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.


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 Genetic Systems (now BASF Agricultural Solutions Belgium NV, previously Bayer Crop Science), CropDesign (now a BASF Plant Science company), Devgen (now Syngenta) 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

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

Interested? Please send Annick Bleys ( the required information (your CV, diplomas with transcript of records and a letter of motivation explaining also your expectations). If appropriate, you will be invited for a Zoom interview, necessary to evaluate your background.

When you are accepted, you will need to apply online via UGent here.
Please note that our Master is a Subsequent Master's program, so you have to search in that category.

After completing the online application, you will be required to send your diploma etc in hard copy to UGent before the deadline: 1st of March for students who need a Visa, and 1st of June for students who do not need a Visa.

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 the UGent deadline), so we can suggest your application.


° Welcome at UGent

Please check the Guide for new students.

° Costs

The Master program costs about 1750€, without living expenses.

° 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.



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