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What will I learn?

In the four year PhD degree programme, students conduct their own research while the Graduate School provides a balanced mix of expert supervision, tailor made postgraduate training and the freedom to pursue your own ideas within a relevant research theme. The results are written down in a PhD thesis (or dissertation). After a successful defence, you will be awarded with an internationally highly esteemed PhD degree.

The PhD degree programme has a duration of 4 years, which is 240 European Credits (EC, whereby one EC is equivalent to 28 hours of research or tuition). Of the 4 years, 3 and a half years (210 EC) are earmarked for research under supervision and a half year (a minimum of 25 EC and a maximum of 30 EC) is intended for tuition.

Career prospects

The career prospects for alumni of the Graduate School of Philosophy are very good.

Many of the Groningen graduates move on to research or teaching jobs – within institutions for vocational training or high school, but most often they work at a university (in the Netherlands or elsewhere).

Other graduates find employment in the media, in education, or in various public and private enterprises such as newspapers, publishing houses, trade unions, and local and national government bodies.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Philosophy

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

Expected August, September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Research Master degree or equivalent. Applicants with other research master degrees will be considered if sufficiently related to the research programme; Fluent in English (written and spoken).

For international students

Admission for PhD candidates is highly selective and based on academic merit. To be considered for the PhD degree programme, you need to have obtained an internationally recognized high-quality Master’s degree in a related field.

Other requirements include a solid PhD proposal and proficiency in English. Your application will be considered by the Admissions Board, which decides which students are eligible for the programme.

Sufficient knowledge of English: a TOEFL score of at least 580-600 (paper), 237- 250 (computer) or 92-100 (internet), or a minimum score of 6.5 to 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System; overall; 6.5. for each section). Native speakers of English, and Dutch applicants with a VWO certificate, are exempt from this requirement.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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