Course content

The Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering trains engineers to creatively and professionally apply information technology in socially and economically relevant applications. These applications range from apps for mobile devices to embedded systems and scientific computing for supercomputers.

A computer science engineering graduate has a broad basic knowledge and has the creative skills to conceive, design, build, and exploit information processing systems.

This knowledge entails both hardware and software. Computer science engineers use specific models, methods, and techniques that allow them to control the complexity of modern applications. They will take into account the requirements of the customer, the economic reality, safety requirements, ergonomics, etc.

The program closely interacts with existing research programs in various university labs and the IMEC research institute. Students will participate in ongoing research during their study. This will teach them the skills required to carry out personal scientific research.

Finally, we ensure that graduates also acquire non-specialised and transferrable skills. In addition to this, the program also stimulates the development of soft skills, such as teamwork, effective communication, project management, etc. These skills are acquired through the execution of various projects throughout the entire program.

The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) offers most of the Master’s programs in Engineering in English. This underlines the international ambition of the faculty, as well as the importance of international education and multiple language skills for students.


Course structure

The master’s program 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 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.



Career perspectives

The Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering trains students to design complex information processing systems that are at the core of our modern information society. Since information technology is only a means to a goal, graduates will have to get familiar with different application domains (such as health care, financial, production, accounting, etc..) to make the right design decisions. Graduates start as a developer, but will quickly move to higher positions, such as those of designer, project leader, director, etc.. The students‘ broad education and their ability to deal with complex situations will help them throughout their careers to function effectively and to take leading positions in society.


Admission (for international degree students)

Students who wish to enrol for the Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering can enter the program 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 Program Committee will make the final decision on whether to accept the application or not. The Study Program Committee can decide that students need to follow a preparatory course or an individual master’s program, for instance for students with another diploma of Bachelor or Master.

Why choose UGent?


Education by world-class researchers
The education is given by professors who not only excel in teaching but also excel in research on a European and even worldwide scale. A fair number of professors have received a prestigious European Research Council Grant.


All of our master programmes, courses and curriculum were audited by CTI (Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur), as part of the EUR-ACE® quality audit carried out by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).


Strong student chapters
The students chapters make you feel welcome in our community, they organize courses, games, sports-activities and lots of parties as well. many of them have a buddy program.


Vibrant city life
Enjoy the city of Ghent, a student city with plenty of leisure possibilities, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, bars & clubs, restaurants, sports facilities, ...


Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 5, 2019
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