Doctorate Degrees in Belgium

Find 2 Top PhDs in Belgium 2016/2017


Belgium, a small but densely populated country, is an attractive option for many international students seeking a PhD. With three official languages, a diverse population, welcoming people, myriad of cultures, and being the center for NATO and the EU, Belgium offers so many opportunities for people in many different fields of study.

As in other European countries, candidates for a PhD Belgium must hold a master’s degree in a related field of study. Candidates for PhD Belgium programs can expect curriculum to include rigorous coursework, examinations, and the candidate’s original research that is conducted under the supervision of faculty. This research must lead to a dissertation that the candidate must defend in front of a panel of experts in order to be awarded a PhD Belgium degree. Some common fields of study for a PhD Belgium include international relations, economics, business, peace studies, and the natural sciences.

To learn more about a PhD Belgium, take a look through the programs below!

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Executive PhD

Antwerp Management School
Campus Part time 4 years September 2017 Belgium Antwerp

The Antwerp Management School’s Executive PhD Program is a high-level support program for executives and C-level managers with a strong ambition to bring state-of-the-art knowledge and excellent research skills into the workplace and into society. [+]

PhDs in Belgium 2016/2017. Executive PhD Antwerp Management School’s Executive PhD Program is a top-tier support program for ambitious executives and C-level managers who want to bring the most advanced knowledge and outstanding research skill into the workplace and society. Participants will acquire new methodologies and mindset with which they will approach actual business issues they are confronted with in their organizations or in society. Thus, the program has a considerable impact on the professional development of participants. To flourish in today’s complicated, global competitive business environment, organizations require leaders who seize interdisciplinary knowledge, the ability to think in global terms and the vision to design systems that respond to swiftly changing tendencies. Antwerp Management School offers the Executive PhD Program to help executives develop competences to apply relevant knowledge and research skill to contemporary business issues. The Executive PhD Program also focuses on the life-long learning ambitions of intellectually active professionals who already possess excellent degrees in their fields but who still wish to build on their education to get to the top tier. Why follow this program at Antwerp Management School? Attending this program should be apex of the participant's personal and professional development. Over a 4-year period you will gain the necessary capabilities to successfully boost your career, both in Academia and Industry. In this respect you will: Acquire the latest theories and practical insights in your favored management domain and learn the skills of advancing knowledge through methodologically robust applied research methods. Demonstrate the capacity to develop original contributions to existing knowledge. Learn the competences necessary to transfer knowledge in both business and academic environments, in written and oral form. Gain broad insights into your specialization through membership and co-operation within Antwerp Management School Competence Centers. Be part of a top ranked international school. The Executive PhD’s purpose is to up the practice and development of effective organizational leadership by providing senior-level executives with: Wisdom and expertise necessary to identify, grasp and successfully tackle the interdisciplinary, big-picture issues that characterize global business management today. Skills in formal social inquiry required to define and direct complex issues and to disseminate know-how related to their profession through various means of expression to influence both practical and public policies. An interdisciplinary, globally oriented point of view unavailable in traditional advanced forms of education. Evidenced management skills and understanding that will spur new solution-oriented thinking in both organizations and society. A unique learning opportunity that combines the latest academic knowledge with practical relevance. The possibility to strengthen their critical thinking, enhance their skills to underpin, defend and implement new ideas and improve solution-oriented assessment. What can you expect? Content level: Advanced Expertise After attending this program You Will know how to generate, interpret and transfer acquired academic knowledge to your professional and academic network. Can continue researching in one of our Competence Centers or teach at Antwerp Management School. Will comprehend research tools and methods and will be able to apply them to practical business challenges on your own. Will have academic, publishing and case writing experience and knowledge. Will obtain a PhD from the University of Antwerp, which is a premium ranked and accredited university. Your company Will benefit from from the visions and experiences you bring to the table as a PhD candidate. Benefits from your ability to translate and apply newly developed and up-to-date knowledge to the specific context of your sector or business. Has the opportunity to capitalize on your enhanced business and leadership skills which allows future company objectives and strategies to be met. Society Can benefit from your field expertise to change and improve your setting. As part of a community of global leaders you will help tackle pressing challenges that society face. As an opinion leader you will have a favorable impact on the world you live and work in. Dates Four-year part-time program. Stage 1 consists of five on-campus modules spread over an 18 month period. Stage 2 comprises 6 on-campus modules over the course of 30 months. The Executive PhD 2017 – 2021 cohort starts on Wednesday 13th of September, 2017. Fees Year 1: €18.000 Year 2: €16.000 Year 3: €13.000 Year 4: €13.000 (Additional year: €6.500) Location Antwerp Management School Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13 BE-2000 Antwerp Belgium Requirements We only accept participants to the Executive PhD Program with an intrinsic motivation and willingness to contribute to academic research and to become the next generation business leaders. Candidates must hold an MBA or Master’s degree from an accredited academic institution, have at least ten years of professional experience in the field of management and demonstrate academic and professional progression. The program is taught in English. Excellent oral and written knowledge of English is therefore required. Applicants whose native language is not English might be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Degree/certification After successfully defending your PhD dissertation (after 4 years), you will be awarded a doctoral degree (PhD) issued by the University of Antwerp. 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PhD in International Relations, Politics, Conflict or Law

