Application process

Core required documents

Please upload all documents and scans in PDF format.

  1. Diploma(s) and transcripts of academic records
  • The Programme Committee reserves the right to ask for official or certified hard copies of transcripts (or diplomas) if required for the evaluation of the application.
  • If your documents are not in English, Dutch, French or German, please arrange for these documents to be translated by a registered translator. The translated documents must also be certified by the educational institution that issued them.
  1. English Proficiency Certificates and/or other supporting documents (if applicable)
  • See language proficiency requirements for all details.
  1. The identity page of your passport (or national ID card for EEA citizens)
  2. If applicable and already available: Belgian Residence Permit (both sides)
  3. Motivation letter (max. one A4 page)
  4. CV (max. four pages including the names and contact details of minimum three referees)

Because of the automatic link with the Flemish Higher Education database (Databank Hoger Onderwijs (DHO)), candidate students holding a Flemish degree, will be redirected to a second online location to upload CV and motivation letter after registration in OASIS. This can take up to two working days.

If you encounter any problems, please contact


Applicants who meet all requirements will be invited for an interview. The interview might include a practical test to evaluate applicants’ necessary level of knowledge.
At the same time, applicants will be able to demonstrate their interest in the programme.

The next (online) interviews will take place

  • For non-EEA citizens: in the second week of April 2024
  • For EEA citizens: in the second week of June 2024 (first round)
  • For EEA citizens: in the first/second week of September 2024 (second round)


Applicants who fail to demonstrate the necessary level of knowledge or proficiency in English during the interview, will not be accepted.

Applicants will be informed about the final decision by the Programme Committee by the end of June or mid September, depending on your interview round. If your application was successful, you are accepted at Ghent University and you will receive a letter of admission. This letter will mention that you will be required to submit a legalised copy of your diploma upon enrolment. 


  • 1 April (non-EEA citizens)
  • 1 June (EEA citizens and non-EEA citizens with a valid residence permit, first round)
  • 1 September (EEA citizens and non-EEA citizens with a valid residence permit, second round)


The tuition fee consists of four parts which are subject to annual indexation.

There is no application fee.

Tuition fees for the academic year 2024 - 2025:
One year programme

Administrative fixed amount: €288,00
Fixed amount per credit (60 x 13,80): €828,00
Extra amount per credit (60 x 92,70): €5.562,00
Exceptional tuition fee: €840,60

There is a waiver of €50,10 per credit (€3.006,00 in total) for EEA citizens who are applying for the one year programme, no later than two years after obtaining a master’s degree.

Administrative fixed amount: €288,00
Fixed amount per credit (60 x 13,80): €828,00
Extra amount per credit (60 x 42,60): €2.556,00
Exceptional tuition fee: €840,60

A reduced tuition fee is only possible for the one year programme.

Waiver requests are evaluated in combination with the admission file.

Two or three year programme

Students who choose to spread the programme over two or three years, only pay the exceptional tuition fee in the first year, the indexed administrative fixed amount per year, and the indexed fixed and extra amount per credit per year.

For more information about tuition fees at Ghent University, please visit

Financial support
  • For entrepreneurs

The Flemish Government offers financial support to entrepreneurs for this programme through the SME e-wallet (in Dutch: kmo-portefeuille).
More information can be found on the Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship website in English or in Dutch.
Registration number Ghent University: dv.o103193

  • For entrepreneurs/employees active in the food industry in Belgium (PC 118 and 220)

Food sector association ALIMENTO financially supports entrepreneurs and employees active in the food industry in Belgium (PC 118 and 220) who take part in this master’s programme.
Please visit the ALIMENTO website for more information (in Dutch).

  • For employees 

Employees in the private sector are entitled, under certain conditions, to Flemish training leave (Dutch: Vlaams opleidingsverlof/VOV). They may be absent from work in order to follow a training course, while their salary continues to be paid. The employer can obtain compensation in the form of a fixed amount.

The MSc in Sustainable Food Packaging is registered in the database of Flemish Training Incentives, with registration number ODB-X10129.

The tuition fee includes:
  • extracurricular activities
  • digital course materials
  • student card and benefits

The tuition fee does not include:
  • meals
  • housing
  • physical course materials


  • Master Mind scholarships awarded by the Government of Flanders to academically outstanding students for master programmes in Flanders and Brussels.


You can only use this application system to submit the requested documents.

You will be asked to select either the full year programme or one of the modular trajectories, after successful registration.