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.

Leiden University PhD regulations 2017

Lectures and courses

Free spots available for: 

Communication in Science for PhDs

https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/courses/hrm-opleidingen/communication-in-science-for-phds?cf=science

5, 7, 12, 14, 21, 28 September, 5 and 12 October from 9.30–13.00 h

Venue:  LUMC Education Building


Effective Communication for PhDs

https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/courses/hrm-opleidingen/effective-communication?cf=science

8 September from 9.00 – 17.00 h or 10 October from 9.00 – 17.00 h. Venue: Academic Building, Faculty Club


Intercultural communication

https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/courses/hrm-opleidingen/intercultural-communication-sept?cf=science1

19 September from 9.30 – 17.00 h. Venue: Academic Building, Faculty club


Competences and Motives

https://www.staff.universiteitleiden.nl/courses/hrm-opleidingen/competences-and-motivation-for-phd’s-sept?cf=service-units

28 September and 12 October from 9.00 – 17.00 h. Venue: Academic Building, Faculty club.

You can register via the online registration form on the webpage of the course.

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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