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Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #80 (QS) ,
The main mission of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is to carry out state-of-the-art scientific research with respect to the functioning of geo- and ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales, including the interaction between humans and the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources.

About

  • 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.
  • Doing a PhD at KU Leuven gives you the chance to carry out research in an internationally competitive environment under the supervison of our professors, experts with strong international reputations. You will tackle fundamental or concrete topics in your field of study with the intention of making original contributions.
  • 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The department is organised in five divisions:
  • Bioeconomics
  • Geography
  • Soil and Water Management
  • Forest, Nature and Landscape
  • Geology

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

General 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

    Free
    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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