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels + 1 more

Host to hundreds of international organisations, of which the European Union and NATO are the most prominent, PhD students do research literally around the corner of important places of decision-making. [+]

PhD in International Relations, Politics, Conflict or Law Brussels is an excellent place to do doctoral research. Host to hundreds of international organisations, of which the European Union and NATO are the most prominent, PhD students do research literally around the corner of important places of decision-making. This offers an array of opportunities to attend conferences with high-level policy-makers, to consult the specialised libraries of institutions like the European Commission, or to interview diplomats. The Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) seeks to create an environment not only of academic reflection, but also one where researchers and practitioners meet and exchange views. This creates a stimulating research environment for all topics in the broad field of international studies. Degrees and practicalities The University of Kent offers the following PhD degrees at BSIS: PhD in International Relations PhD in International Conflict Analysis PhD in Comparative Politics PhD in Political and Social Thought PhD in Law All programmes can be done full-time or part-time. New PhD students enrol either in September or January. From the academic year 2011-2012 on, students register directly onto a PhD programme. Full-time PhD students can be registered for up to a maximum of four years on a doctoral programme, but are expected to submit their doctoral dissertation as soon as possible following the completion of the third year. Research Seminars At the heart of the PhD programme is the weekly research seminar (during terms). In these sessions one PhD student presents his/her research findings or latest chapter. Other PhD students and staff members give feedback. On a regular basis visiting researchers are invited to present at the research seminar. Because of the different PhD programmes and backgrounds of the academic staff, this fosters an interdisciplinary approach. What is required to obtain a PhD Candidates undertaking PhD degrees must submit for examination a dissertation which demonstrates their ability to undertake an original investigation, to test a hypothesis, and to understand the relationship of the theme under investigation to a wider field of knowledge. A PhD thesis is normally between 80,000 and 100,000 words. Candidates must successfully defend their PhD dissertation in a Viva. A thesis submitted for the award of doctorate must be an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in the field of investigation. Originality is a prime requirement of a PhD thesis. This may be construed in a number of ways. It may be the application or testing of a known theory to a novel case, the utilisation of sources of information hitherto unused, the development of theory or the introduction of a new approach, or the creation of a new theoretical synthesis. The doctoral programme, as a postgraduate research programme, combines formal research training and individual supervision, with regular interaction between students and academic staff. Supervision The capability to do autonomous research, leading to an original contribution to scholarship, is key to a successful PhD. Supervisors provide guidance to PhD students in their research process. Each PhD student has two supervisors, a main supervisor and a second supervisor. Often the expertise of both supervisors is complementary and guarantees a broad spectrum of advice. Students and supervisors meet regularly. By the end of each year, a supervisory panel evaluates the progress made by a student and formulates recommendations in a more formal end-of-year review. All permanent academic staff members of the Brussels School of International Studies may act as supervisors. Occasionally academic staff from the main campus in Canterbury will act as second supervisors. Research Training Formal research training is provided through the MA course ‘Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research’ and other MA modules open to PhD students. On top of that, specialised training sessions are organised for PhD students specifically. Subjects covered range from methods, over academic publications to career planning. Students can also take online courses offered by the university’s Graduate School and may occasionally attend training sessions in Canterbury. BSIS cooperates with the University of Ghent at the level of doctoral programmes. This provides both for joint doctoral training events, exchange of researchers and the development of researcher networks in certain fields. PhD Students BSIS PhD students come from a variety of countries. Most of them have studied in different countries, taking along their own experience and approaches. This creates not only a dynamic research environment, but also a pleasant social atmosphere. Many PhD students engage in extra-curricular or social activities with MA students. Often they are invited to tutor a number of seminars for MA modules. PhD students are stimulated to present papers at international conferences and to publish. The combination of a solid research experience, an international network, publications and teaching experiences offers fresh doctors the best chances to obtain a good position in or outside the academic market. How to apply Applications to the PhD programme follow the regular procedure (see Admissions page), but also require the submission of a research proposal of around 3000 words. In this proposal the candidate presents the research topic, research question and/or hypotheses, the theoretical framework and methodology envisaged, as well as a brief bibliography. Through the research proposal candidates demonstrate their research skills, their acquaintance with the field and its most salient debates. They aim to convince the Admissions Committee of their potential to make an original contribution to scholarship and of the feasibility of their research project. The research proposal is not a blueprint for the next years of research, but serves as a starting-point. In the interaction between supervisors and students, it will inevitably undergo change. The following documents need to be submitted: Application form University transcript(s) Letters of reference Proof of English (where applicable) Personal statement PhD research proposal of 3000 words While there is no strict deadline, it is recommended to submit the application a couple of months before the date you wish to start the PhD programme (September or January). Admissions Applications will be considered by an Admissions Committee. Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic and other relevant background (MA degree in relevant field), academic merit (a First Class or solid Upper Second class in the British system or equivalent), knowledge of English, the quality of their research proposal and references. The Admissions Committee will also take into account whether the topic fits within the research scope the School and whether the necessary capacity is available to guarantee optimal supervision. Fees and Funding BSIS offers a limited number of scholarships per year in the form of a tuition fee waiver. If you wish to apply for such a waiver, please add a letter to your application, explaining why you wish to be considered. Occasionally other scholarships may be announced for very specific study fields. Such announcements are always posted on our website. [-]