A PhD is the highest academic qualification in the Netherlands. It generally involves four years of original research on a specific topic. Students who have a Master's degree can apply for a position, and are selected on the quality of their (educational) background.
A regular PhD programme takes 4 years of independent research, supervised by a professor. The programme is concluded by a thesis (dissertation) and/or a series of articles in scientific journals. As PhD student you get the opportunity to contribute to the development of knowledge in your subject.
There are several ways to obtain a PhD. Most PhD candidates in the Netherlands are not students but employees of the university. The primary criterion for admission to a PhD programme is the quality of the candidate.
Candidates can obtain a PhD:
- As an employee of the UvA. Job vacancies at the Science Faculty can be found on this page. If the UvA cannot employ you, you may want to look for funding in your own country or apply for a private scholarship.
- On a scholarship, for example from a foreign government, an international organisation or a Dutch fund. Candidates must arrange their own scholarships. The UvA does not award scholarships.
- As an external PhD candidate. In this case, you will work on your PhD thesis in your own time, and it will be self-financed or paid for by another employer. The thesis is written under the supervision of a UvA professor. You are responsible for finding a professor who is willing to act as a supervisor.