What you need to know before starting a PhD
PhD studies have been governed by a single set of doctoral regulations applicable to all fields of studies since the start of the 2005-2006 academic year and the entry into force of the Bologna Decree in the French-speaking Community of Belgium. Admission to the PhD programme is the first of four compulsory stages for students working towards a PhD (admission – mid-term evaluation – private defence – public defence). Each of these stages is validated by the body responsible for PhDs, the subject-specific doctoral committee, CDD for short.
As a trainee researcher, you must not forget that when you are studying for a PhD at the University you must also fulfil the requirements relating to your status as a 3rd-cycle student, since when you have completed your studies you will be awarded a PhD degree certificate. You must therefore also complete various formalities with the UCL Student Office and in particular register for a PhD in the first year, and re-register each subsequent year until the time comes for you to defend your thesis.
You must have found a supervisor willing to supervise your thesis before applying for admission, and certainly before registering for the PhD programme.
Your first steps on the road towards obtaining a PhD can be summed up as follows:
Step one : look for a supervisor.
Step two : look for funding.
Step three : apply for admission to the PhD programme.
Step four : register at UCL.
You may also opt for a joint doctoral programme.
Have you obtained the agreement of a supervisor to complete a PhD thesis at UCL under his or her responsibility? You should then submit a PhD admission application to the CDD responsible for your field of study.
Have you not yet met all the requirements to submit an application for admission, but need to formalize your situation with regard to UCL? You can, as an exception, submit an application for provisional admission to the PhD programme.
| contact : Marie WELSCH | 18/04/2012 |