To study for a PhD you must first have the desire to spend several years contributing to scientific knowledge.
In addition, you will need solid scientific skills (your Masters dissertation can be used to assess how well you meet this criterion), an enquiring mind, and the ability to work alone and on your own initiative. Even though your thesis is an individual piece of work, you must also be able to work as part of a team as you will be assigned to a research centre and often called upon to work with other colleagues from the ULB and other Belgian and foreign universities.
What is a PhD?
A PhD includes:
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. These credits are certified with a Research Training Certificate.
Workshop in French
Doctorat ou pas ? Des questions à se poser et des méthodes d’investigation pour s’engager en toute connaissance de cause.
A Workshop for Master's students