Obtaining a PhD position
As a PhD candidate in the Netherlands, you are not a student but in most cases an university employee. Primary criterion for admission to a PhD track is the quality of the applicant.
To be admitted to a PhD programme, applicants must meet stringent academic requirements. You need to have a solid background in the theory and methods of your field, hold a recognised Master’s degree (or equivalent) and demonstrate a good knowledge of English.
There are different options for doing a PhD at Utrecht. Please bear in mind that Utrecht University offers very limited PhD opportunities for people that are not hired for a PhD position. Most PhD candidates will be hired by Utrecht University. If we cannot hire you, you may want to look for funding in your own country or apply for private scholarships.
Training and supervision agreement
Prior to beginning work, you will draw up a formal, written agreement with your Utrecht University PhD supervisor (a full professor) and your daily supervisor. The agreement, which must be approved by the Dean of your Faculty, will outline the objectives of your research project and an individualised plan of study.
Plan of study
This plan of study typically includes courses, such as language or methodology courses, that are designed to further improve your research and presentation skills; it may also include conferences and seminars in your field of study. You will also agree regular meetings with your supervisors to discuss progress, expectations and future work.
All PhD and Master’s programmes of Utrecht University are organised into Graduate Schools.