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ULB is a comprehensive university. As such, it covers all areas of research. No fewer than 22 scientific disciplines are studied at ULB. You may complete your PhD in any of the University’s three main areas of research: human and social sciences, science and technology, and life and health sciences.
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Interested in doing doctoral research at Ghent University?
All applications need the explicit commitment of a Ghent University professor who will act as your PhD supervisor.
There are two possibilities to start a PhD:
- Apply for an open PhD position
- Approach a specific professor
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- Recommended financial means
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- Language requirements
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- Interdisciplinary PhD
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PhD Study in Belgium - A Guide for 2023
Written by Chris Banyard
A PhD in Belgium gives you the chance to study in the political heart of modern Europe. You’ll have easy access to neighbouring countries and benefit from a liberal and welcoming host nation as you get the quintessential European postgraduate experience during a Belgian doctorate .
This guide explains everything you’ll need to know PhD study in Belgium. It includes information about the two Belgian university systems (don’t worry, we’ve made it simple), their PhD structure, fees and funding, PhD applications and visa requirements.
PhD opportunities in Belgium – what’s on offer for 2023?
Few countries are more cosmopolitan than Belgium. As the administrative centre of Europe, you can expect to experience the best of Western Europe during a Belgian PhD.
Belgium is also famous for its art and literature – from the Flemish Masters to Tintin and The Smurfs – as well as its medieval towns and cities, with their plentiful cafés, restaurants, bars and museums.
Here are some of the best reasons to consider a PhD in Belgium in 2023:
- Multi-cultural and multi-lingual society – Belgium’s population speaks a mixture of French, Flemish / Dutch, German (and English)
- Historic universities – Belgian universities are some of the oldest in the world, dating back to the 15th century
- Studying in the heart of Europe – the capital of Brussels is also the economic and administrative centre for the European Union, so it's no surprise that Belgium hosts many multi-national organisations and has strong links to the rest of Europe
- High quality education – the universities of Belgium consistently perform well in international ranking tables
- Affordable tuition fees – without traditional annual tuition fees, enrolling at Belgian university for your PhD can be relatively affordable
Plus, the traditional Belgian chocolate, waffles, chips and beer make great study snacks (actually, probably best to leave the beer for later).
*More detail can be found in the section on fees and funding, below .
Coronavirus updates for international students at Belgian universities
For the latest information on the impact of coronavirus on studying a PhD in Belgium, please check the study in Flanders and Wallonia websites. Here you can find updates regarding distance learning measures and travel restrictions.
PhD life in Belgium
Want to know more about what it's like to live and study abroad in Belgium during a PhD? Our detailed guide covers everything from accommodation and living costs to culture and entertainment.
There are two distinct regions in Belgium: Flanders, in the north, is home to the Dutch-speaking Flemish people; Wallonia, in the south, is home to the French-speaking Walloon people. The Brussels-capital region is geographically part of Flanders, but is administratively separate.
Flanders and Wallonia administer their own university systems and there are some slight differences between the two. We’ve covered them where relevant in this guide.
Universities Flanders and Wallonia are structured in several different ways and can be public or private.
- Research universities – these carry out high-quality teaching and research at Bachelors, Masters and PhD level. Smaller university colleges are often associated with research universities, but do not offer doctoral programmes.
- Hautes Écoles and Hogescholen – similar to French Grandes Écoles , these institutions usually offer more specialist and professionally-focussed postgraduate degrees. Most Hautes Écoles are located in Wallonia.
- Art colleges – also known as Écoles Supérieures des Arts , these offer practical degrees across many Art disciplines.
- Foreign institutions – Belgium's international and cosmopolitan culture has made it a good fit for overseas universities establishing branch campuses. Examples include Boston University and the University of Kent. There is also the Transnational University Limburg registered between Flanders and the Netherlands.
- Other higher education institutions – a number of other higher education institutions operate in Belgium, including the College of Europe, the Flanders Business School, and Vesalius College. These tend to offer courses in very specific subject areas.
In general, most Belgian PhDs will be undertaken at standard research universities, but you may find interesting research options at more specialised institutions.
Belgian university cities
There are several cities in Belgium with one or more universities and large numbers of students:
- Study in Brussels
- Study in Antwerp
- Study in Bruges
- Study in Ghent
- Study in Hasselt
- Study in Leuven
- Study in Liège
- Study in Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgian university rankings
Despite only having a small number of universities, Belgian higher education institutions are consistently recognised for their world-leading teaching and research.
