The doctorate is the highest academic degree awarded in the Netherlands. It is proof that the PhD candidate is capable of conducting independent research of a very high standard, under the supervision of at least one full professor, culminating in the successful defense of the doctoral thesis. It takes about three to four years of full-time research and study to complete a PhD project at the AMC. The Graduate School provides PhD candidates with information about registration and course information.
Becoming a PhD Candidate
There is no central application procedure at the University of Amsterdam for those wishing to pursue a doctorate. Instead, potential candidates look for advertised vacancies or contact professors personally to ask if they are willing to act as a PhD supervisor.
Registration as a PhD candidate
The AMC Graduate School organizes the doctorate level training of all AMC PhD candidates. They must register with the AMC Graduate School at the start of their PhD track.
The PhD Courses are international, demand-driven, elective, modular, and tailored to AMC PhD research. The courses are small-scale, interactive, and ‘just-in-time’. They are offered as blended learning: e-learning when possible, and/or face-to-face when needed.
Registration as an AMC PhD candidate provides access to the course program and to all other activities of the AMC Graduate School and PhD candidate association APROVE.
Step-by-step approach for PhD candidates who wish to obtain a doctorate in the Faculty of Medicine and information about compensation for PhD graduates.
Because PhD candidates in the doctorate phase are expected to work as autonomously as possible, supervision is crucial. The role of the PhD supervisor in doctorate level training has changed over time; the relationship between PhD supervisor and PhD candidate has shifted from master-apprentice to tutor-trainee.