Admission requirements

The admission requirements depend on previous degrees (type of degree, country of issue, etc.) or additional experience.
For more info on the admission requirements for the different tracks, please see:

Info session & Job fair

Next session: Thursday 27/04/23 at 12.30

The session will be online via Gather. You need to use a PC (mobile devices are not yet fully supported) and open this link using a modern browser.

The Master program and the relevance of bioinformatics and computational biology will be presented in the Talk Room (door at the top left of the entrance room). Afterwards, there is the opportunity to ask questions and talk with current students, alumni and doctoral students in the Booth Room (door at the top right of the entrance room). People from industry will also be present to discuss internship and job opportunities.

You can find the flyer to spread the word here.


Master Grant

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 from the MSc in Bioinformatics. Deadline 1/04.
  2. Master Mind scholarship of Flanders Knowledge Area for students from other countries with a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 and a good knowledge of the English language. A proof of the GPA and English Language Test Results are both required. You can calculate your average GPA here. 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 Bioinformatics. Deadline 1/03.

If you are interested, please send an email to Prof. Kathleen Marchal ( with a short motivation (at least three reasons, at least 150 words) why we should suggest you (with the required documents for the Master Mind scholarship in addition to the prospect application file) before the deadline, 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.


The Master program costs about €1900, without living expenses. The exact tuition fee can be found here.


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 at 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 Prof. Kathleen Marchal (