For people with a recognised Master's degree, VU University offers the possibility of earning a doctorate, or the Anglo-Saxon PhD degree. Every year, over 300 PhD students complete their research at VU University, thereby making an important contribution to academic research.
The process of earning a doctorate normally takes four years or more and consists of conducting independent research and writing a dissertation. Another important aspect of the programme is to attend and give lessons. If you would like to be taken on as a PhD student by VU University Amsterdam, check the academic vacancies to see what places are available.
The Netherlands is one of the few countries in Europe and in the world, where PhD students, in principle, have employee status: they are employees of the university. In many other countries, they are registered as students, or have to finance their PhD with a scholarship. The interests of PhD students and post-docs employed by VU University Amsterdam are represented by the organisation called ProVU.
We have accommodation available for our PhD’s. Depending on the availability, we can offer accommodation for a maximum period of one year (Short Stay Housing). Furthermore, we have a limited number of studios available for our PhD’s for the complete period of their PhD project (PhD Housing).
As the PhD research enters its final phase, the question, ‘what am I going to do next?’ inevitably becomes more and more pressing. VU University offers its PhD students the career orientation for PhD students.
For questions about doing a PhD at VU University, you can contact the Registrar’s office.