Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences

Doing a PhD

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences attaches great importance to doctoral research.

Your PhD

On average, there are 175 doctoral students working in the faculty's labs and research units at any one time. About 25 of these students defend their theses every year.
Are you considering doing a PhD? Then find out more about it here.

What does a PhD programme looks like?

Your doctoral research is overseen by a supervisor. In addition, PhD students are also entitled to follow additional courses at the Antwerp Doctoral School. You complete your PhD by defending your thesis.
Doctoral research
After finding a supervisor and securing funding for your PhD, you will start to carry out your doctoral research in one of the faculty's research units.
Doctoral programmes
The doctoral programme at the University of Antwerp is rather open in nature, meaning that you don't have to follow a strict study programme. Instead, with your supervisor, you choose a series of suitable courses and activities both at and outside of the University of Antwerp. Doctoral students are encouraged to participate in interuniversity and international programmes.
Defending a PhD
The final element of your PhD is the public defence of your thesis. Every year, about 25 PhD students defend their theses in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. These are public events which are open to everyone. You can find an overview of recent doctoral defences on the website.

Where can I find more information?

Are you interested in doing a PhD in our faculty? Then contact the Antwerp Doctoral School for assistance and information. Please also read the faculty's guidelines for doing a PhD. Download here the guidelines of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (pdf - 167 kB).

European Molecular Imaging Doctoral School (EMIDS)

EMIDS is a three-year doctoral programme which results in a joint PhD in Molecular Imaging, offered by seven European partners. The Bio-Imaging Lab participates in this programme on behalf of the University of Antwerp. You can find more information at

Who can I contact when I have a question?

Do you have any questions about our faculty's doctoral programme? Contact the secretariat or the departmental coordinator of your department's doctoral programme:
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
PhD Secretariat: Eva Sterckx
Departemental DOCOP coordinator: Professor Pieter Van Der Veken
Department of Biomedical Sciences
PhD Secretariat: Evy Pluym
Departmental DOCOP Coordinator: 
Professor Peter Delputte (Biomedical Sciences)
Professor Vincent Timmerman (Biochemistry and Biotechnology)
Department of Veterinary Sciences
PhD Secretariat: Stef Kockelberg
Departmental DOCOP Coordinator: Professor Jo Leroy
Antwerp Doctoral School