Vision of the doctoral study programme

The University of Antwerp prepares and supports early career researchers to understand, develop and expand their set of skills. A PhD encompasses much more than developing research expertise and gaining teaching experience. Rather, during this formative period, the university supports scholars’ self-development from different perspectives, in order for them to become well-rounded professionals.

The UAntwerp doctoral study programme therefore aims to:

  • Increase self-awareness of PhD students on their talents and skills;
  • Train PhD students in state-of-the-art research and teaching, and in understanding and expressing the value of the PhD and their trajectory through the language of skills and competences;
  • Stimulate reflection on career paths and individual development plans.

Therefore, a PhD at the University of Antwerp requires reflection, insight and self-development beyond the research topic and skills.

In order to attain these goals, the University of Antwerp offers a flexible doctoral training programme that can be tailored to individual needs. The programme is structured through the use of a competence profile.