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Why do a PhD?

There are many reasons for people to undertake a PhD. It can be the ambition to achieve or discover something new. Or the fact that a PhD provides access to a future career in science.    

Before applying for a PhD position you should think about your personal motivation and develop a realistic view of what a PhD is . This helps you to find out if a PhD is the right option for you. Doctoral degrees are rewarding but can also be tough. And it is very likely that you encounter periods of self-doubt during your research.  

In general, good reasons include:

- enjoyment of the research process

- commitment to a specific topic you wish to research

- having an idea about how and why a PhD degree will enhance your career

Read more about the requirements for UvA PhD candidates