PhD thesis - Université libre de Bruxelles
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University doctoral training

TThe ULB offers a broad spectrum of doctoral training programmes to its 1800 students, 40% of whom come from abroad. The University provides research training that is specifically tailored to the needs of each PhD student, combining advanced subject-based training together with general training aimed at developing essential transferable skills.

Each doctoral student is recognized as an active member of his/her research team, whether it be in the laboratory or research center attached to a hospital in the ULB network or, for students conducting research of a more technological nature, in a partner company. Students are guaranteed close supervision from their thesis supervisor, full use of research laboratory facilities, and are encouraged to participate in seminars, workshops and conferences in their field. PhD students will also play a role in writing scientific articles on the research conducted by their laboratories.

A supervisory committee appointed by the student’s Faculty will also supervise the student’s training and monitor their research. The ULB has adopted a PhD Charter: a mutual commitment to upholding the quality of scientific research. The University also adheres to the European Charter for Researchers, which contains a code of conduct for the researcher recruitment.

Internationally recognized as proof of academic excellence, a PhD awarded by the ULB offers a range of opportunities both in Belgium and abroad, in or away from academia (European or international institutions, private sector, etc.).

The ULB and its partners offer numerous opportunities to help students fund their doctoral studies, including a particularly attractive salary that includes social security coverage.

The ULB makes every effort to ensure that PhD students will complete their training and defend their theses within an average three-to-four year period. The University works hard to enable PhD holders to pursue their professional projects, either in Belgium (notably through postdoctoral contracts as a research fellow of the FRS-FNRS), in one of its own laboratories or abroad, through its far-reaching network of international researchers.