All professors and assistants at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at KU Leuven speak English and much of the research work and publications are also in English. It is therefore no problem for foreign students to carry out a PhD research at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
To be admitted to the doctoral programme one should have succeeded with honours in his Master examination or any degree equivalent to it (burgerlijk ingenieur (Belgium), Diplom Ingenieur (Germany),...), or in a predoctoral examination. In fact for foreign students the Faculty always requires a predoctoral test, but depending on the candidate’s background, it may be taken immediately after arrival or require a preparation time anywhere between three months and one year. In order to obtain a PhD in engineering (doctor’s degree) the candidate must carry out research during at least three years on a relevant research topic, under the supervision of a professor. The doctoral programme also includes a number of courses to be followed and seminars to be attended.
The doctoral examination consists of the public defence of an original thesis. The thesis should represent research of a theoretical and experimental nature or work of technical-scientific character and should be a significant contribution to the knowledge and know how in the field. It is expected that the candidate will have published most of his results in journals or presented at international conferences.
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Programme StructureResearch Mechanical Engineering:
- Logistics, Mobility & Traffic
- Biomechanical Engineering
- Machine and Vehicle Design & Mechatronics
- Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics
- Energy Systems & Thermal Fluid Engineering
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
DisciplinesMechanical Engineering Mathematics General Engineering & Technology View 5 other Masters in General Engineering & Technology in Belgium
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- The easiest way to start a PhD application is to find a vacant PhD position in Science, Engineering & Technology and apply online.
- In principle, the PhD positions on the KU Leuven jobsite already have financing available (via the corresponding supervisor). Please read through the details of the position very carefully and make sure you meet all eligibility criteria!
- Each position has a link at the bottom to apply online. You will be asked to fill in an online application ("esollicitatie"). All complete applications will be automatically submitted to the corresponding supervisor of the project for assessment. Possibly the corresponding supervisor will contact you to request additional information.
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