PhD candidates

During their four-year PhD track, PhD candidates work under the supervision of a professor on a research project that culminates in a doctoral thesis.

Obtaining a PhD position

The PhD positions at the School of Law are related to our research programmes.

Becoming a PhD candidate at the School of Law is possible in 2 ways:

  • when a vacancy is posted on the Utrecht University website.
  • when you bring your own funds and you can find a supervisor within the School of Law (see academic staff). In this case, you can apply throughout the year.
    To apply, please fill in the web form and attach your curriculum vitae (resume) and research proposal.

Read more about obtaining a PhD at Utrecht University. In the Doctoral Degree Regulations you can find the regulations and conditions for PhD candidates and doctoral degrees.

Overview of current PhD candidates at the Utrecht University School of Law.


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  • Current PhD defences School of Law

    • PhD defence: EU Law as a Creative Process - a hermeneutic approach

      Pauline Phoa will defend her dissertation that examines the EU's legal narratives at work in the reasoning of the Court of Justice of the European Union, particularly in cases that involve a balancing of economic and fundamental rights