Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology


The Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology at Ghent University covers all aspects of modern Plant Biotechnology related to state of the art technologies, plant growth and development, abiotic stress and biotic interactions, IP and safety regulation. Moreover, through elective courses and a substantial Master project, students can specialize in their field of interest. Teaching language is English. 


Our training in Plant Biotechnology is embedded in an environment of top science and industrial entrepreneurship where translational research enables the transfer of knowledge from plant models to crops.

Ghent University in collaboration with the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) has a long standing tradition of converting basic plant science into successful industrial entities: Plant Genetics Systems (now Bayer Cropsciences), CropDesign (now BASF Plant Sciences) and Devgen. Today, these companies together with our plant research center form the largest European Plant Biotechnology campus. Both our companies and research labs are continuously recruiting talented people for research positions. 

Program overview

More information about the course content can be found here.

Minimum Admission Requirements

A Master's degree in Life Sciences and a successful knowledge and motivation interview/test is mandatory.


Interested? Contact the program coordinator:

Prof. Dr. Sofie Goormachtig
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Faculty of Sciences
Department of Plant Systems Biology
Technologiepark 927
9052 GENT

Application Instructions

You should be able to find all necessary info online:

But here is briefly listed what is needed.

Application Deadline:

  • 1st of March for students who need a Visa
  • 1st of June for students who do not need a Visa

Your application for admission is free of charge.

To start the application and receive the application form (.pdf), you need to send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In this email, you need to mention:

  • your first name and last name (surname) stated separately;
  • the complete postal address;
  • the date and place of birth;
  • the programme at UGent that you are applying for (check "Studying at UGent" for more information);
  • a confirmation that you have read, understood and accept the admission requirements.

Information regarding the application submission:

  1. Make sure that your completed application form is dated and signed.
  2. Enclose the required documents:
    1. A legalized copy of your Master diploma and its transcript of records;
    2. If not in Dutch, French, German or English, a translation of these documents into Dutch, French, German or English, translated by a sworn translator;
    3. A curriculum vitae;
    4. If you have never studied at a university before, the form "Certificate attesting the equivalence of a foreign diploma for the purpose of access to a bachelor at a Flemish University (PDF)" correctly filled in;
    5. A document explaining the grading/credit system in your country: the system which expresses how your school work is evaluated can differ from country to country. To allow us to assess your application we need to understand your transcripts (report card) and the grading system that was used;
    6. If you are a political refugee: an original letter stating that you are a political refugee;
    7. If you wish to do a Ph.D, you need to provide a provisional description of the doctoral dissertation (research plan), the methodology, timing, proposed title, proposed supervisor and any previously accomplished research related to the present proposal;
    8. Proof of Dutch / English proficiency, depending on the program that you are applying for.
  3. Enclose any documents that can add value to your application (recommendation letter, certificates of programme-related courses, letter of motivation, ...).
  4. Make sure that you submit the application package before the deadline.
  5. Send the application package by post to the International Admissions Desk. Since we require original documents, you cannot email or fax your application package.

Then, please send Prof. Dr. Goormachtig the required information (your CV, previous studies, transcript of records and a letter of motivation), so she will be able to evaluate your background, and invite you to a possible Skype interview in March, necessary to approve your official application (described earlier).
Regarding the costs, the application itself is free of charge, and if you are allowed to follow the 1-year Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology, the Master program costs 1630€, without living expenses.

Master Grants

Here you can find all information regarding obtaining a scholarship for students from developing countries:
But here is briefly listed what is needed:

  1. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:
    1. Title of your email: Admission - Master Grant 2014-2015
    2. Content of your email:
      1. Your first and last name (surname) separately
      2. The complete postal address
      3. The date and place of birth
      4. The program you are applying for
      5. A confirmation that you have read, understood and accept the admission requirements.
  2. The application form will be sent by email to you after an application file has been opened in our database.
  3. Send your completed application form together with all the required documents before the 24th of December 2013 to the International Admission Desk. Postmark date will serve as proof.

If the outcome is successful, then the International Admissions Desk will forward the application and letter of admission to the Department of Research Affairs. No further action needs to be taken by the applicant. Once the Research Coordination Office gets your application from the International Admissions Desk, you will be informed by email.


° Housing

Regarding the housing, you can find details here:


All information about obtaining a visa for Belgium is available at

As a rule, students must apply for this visa at the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in their own country or in the country where they legally reside, and not from the public authorities in Belgium itself. If there is no Belgian Consulate or Embassy in their home country, they may submit their application at the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in one of the neighbouring countries.

ATTENTION: Students should not enter Belgium with a tourist visa if they intend to stay longer than 90 days or three months.