About the Doctoral Schools

Five Doctoral Schools

Five Doctoral Schools support doctoral students during their research training at Ghent University: Arts, Humanities and Law; Social and Behavioural Sciences; Natural Sciences; (Bioscience) Engineering; and Life Sciences and Medicine.

The Doctoral Schools Office lends support to each of the Doctoral Schools and its members.

You can find a more in-depth look at the structure of the Doctoral Schools in this visual explainer.

Arts, Humanities and Law

Director: Prof dr Tom Vander Beken
Faculty of Law and Criminology
Universiteitstraat 4
9000 Gent

Council Composition

Social and Behavioural Sciences

Prof Dr Bart Cockx
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
Sint-Pietersplein 6
9000 Gent

Council Composition

Natural Sciences

Director: Prof Dr Frank Witlox
Faculty of Sciences
Krijgslaan 281 S8
9000 Gent

Council Composition

(Bioscience) Engineering

Prof Dr Ir Paul Van der Meeren

Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Coupure Links 653
9000 Gent

Council Composition

Life Sciences and Medicine

Director: Prof Dr Patrick Calders
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
C. Heymanslaan 10
9000 Gent

Council Composition

Doctoral School Steering Group

The Doctoral School Steering Group is the body that determines the Doctoral School's strategic priorities. It advises the faculties and the university's administration on matters of doctoral education, and it makes sure that the university's policies align with those at the regional, federal, and European level.

Steering group composition

Our mission

The Doctoral School has a three-fold mission:

  • Support doctoral students during their doctoral research by providing
  • Stimulate the quality culture in doctoral research;
  • Promote the doctorate’s international and social image to potential researchers and the job market.

We have outlined our strategy for the next five years in our strategic policy plan 2019-2024.

Quality assurance

International mobility

Funding opportunities for incoming and outgoing international mobility:

PhD career hub

Are you thinking about a career in academia or are you considering jobs outside of academia but don't know where to start?
Visit the PhD career hub to find out about career tracks for PhDs, learning and development opportunities and how to apply for jobs.

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