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Ph.D. Program

Doctoral School

The VRC provides basic research training for students in biology, chemistry, bio-engineering, pharmacy, veterinary science and medicine. Research performed by graduate students is situated within the context of ongoing projects supervised by one of the staff scientists, and offers the opportunity of creative and independent but interactive research.


Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Doctor in de Medische Wetenschappen)
Faculty of Medicine, K.U.Leuven
Graduate students are funded through individual fellowships or grants, or by support secured by senior scientists. Research towards a Ph.D. degree consists of one or more original scientific contributions published in peer-reviewed international journals.

Graduate students participate in all research-related activities (unit meetings, weekly lab-meetings, weekly in-house seminars, invited seminars or lectures within the Department), for which English is the standard language. In addition to these activities, a graduate student shall comply with the Ph.D. in Medical Sciences study credit program, as determined by the Faculty of Medicine, K.U.Leuven.

Eligible students are invited to request additional information on our graduate training program, providing their undergraduate scores and degrees were on average at least A (onderscheiding). Graduate students will be expected to compete for fellowship support at institutions such as FWO, IWT, etc.

The VRC participates in the Doctoral School Programme Emerging concepts of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Leuven International Doctoral School Biomedical Sciences


Karen Vousden, Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Christian Frezza, Nika Danial
12/09/2017 - 09:00