The University of St Andrews and Ghent University are pleased to offer a joint programme leading to the award of a joint doctoral degree (PhD). The joint programme covers Schools in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity.
Candidates start the programme at either St Andrews or Ghent. One institution will be identified as the lead, normally the one at which you will spend the most amount of time.
You will have to spend at least a year (12 months) in total as a resident student at both St Andrews and Ghent in order for the universities to recognise the degree. Students will divide their time into study blocks in order to facilitate access to the resources that will maximise their research opportunities.
The agreement provides students with access to one supervisor at each institution throughout the duration of their degree. Students are expected to engage with both supervisors from start to finish and to meet regularly with all parties, either in person or using virtual methods such as video call.
Students are encouraged to take part in doctoral training, undergraduate teaching and research seminars at both universities. For students with Ghent as the lead institution, the Doctoral Training Programme is compulsory for some subjects, although exemptions may be granted to joint doctorate students.
Arts and Divinity at St Andrews
St Andrews is the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world and renowned for the quality of its research in Arts and Divinity. St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and 14th in the UK for the quality of its publications in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Research takes place within the Schools and within world-class, often cross-disciplinary or cross-institutional, research centres and institutes. Each School, research centre and institute has a busy programme of conferences, workshops, guest lectures and postgraduate events.
Faculty of Arts:
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Arts and Philosophy at Ghent
Founded in 1817, Ghent University is one of the top ranked universities in Belgium. Ghent has an impressive reputation for research and offers high-quality doctoral programs and supervision.
The Faculty of Arts and Philosophy has nine departments. Its 49 research groups explore interdisciplinary research across the humanities, from Afrikaans and Bantu to textual scholarship and urban history. The Faculty offers the possibility for multi-disciplinary research at PhD level.
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy: