Doctoral research requires independence, perseverance as well as a passionate interest in scientific research. There are three requirements before you can start a PhD via our school. You need:

  • a supervisor who wants to guide and support you
  • a research proposal around a topic that fits our strategic research domains
  • resources to fund your PhD

Our doctoral programme is organised through our parent universities (KU Leuven and Ghent University). PhD candidates should at minimum meet the admission requirements of the organising parent university:

  • Doctoral students should fulfil one of the following requirements:
    • Hold a Belgian Master’s degree or an equivalent Belgian or foreign degree.
    • Holders of Belgian or foreign degrees that are not formally equivalent to a Belgian Master’s degree can be exceptionally admitted after having succeeded in a formal aptitude inquiry or in an examination concerning established subject matters.
  • Candidate doctoral students are expected to have excelled in their previous studies.
  • A good command of English, spoken and written, is also needed.
As we have no independent PhD programme, most of our PhD students are working for the school, while at the same time pursuing their PhD degree via the university. In that sense they are more an employee than a student. When a faculty member succeeds in attracting money from an external funding agency, they can attract researchers to work on their project. It is worth keeping an eye on our job page for PhD opportunities.



Consult the programme page

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