Master of Science in Environmental Science and Technology

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  • 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 (ENSCITEC)". This renewed programme offers 5 majors:

  1. Chemicals assessment and management
  2. Resource recovery technology
  3. Environmental health and technology for developing economies
  4. Urban environmental management
  5. Environmental health and technology for marine systems

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. Environmental health and technology for developing economies
    4. Urban environmental management
    5. Environmental health and technology for marine systems
  • 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

Language of instruction is not accepted anymore, except for:

  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 Australia, Botswana, Canada, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, need to send proof of at least one year - 60 ECTS (finished successfully) - of comprehensive English-based instruction at a Higher Education Institution (mode of instruction).

Candidates from any other nationality need to present test results of one of the following tests (validity of 5 years; TOEFL/IELTS predictive tests and TOEIC will not be accepted):

  • TOEFL IBT 86
  • TOEFL PBT 570
  • ACADEMIC IELTS 6,5 overall score with a min. of 6 for writing
  • CEFR B2

Application procedure

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


Study costs

  • Tuition fee
  • Living & accommodation expenses: min € 850/month
  • Some scholarship schemes take charge of particular costs

Contact & Info

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MSc in Environmental Science and Technology
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