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PhD Programme

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The ITM offers doctoral training in fields ranging from molecular biology to health systems research, in collaboration with Belgian and international universities. The actual doctoral degree is awarded by the university, following public defence of the thesis. Each PhD student is jointly supervised by an ITM supervisor and a university supervisor or a supervisor from the student’s home institution, in case of a sandwich PhD track. The research work takes place at the ITM and/or in the field. The doctoral research and course work will typically take four years. The programme curriculum consists mainly of a comprehensive original research project, resulting in a thesis based on publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Depending on the university, course work is optional and tailored towards the individual needs of the candidates.

Currently, more than 100 PhD students are involved in PhD training at the ITM. Half of them come from developing countries and are in a sandwich PhD programme, with activities divided between the ITM and the home country. Several project-related PhD sandwich scholarships are provided under the ITM-DGD Framework Agreement. In addition, each year the ITM offers maximally 3 competitive ‘individual’ sandwich PhD scholarships for alumni. ITM also participates in the Erasmus Mundus Trans Global Health PhD programme, open to European and international PhD students.

If you feel passionate about research and would like to make an original contribution to the research fields in which the ITM is involved, please discuss the opportunities for doing PhD research with the appropriate ITM professor or consult the ITM research vacancies. For more general information about PhD research at the ITM, please contact the Research Coordinator.