The English-taught Postgraduate Certificate in Public Procurement (20-30 ECTS), jointly organised by the Brussels School of Governance and Lexxion, allows students to gather specialised knowledge in the field of public procurement law and policy. The programme distinctly focuses on the European dimension of public procurement. It is fully accredited and is offered as a fully online programme, complemented with a few physical / networking events in different cities across Europe.
Public procurement in the EU is a multi-billion euro sector and this Certificate addresses the current gap between the required knowledge to work in the field and the lack of formal and professional training focused on EU public procurement.
This programme is aimed at working professionals or part-time students who would like to develop a distinct profile in EU public procurement. Whether you are planning a future career in the growing public procurement sector, or you are already working in that field and want to extend your knowledge - this programme is designed for you. Diverse previous backgrounds are accepted because the programme will begin by explaining the basics of public procurement.
The Brussels School of Governance is an alliance between the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College. This Postgraduate Certificate in Public Procurement is a programme of which the degree will be awarded by Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
- Organised in cooperation between the Brussels School of Governance and Lexxion
- Flexible starting date & format
- Flexibility to attend in person or online
- Optional internship
- Strong link between theory and practice
- Renowned lecturers from academia and practice
- Networking opportunities
- Academically recognised degree
- Opportunity to publish your research in an acclaimed journal
The programme consists of the following three modules:
- Module 1: Fundamentals of EU Public Procurement
- Module 2: Specialisation/ Elective courses*(select minimum 2 courses from our list )
- Module 3: Research Article or Internship & Report
For more details about these modules, please download the programme brochure.
You have a choice how to follow the programme. This Postgraduate Certificate is available fully online but you can also choose to attend the lectures in person. As a truly European learning experience, the lectures will take place in various cities around the EU. Lectures will be on work days but you have the flexibility to watch their recording instead at a time that suits your agenda better. For an overview of the planned physical lectures and their location, please visit the Lexxion web page about this programme.
This programme will be organised for the first time as of the autumn semester of 2023. The programme follows the academic calendar of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), which means that the 2023-24 academic year of this programme officially starts on Monday 25 September 2023. However, the first actual class in this Postgraduate Certificate in Public Procurement will take place early October 2023 (TBC). The programme lasts one academic year (full time) or two years (part time). The student will obtain between 20 and 30 ECTS depending on the choice of elective courses.
News about the programme
People with diverse previous academic background can be accepted as the programme begins by explaining the basics of public procurement. The programme is designed to attract an international/European audience.
To be admitted to the programme, you must have at least a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree and to demonstrate a working proficiency in English.
How do I apply?
The application platform for this programme is now open. You can access it by clicking the 'Apply here' button at the top of this page. You will then be redirected to the application platform of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where you should create an account and then go through the steps of the online application form.
What is the application deadline?
The application deadline for this programme is 31 August.
The tuition fee for the entire programme depends on the number of credits that the student takes up, as well as on the programme duration the student selects:
|# of credits||fee for 1-year option||fee for 2-year option|
|20||4550 EUR||4800 EUR|
|30||6700 EUR||6950 EUR|
Is the programme accredited?
Yes, the programme is officially recognised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) as a Postgraduate with Certificate.
Can I also attend the courses in person should I wish to do so?
Yes, you have a choice how to follow the programme. This Postgraduate Certificate is available fully online but you can also choose to attend the lectures in person. As a truly European learning experience, the lectures will take place in various cities around the EU. Lectures will be on working days, but you have the flexibility to watch their recording instead at a time that suits your agenda better.
What are the cancellation terms?
In case of cancellation before the start of the academic year, an administrative fee of €350 will be charged. Cancellations after the start of the academic year but before 1 December will result in an administrative fee of €350 and a reimbursement of 50% of the total tuition fee. Cancellations after 1 December will not be reimbursed.