Master of Science in Environmental Science and Technology


  • More than 40 years of experience in environmental education and research
  • Multidisciplinary and integrated approach to deal with environmental issues
  • Raising the professional careers of its graduates to a higher level, through continuous mutual cooperation and networking

Since 1988, the Centre Environmental Science & Technology of UGent offers the Master of Science in Environmental Sanitation. As of the academic year 2020-2021, the programme has been reformed and innovated and will be offered under a new name "MSc in Environmental Science and Technology". This renewed programme offers 3 majors:

  1. Chemicals assessment and management
  2. Resource recovery technology
  3. Urban environmental management

Learning Outcomes

The general objectives and learning outcomes of this reformed and innovated study programme remain unchanged. The ‘MSc in Environmental Science and Technology’ still focuses on the education of environmental specialists with ample knowledge of (1) the concepts and issues associated with environmental pollution, (2) the detection and quantification of environmental contamination, (3) the possible impact of environmental pollutants on ecosystems and biota, together with the current techniques for risk assessment, and (4) the available technologies for the prevention and remediation of environmental pollution (soil-water-air-waste) and the way they are designed and applied in practice.


Semester 1 & 2 (Sept-June): comprehensive basis (60 ECTS)

  • Environmental sustainability and policy
  • Environmental diagnostics
  • Environmental technology
  • Applied ecology
  • Environmental research skills

Semester 3 & 4 (Sept-June): specialisation (60 ECTS)

  • Majors (24 ECTS)
    1. Environmental assessment and management of chemicals
    2. Resource recovery technology
    3. Urban environmental management
  • Elective courses (6 ECTS)
    1. Course(s) from other major
    2. Internship
    3. Ghent University elective courses in English
  • Master dissertation (30 ECTS)

Courses details

Admission requirements

Holders of a Belgian diploma

Bachelor in de bio-ingenieurswetenschappen ; Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen; Bachelor in de biochemie en de biotechnologie ; Bachelor in de biologie ; Bachelor in de biomedische wetenschappen ; Bachelor in de biowetenschappen ; Bachelor in de chemie ; Bachelor in de farmaceutische wetenschappen ; Bachelor in de fysica en de sterrenkunde ; Bachelor in de fysica ; Bachelor in de geologie ; Een diploma van een opleiding 'Bachelor in de industriële wetenschappen'; Bachelor in de bio-industriële wetenschappen.

Campus Incheon

  • Bachelor of science in Environmental Technology
  • Bachelor of science in Food Technology
  • Bachelor of science in Molecular Biotechnology

Admission Procedure for Students holding a Non-Belgian Diploma

Information on admission requirements and the administrative procedure for admission on the basis of a diploma obtained abroad.

The programme is open to holders of an academic Bachelor degree (minimum 3 years or 180 ECTS credits) in the field of engineering or sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, geology, biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, earth science, environmental science) or an equivalent level from a recognized university or engineering college.

Sufficient academic knowledge is required in:

  • Mathematics + physics + statistics = 20 ECTS
  • Chemistry = 10 ECTS

(1 ECTS corresponds to 30 hours of study time, which includes at least 10 hours of effective teaching time, i.e. contact with course instructors)

Language requirements

The applicant must be proficient in the language of the course or training programme, i.e. English. The English language proficiency can be met by providing a certificate (validity of 5 years) of one of the following tests: (TOEFL/IELTS predictive tests and TOEIC will not be accepted)

  • TOEFL 570 (paper-based)
  • TOEFL 86 (internet-based)
  • IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for writing)
  • Cambridge B2 First

Following students are exempt to provide an English language test certificate:

  1. applicants who have a diploma (Secondary Education, Academic Bachelor Degree, Master Degree) awarded by an (recognised) institution in the Flemish Community
  2. nationals of all EU and EEA countries, Australia, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
    on condition that they can provide a stamped and signed certificate of English proficiency issued by their home university if they have obtained at least 60 ECTS credits with English as the language of instruction during a previous bachelor or master level degree.

Application procedure

Start the online application

Before completing the online application, we recommend to carefully read the general guidelines (including list of necessary documents you will need to upload). 

Application 2023-24 opens early October 2022

Study costs

  • Please note that this is a non-scholarship programme. Finding appropriate funding to join this programme is the applicant’s personal responsibility
  • Tuition fee
  • Living & accommodation expenses: min € 850/month

Contact & Info

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MSc in Environmental Science and Technology
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