Graduate School

PhD degree

The Graduate School of Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) offers medical and biomedical PhD students a highly reputed research environment, excellent infrastructure and supervision, and in-depth scientific and transferable skill courses jointly developed by Leiden University and LUMC. The Graduate School Office facilitates PhD admission, Supervision, and Course administrations for PhD students by means of the research management system Converis.

PhD degree

PhD student working with flow cabinetA PhD degree is an advanced research degree (Doctorate) awarded by Leiden University on the basis of a thesis and an oral examination. Your thesis must be a significant and substantial piece of research. You will conduct your research in one of the following Medical Research Profiles of LUMC:

A PhD degree normally takes four years of research and thesis preparation. You will be required to officially defend your thesis before a committee consisting of (co)thesis advisor, thesis commitee, and other experts in the field.

Leiden University PhD regulations 2018

Lectures and courses

  • LERU Doctoral Summer School, 9-13 July 2018, Leuven

The Global Society - The Importance of Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Tackle Societal Challenges. The theme of this doctoral summer school is the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle major challenges in today’s global society. PhD students in, or close to, their final year are encouraged to apply. Costs are 500 euros.The LUMC graduate school will select candidates and provide a shortlist to the university. If you are interested in the topic and feel that you can make a contribution to the discussion, we invite you to send a motivation letter to the graduate school.


  • Apply to join the Eurolife Summer School 2018 – Molecular Mechanisms in Cancer

From 9-13 July, LUMC will host the Eurolife Summer School 2018: ‘Molecular Mechanisms in Cancer – Translating Discoveries into Personalised Therapies’. Advanced PhD-students are the main target group. LUMC will select 3 participants for whom the fee will be covered by the Eurolife network. Apply by 20 March 2018.

  • Masterclass for design and analysis of clinical research. 
12 participants will study epidemiology and statistics together, present their projects, and provide feedback to their colleagues. Prof. O. Dekkers and Prof. H. Putter will lead the meetings. If you are interested to participate, please contact the LUMC Association for PhD Candidates at LAP@lumc.nl.

  • Available – Register now - UL courses for PhD students in 2018.  Communication in Science, Competences and Motives, Effective communication for PhD’s, Job Interview skills, Time-management, Academic writing, Networking, Presentation skills, Project Management



How to enroll as a PhD student at LUMC

Qualifications: you must have a University Master's degree (MD or MSc) or equivalent. To enroll you must first find funding and a thesis advisor or secure a vacant PhD position in one of the above research profiles.

Tips and practical information: Free download! E-book: Top PhD Advice from Start to Defense and Beyond, Focus on The Netherlands with Universal Tips & Tricks.

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