Pre-PhD students

The AMC Graduate School also recognizes pre-PhD students. These are students who have not yet obtained a Master's degree and are preparing a PhD. They are permitted to enroll in courses from the AMC PhD Course Program and submit a request for admission to the doctorate at the University of Amsterdam under certain conditions.

The following groups are eligible:

  • AMC Master students in Medicine or Medical Informatics, or
  • Biomedical Sciences (FNWI) or other UvA Master students, or
  • Master students from another university.

The pre-PhD student is already engaged in a research project supervised by an AMC Principle Investigator, which is intended to result in a PhD Thesis and a doctorate degree at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam (AMC/UvA).
(Please note: AMC master students just planning their research internship are not eligible.)

Registration procedure AMC
Prospective pre-PhD students must apply using the same registration form that is also used for PhD candidates. The printed form must be signed by an AMC full professor as a prospective PhD supervisor and by the prospective pre-PhD student.
The completed form must be sent to the AMC Graduate School (Marjanne Meinsma, E:, T: 020 566 4618, location J1A-112). Include a short letter of recommendation from an AMC PI, and a photocopy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate.
After receipt of the full application, the prospective pre-PhD student is interviewed. The AMC Graduate School has the final decision on registration.

Most courses offered by the AMC Graduate School are open to pre-PhD students. Pre-PhD students may enroll in courses in the AMC PhD Course Program that are provided by other schools or institutions, such as the OOA, ONWAR or Dutch Heart Foundation only after admission to the doctorate by the University of Amsterdam..

All other preconditions concerning the PhD course program (course regulations) apply to pre-PhD students as well.

Admission procedure UvA
Pre-PhD students do not fulfil the educational requirements for admission to the doctorate (i.e. Dutch Master certificate). Therefore, they have to submit an exemption request from this educational requirement if their Doctorate is foreseen before the Master. The UvA Doctorate Regulations provide in this situation by offering the possibility to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Doctorate Board that the individual is deemed capable of conducting independent scientific research (Article 8), through a so-called ‘learned discourse’. The request has to be accompanied by a letter of confirmation from the AMC Graduate School, stating that the candidate is registered with the AMC Graduate School. The request has to be submitted through the AMC Office of Doctoral Affairs.


AMC Graduate School
Tel: +31 (0)20 - 5663108