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Master’s and PhD programmes

So, you might be thinking of doing a PhD after your Master’s. We have included a few tips below to find out whether a PhD is right for you. You can get the process started on your own.

If you would like to consult an adviser about your options after reading this page, contact the UvA Student Careers Centre.

Getting started

To find out whether you are PhD proof, you can do the following.

  • Talk to people in your study environment

    More and more PhD positions have a Research Master’s as an admission requirement. That's why you should consider the differences between a one-year and a two-year (Research) Master’s and talk to people in your study environment, such as your study adviser, your lecturers, supervisor or PhD candidates.

    Explain that you are exploring the possibilities of doing a PhD and ask for their advice and for any tips. Try to find out where PhD candidates in your field end up on the job market.

    This could also be the beginning of your professional network as a budding academic.

  • Get familiar with the researchers

    What researcher would you like to be working with and at what research institution? Who teaches the (Research) Master’s programmes and what kind of research do they do? You should also try and find potential supervisors.

  • Funding

    Doctoral positions are funded in various ways in the Netherlands. You can either pursue a doctorate with an employment contract or without an employment contract. In the latter case, you will not receive a salary from the university, but you will have to find an employer to pay you or obtain a scholarship from the university.


    Follow developments in scientific research in the Netherlands, research funding, funds, etc. to make sure you are properly informed about the types of doctoral positions and types of funding available.

Vacancies for doctoral positions