Do rankings matter for PhD study?
University rankings can help you choose a PhD project or programme, provided you know what to look at. Our guide explains how to use rankings as a prospective postgraduate.
The content and organisation of Belgian PhD programmes can vary slightly depending on whether you are studying at a Flanders or Wallonia institution.
However, all research institutions in Belgium follow the guidelines set by the Bologna process , and therefore all Belgian PhDs are third-cycle degrees adhering to the same standards and receiving the same international recognition.
At Belgian universities, PhD programmes usually last around 4 years . However, there is a slight distinction between Flemish and Walloon doctoral programmes; in Flanders the maximum length of a PhD is usually 4 years, in Wallonia students often register for 4-6 years.
The supervision of Belgian PhD students is usually the same regardless of which region you are based in.
You will have at least one supervisor, or thesis director , responsible for overseeing your research, guiding your professional development, and approving your final thesis. You may also have additional supervisory figures to guide your doctoral development.
Belgian PhD programmes and students are often organised by doctoral colleges or schools belonging to the university. These determine the content of your PhD, including any doctoral teaching and training, and help support you during and after your studies.
Employed assistant status
As a PhD student in Belgium, you will often be recognised as a research or teaching assistent rather than a standard student. This is equivalent to being an employee of the university. As such you may receive a salary and employment rights but will also have certain teaching and administrative responsibilities.
Assessment and examination
As with most PhD programmes, in Belgium you will be assessed based on your written thesis . Additionally, you will be examined in a public défense . This will be conducted by experts in your research field and may include your supervisor and academics external to your research institution.
Fees and funding
PhD degrees in Belgium are generally affordable with low tuition fees. However, this can increase substantially for some international students and for some areas of research. Thankfully, there are many sources of funding for your PhD in Belgium.
Belgian PhD fees
Most Belgian universities do not charge typical annual PhD tuition fees.
Flemish universities charge two tuition fee payments of around €490 for the first year (the enrolment fee) and the final year (the défense fee).
Walloon universities usually charge an initial registration fee ( minerval ) of €835 , followed by annual registration fees of around €30 for subsequent years.
In both cases, fees increase for non-EU / EEA students . These international fees can be as much as double those for EU / EEA citizens, but the exact amount varies between individual Belgian universities and their PhD programmes.
Belgian PhD funding
There are several sources of funding available for your Belgian PhD. Some examples include:
- Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) – offers 10-month bursaries to students studying in AUF member countries
- FRS-FNRS – funds scientific researchers through grants, mostly limited to the French-speaking Wallonia region
- Innoviris – the Brussels research and innovation system provides several programmes with a variety of specific objectives
There may also be funding opportunities available from your home country (e.g. Fulbright Scholarships for US students).
Funding from Belgian universities
Most universities in Belgium offer their own doctoral scholarships, grants and fee reductions / waivers for their PhD students. More information about these are available from your prospective university.
Applying for a PhD in Belgium
Applications for PhD programmes in Belgium are typically similar to the process in the UK. Each individual university sets their own admission requirements and may have their own application process. You can find more information by browsing PhDs in Belgium or visiting your prospective university’s website.
In Belgium, you will be expected to contact your potential thesis supervisor before starting the registration process. You must have formed a well-defined research project and discussed the feasibility and finances with your potential supervisor. This will then be set out in a research proposal , which is assessed by your supervisor, other members of the support committee, and the doctoral college.
As part of the application process, you may also be required to submit additional documents such as your personal statement , CV and references . You may also need to attend a PhD interview .
You should find your potential supervisor by browsing current PhD opportunities or searching individual university websites. Here, you will also find the doctoral application regulations specific to each institution.
Applying for a PhD
PhD applications in Belgium will require additional application documents and processes. These are similar to those in the UK. Our guides explain typical PhD application materials and requirements.
In order to enrol on a Belgian PhD programme, you will need a relevant Masters degree. Most European Masters that follow the Bologna process are accepted. The equivalency of other degrees must be authenticated in order to be recognised.
Additionally, some institutions may require you to take a preliminary examination, but this depends on the individual institution and the research field.
More specific admission requirements can be found on your prospective university’s website.
PhD entry requirements
The general eligibility criteria for PhD applications in Belgium is similar to most other countries in the Europe. Our guide explains entry requirements for a prospective PhD student.
In general, English is well-spoken at many Belgian universities and many PhD programmes will use English as the language of instruction. If this is the case, non-native English speakers may need to submit a score from an English language test .
