Why do a PhD at the UvA?
With over 30,000 students and 6,000 staff members (employed in teaching positions, research and related support functions) the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is one of Europe’s major universities.
The UvA is ranked among the world’s best universities for fundamental academic research in a broad range of disciplines, and is also highly successful in competing for external research funding at both national and international level. Along with the universities of Leiden and Utrecht, and other top European universities including Cambridge and Oxford, the UvA is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
The UvA offers doctoral candidates an appealing international research environment that allows them to optimally develop their research talent and provides excellent educational opportunities. The UvA is characterised by a discerning, creative and international environment, a welcoming atmosphere and a deep engagement with the city and society in which it is based.
The UvA (including the AMC, its medical centre) has approximately 2,000 doctoral candidates. Each year, approximately 400 doctorates are conferred, of which two thirds are in the fields of natural sciences and medicine. The UvA offers doctoral programmes in all disciplines.
Students who have obtained their Master’s degree are in principle eligible for a doctoral position. Full-time doctoral programmes last at least three or four years and consist mainly of independent research activities. Doctoral candidates may also be assigned teaching tasks. Research results are presented in the form of a doctoral thesis which must be defended before a doctoral committee in a public setting.