The Netherlands is one of the few countries in Europe and in the world, where PhD candidates, in principle, have employee status: they are employees of the university. Every year, over 300 PhD's complete their research at VU Amsterdam, thereby making an important contribution to academic research.
If you have a recognised Master's degree, VU Amsterdam offers the possibility of earning a doctorate or the Anglo-Saxon PhD degree.
The Doctorate Regulations involve admission to the PhD programme and the responsibilities and authorities of those involved in the programme.
To help PhD candidates develop academic skills and be better prepared for an academic or industrial career, we offer a variety of courses.
National graduate schools bring together the country’s best expertise and infrastructure with the aim of optimizing the quality of research.
Specific interests of PhD candidates are represented by the PhD Council. Also, it organizes formal and informal events for PhD's throughout the year.
The PhD programmes at Vrije Universiteit are an excellent stepping stone for careers both inside and outside of the academic world.
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