M.Sc. On Campus

Computer Science Engineering

Ghent University

24 months
5744 EUR/year
962 EUR/year
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The goal of the Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering at Ghent University trains engineers to creatively and professionally apply information technology in socially and economically relevant applications.


Key facts

Basically the Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering study programme at Ghent University consists of two phases. The first phase is a three year programme leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering. The second phase is a two year programme leading to the degree of Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering. The Bachelor of Science programme consists of 180 credits. Of this programme, the first year and a half offers a broad education in science and engineering. This is followed by a specialised education in the fundaments of computer science. This structure ensures that a graduate benefits from a combination of a broad technical training and a specialised computer science training. The bachelor’s degree gives access to a range of master’s programmes, including the Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering. The master’s programme is split into two parts of 60 credits each. The first part consists of compulsory courses. The second part consists of elective courses: a master’s dissertation of 24 credits, and 36 credits of coursework. This coursework can either consist of a major in Artificial Intelligence or Embedded Systems, or a minor in Industrial Engineering or Biosystems, or it can be freely picked by the student. This flexibility allows students to give expression to their personal study interests. Students are encouraged to use this flexibility to do preparatory work to kickstart their own business through Dare to Think, which is the local student-entrepreneurship project. Similarly, students can take a range of specialist courses as preparation for doctoral studies.

Learning outcomes

Rather than pursuing completeness with respect to content, the master’s studies aim at a thorough control of an incomplete but sufficiently relevant part of the field, and at the development of the ability of autonomous (lifelong) knowledge acquisition.

Usually the activities of a Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering will be situated initially in various technical positions. This initial role changes relatively fast to various executive positions. For these positions high requirements are set with respect to a high knowledge level as well as a strong leadership and the ability to control complex situations and systems.

The societal relevance of the master program is mainly determined by the high demand of academically trained and creative computer science engineers for the design and development of innovative intelligent products with a high added value. These products are essential for the further development of the knowledge society. Obviously, the general engineering training has its societal relevance too.

The programme allows a student to maximally express his/her training ambition. Only half of the programme is fixed. The remaining half is filled in according to the interest of the student through elective courses and the master dissertation.

The core of the programme consists of a mandatory list of courses amounting to 60 credit points. Besides this the student disposes of ample other possibilities to choose his/her own direction and emphasis. A further technical deepening in computer science amounting to at least 18 credit points is imposed. The other 18 credit points are free to choose from the course catalog of Ghent University or may be chosen from a number of minors offered in the faculty. If students choose courses from the course catalog, they have to include at least 6 credit points from the list of socially relevant courses.An important part of the studies is devoted to independent activity of the student. The Master's Dissertation is the most important component of this, to a total amount of 24 credit points

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Parallel Computer Systems
  • Parallel and Distributed Software Systems
  • Design of Multimedia Applications
  • Research Project
  • Design Project
  • Mobile and Broadband Access Networks
  • Information Theory
  • Queueing Analysis and Simulation
  • Machine Learning
  • Information Security

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol for the Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering can enter the programme without any prerequisites if they hold the following diploma: an academic diploma of Bachelor (or Master) of Science in Engineering (university level, minimum three years), with the main subject in Computer Science Engineering and/or a Bachelor (or Master) of Science in Informatics or an equivalent to this.
  • Admission can only be granted after an individual application procedure. The Study Programme Committee will make the final decision whether to accept the application or not. The Study Programme Committee can decide that students need to follow a preparatory course or an individual master’s programme, for instance for students with another diploma of Bachelor or Master.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5744 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5744 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    962 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 962 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Gent

754 - 1205 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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