Each year, approximately 500 PhD candidates from Utrecht University complete their research with a doctoral thesis.

Students who wish to prepare a doctorate after completing a research-oriented Master's programme then choose a PhD programme. During this four-year track, PhD candidates work under the supervision of a professor on a research project that culminates in a doctoral thesis or series of articles in scientific journals.

The university has many top-class researchers who make inspiring supervisors for these candidates.

Promotieplechtigheid in de Senaatszaal van het Academiegebouw van de Universiteit Utrecht.
Defence of the doctoral thesis at the Utrecht University Hall in Utrecht

PhD positions

Each year, approximately 500 PhD candidates from Utrecht University complete their research with a doctoral thesis. Apart from applying for the PhD positions offered by Utrecht University, candidates who have obtained a Master's degree can also submit a proposal for a PhD project themselves.

More information on doing a PhD

Detailed information on PhD programmes is available on Utrecht University's PhD candidates page.