Admission Requirements

Eligibility criteria

Applicants who wish to participate in the part-time PhD programme should possess:

  • An MSc or an equivalent degree obtained from an institution of recognised standing
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English (certified by an official English language test IELTS or TOEFL, or a degree from an English-taught programme)
  • A commitment to devote at least 15 hours a week for research and course work

How to apply?

To apply for participation in the Part-Time PhD Programme please submit the following documents before December 1, 2017:

  • A description of your research topic, including problem statement and a potential research methodology (maximum 2000 words)
  • A CV with complete contact details
  • Copies of academic transcripts and diplomas (certified): an MSc degree or equivalent is required
  • A copy of a valid passport (or a copy of a residence permit allowing to stay in the European Union) - Since this is a part-time module-based programme, we are not able to organise a Dutch residence permit for foreign participants. 

Application deadline


The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Candidates who still wish to apply after the deadline are advised to contact Niki Konijn (n.m.konijn@vu.nl) as soon as possible to discuss the possibilities.