ITM offers PhD training in all of its fields of expertise in collaboration with Belgian universities and universities abroad that deliver the PhD degree. The PhD training typically takes four years. ITM PhD candidates must comply with the ITM PhD regulations which are specific regulations in addition to the PhD awarding university regulations that a priori apply.
ITM currently (co)supervises more than one hundred doctoral students. Half of them come from Low and Middle Income Countries and follow a sandwich programme. Other PhD students are based at ITM and work as junior researcher or academic assistant, are hosted at ITM as FWO PhD fellow, are self-funded or self-supported. PhD applications by candidates - other than sandwich candidates – are considered ‘light review’ PhD applications.
You can only apply to the ITM ‘light review’ PhD programme if you have the support of an ITM supervisor and the PhD awarding university supervisor and if you have a formal registration as PhD student with the PhD awarding university.
The supervisors must be eligible as formal academic supervisors of PhD theses according to their national and/or institutional regulations.
‘Light review’ candidates can only be admitted to the ITM PhD programme after positive advice by the ITM PhD Committee that will perform a ‘light review’ to check formal requirements and after decision by the ITM Management Committee.
The aim of PhD training at ITM is to train PhD students to become ‘independent researchers’, this means that they should be able to:
- demonstrate a systematic understanding of their field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with that field;
- demonstrate the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial process of research with scholarly integrity;
- make a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work some of which merits national or international refereed publication;
- the critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas;
- communicate with peers, the larger scholarly community and with society in general about their areas of expertise;
- promote, within academic and professional contexts, technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge based society.