However, most doctoral programmes are taught in either French or Dutch, depending on your university’s location within Belgium:
- In Flanders , PhDs often use Dutch as the language of instruction and you may be required to complete a Dutch language test
- In Wallonia , the official language is French, and admission may require passing a French language test
Visa information for uk students in belgium.
UK students will no longer be EU citizens from the 2021-22 academic year onwards. This means you may be considered as an international student when studying in Belgium. You may be subject to different visa requirements and fee rates, unless otherwise stated.
As an EU member state, the immigration procedures required to study in Belgium are fairly straightforward. The process will vary depending on your country of origin.
Applying for a study visa
EU, EEA, UK and Swiss students do not require a visa to enter and study in Belgium.
Other international students will require a long-stay Type-D visa. This should be applied for in person at a Belgian embassy or consulate in your home country before travelling to Belgium. Visa applications usually require the following:
- Proof of university enrolment
- Your Masters degree certificate / transcript
- Proof of financial support (either monetary funds, scholarship/s or employment)
- A medical certificate
- A police certificate demonstrating no previous criminal convictions
- A €201 fee to cover administrative costs
This process should be started with sufficient time before moving to Belgium. Your university's international office and the Belgian embassy you apply to should be able to provide advice.
All PhD students must register at the local town hall (a gemeente in Flanders or a commune in Wallonia) within eight days of arriving in Belgium. You will usually require:
- Two passport-style photos
- A valid passport
- A valid visa (for non-EU, EEA or Swiss students)
- Details of your address
- Proof of health insurance
- An application fee (usually around €25)
The local police will then visit your address to verify your residence and complete your registration. After this, you can obtain a foreigner’s identity card ( carte d’identité d’étranger ) from your local office des étrangers .
All PhD students in Belgium require a form of health insurance during their studies. This will allow you to access a mutuelle health insurance company to cover medical expenses.
EU, EEA and Swiss students will usually be covered by holding the European Healthcare Insurance Card (EHIC).
Other international students must have private medical insurance. This can be set up in your home country or secured through your university for a fee.
If you are a non-EU / EEA / Swiss student and have the status of an employed research or teaching assistant during your PhD, you may also need to obtain a work permit. See our guide to living in Belgium during a PhD for more information.
The renowned quality of teaching and research and the multi-national environment of the Belgian university systems make both Flanders and Wallonia strong choices for your PhD studies. Needless to say, Belgium is also an excellent place to learn a foreign language.
As the centre of European government and administration, Belgium (and more specifically Brussels) hosts many international organisations and industries that could provide post-PhD employment opportunities.
Can I work in Belgium after my PhD?
EU, EEA and Swiss students do not require a permit to work in Belgium after your PhD. A valid passport or ID card and an updated residence registration is sufficient.
Other international students will need a valid work permit – this is granted by your regional Department of Economic Migration, and applications should be made in person or by telephone. Applications are free and required a completed application form, information sheet and a valid residence permit. the work permit is valid for a fixed amount of time and may need to be renewed later.
You may also be able to apply for a European Blue Card and receive full EU employment and residence rights for a specified period of time.
Your university will also provide employment services to assist with your job search and any employment procedures.
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Ready to start browsing some current PhD opportunities in Belgium ? Alternatively, you can look at our other guides to PhD study abroad .
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PhD in Philosophy (PhD) Catholic University of Leuven Leuven
Program details, minimum cost of living, requirements.
About Catholic University of Leuven:
Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned research universities in Europe. Although Catholic in heritage, KU Leuven operates independently from the Church. KU Leuven is open to students from different faiths or life-stances.
Belgium is renowned for making the best wrist watches, the most delicious chocolate, and the some of the best beer in the world. It is a free for all celebration of culture and one of the best educational destinations Europe has to offer.
About the city:
Leuven is the capital and largest city of the province of Flemish Brabant in the Flemish Region of Belgium . It is conveniently located and well connected, making it easy for your friends and family to come and visit. A lot of students continue to live here after graduation because they fell in love with the city or a fellow student.
Admission to the doctoral programme.
- One can only apply for admission to the doctoral program if a professor of the Institute of Philosophy is willing to act as supervisor of the proposed doctoral research.
