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 and registration 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.

Lectures and courses

Boerhaave Lecture by Stephen J. Tapscott M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Department Neurology, University of Washington, Seattle, and Division of Human Biology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Title:The circuitry of a Master Switch: MyoD and the mechanism of cell specification

Tuesday 21 February, 2017, 4pm – 5 pm, Lecture Hall 6 - Burumazaal, Building 3, LUMC

LERU Doctoral Summer School, 9-14 July 2017, University of Zurich

"Citizen science - science and public participation in the digital age"

The summer school is for intermediate to advanced doctoral candidates from LERU universities. Participants should be interested in developments in science in general and in science with and for society questions in particular, and be willing to actively work on a project which deals with new ways to interact with non-academic citizens. Leiden University may nominate two PhD students for participation. If you are interested to participate, please contact the Graduate School Office.

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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