Becoming a PhD Candidate

General information on AMC PhD tracks. What is a PhD at the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC? How to apply for a PhD position?

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.

Doctorate degree

The word “doctorate” comes from the Latin word doctor, abbreviated as Dr., meaning teacher. The term originated in Medieval Europe as a license to teach at a university. In the English-speaking world, a research doctorate is usually referred to as a PhD, an abbreviation for the Latin Philosophiæ Doctor, meaning teacher of philosophy. A doctorate and a PhD are equivalent terms, and refer to the same type of degree. According to Dutch law, doctorate is the official term in the Netherlands. However, like most graduate schools, we use these terms interchangeably.

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 Amsterdam UMC. The doctorate is generally a prerequisite for an academic career in teaching or research, although not everyone who receives a doctorate becomes a university lecturer or researcher. Many go on to work for non-academic research institutes or in the private sector.

Most universities also award honorary doctorates to individuals in recognition of their scholarly work or other contributions to the university or to society.

The Dutch Young Academy has published a guide for foreign researchers who would like to work in the Netherlands:

How to apply for a PhD position at the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC

There is no central application procedure at the Amsterdam UMC, Univrsity 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. It is up to the individual professor whether or not to accept a request to be a PhD supervisor. This is essentially a personal decision over which the AMC Graduate School has no influence.

Most of the PhD candidates at Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, are paid employees, although a small proportion of such students perform their research as extranei who receive no salary. In all cases, however, an AMC professor has to agree to act as PhD supervisor.

More information about the rules and regulations for PhD candidates at the UvA can be found in the Doctorate Regulations.

For information about current vacancies for PhD candidates, go to AMC job vacanciesUvA job vacancies, and Academic transfer.

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