- To be admitted to the doctoral program a student must already have been awarded the diploma of Research Master of Philosophy from KU Leuven. The candidate must have obtained this degree with an overall percentage of at least 75%. This research master program offers an outstanding opportunity to develop competency in independent research in philosophy and counts as a pre-doctoral examination. Under certain circumstances the Research Master of Philosophy diploma is not required in order to be admitted (see Regulations concerning the attainment of doctoral degrees at the KU Leuven, supplemented with the particulars of the Institute of Philosophy , Article 6, Admission requirements, Particulars of the Institute of Philosophy), but the Research Master of Philosophy program is in any case recommended. Completion of the Research Master of Philosophy counts for part of the doctoral program.
- Only if the doctoral committee approves a candidate’s doctoral research proposal can the candidate be given permission to enroll for the doctoral program.
- TOEFL (internet based or paper delivered). Minimum score: 100 overall (with no subscore below 20)
- IELTS. Minimum score: 7.0 (with no subscore below 6.0)
- ESOL Cambridge (CAE/CPE). Minimum score: 185 (with no subscore below 169)
- Students who hold a prior degree awarded by an English-speaking university from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the USA are the only students who get an exemption from the language requirement.
When to apply?
In principle, applications to the doctoral program can be submitted all throughout the year. A candidate doesn’t need to take into account the dates of the meetings of the doctoral committee when submitting an application.
Please note that international students who reside in Belgium with a student visa are strongly advised to submit their application to the doctoral program immediately after finishing the Research Master of Philosophy program as the renewal of the student visa depends on their registration as a student.
How to apply?
In order to apply for admission to the doctoral program of the Institute of Philosophy, please ask your supervisor to contact the secretary of the doctoral committee ([email protected]) to request that the application process be initiated. If you meet the criteria for applying to the doctoral program, the application process will be initiated and you will receive an email inviting you to fill out the details of your application.
DOCTORAL RESEARCH PROPOSAL
Result of the application
The doctoral committee can approve an application or reject it. The committee can also postpone its decision. In that case the candidate will be given the chance to revise his/her research proposal according to the doctoral committee’s suggestions and to re-submit the application. The doctoral committee’s decision with regard to the second application is final. The application procedure is also compulsory for doctoral candidates whose doctoral research project is financially supported (by the FWO for example).
Admission to the doctoral program is valid for four years. This means that the committee expects a doctoral student to conclude his/her research within this period. If this is not the case, the committee will evaluate the situation and propose a solution that is acceptable to both the student and the supervisor.
Registration as a Doctoral Student
Once the research project is approved by the doctoral commission, the student will receive a letter of admission and s/he should immediately register for the doctoral programme. For the first registration a fee needs to be paid. The annual renewal of this registration is free of charge. In order to register for the doctoral program for the first time, the student needs to go to the Registrar's Office . The registration has to be renewed every academic year via KU Loket.
Doctoral Programme Requirements
A doctoral student conducts research under the supervision of a professor of one of the Institute’s five research centres . The student is not only expected to prepare a doctoral dissertation, but also to actively participate in the research at the Institute and to fulfill all the requirements of the doctoral program. The doctoral program aims to structure the doctoral research and to validate it. The program consists of 8 compulsory components and an optional supplementary part, it must be completed before a doctoral student can be given permission to defend the doctoral dissertation. In the second and in the last year of the doctoral program the student registers the activities performed in the context of the doctoral program. Based on the final registration of activities the doctoral committee decides whether a doctoral student has completed the doctoral program.
