Admission

Admission

The general admission requirement for a PhD candidates is that the candidate has completed his/her Master's degree in a relevant field at a level, which is comparable to a Dutch (accredited) University Master's degree and/or has successfully completed a degree programme totalling at least 168 credit points (according to the European Credit Transfer System). For most of our PhD programmes relevant fields are Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, (Veterinary) Medicine. Please check the job offers for exact qualifications needed for individual job offers (see below).

It is important to note that in The Netherlands, PhD candidates have the status of employees rather than of students. As a consequence, PhD candidates do not pay a tuition fee but receive a salary. The recruitment procedure is different from that for Master's students: in general, PhD candidates are recruited by public advertisement. In a typical recruitment procedure several candidates compete for a PhD position. In addition, unsolicited applications from high potential candidates with an appropriate Master's degree are welcomed. Talented candidates with a very strong motivation to obtain a PhD position are advised to contact the researcher or research group of interest.

International candidates
The Graduate School of Life Sciences welcomes international candidates with relevant qualifications. If you are interested in a PhD position, please check the links with job offers below. Please make sure you have the right qualifications before applying. If you are not sure whether you are properly qualified, please contact the International Office.

Some grants for foreign candidates are available via the Dutch Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education 'Nuffic'.

 

After obtaining a PhD-position

Upon signing a contract the PhD candidate is required to take four steps to enter a specific (and only one) PhD programme.

Step 1: Selecting a PhD-programme

During a 4-year programme, PhD candidates conduct a research project, resulting in a PhD thesis and/ or a series of articles in scientific journals. PhD candidates work under the supervision of a professor (‘promotor’) and a daily supervisor (‘copromotor’). During the PhD programme PhD candidates take courses provided by the Graduate School of Life Sciences, resulting in highly qualified and well trained PhDs.

The PhD candidate selects a PhD programme that fits their research project or interest, together with their (co)promotor. Upon acceptance into the programme by the specific programme director the coordinator of that specific PhD programme will provide the candidate with the information needed to register and guide through all their requirements during the next years.

To register in a PhD program, PhD candidates have to register in 2 separate databases: the database of Utrecht University (METIS) and the database of the Graduate School of Life Sciences (TSA database). Both registrations have to be completed within 3 months after starting your PhD. Courses can only be attended after submission of the signed TSA.

Step 2: Registration into METIS

The first database is an online database called METIS. This is the database of Utrecht University and is compulsory for all PhD candidates. Whitout registration in METIS, you can not earn your doctoral degree at Utrecht University at all!

Register in METIS using ’Form 1: Request for Exemption and Admission to Doctoral Studies’.

For students working at the UMC Utrecht
The printed version of this form (the original version) must be sent to the secretary of the dean of the UMC Utrecht (address: Mrs. M. van Rijn, Huispost D01.343, PO Box 85500, 3508 GA Utrecht), including all signatures, a copy of your passport and a copy of relevant diplomas. Foreign students sometimes have to fill out some more documents; this procedure is clarified at the METIS-website. This printed original version has to be signed by the PhD candidate and all her/his supervisors (max: 2 supervisors). More details can be found at the METIS-website. For METIS, a login is required. The first login is accessible for everyone, after registration, you get a personal login.

For students working at the Faculty of Science
The printed version of this form (the original version) must be sent to the secretary of the dean of the Faculty of Science (Address: Mw. L. van Tetterode, Faculty Office, room 001a, Budapestlaan 6, PO Box 80125, 3508 TC Utrecht), including all signatures. Foreign candidates sometimes have to fill out some more documents; this procedure is clarified at the METIS-website. This printed original version has to be signed by the PhD candidate and all her/his supervisors (max: 2 supervisors). More details can be found at the METIS-website. For METIS, a login is required. The first login is accessible for everyone, after registration, you get a personal login.

For students working at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
The printed version of this form (the original version) must be sent to the Institute of Veterinary Research (Address: Yalelaan 1, 3584 CL Utrecht), including all signatures. Foreign candidates sometimes have to fill out some more documents; this procedure is clarified at the METIS-website. This printed original version has to be signed by the PhD candidate and all her/his supervisors (max: 2 supervisors). More details can be found at the METIS-website. For METIS, a login is required. The first login is accessible for everyone, after registration, you get a personal login.

Step 3: Training & Supervision Agreement

The second registration is in the registration for the Graduate School of Life Sciences. For this registration, PhD candidates have to fill out a Training and Supervision Agreement (TSA). The TSA is used to register the quality and content of your PhD track. It specifies the rights and duties of the PhD candidate and his/her supervisors with respect to education and supervision during the 4-year program. During the PhD track, you must update your ‘PhD training and Supervision CV’ regularly, including supervision interviews and a portfolio of your educational activities.

The TSA must be signed by the PhD candidate, the supervisors, the director of the PhD programme and the head of the department (Faculty of Science), Director of the Institute of Veterinary Science (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) or the Division manager (Faculty of Medicine/UMC Utrecht). The original TSA is sent to:

Faculty of Medicine/UMC Utrecht
secretary of the dean, UMC Utrecht
Mrs. M. van Rijn
Huispost D01.343
PO Box 85500
3508 GA Utrecht

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Institute of Veterinary Medicine
Yalelaan 1
3584 CL Utrecht

Faculty of Science
P&O Division
Budapestlaan 6
3584 CD Utrecht

For more information about filling out your TSA, please contact the coordinator of your PhD programme. You need registration into the Graduate School of Life Sciences by filling out your TSA, to have access to courses and be eligible to receive the PhD Training Certificate of the Graduate School of Life Sciences at the end of your PhD track.