Ph.D. On Campus

Computer Science

KU Leuven

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The Computer Science PhD at KU Leuven consists of five units.  Four of these are spread across eight locations in Flanders, with the focal point in Leuven at the Arenberg Campus: Distributed and Secure Software (DistriNet), Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence (DTAI), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics (NUMA).


Research Groups of the Computer Science PhD at KU Leuven

Members of the department also participate in various research groups that transcend a single unit, often in a collaboration with members of different departments. We would like to point out in particular the following research groups:

  • Computer Science Teaching Methodology (CSTM)
  • Combinatorial Optimization and Decision Support (CODeS)
  • Automation, Computer Vision and Robotics (ACRO)
  • Embedded and Artificially Intelligent Vision Engineering (Eavise)
  • Advanced Integrated Sensing (ADVISE)
  • Human-Centered Systems for Health Care, Learning, Arts and Entertainment (e-Media)
  • Mechatronics Group (M-Group)

Programme Structure

Below you will find the PhD's associated with the Department of Computer Science

  • DistriNet: Distributed and Secure Software
  • DTAI: Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence
  • HCI: Human-Computer Interaction
  • NUMA: Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics
  • Computer science @Kulak

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

Together with the future corresponding supervisor (see art.11) the candidate requests permission from the doctoral committee of the faculty to which the corresponding supervisor is affiliated to enrol as a PhD researcher. The candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Either (1) the candidate must hold a Flemish Master’s degree relevant to the doctoral research or an equivalent higher education degree, and also have obtained at least a distinction or have distinguished him/herself with high-quality scientific publications or design-oriented achievements,
  • Or (2) the candidate must have passed the predoctoral exam with the degree of distinction (see art. 7).

The candidate must also have sufficiently mastered the language of the discipline in order to be able to participate actively in the research.

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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