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

LAP Career Event - June 1st 2017

What is your career plan?
Step 1:     Getting your PhD! 
Step 2:     ....Academia? Industry? Consultancy? A biotech start-up?
If you are not sure about step 2 then come and find out your options and how to choose between them at the LAP Career Event on Thursday June 1st at Campus Den Haag. Starts at 13.30 with plenary lecture followed by workshops, ends with dinner. Registration and programme via Boerhaave nascholing.

Van CRF naar Database & Van Database naar Dataset

Onderzoekers en datamanagers die met database vragen zitten, zijn op 16 mei a.s. van harte welkom bij de cursussen 'Van CRF tot database' (’s ochtends) en 'Van Database tot Dataset' (’s middags). Ga voor meer informatie en aanmelden naar: bedrijfsopleidingen/VanCRFnaarDatabase en/of bedrijfsopleidingen/VanDatabasenaarDataset

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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