The compulsory part of the doctoral program comprises 8 components :
- the writing of at least one scientific publication at an international level or a similar achievement at an international level. By a publication at international level is meant: a peer-reviewed contribution (journal article, contribution to a book, conference proceedings, patent, design) about his/her own research and written in the language of the discipline. The contribution is aimed at an international audience. In order to be able to successfully complete the doctoral programme, the contribution must be published or be accepted for publication. The publication should, in principle, be a single-authored publication. In case the student has written one or more publications with several authors, the doctoral committee decides whether this output qualifies to meet the publication requirement. Important criteria are the scope and the independent nature of the contributions of the doctoral student. In principle, publications together with (co-)supervisors cannot be taken into account. Conference proceedings will only be counted as a “a peer-reviewed contribution” if it concerns a contribution to a book,
- giving at least two seminars , either about his/her own research, or on a more general theme,
- giving at least one oral or poster presentation at an international, scientific conference ,
- following at least one seminar series or course component specifically organised for PhD researchers. Every Research Seminar of the Majors of the Research Master of Philosophy program of the Institute of Philosophy counts as one seminar series or course component specifically organised for PhD researchers. He or she should actively participate in this seminar which entails that he or she should not just attend the seminar but also take the corresponding exam. PhD researchers who have been awarded a Research Master of Philosophy degree (or MPhil degree) by KU Leuven are exempt from the requirement to follow at least one seminar series or course component specifically organised for PhD researchers. Please note that the PhD researcher has to take this Research Seminar in the first or in the second academic year of the doctoral program,
- following a number of sessions of the course ‘ Common Seminar: Research as a Career ’ during the first or the second year of the doctoral program. The sessions that need to be taken by doctoral students are: 'Writing I - Conference Abstract + Plagiarism', 'Publishing Process', 'Writing II: Journal Article', 'Preparing Grant Applications'and 'Writing III: Presenting Yourself'. Following these sessions is mandatory for doctoral students whose doctoral period started during or after the academic year 2016-2017. Doctoral students with a Research Master of Philosophy diploma (or MPhil diploma) awarded by KU Leuven are exempted from this requirement. Please note that this requirement of the doctoral program has to be fulfilled in the first or the second year of the doctoral program. Also note that doctoral students who don’t hold a Research Master of Philosophy diploma (or MPhil diploma) awarded by KU Leuven can ask for an exemption from this requirement if they believe to have a valid reason,
- following the course component ‘ Scientific integrity for starting PhDs’ during the first year of the doctoral program. Following the course component ‘ Scientific Integrity for starting PhD ’ is mandatory for doctoral students whose doctoral period started during or after the 2014-2015 academic year,
- annually reporting on the progress of the doctoral research as specified under ‘ Progress reports and Registration of activities ’
- having a doctoral interview with one’s supervisor every academic year as specified under ‘ doctoral interview ’.
The supplementary section of the doctoral program involves additional activities in function of doctoral research and/or as preparation for functioning professionally within or outside of the university. Although these supplementary activities are not obligatory, they are registered on your transcript after completion of the doctoral program and can become part of your CV. The supplementary activities fall under four domains:
- taking doctoral seminars at the Institute of Philosophy or other faculties of the KU Leuven or at another university.
- additional education, such as language courses and the "academic writing" course
- research activities, such as taking part in study days and conferences
- obtaining experience in education, such as training in pedagogy, organizing an "undergraduate seminar" or part of a course
The Institute offers an array of seminars in the Research Master of Philosophy program.
Every academic year the doctoral student has to submit a progress report via the KU Loket application ‘PhD progress’. An overview of the deadlines for submitting these progress reports can also be found in this KU Loket application. It is the doctoral student’s responsibility to make sure that each member of the supervisory committee has added his/her evaluation and signature to the progress report before the report is submitted via KU Loket.
The doctoral student has to fill out the forms regarding the PhD progress, has to make sure that each member of his/her supervisory committee adds his/her evaluation and signature to the forms, and then has to submit the forms on time. Forms regarding the registration of activities also need to have the necessary signatures on them before being submitted. Incomplete forms will not be approved. The doctoral student will be reminded of upcoming deadlines for submitting documents two weeks in advance. In case of a missed due date a reminder will be sent one day after the deadline. All reminders will be sent to the doctoral student’s KU Leuven student e-mail address. Please check it frequently.
The option is provided of dealing with the progress reports in a fully electronic manner. In that case the procedure is as follows:
- The doctoral student fills out the progress report and sends it via email to the members of the supervisory committee.
- The members of the supervisory committee respond to the student via email giving their evaluation in the body of the email (so not in a form attached to the email).
- The doctoral student then turns the report and the emails from the supervisory committee members into one .pdf document. (One way of doing this is to print or save the report and the emails as .pfd documents and then merging them into one .pdf.)
- The final document is uploaded by the doctoral student in KU Loket.
Please note that after the second and in the final year of the doctoral program an actual meeting with the supervisory committee is still required. In those years the progress report can therefore not be dealt with merely electronically. (See below.)
The following progress reports have to be submitted.
