Master programmes comprise either 60 ECTS credits (1 year), 120 ECTS credits (2 years), 180 ECTS credits (3 years) or 240 ECTS credits (4 years).
The knowledge acquired during the appropriate bachelor degree lays the foundation for further specialization. At the end students are awarded a master degree.
Within the framework of development cooperation Ghent University organises ICP master programmes.
Erasmus Mundus master programmes taught in English
Erasmus Mundus Master Courses are high-quality course programmes at Master level, which were selected for funding by the European Commission. Each course programme is offered by a consortium of universities which are situated in different European countries. As a student of an Erasmus Mundus Master Course you will study in at least two of these countries and after succesfully completing the programme, you will be awarded a recognized double, multiple or joint diploma.
8 Erasmus Mundus Master Programmes are jointly offered by Ghent University and partners. Other Erasmus Mundus Master Programmes in Europe are found on the website of
Important note: per EACEA guidelines, students are not allowed to apply for more than three 'Erasmus Mundus' Master Courses / Doctoral Programmes at the same time.
Advanced master programmes taught in English
Advanced master programmes comprise 60 ECTS credits and provide high standard specialization opportunities for holders of a particular master degree.
Postgraduate studies taught in English
Postgraduates comprise study programmes of minimum 20 ECTS credits, awarded by a certificate, in some cases referring to a legally recognized professional qualification. They constitute study and learning paths intended to enable students to explore the competences acquired upon completion of a bachelor’s or master’s study, in greater depth and scope, as part of their further professional training.
Permanent training (continuing education)
Permanent training comprises a broad range of courses, life-long learning, education in new or fast developing fields of study. The duration and entrance requirements to these courses are very flexible.
Some lead to a specific certificate awarded by Ghent University.