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Mathematics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #80 (QS) ,
The Department of Mathematics at KU Leuven offers PhD degrees that aim to bring doctoral researchers to an advanced level of creative and independent thinking and acting. As such, the doctoral programme prepares for a career in frontier research and education or for high-level roles in professional sectors where deep rigorous analysis is required. 


  • 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The Department of Mathematics at KU Leuven offers PhD degrees in Science: Mathematics and Science: Statistics. The research is organised in 5 research divisions:

  • Algebra: Main research topics are algebraic geometry; number theory; algebraic topology and group theory
  • Geometry: Main research topics are: Riemannian and pseudo-Riemannian geometry;
  • Statistics: Main research topics are extreme value theory; financial mathematics and stochastic processes; robust statistics; semi- and nonparametric statistics; smoothing techniques;
  • Analysis: Main research topics are orthogonal polynomials, approximation theory, Riemann-Hilbert problems, von Neumann algebras, subfactors, quantum groups
  • Plasma-astrophysics: Main research topic is magnetohydrodynamics;

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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

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    Tuition Fee
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First registration and year of defense - 461 eurosIntermediate years with all facilities - free

Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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