The Doctoral College of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech is the 2nd highest number of doctoral graduates at the University of Liège.


Being a doctoral student in Gembloux

Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech welcomes on average between 265 and 337 doctoral students to its site each year.

Between 43 and 87 students are enrolled each year in the faculty's doctoral program. In 2016-2017, 43% of the first doctoral registrations were made by doctoral candidates from Gembloux and 57% by "new" students.

Most doctoral students are of foreign origin and are subsidized by external funds. The fields of research are varied from biology to agronomy, chemistry and the environment. The pluralism of research subjects can be observed simply by looking at the subjects of the defended thesis.


In Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, the number of thesis defenses has been increasing since 2012-2013, rising from 33 to 52 for the academic year 2016-2017.

Duration of the doctorate

The duration of the doctorate at the Collège doctoral de Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech is slightly decreasing and has reached 4.86 years. This decrease can be explained by better supervision of doctoral students during thesis committees and follow-up of these meetings by the Doctoral College. However, the number of doctoral students supervised by promoters within GxABT shows an increasing trend. Thus, a promoter supervises an average of 6 doctoral students in 2016-2017.

Inscriptions by axis

The 11 axes of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech welcome doctoral students. A total of 3 axes have more than 50 first registrations since 2010-2011. In descending order, these are the "Sustainable management of pests and diseases", "Modelling and development" and "Microbial technologies" axes. However, large fluctuations can be observed per academic year.

Student affairs

Open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 16:00

+32 (0)81 62 24 76 / 23 45

Passage des Déportés, 2 - 5030 Gembloux I Entrance 5 I Building 9

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