How to apply

1. Admission Requirements

1.1. Academic degree


Candidates must hold a higher education diploma issued by a competent Higher Education authority attesting the completion of a degree equivalent to a first cycle (180 ECTS – or higher) in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Biology (incl. Biochemistry), Bio-(incl. environmental, chemical and food) Engineering, Human or Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical sciences or equivalent (which then requires formal equivalency by an official body in one of the 4 consortium countries, e.g. ENIC-NARIC).


Before the final selection of the applicant, the diploma and its transcripts have to be legalized according to the legalization procedure applicable. If these documents are not in Dutch, French, German or English, the applicant is required to add scans of these documents in one of these languages, translated by a sworn translator. Please have a look at the Ghent University website how legalization can be performed and start-up this process well in advance!


Note: Students in their last year of such a study programme at the time of application will also be considered for admission. It is the applicant’s responsibility that the required degree is obtained prior to the start of the S-DISCO programme.

1.2. English language


S-DISCO is an English taught programme and an English language proficiency is therefore a basic requirement. Therefore, applicants need to provide a certificate of proficiency in English, which should be at least a B2 level according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). Native-English speaking applicants as well as applicants where English was the language of instruction during their university education can also be accepted provided submission of proof or declaration of this.

2. Application Procedure

The application and selection procedure in 5 steps:

  1. Determine whether you are eligible for the S-DISCO programme by checking carefully the Admission Requirements.
  2. Before you begin, make sure you have the required documents (see checklist hereunder) ready. Also, other information will be asked for, such as the e-mail address of the embassy where you will apply for your visa (if you are a non-EU student) or the coordinates of 2 reference persons.
  3. Create an UGent OASIS account by clicking the “Apply now” button. After registration, you can online fill in the application form and submit it prior to the set deadlines (see Timings). Note: there is one single Application Form for both admission to the programme and the scholarship application.
  4. In case your file has been evaluated as positive by the Selection Committee, you will be invited for an online interview, which is the last phase in the Application Procedure. In the invitation, you will receive different topics from which you will choose one and prepare a lecture (presentation) of 5 minutes about this topic.
  5. During the online interview, you will also give your 5-minutes lecture.


1. Checklist of documents


The candidates are asked to submit the following documents through the application platform:


  • a passport photo
  • a copy of their passport (or other official identification proof for EEA students)
  • a letter of motivation (max. 1 page).
  • a complete curriculum vitae (preferably in Europass format, or max. 3 pages).
  • a copy of their Bachelor of Science diploma (plus English translation), or a formal letter from their university stating they will finish their Bachelor of Science programme before their enrolment in the S-DISCO master programme, plus a formal equivalency if required.
  • official university transcript of records (plus English translation) which includes a detailed list of all courses taken with their credit hours and results, the final grade received, an explanation of the grading system used, and an indication of the student’s rank within her/his cohort (including cohort size). If the candidate has not yet finalised the Bachelor of Science programme, all courses still on-going should be given as well as the results up to the moment of application.
  • certification of proficiency in English, i.e. minimum B2 level according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).
  • a recommendation letter and a form (download here) filled out by two independent referees. Both documents should be emailed to SDISCO@UGent.be by the reference persons (not the student) before the application deadline.

2. Timings


For scholarship and self-funded applicants:


  • Applications open: mid-January
  • Online application submission deadline: 28 February
  • Possible invitation for online interview, incl. topic selection: week 1 in March
  • Possible online interview: week 3-4 in March
  • Final selection of applicants (admission letter): week 1-2 in April

Only for self-funded applicants (extra application round):


  • Online application submission deadline: 30 April
  • Possible invitation for online interview, incl. topic selection: beginning of May
  • Possible online interview: end of May
  • Final selection of applicants (admission letter): week 1-2 in June

3. Application Form

When the application is open, please use the link below to 1) register, and after registration, 2) apply as an applicant for the S-DISCO programme. After the submission of the application, you will be informed about the validation results in the first week of March.

4. Student Categories

For this S-DISCO programme, no nationality restrictions are applied. Students from all nationalities are thus welcome to submit their application.

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