Admission to predoctoral training, doctoral training and doctorate (Ph.D)
Doctoral studies are open to holders of a master degree (or a degree of minimum four years of study considered equivalent).
All international candidates need to complete a (mostly administrative) procedure during which the academic aspects (equivalence of your degree, research proposal, language skills) will be evaluated. This procedure may take some time (discounting even the time spent gathering your documents and applying for a visa).
More information on doctoral research at Ghent University.
In some cases, holders of a foreign degree who apply for admission to obtain a doctoral degree, may be required to do a predoctoral training programme under the supervision of a tutor assigned by the faculty.
- A individual study programme of either one or two years
- A full time study programme; the student acquires a full-time student status, on the basis of which non-EU students can get a residence permit
- The tutor must be an independent academic researcher. The tutor will propose an individual study programme for the candidate, attuned to the candidate’s specialization
- This programme will also stimulate social integration and language proﬁciency
- At the end of the programme, the student acquires a specific certificate mentioning he/she 'has successfully completed' the predoctoral training programme
- May be accepted as doctoral students afterwards
Who can apply?
- Only applicable to holders of a degree obtained abroad
- The candidate applies either for the predoctoral training OR
- or for the doctorate itself. In that case the faculty assesses the doctoral application and may require the candidate to complete a predoctoral training programme
Doctoral Training Programme
- a flexible programme of 60 ECTS credits
- is concluded with a specific certificate
- is provided to all doctoral researchers at Ghent University
- may be compulsory to some groups of students/researchers
Who can apply?
- Candidates accepted for the doctorate, will automatically be enrolled for the Doctoral Training Programme
- No need to apply separately
- Take responsibility for the doctoral training programme (not for the pre-doctoral programme)
- Organises specialised courses, seminars, workshops, guest lectures, etc. in consultation with the various faculties
Doctoral Degree (i.e. Doctorate, Ph.D)
- Research degree (highest academic degree)
- Concluded with a doctoral dissertation and public defense
- Official language of the doctorate is English
Who can apply?
- It is strongly recommended to contact a potential Ph. D supervisor before you start the application.
- Open to holders of a master degree or a degree of minimum four years of study considered equivalent by the university
- Each foreign master degree will be evaluated individually with regard to the academic background and competences necessary to carry out scientific research