Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology


The Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology at Ghent University covers in a one-year program 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. The teaching language is English, so an English certificate (CEF B2-level or higher) is required.


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 VIB has a long standing tradition of converting basic plant science into successful industrial entities: Plant Genetic Systems (now BASF Agricultural Solutions Belgium NV, previously Bayer Crop Science), CropDesign (now a BASF Plant Science company), Devgen (now Syngenta) and more recently Biotalys and Aphea.Bio. 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

The curriculum 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. More information about the course content can be found here.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for Flemish or international degree students can be found here.

The general admission requirement is that you must possess a Master’s degree in Life Sciences or an international degree considered equivalent (4-year BSc WITH thesis). Knowledge required for the different courses:

  • PCR, transformation, Southern/Northern/Western Blot, GFP, GUS
  • genome, transcription/translation, gene prediction, homology/BLAST, DNA sequencing, proteomics, mass spectrometry
  • linkage map, association mapping, marker assisted selection (MAS), genomics
  • abiotic stress, communication, light signaling, plant hormones, signaling network, volatile organic compounds
  • microtubuli, actine, chloroplast, ROS, plant hormones (auxin, cytokinin, ethylene, …), mitosis, cyclin-dependent kinases
  • meristems, stem cells, cell identity, pattern formation, asymmetric cell division, lateral inhibition, chromatin modification, imprinting, miRNA, architecture
  • agronomically improved transgenic crops, plant cell factories, Agbiotech industry, non-GMO approaches
  • molecular biology of pathogenic, beneficial and symbiotic interactions of plants

If you do not know these basic concepts, you will not be able to follow our program.

Application Instructions and Deadlines

You can find all information here.

Apply online in time at before the deadline:

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

Please note that the Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology is a Subsequent Master's program, so you have to search in that category. 

    If your online application (free) is evaluated positively by the International Admissions Desk, you will be invited by us for a Zoom interview to evaluate your background and motivation (see basic concepts above).

    When this is positive, you will receive an e-mail with your letter of admission and explaining what you need to do to enroll in our program. 

    Master Grants

    There are scholarship possibilities for foreign students:

    1. UGent Top-up grant for very good students from developing countries of the OESO-DAC country list (priority is given to students from the first three columns; as an exception, students from the fourth column can be considered upon clear motivation). Please be aware that there are only 10 grants for all new UGent students, for which we can only suggest max 3 candidates. Deadline 1/04
    2. Master Mind scholarship of Flanders Knowledge Area for students from other countries (preference for Japan, Mexico, Palestine, USA) with a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 and a good knowledge of the English language. A proof of GPA (PDF) and English Language Test Results are required. Please be aware that UGent can only suggest 20 candidates to the government of Flanders, of which we can only suggest 2 for the MSC in Plant Biotechnology. Deadline 1/03

    If you are interested, please send a mail to to Annick Bleys (anble@psb.vib-ugent.bebefore the deadline and with the required documents for the Master Mind scholarship in addition to your prospect application, so we can suggest your application.

    Also be aware that these are topping-up grants and not full scholarships. You must still be able to provide for your own financing in order to be able to make the most of your studies.


    ° Welcome at UGent

    Please check the Guide for new students.

    ° Costs

    The Master program costs about 1850€, without living expenses. The exact tuition fee can be found here.

    ° Housing

    Regarding the housing, you can find details here.

    ° VISA

    All information about obtaining a Visa for Belgium is available here.

    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 neighboring countries.

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


    If you have any questions, send a mail to Annick Bleys (


    Master of Science in Plant biotechnology

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