distribution of candidates:  in alphabetical order of registered candidates:

VAN GOGH Lecture Theatre: A – L
CURIE Lecture Theatre: M - Z

Lunch break: Each student will be served a sandwich and a bottle of water.


Candidates must arrive at 8 a.m. sharp.

Anyone who arrives after 8:30 a.m. will bot be admitted.

Attendance is compulsory in the morning and the afternoon.

:  - Tel.: +32 (0)65 37 34 96