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. The 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

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


Interested? Contact:

Annick Bleys
Faculty of Sciences
Department of Plant Systems Biology
Technologiepark 71
9052 GENT

Application Instructions

You should be able to find all necessary information here.

Please note that our Master is a Subsequent Master's program, so you have to search in that category.

The application deadline is 1st of March for students who need a Visa, and 1st of June for students who do not need a Visa.

After applying, please send Dr. Bleys ( 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, necessary to approve your application.

Regarding the costs, the application itself is free of charge (and not binding), and if you are allowed to follow the 1-year Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology, the Master program costs about 1750€, without living expenses.

Please also check the Guide for new students.

Master Grants

There are scholarship possibilities for foreign students:

  1. UGent Top-up grants for students from developing countries
  2. Master Mind scholarships of Flanders Knowledge Area for students from other countries

If you are interested, please let us know in time (three weeks before UGent deadline), so we can suggest your application.


° Housing

Regarding the housing, you can find details here.


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 or three months.


You can find pictures of the last years on our Facebook page. There is also a Facebook group you can join.


Master of Science in Plant biotechnology

Some movies about Plant Biotechnology and PSB

Plant breeding innovation

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