PhD candidates at the Department of Architecture at KU Leuven are usually members of the Arenberg Doctoral School for Science, Engineering and Technology.
The doctoral title depends on the position of the (main) supervisor within KU Leuven and not on the specific research subject, nor on earlier qualifications of the doctoral student. (Please note that the Faculty Doctoral Committee will decide which degrees are acceptable, more info.)
- If the (main) supervisor is a member of the Faculty of Engineering Science (architectural engineering, Arenberg Castle, Heverlee), the PhD candidate will obtain a PhD in Engineering/Architecture.
- If the (main) supervisor is a member of the Faculty of Architecture (architecture, Campus Sint-Lucas Brussels Ghent), the PhD candidate will receive a PhD in Architecture.
Why pursue a doctorate in Architecture?
While most PhD candidates start a doctorate out of passion for or personal affinity with a certain topic or idea, there are also more career-oriented incentives. In the first place, pursuing doctoral research makes you an expert in a certain field through the breath or depth of your knowledge in a certain area.
This gives you an invaluable advantage in the multi-disciplinary environment that architecture is increasingly becoming. In the same time, you acquire skills that are precious for the architectural profession such as project and self-management, leadership, team work, and communicative abilities.
These skills are only growing in importance now that the built environment is subject to mechanisms of an increasingly globalizing scale.
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All research carried out at the Faculty has in common that:
- it is geared towards design and its capacity to improve the quality and understanding of the built environment;
- it entertains a close relationship with the arts and the humanities;
- it builds and reflects upon the latest achievements in Science and Technology.
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesArchitecture Design Art History
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
The application should include:
- your original college/university diploma(s) and transcript(s),
- a digital portfolio showing an overview of academic projects from your bachelor degree (max. 20 slides),
- The format, layout, graphic techniques, etc. are free. The portfolio should give an overview of your academic accomplishments, particularly regarding architectural design (meaning the whole scala from object to urban design). The only other requirement is that it is digital. Hard copies will not be accepted.
- a signed recommendation letter from a lecturer at a university or other educational institution or a letter from a professional who is able to give an objective assessment,
- a personal motivation letter,
Living costs for Leuven
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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