- The first progress report has to be submitted at the latest one year after starting the doctoral research . For self-supporting doctoral students the start date of the doctoral research is the date on which they first registered for the doctoral program. For doctoral students who have been granted a doctoral scholarship (either by the KU Leuven or by the FWO), the start date of the doctoral research is the start date of their scholarship. In his/her first progress report the doctoral student describes the research he/she has done so far. First progress report
- As of the academic year after that (i.e. as of the academic year which follows the academic year in which the first progress report has to be submitted), the doctoral student has to submit a progress report annually before October 15 th . For doctoral students who first registered for the doctoral program in the academic year 2016-2017 or later, the due date for this annual progress report is November 15 th . Please note that the first of these annual progress reports (Annual progress report I) which follows the ‘First progress report’, requires the doctoral student to arrange a meeting with the supervisory committee for the first time. All members of the supervisory committee should attend this meeting, in which the student elaborately informs the committee of the state of his/her doctoral research. (To what extent has the relevant research literature been dealt with? To what extent has the conceptual framework for the dissertation been established? Have chapters of the dissertation been written yet? If so, how many?...) The student also presents a research plan and accompanying timetable for the next two years. The members of the supervisory committee should evaluate the progress of the research and give the doctoral student feedback. In addition, the doctoral student will have to register his or her doctoral activities for the first time. Please note that two of the requirements of the doctoral program have to be fulfilled within the first two academic years of the doctoral program. One of these is the requirement to take the seminar “Common Seminar: Research as a Career” (Research Master of Philosophy program) and the second one is to take a research seminar (Research Master of Philosophy program). Annual progress report I
- Please use the form ‘Annual progress report II and following’ for reporting on your PhD progress in the subsequent academic years (except in the final one). In these reports the doctoral student describes the research that he/she has done in the past year. Annual progress report II and following
- The final progress report should be submitted between 9 and 6 months before the doctoral dissertation is submitted. For a second and final time the doctoral student now has to arrange a meeting with the entire supervisory committee. In this meeting the student elaborately informs the committee of the state of his/her doctoral research. The student provides the committee with the table of contents of his/her dissertation in advance. In the meeting the doctoral student gives an outline of the whole dissertation, based on the table of contents. In addition, the doctoral student informs the supervisory committee of the timeline he/she envisions to finish the dissertation. The members of the supervisory committee should evaluate the progress of the research, assess whether the dissertation can indeed be finished in the envisioned space of time (9 – 6 months) and give the doctoral student feedback. Final progress report
- Before an examination committee for the doctoral examination can be composed, the doctoral student needs to register his/her doctoral activities for the last time . Based on this registration of activities, the doctoral committee will decide whether the doctoral student has completed the doctoral program. Registration of activities in the doctoral program
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Every year, KU Leuven initiates about 130 PhDs in cooperation with a partner institution in Belgium or abroad. Overall, 10% of all doctoral degrees awarded at KU Leuven are joint PhDs.
Joint PhD is defined as any collaboration in the framework of a PhD, whereby both institutions award their own PhD title. This is irrespective of whether these PhD titles are mentioned on one joint diploma, or on the original diploma of each institution with reference to the diploma which is awarded simultaneously by the partner institution.
The PhD researcher conducts interdisciplinary research, regardless of whether the research takes place in one or more faculties, this can be recognised by the awarding of an ‘interdisciplinary doctoral degree’, consisting of combinations of existing doctoral degrees.
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PhDs offered at UCLouvain
UCLouvain offers the possibility of earning a PhD in each of the fields below. With rare exceptions, every PhD can be pursued in French or English.
Each field of study is managed by a PhD Committee, which will be your point of contact throughout your PhD programme.
Below you will find administrative manager names and additional information specific to each committee.
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PhD in Philosophy
Philosophy PhD Committee ( CDP )
PhD Programme Manager: Valérie MARTIN
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PhD in Theology
Theology PhD Committee ( CDT )
PhD Programme Manager: Pascale HOFFMANN
PhD in Religion Studies
Religion Studies PhD Committee ( CDSR )
PhD in Languages, Letters and Translation
Languages, Letters and Translation PhD Committee ( CDL )
PhD in History, Art History and Archaeology
History, Art History and Archaeology PhD Committee ( CDHA )
PhD in Information and Communication
Information and Communication PhD Committee ( CDCO )
PhD Programme Manager: Isabelle PORTZENHEIM
PhD in Political and Social Sciences
Political and Social Sciences PhD Committee ( CDPO )
PhD in Legal Studies
Legal Studies PhD Committee ( CDJ )
PhD Programme Manager: Catherine BRAMS
PhD in Criminology
Criminology PhD Committee ( CDCR )
PhD Programme Manager: Magali PREVOT
PhD in Economics and Management
Economics and Management PhD Committee ( CDE )
PhD Programme Managers: Economics: Isabelle PORTZENHEIM Management: Sandrine DELHAYE
Website: Economics Management
PhD in Psychology and Education (including speech therapy and sexology)
Psychology and Education PhD Committee ( CDPE )
PhD Programme Manager: Martine JANSSENS
PhD in Art and Art Sciences
Art and Art Sciences PhD Committee ( CDAR )
PhD Programme Manager: Valérie MARTIN
PhD in Cinema and Performance Arts
Cinema and Performance Arts PhD Committee (CDCA)
Science and Technology
PhD in Science (including mathematics, statistics, geography)
Science and Veterinary Science PhD Committee ( CDSC )
PhD Programme Manager: Laurence BERTRAND
PhD in Agricultural Sciences and Bioengineering
Agricultural Sciences and Bioengineering PhD Committee ( CDA )
PhD in Engineering and Technology
Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Urban Planning PhD Committee ( CDI )
PhD in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Urban Planning
PhD in Veterinary Sciences
PhD in Medicine
Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Biomedicine and Pharmaceutics, and Motor Skills Sciences PhD Committee ( CDSS )
PhD Programme Manager: Sandrine WOLLANDERS
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This full time English/Dutch research master is jointly organised by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Antwerp, the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences of Ghent University and the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Graduates of this programme are capable of developing a philosophical research project and draw up a funding application that can be filed with local, national or international funding institutions. They are able, within their areas of specialisation, to formulate original and innovative research problems based on a duly founded insight into the internationally recognised state-of-the-art in that domain. Graduates of this programme are able to work out original solutions to the selected research problems, and argue their cases clearly and convincingly. They are trained in academic writing, which enables them to act as lead authors of academic articles.
