Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences

Doing a PhD

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences attaches great importance to doctoral research. On average, there are 175 doctoral students working in the faculty's labs and research units at any one time. About 25 of these students defend their theses every year.
Are you considering doing a PhD? Then find out more about it here.

What does a PhD programme looks like?

Your doctoral research is overseen by a supervisor. In addition, PhD students are also entitled to follow additional courses at the Antwerp Doctoral School. You complete your PhD by defending your thesis.
Doctoral research
After finding a supervisor and securing funding for your PhD, you will start to carry out your doctoral research in one of the faculty's research units.
Doctoral programmes
The doctoral programme at the University of Antwerp is rather open in nature, meaning that you don't have to follow a strict study programme. Instead, with your supervisor, you choose a series of suitable courses and activities both at and outside of the University of Antwerp. Doctoral students are encouraged to participate in interuniversity and international programmes.
Defending a PhD
The final element of your PhD is the public defence of your thesis. Every year, about 25 PhD students defend their theses in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. These are public events which are open to everyone. You can find an overview of recent doctoral defences on the website.

Where can I find more information?

Are you interested in doing a PhD in our faculty? Please read the faculty's guidelines for doing a PhD first. You can download the guidelines below.

You also can contact the Antwerp Doctoral School for assistance and information. On the website of the Antwerp Doctoral School you find the General PhD Regulations of the UAntwerp and the Complementary Faculty PhD Rules and Regulations.

Who can I contact when I have a question?

Do you have any questions about our faculty's doctoral programme? Contact the secretariat or the departmental coordinator of your department's doctoral programme:
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
PhD Secretariat: Eva Sterckx
Departemental DOCOP coordinator: Professor Pieter Van Der Veken
Department of Biomedical Sciences
PhD Secretariat: Evy Pluym
Departmental DOCOP Coordinator: Professor Tom Vanden Berghe
Department of Veterinary Sciences
PhD Secretariat: Stef Kockelberg
Departmental DOCOP Coordinator: Professor Jo Leroy
Antwerp Doctoral School