Starting a PhD before obtaining a MSc

If you wish to apply for a PhD scholarship during the last year of your MSc or Bachelor with honours:

  1. Your supervisor registers you as an applicant in the online tool PhD Wizard.
  2. Send all documents asked in the email to the Faculty Student Administration and to the Central Student Administration Office (

3. The Faculty Doctoral Commission will investigate these files

4. If you are accepted:

    • As a Bachelor with honours: you will need to follow a mandatory programme.
    • As a last year MSc student: the Central Student Administration gives you a letter of acceptance on the condition that you will successfully complete your MSc studies. Once you have obtained your MSc, you don't need to follow the mandatory programme anymore.

What's next?

Have a look at the overview of the doctoral workflow