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Computer Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #80 (QS) ,
The department of Computer Science at KU Leuven offers PhD degrees in Engineering Science, a PhD degree in Science: Informatics and a PhD degree in Engineering Technology.


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.
Doing your PhD at KU Leuven gives you the opportunity to conduct research in an internationally competitive environment under the supervision of professors that enjoy a strong international reputation. You will gain in-depth knowledge of fundamental or concrete subjects within your field of research with the intention to provide a personal contribution.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Informatics (CW)

  • Early data reduction in the analog mixed-signal domain for energy-scarce sensor based applications 
  • Towards deeply reconfigurable, long-life Internet of Things platforms 

Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics (TW)

  • Multi-scale simulation algorithms and software 
  • Introducing redundancy into numerical approximation: Computing with frames 
  • Asymptotics for orthogonal polynomials and high-frequency scattering 

Technology Cluster (TC)

  • Automatic food intake monitoring for the ageing population 
  • BIM-modeleren van binnenruimtes gebruikmakend van terrestriële laserscanning 
  • FAST-CPS: A Framework for the analysis and management of security in cyber-physical systems 

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

General Requirements

  • The doctoral school grants admission to the doctoral programme on the recommendation of the faculty doctoral committee. The faculty doctoral committee makes a recommendation based on the individual file.

 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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