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What will I learn?

The prime objective of the PhD programme within the Graduate School of Spatial Sciences is to provide PhD researchers with a solid basis for independent research. The programme emphasizes the knowledge and skills that researchers need to write a dissertation, which is the ultimate proof of an individual’s proficiency in empirical research. To obtain this objective, an educational program is developed, consisting of various modules, which help the PhD researchers to develop a number of academic skills. Some are related to the field of theory, some to methodology and analytical skills, others to personal and research competences. Moreover, the modules focus on developing skills for the PhD researcher's subsequent career.

The PhD programme also contains an educational part. PhDs are expected to, besides writing the dissertation, also develop a number of academic skills by following a diversity of courses: some are related to the field of theory, some to methodology and analytical skills, others to personal and research competences.

Courses are rewarded by assigning ECTs to the course. ECTs are important for the PhD educational program as every PhD has to obtain a certain amount of ECTs. The curriculum is based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 1 ECTS = 28 hours (contact time plus working hours).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 - 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

Either way prospective PhD candidates must have above average grades for MSc or MPhil and typically above 7.0.

IELTS test requirements are: a minimum score of 7.0 overall, 6.5 on parts.

TOEFL test are: an overall score should be 94-95 in case of TOEFL Internet-based score, and 587 TOEFL paper-based score. A minimum score of 79-80 or 550 is required on the parts.

Native speakers of the English language, as well as Dutch candidates with a VWO certificate are exempt from this requirement.

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


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