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- You benefit from a truly problem-centred curriculum, in which theory and practice are combined.
- You enjoy a refreshing and valuable interdisciplinary approach , giving the opportunity to discover complex social, political and communication matters from many angles.
- You experience the best of both worlds: cosmopolitan Brussels and beautiful Ghent . You benefit from being a student at two universities. Armed with two student cards, you can make use of the sports facilities, libraries, student restaurants in both places. Not to mention twice as many opportunities for an exciting nightlife. The two cities are well connected by train, so you can also enjoy cultural activities wherever you fancy.
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The programme prepares students for a research career in philosophy. Students are encouraged to apply for pre-doctoral fellowships — e.g. with the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) or the research councils of the participating universities — with their own research proposal. Students may also apply for doctoral positions with a predetermined research project that falls within their area of expertise. Such positions are regularly advertised in academic newsletters and email-lists.
Between 2018 and 2020, 11 students graduated in our research master programme. 10 of them now are employed by a university or funding agency as predoctoral researcher. In September 2021, 5 students graduated in our programme. 2 of them are now employed as predoctoral researchers. The other students continue to apply for such positions. We hope that they will succeed in 2022.
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Our academic calendar is based on a quarter system (1 quarter = 10 weeks). Because of the program's flexible structure and modular design , multiple starting dates are available at the start of every Quarter and of every Term, in October, November, January, February, April, May, July, and August. All campuses follow the same academic calendar.
Part-time students can earn a Doctoral degree in 2 to 4 academic years, depending on the number of courses attempted per quarter, the course selection and the course planning; earning half the typical number of courses equals twice the duration of the part-time program. The more flexible the working hours, the more courses will be available to finish faster. All Postgraduate students are considered part-time. Part-time studies are available only for students with a national passport or residence permit.
Courses are scheduled across main and satellite campuses from Monday to Saturday between 8:30 and 18:30, typically in sessions of 3 hours each and in an intensive seminar format with visiting professors , providing students the flexibility to combine work and studies, and fostering inter-campus exchanges and global networking. Refer to the course planning for further details on the availability of seminar courses. Additional courses may be available online; additional academic policies and conditions will apply.
All courses are taught entirely in English across the campus network. Students should have a certain proficiency in English when they start. Refer to the Admissions Catalog for further details. Typically, non-native speakers who studied in English before or those who had advanced English lessons during previous studies, and with sufficient confidence, perform well. Because of the multi-cultural environment, only a relatively small percentage of students are native speakers.
Study programs are offered at several campus locations . All campus locations offer an identical study program and follow the same program structure. Students are encouraged to transfer between campus locations.
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Each academic year, students from all campuses in Europe, as well as students from our academic partners can join our Global Study Trip to Tokyo, Japan . The weeklong trip is packed with cultural excursions, company visits, social activities and an Asian Management seminar.
Our Admissions Department applies a rolling admissions process and does not set deadlines to submit applications because of the multiple starting dates available. Applications are reviewed continuously troughout the year . Only in case a student visa is required do we recommend to apply 1-3 months prior to the intended starting date.
Students should be fluent in English , and have obtained a Master degree (or equivalent). Refer to the application process for further details on the recommended English language levels.
