When you choose to do a PhD, you will get the opportunity to deepen your research skills for four to six years (depending on your statute). If you successfully complete this period, you will receive the title and diploma of Doctor, which is the highest academic degree that you can obtain in Belgium.
You will receive support from a scientific expert, your promoter, at each step of your research. Doctoral students are expected to present their work to the public from the very beginning, and to seek their place in the scientific forum of their research domain. This can be achieved in the shape of scientific publications, exchanging ideas with colleagues, attending congresses and workshops, giving presentations, and building up your scientific network.
Not only you will you obtain the highest academic title after a successful defence, but you will also acquire a number of skills that are important in the labour market.
Define a research topic
During your PhD, you will immerse yourself in a specific research domain for several years. The choice of your research topic is therefore very important. You can work in two ways to define a research topic.
Find a promoter
As a PhD student you will be supervised by at least 1 promoter. A promoter is a scientific expert in a specific field and supports you during your doctoral trajectory. Your promoter is also part of your doctoral committee.
You choose a promoter based on his/her expertise. Who can act as a supervisor is determined in the doctoral regulations. If you are still looking for a promoter, be sure to check out the research groups at Hasselt University.
Find funding for your doctoral trajectory
There are different types of mandates, each linked to a particular type of financing:
Research groups regularly acquire project funding, with which they recruit new researchers. You can then apply for a PhD position via a vacancy. To do so, please have a look at this page.
There are also other financing possibilities. More information about financing possibilities can be found here.
In the case of a joint PhD, you prepare your doctoral thesis in collaboration with and under the supervision of a promoter at another university. Do you think it would be interesting to work with another university, be sure to check out the possibilities for a joint PhD.
Practical instructions for starting up a PhD
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In order to start a PhD, you need to have a relevant master's degree. Below you will find an overview of the master's degree that will allow you to be directly admitted to start your PhD in a particular doctoral discipline. If you do not have a subsequent master's degree, please contact the faculty to which the doctoral discipline belongs. After an eligibility evaluation, the faculty decides whether you can start a PhD. The complete procedure is described in the doctoral regulations.
from Master in the
Architecture: Interior Architecture
Audiovisual and Visual Arts: Visual Arts
Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Biology, Bio-engineering Sciences, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy
Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Physical Education and Human Movement Sciences, Biomedical Sciences
Transportation Sciences, Economic Sciences, Business Economics, Architecture
from Master in the domain of
Education and Pedagogical Sciences
Economic sciences, Business Economics, Business Administration and Public Administration
Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Physical Education, Kinesiology and Human Movement Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Occupational Therapy
Statistics, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Information Technology
Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Bio-Engineering Sciences, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Chemistry, Bio-engineer (civil), Engineering Technology (Chemistry), Bio-engineering Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences
Physics, (civil) Engineering Technology (physics)
Sciences: Information Technology*
Information Technology, (civil) Engineering Technology (computer science)
Mathematics, (civil) Engineering Technology (mathematical engineering techniques)
* These PhDs can only be prepared in collaboration with tUL.