3rd cycle: PhD / Doctoral training

A PhD is the third level of higher education that sees successful candidates awarded the title of Doctor. A PhD includes:

  • doctoral training;

  • researching and writing of the doctoral thesis;

  • the public defence of the doctoral thesis.

The work undertaken when researching the thesis is worth 180 ECTS credits acquired after an initial education of 300 credits (equivalent to a Masters). Of these 180 credits, 60 credits must be obtained from the doctoral training classes.

> PhD Website

If you meet any of the following admission requirements, we invite yout to visit the ULB web page devoted to PhDs and doctoral training where you will find useful information about PhD programmes at the ULB (scientific fields, funding, joint supervision, etc.).

This website will also help you to find a potential supervisor.

Please note that before initiating registration, you need to find a supervisor who agrees to oversee the preparation of your thesis. Your supervisor will help you to define your thesis project, and also discuss with you its feasibility, possible sources of funding and the composition of your supervisory committee. Once all the details have been finalized, your supervisor will submit a proposal to the Faculty Doctoral Commission for approval. May we also recommend that you take a look at the Phd regulations in force at the ULB.

> Entrance requirements

In accordance with the Decree in force, the PhD programme is open to any candidate who has been awarded one of the following degrees:

  • a Master degree worth at least 120 ECTS, awarded by a university in the French Community of Belgium;

  • an equivalent academic degree awarded by a Higher Educational Institution, in Belgium or abroad, including a “licence” obtained in a University in the French Community of Belgium before the implementation of the Bologna Reform;

  • a foreign academic degree recognized as equivalent to the previously cited Master degrees by the French Community of Belgium;

  • any other second cycle degree obtained in Belgium or abroad, which the Faculty Doctoral Commission has assessed to be worth at least 300 ECTS;

  • a degree awarded outside the French Community of Belgium which, in the system of origin, gives direct access to doctoral training or to a PhD programme. In this case, applicants are required to submit an official proof to the ULB Registration Department that their degree qualifies them to study for a PhD in their home country.

> Initial registration

Academic year 2019-2020 : Admissions are open

Once your research project and the proposed members of your supervisory committee have been determined, you should submit your application as quickly as possible. Your application must be submitted no later than October 31, 2019.

However, by way of derogation, admission for the academic year 2018-2019 may be submitted only for exceptional reasons duly motivated by the Faculty Doctoral Commission and agreement of the admission jury. In this case, you should join a letter in your admission file indicating that the admission is asked for the academic year 2018-2019 and explain the exeptional reasons duly motivated.

The form you need to complete will depend on your nationality:

You are UE citizen

You are non UE citizen

> Re-registration

You must re-enrol each year for your PhD and doctoral training if you have not yet accumulated the required 60 credits.

The re-registration for the academic year 2018-2019 is now closed.

> Costs

The full registration fees for the PhD programme (€ 835) are to be paid just once, at the time of initial registration.

In subsequent years, only registration and administrative fees need to be paid (€ 32).

> Contact

Carine Faniel - carine.faniel@ulb.ac.be
Tel.: +32 2 650 25 67

Avenue A. Buyl, 87a - 1050 Brussels
Building S, 4th floor, Room S.4.208