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Biosystems, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #80 (QS) ,
The Department of Biosystems at KU Leuven offers a PhD degree in Bioscience Engineering. The aim of the doctoral programme 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.


Doctoral training takes first and foremost place in the research group or laboratory via informal and formal meetings with the supervisor and peer researchers. This research-based training 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.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.
The aim of doctoral training is to bring doctoral researchers to an advanced level of creative and independent thinking and acting. As such, the doctoral programme prepares for a career in frontier research and education or for high-level roles in professional sectors where deep rigorous analysis is required. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS)
  • Division of Crop Biotechnics
  • Division Animal and Human Health Engineering


  • Jean-Marie Aerts
  • Daniel Berckmans
  • Nadine Buys
  • Johan Buyse
  • Sebastien Carpentier
  • Pol Coppin
  • Maurice De Proft
  • Dirk De Waele
  • Annemie Geeraerd
  • Rony Geers
  • Bruno Goddeeris
  • Peter Goos
  • Wannes Keulemans
  • Jeroen Lammertyn
  • Rob Lavigne
  • Bart Nicolai
  • Theo Niewold
  • Herman Ramon
  • Wouter Saeys
  • Eddie Schrevens
  • Rony Swennen
  • Hilde Vandendriessche
  • Erik Vranken

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Candidates must have obtained a master degree with excellent grades or must be able to demonstrate that they have received equivalent training in other ways. Candidates are also expected to be fluent in English.

 The applicant should

  •  either hold a master's degree that is relevant with respect to the PhD degree that is envisaged (or an equivalent degree of higher education) and have distinguished himself/herself, either during his/her academic training or in his/her professional life, as is evident from high-quality scientific publications; 
  • or have passed the pre-doctoral examination.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    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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