Degrees with 240 European credits or 160 American semester credits are considered equivalent . Other degrees can be submitted along with your application for review by our Admissions Department. No distinction is made between academic or professional Master degrees.
Students who do not hold a business-related Master degree or equivalent may be required to complete an inbound assessment test prior to starting the program, and, depending on the results, earn an additional number of credits in leveling courses from the Master program in order to be fully prepared for our postgraduate programs.
All courses are taught by academically qualified faculty members who have earned a doctoral degree in their field of expertise and also draw from extensive professional experience. Faculty members teaching in the postgraduate courses specific to higher education also hold an adult teaching certificate.
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Program fees are calculated pro-rata per campus where the student completed courses and earned credits. The total fees are due payable on a quarterly basis on a fixed payment schedule. Program fees cover matriculation and tuition fees but do not include the cost of living, housing, travel, transport, health insurance, study materials and other expenses. For more details, refer to the document attached.
Doctoral programs consist of 60 European credits , equivalent to 40 American semester credits. Courses are assigned a number of credits, indicating the estimated workload. Each credit equals up to 30 learning hours, including contact hours, research hours, self-study hours and group-study hours. Contact hours vary depending on total student enrollments per course. The workload of a typical part-time postgraduate student amounts to 10 credits and 300 learning hours per quarter, for a total of 60 credits and 1800 learning hours.
Students are assessed on a combination of attendance, participation, individual assignments, group assignments and exams. Assignments may include reading materials, term papers, reports, presentations, and others. The combination of these assessments provides students with an equal opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge . The minimum passing grade is D (60%). In case of an FX grade, students have the option to request a second exam in order to obtain the minimum passing grade of 60%.
Students who achieve a certain GPA ( Grade Point Average , or the weighted average of all grades earned, calculated on a 4.0 scale), will have their academic honors listed on the academic transcript issued together with the diploma.
The comprehensive dissertation work consists of a dissertation proposal and the actual dissertation. Proposals for its title and contents are submitted by the student and are approved by the school’s academic council, the Global Council for Management Education (GCME). Dissertation work can be directly related to the student’s professional activities.
Upon successful completion of the study program students receive an international private Doctor of Philosophy in Management (PhD) degree awarded by the school's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, based on the recommendation of the faculty of the local campuses where credits were earned. Learn more about the school's academic degrees and accreditation .
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A PhD Fellowship fundamental research allows young researchers to prepare a PhD, and to develop into independent scientists with a critical mindset.
A PhD Fellowship strategic basic research (SB) allows young researchers to prepare a PhD, and to develop into strategically thinking and innovation-oriented scientists.
The special PhD fellowship enables persons not employed within scientific research to complete a PhD within one year. Applicants must be in possession of a "temporary leave" certificate issued by their current employer.
The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence is a renowned institute that offers young researchers the unique opportunity to carry out their doctoral research in an international and outstanding scientific context with a European focus on Social Sciences: History and Civilization, Law, Economics, Political and Social Sciences.
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A PhD candidate must submit a project, thesis or dissertation consisting of original academic research, which is worthy of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. A candidate must defend this work before a panel of expert examiners appointed by the university this process is called a viva. Universities award other types of doctorate besides the PhD; these include Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) for music performers and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) for professional educators. In the context of the Doctor of Philosophy and other similarly titled degrees, the term "philosophy" does not refer to the field or academic discipline of philosophy, but is used in a broader sense in accordance with its original Greek meaning, which is "love of wisdom"
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Our PhD programmes ULB is a comprehensive university. As such, it covers all areas of research. No fewer than 22 scientific disciplines are studied at ULB. You may complete your PhD in any of the University's three main areas of research: human and social sciences, science and technology, and life and health sciences. Updated on October 28, 2022
At VUB, you have the opportunity to do full-time research in an academic context for at least 4 years. Doing a PhD is a long-term endeavour, but the experience you gain and the skills you learn are decisive for the rest of your career. Joint PhD The VUB can award so-called joint PhDs.
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A PhD in Belgium gives you the chance to study in the political heart of modern Europe. You'll have easy access to neighbouring countries and benefit from a liberal and welcoming host nation as you get the quintessential European postgraduate experience during a Belgian doctorate.
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Between 2018 and 2020, 11 students graduated in our research master programme. 10 of them now are employed by a university or funding agency as predoctoral researcher. In September 2021, 5 students graduated in our programme. 2 of them are now employed as predoctoral researchers. The other students continue to apply for such positions.
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