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Requirements for a doctoral study programme

Would you like to start a doctoral programme? Then you must have a Belgian master's degree. But other diplomas, for example a Belgian diploma of advanced academic training or a foreign final degree, can also be taken into account. In articles 4-6 of the additional faculty doctoral regulations of the faculty where you wish to do a PhD, you can find out which field of study gives access to which PhD. 

Go to regulations

Do you have any questions?

Do not hesitate to contact the faculty contact person for PhD students. Does your file not meet the basic requirements? The faculty may require an additional examination to assess the suitability of your application.

Overview of faculties

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Finding a topic

When you apply for a doctorate, you must state the topic of your research. The title need not yet be known, but you must know what the domain and topic of your research will be. Doctoral students often build on their master's thesis and remain in the same research or professional group. During your PhD project, you are not on your own: a supervisor with expertise that matches your research will guide you. Sometimes supervisors state which research topics they wish to supervise. 

More info about your topic and supervisor


We often recruit new researchers on a project basis for research groups. Vacancies for those positions can be found on the websites of the faculty, department, or research group, or on the vacancy website of the personnel department of VUB. You can submit an application for your own project to a funding body such as the FWO or IWT. 

More info about funding

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International candidates

You want to come and work at the VUB in Belgium from abroad? An excellent idea: we are always on the lookout for talent. So welcome to our community of warm and open people. Of course, coming to Belgium to work and live does require some preparation. Here you will find all the information to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Good luck and see you soon!   

More information

Ready for your doctoral programme?

Are you eligible for a doctoral programme, do you know your topic and supervisor and do you have an idea of possible funding?

Then register for your PhD!