How can I get the required 60 credits?

Each activity is awarded a given number of credits, as defined by the graduate school you are attending. Most graduate schools require PhD students to maintain a “logbook” detailing all the different activities and courses undertaken. Each graduate school sets the number of credits awarded for each activity. For information purposes only, please see the indicative list in the ULB PhD regulations.

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May I forego doctoral training?

No. However, your supervisory committee can award you credits as part as your doctoral training for previous training and activities.

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Doctoral training

In brief

The purpose of doctoral training is to consolidate your specialist skills within your discipline, and to enable you to develop transferable skills that are attractive to both the academic and private sectors.

The programme (60 credits) is developed flexibly by the supervisory committee. Its content varies according to the needs of each PhD student, and it is built around three complementary disciplines:

  • Specific scientific training: training in your Graduate School including classes, seminars, conferences, summer schools, etc.

  • Scientific production: presentations, conference organisation, publishing of papers, compiling of progress reports for your research, etc.

  • Transferable skills training, available to all PhD students.

The 60 credits from the doctoral training entitle you to a Research training certificate that must be provided when submitting your thesis.