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Doctoral Programme in Biology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


  • The research activities of the Biology Department are diverse, and include molecular and physiological studies at cellular and organismal level as well as ecological and evolutionary research focusing on populations, communities and ecosystems. Although many research groups carry out in-depth analyses on specific model organisms, the diversity of life forms studied by the department as a whole is impressive. Our studies are embedded in a dense network of international contacts with universities, research institutes and companies. 

The department of biology is structured into three main divisions that comprise the following labs :

  • Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation: the research in this unit includes the domains of aquatic ecology, evolution and conservation; socio-ecology and social evolution; biodiversity and evolutionary genomics; and plant conservation and population biology.
  • Animal Physiology and Neurobiology: the researchers in this lab perform research on neuroplasticity and neuroproteomics; insect physiology and molecular ethology; functional genomics and proteomics; molecular developmental physiology and signal transduction; comparative endocrinology; and neural circuit development and regeneration.
  • Molecular Physiology of Plants and Micro-organisms: this unit investigates functional biology and molecular plant biology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research topics: 

  • Behavioural Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Developmental Biology & Evo-Devo
  • Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Entomology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Freshwater and Marine Biology
  • Immunology
  • Genetics, Heredity & Phylogenetics
  • Genomics
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Archaeozoology
  • Plant Biology
  • Physiology
  • Science Education
  • Sociobiology
  • Systematics
  • Zoology

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • Applicants need to have obtained a relevant master degree with excellent grades. We are looking for highly motivated researchers with good English proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
First registration and year of defense - 461 eurosIntermediate years with all facilities - free

Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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