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A Flemish university cooperates with another Flemish, Walloon or foreign university in the preparation of a PhD. This entails that the PhD candidate has a promoter at each of the cooperating universities and that (s)he spends at least six months at each of the cooperating universities. This results in multiple PhD degrees: the PhD candidate will receive a diploma from each of the cooperating universities.

One of the obvious benefits is that the PhD candidate will obtain a double PhD degree at the end of the research. The (international) mobility is also an asset with regards to a future professional career, both within as well as outside the academic world, and the contact with multiple research cultures and perspectives has a typical positive effect on the development of a young researcher.
For the university, a joint PhD can be the starting point of more intense cooperation with the partner university, which can lead to future joint research projects, exchanges of (PhD)students, etc. The finances also matter: joint PhDs often bring in money. After all, the Flemish government rewards every joint PhD diploma with the usual stipend for a PhD diploma, while the partner often also finances a part of the PhD.  In other words, a joint PhD often costs the university less, but brings in the same mount of money as a regular PhD at Hasselt University.


  • For joint PhD degrees with other Flemish universities slightly different rules apply. Contact to find out more.
  • Universities from some countries are not permitted by law to award joint PhD degrees. Contact to find out more.

In order for a joint PhD to be awarded, as well as to obtain financing for a PhD student from outside to work at Hasselt University for several months (BOF - Bilateral Cooperation), a cooperation agreement needs to be filled out and signed by both universities.
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