Compulsory programme

General regulations

Apart from the annual progress report, which is compulsory for all PhD students, faculties can render the Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) compulsory - either in its entirety or in part - for all their students, for certain categories of students, or for certain doctoral titles. Faculties can moreover supplement the component of specialist courses with a set of regular course units that, however, cannot exceed the total study load of 30 ECTS. Faculties may also impose additional publication requirements on all their PhD students.

In their supplementary faculty regulations, faculties define for which students and doctoral titles the Doctoral Training Programme is made compulsory. When giving permission for admission to the doctorate, the faculty board informs PhD students of any compulsory Doctoral Training Programme. Exemptions can be granted (preferably on the basis of this form) to students for whom the Doctoral Training Programme has been made compulsory on condition that they demonstrably possess relevant, previously acquired competences or knowledge, are enrolled for a joint doctorate and/or are holders of a 'sandwich' scholarship.

Faculty regulations (excl. additional publication requirements)

Faculty Reason for the compulsory DTP Content of the compulsory DTP
Arts and Philosophy Enrolment for PhD in Arts Part of the minimum set: 1 specialist course (no language course), 1 transferable skills seminar, 1 publication, 1 conference contribution
Law No compulsory DTP, individual exceptions are possible To be determined by supervisor, doctoral advisory committee, faculty council
Sciences No compulsory DTP, individual exceptions are possible To be determined by supervisor, doctoral advisory committee, faculty council
Medicine and Health Sciences No compulsory DTP, individual exceptions are possible To be determined by supervisor, doctoral advisory committee, faculty council
Engineering and Architecture Degree not corresponding with PhD degree to be pursued Min. 18 ECTS in regular course units and specialist courses + rest of minimum set (to be determined by FDOC)
Foreign degree Min. 18 ECTS in regular course units and specialist courses + rest of minimum set (to be determined by FDOC)
Economics and Business Administration All PhD students Minimum set, except for the publication
Enrolment for PhD in Economic Sciences Two additional specialist courses (all PhD students)
Enrolment for PhD in Applied Economic Sciences without Master in Applied Economic Sciences or Business Engineering Maximum three additional specialist courses (optional, to be proposed by doctoral advisory committee)
Veterinary Medicine No compulsory DTP, individual exceptions are possible To be determined by supervisor, doctoral advisory committee, faculty council
Psychology and Educational Sciences All PhD students Minimum set
Relevant non-Flemish Master's degree Additional set (27 ECTS) of regular course units (optional, to be proposed by doctoral advisory committee)
Master's degree not corresponding with PhD degree to be pursued Additional set (max. 27 ECTS) of regular course units (all PhD students)
Bioscience Engineering Holder of a relevant MSc degree or Bachelor of Honours degree No compulsory DTP unless required by the supervisor
Holder of a non-relevant MSc degree or Bachelor of Honours degree, or relevant Bachelor degree of minimal 4 years Compulsory DTP of 30 ECTS to be completed within the first year of enrolment
Pharmaceutical Sciences No compulsory DTP, individual exceptions are possible To be determined by supervisor, doctoral advisory committee, faculty council
Political and Social Sciences No compulsory DTP, individual exceptions are possible To be determined by supervisor, doctoral advisory committee, faculty council