Application and Enrolment

admission requirements for international students


In order to be admitted to a doctoral programme, an applicant or a person who registered must meet the following requirements regarding:

  • Master of Science degree
  • English-language test (non-Dutch candidates)
  • Sufficient funds

Master's degree

Doctoral candidates may only be admitted if their Master's degree and further academic record are approved after evaluation.

English language test

Doctoral candidates with a non-Dutch qualification may only be admitted if they have sufficient command of the English language. Official documents with test results are required for candidates who did not complete their secondary and tertiary education in the English language. The UT accepts the following English-language tests:

  • An academic IELTS-test (International English Language Testing System) showing a total band score of 6.5
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) via the internet (TOEFL-iBT) of at least 90
  • Cambridge CAE-C (CPE)


Sufficient funds must be guaranteed for the full doctoral programme, to be assessed by the faculty dean. These funds include salary and employer's contributions (in the case of employed doctoral candidates), grants/sponsorship (in case of contract doctoral candidates, in accordance with the applicable requirements set by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), if necessary), research-related expenses and the education budget.

Tuition fees

Contract and external doctoral candidates are obliged to pay tuition fees.


The decision to admit an applicant or registered person to a doctoral programme is made by the thesis supervisor (this should be a full professor), after the approval of the faculty dean.

The UT identifies several categories of PhD candidates. More detailed information can be found under 'rules and regulations' in the PhD charter, article 2.