About University of Ghent

Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major Belgian universities counting over 41,000 students and 9,000 employees.

Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economic heart of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation.

With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centres and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, aquaculture, microelectronics, history,...

The university distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective.

Research Topics and Strategies

Over the course of its 200 year history Ghent University has built up a strong scientific reputation. Ghent University invests both in fundamental, high risk science as in applied research. The university is known for its scientific expertise in life sciences and medicine, materials and agricultural science, veterinary medicine, psychology and history, and many more. This university does not just offer a place to singular research strengths but also encourages multidisciplinary collaboration.

Our top research is built on a solid base: as a result of a bottom-up research policy young researchers are given every opportunity to grow. A deeply rooted quality culture guarantees continuous rejuvenation of research.

Thanks to the excellent performance of its entire research community, for the last ten years Ghent University has been part of the Shanghai Ranking's top 100 - a worldwide ranking primarily based on research indicators.

PhD Studies

There are essentially two possibilities to start a PhD at Ghent University. Candidates can either apply for an open PhD position (i.e. a research group is actively looking for a PhD candidate) or the can approach a specific Ghent University professor (i.e. if they themselves have an interesting research proposal and/or research funding).

Interested doctoral candidates can perform doctoral research in all fields of study on offer at Ghent University, as long as the topic enables them to contribute to scientific knowledge.

All applications to start a PhD need the explicit commitment of a Ghent University professor who will act as the PhD supervisor. In any event, the research topic has to be approved by the faculty.

Every PhD candidate automatically becomes a member of one of the Doctoral Schools. These schools coordinate their own Doctoral Training Programme. They also organize various information sessions, create a community feel amongst researchers, and send out a regular newsletter.


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