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A Flemish university cooperates with another Flemish, Wallonish or foreign university for the preparation of a doctorate. This means the doctoral candidate has to spend at least six months of his doctorate to each of the cooperating universities, and he/she has a promoter at each of the cooperating universities. This results in a plural doctoral diploma for the doctoral candidate: he receives a doctoral diploma of each of the cooperating universities.


One of the clear advantages for the doctoral candidate is the award of two doctoral degrees. For an eventual further academic career (international) mobility with a joint doctorate can be important. However, a foreign experience is good for the development of a young researcher because he gets in contact with other research cultures, other perspectives and another approach, which can help to improve his/her own research vision.

For the university a joint doctorate can be the starting point of a more intense cooperation with the partner university, which can lead to a future joint research projects, exchange of (doctoral) students, etc. There is also the financial part: joint doctorates often generate extra money, because the Flemish government rewards each doctoral degree with the normal amount for a doctoral degree, while the cooperating university often also finances a part of the doctorate, or even the whole doctorate. So a joint doctorate often costs less, but produces as much as another doctorate.


  • For joint doctorates with other Flemish universities there are slightly different rules. Contact jointphd@uhasselt.be for more information.
  • Universities from some countries aren’t legally authorised to deliver joint doctorates. Contact jointphd@uhasselt.be for more information.


If a doctoral student not from Hasselt University wants to work (BOF – Bilaterale Cooperation) a couple months at the Hasselt University there has to be made an cooperation agreement signed by both universities. You can contact jointphd@uhasselt.be for assistance.