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.
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.
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.