The doctorate includes a 60-credit doctoral training program leading to a research training certificate. This training is linked to the specific skills of the research teams and gives graduates a high scientific and professional qualification.

In the Faculty of Medicine, 5 different doctorates are offered:

  • PhD in Medical Sciences
  • PhD in Public Health Sciences
  • PhD in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • PhD in Dental Sciences
  • PhD in Motor Sciences

First registration

iconeDocument   First registration form for a PhD 



  1. Administrative requests for re-registration are accepted, as for any registration, until October 15;
  2. Submit a request for re-registration to the Doctoral College of the Faculty using the adhoc form. This request must be submitted before June 1st preceding the academic year of re-registration.
    Note that the opinions and signatures of the promoter and the thesis committee are required;
  3. If the college gives a favorable opinion (at its June meeting), your request will be forwarded to the Faculty Council for approval;
  4. If the Faculty Council approves your application (at its June meeting), the list of candidates authorized to continue their doctoral studies will be transmitted to the Central Administration;
  5. At this point, you will be authorized to complete your administrative registration

iconeDocument   Form for the opinion of the thesis committee 


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Doctoral training

The doctoral training is a 60-credit course that the doctoral student must have completed and passed before being able to defend his or her thesis. It includes 3 categories: thematic training (15 credits minimum), transversal training (10 credits minimum) and scientific production (25 credits minimum).

This training does not necessarily include courses. Other activities can be valued such as a stay abroad, participation in a conference, presentation of a seminar, publication of scientific articles. The doctoral student may be exempted (credited) from a part of his or her training based on his or her curriculum vitae, but rarely from all of it.


Some examples of doctoral training activities:

  • Thematic training: Courses and seminars under the auspices of the doctoral school.
  • Transversal training: Languages, research stays, training courses, didactic supervision, etc.
  • Scientific production: Publication of an article as principal author, Guest speaker, etc.


Doctoral school

The mission of the Graduate Colleges at F.R.S.-FNRS is to host, coordinate and promote thematic graduate schools and to stimulate their creation. There are 21 Graduate Schools, one per field of study or set of fields of study.

[source: Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - FNRS website]

There are 5 doctoral schools linked to the Faculty of Medicine:

In addition, Graduates schools allow for the organization of certain doctoral programs in an interacademic setting. These schools bring together doctoral students according to a thematic coherence, which can be interdisciplinary. Some of them are listed below:

iconeInfo Do not hesitate to consult the website of the PhD Students Network of the University of Liège

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