The admission requirements for a PhD are:
- Hold a Master's degree (or an equivalent higher education degree) that is relevant for the doctoral research;
- Distinction based on study results or professional realizations.
If these conditions are not met, the candidate may be admitted with provisional or predoctoral status.
- Provisional status: the candidate is admitted to the doctoral programme provisionally for a maximum period of 12 months.
- Predoctoral status: the candidate follows a predoctoral course beforehand for a maximum period of 24 months.
On the basis of the candidate’s curriculum vitae the Doctoral Committee will judge whether the candidate is admitted to the doctoral programme directly or provisionally or whether s/he is accepted for the predoctoral training programme.
More information about the legal status a a predoctoral student can be found on: http://www.kuleuven.be/admissions/statuses/statuses.html
A step-by-step manual explaining what to do during the predoctoral programme.