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PhD admissions

To be granted permission to study for a PhD at Leiden University you must meet specific requirements. If you do not meet all the requirements, you may be able to request an exemption. All the necessary information on this is set out below.

You may do a PhD at Leiden University if you have a master’s degree from a Dutch university or an equivalent master’s degree from another institution, or if you have a doctoraal from a Dutch university. You must also have written a master’s thesis or prepared an artistic work that meets the requirements. During the admission process the Graduate School checks whether you meet the requirements.

Exemption from the requirements

If you do not meet the requirements of the Graduate School, the dean in question may, in exceptional cases, request an exemption on behalf of the Doctorate Board. The dean must send a written request for exemption from this requirement. You have to submit your request to the Graduate School Office for your discipline. Use form 1: request for exemption for this.

Together with the form send:

  • Certified copies of relevant degrees or certificates
  • An overview of the courses that you have followed
  • A copy of your passport ID page
  • A statement from the requested supervisor that he or she is willing to act as such

If the dean cannot grant an exemption on the basis of your degrees or degree certificates, there is still the possibility to demonstrate to him or her that you are able to conduct independent scientific research. You will receive the dean’s decision on whether to grant the exemption in writing.

Foreign diplomas

If you have earned a university degree abroad and this has been verified, the dean from the Graduate School will decide whether to admit you to the PhD programme.

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