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:

To be admitted to the Systems Biology track, your pre-education should consist of minimally 10 ECTS of mathematical courses, because no English-taught alternatives are available at UGent for your reorientation.

The teaching language is English, so for foreign students, an English certificate (CEF B2-level or higher) is required. The certificate cannot be older than four academic years, counting from the academic year after the proof of language was acquired. An Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) is also good to demonstrate a thorough command of both written and spoken English; see here.

For non-EER students, a score report of their General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test is also required.

Application instructions and deadlines

You can find all information here.

Foreign students need to apply online in time before the deadline:

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

Belgian students that are interested in following our program need to contact us.

Info session

When: Wednesday 17/04/24 at 5 PM

Where: in Auditorium 5 at the Campus Ledeganck (How to get there)

The Master program and the relevance of bioinformatics and computational biology will be presented. Afterwards, there is the opportunity to ask questions and meet alumni and some people from industry as of 17:30.

You can find the flyer to spread the word here.


Master grant

The Master Mind scholarship of Flanders Knowledge Area is for academically outstanding students with a GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 and a minimum score of 94 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an overall band score of minimum 7.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). A proof of the GPA and TOEFL/IELTS are both required. You can calculate your average GPA here.

Please be aware that we can only suggest 2 candidates for the MSc in Bioinformatics and that UGent can only suggest 20 candidates of all UGent educations to the government of Flanders, so the chance of getting this scholarship is small.

If you are interested, please send an email to Prof. Kathleen Marchal ( before the deadline (1/03) with a short motivation (at least three reasons, at least 150 words) why we should suggest you. Also add your prospect application file and the required proofs (GPA and TOEFL/IELTS), so we can suggest your application.

Also be aware that this is not a full scholarship. 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 (