Ph.D. On Campus

Bioscience Engineering

KU Leuven

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This Bioscience Engineering research-based training at KU Leuven is complemented by more structured training activities organized by the departments, the research centres and the doctoral school. PhD researchers are expected to complete the PhD within 4 years.


Doctoral training takes first and foremost place in the research group or laboratory via informal and formal meetings with the supervisor and peer researchers.


The aim of the  Bioscience Engineering research-based training at KU Leuven is to train doctoral researchers both as future scientists and as scientifically trained professionals who will valorise their doctoral expertise and competences in a broad variety of professional environments.

Programme Structure

The doctoral training consists of three components:
  • Development of essential research skills by carrying out an individual research project resulting in high-quality scientific output.
  • Thematic training comprising advanced courses, invited lectures, journal clubs and doctoral seminars focused on a specific scientific topic;
  • Training and development of personal skills that are relevant for the successful completion of the PhD and which prepare the PhD researcher for a wide range of career possibilities.

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be admitted to the Doctor in Bioscience Engineering degree programme, the candidate must hold one of the following qualifications:
  • a diploma of Bioscience Engineer in Agricultural Sciences, in Chemistry, in Land and Forestry Management, in Cell and Gene Technology or in Environmental Technology;
  • a diploma of Agricultural Engineer or Engineer in Chemistry and Agro-industries;
  • a diploma from a Master's programme organized or co-organized by the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering;
  • a Master of Science diploma from a Belgian or an EU university totaling 4 or 5 years of undergraduate studies, if granted formal equivalence to a diploma Bioscience Engineer by the Doctoral Commission of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering;

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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