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Microbial and Molecular Systems, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #45 (WUR) Leuven, Belgium
The research mission of the Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems at KU Leuven is to gain scientific insight into complex biological and molecular systems, and specifically into micro-organisms, plants, food and catalysts. 
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The research conducted in the Microbial and Molecular Systems at KU Leuven three centres and in its technology cluster is fundamental, interdisciplinary and internationally oriented. The holistic approach necessitates input from different disciplines, including chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, cellular biology, genetics, phytopathology, bio-informatics, catalysis, statistics, food technology and nutrition. 

Experimental and computational approaches are involved. Networking and collaboration between the department’s divisions and with complementary teams within and outside the university are essential. The department has an active valorisation policy of its expertise and intellectual property via project research, consulting and spin off initiatives.

Members of the department contribute actively to the public debate on topics including environmental protection, natural resources, energy and fuels, food and health issues of mankind, animal and plant.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems (M²S) consists of 3 research centres: 

  • Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis; 
  • Centre for Food and Microbial Technology; 
  • Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

The candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Either 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 the candidate must have passed the predoctoral exam with the degree of distinction.
  • 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
    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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