Research Masters and PhD programs

At the Tilburg University Graduate Schools, the combination of education and research creates a perfect learning and working environment for ambitious students.

Research Masters and PhD programs

Tilburg University has created an excellent environment or ambitious academics in training through the combination of education and research within Graduate Schools. Tilburg University has a strong position in research development. The university is involved in different partnerships and joint ventures with other universities and research institutes all over the world. The continuous exchange of knowledge and ideas in these networks makes it possible to create excellent educational programs in research.

Research Master's programs

Tilburg University offers five Research Master's programs for ambitious students. The Research Master is a two-year Master's degree. It gives you a solid, thorough training in the art of thinking: clear reasoning, critical analysis, deciphering complex subjects, and techniques such as conveying your thoughts accurately.

As a Master's graduate you will be able to make a valuable contribution to the intellectual debate, both amongst colleagues and in wider social circles. In many cases a Research Master prepares you for a PhD program and an academic career. Usually, a Research Master shortens the PhD program by one year.

PhD Programs

After you have completed a (Research) Master, there are several ways to obtain a PhD degree at Tilburg University:

  1. PhD candidate (employed by Tilburg University)

    This category of PhD candidates are temporary employees of Tilburg University, usually for a period of three or four years. The Dutch term for this category is Promovendus.
  2. External PhD candidate

    PhD candidates in this category are not employed by Tilburg University. The link with Tilburg University is primarily through the supervisor.
  3. PhD candidate with grant

    This category consists of international PhD candidates who are not employed by Tilburg University, but have a grant which allows them to carry out their research.
  4. Dual PhD

    Dual PhD candidates are partially employed by Tilburg University and partially employed by another party (e.g. a company or government agency).

For more information about the Research Masters or the PhD programs of Tilburg University, you can contact the Graduate School of your research field.

Graduate Schools

The Research Masters and the PhD programs are under the responsibility of the Graduate Schools. To create an excellent quality within the Graduate School, education and research are closely linked. This results in a scientific environment in which (research) master students, PhD candidates and researchers can meet and stimulate each other.

For more information about the Research Masters or the PhD programs of Tilburg University, you can contact the Graduate School of your research field:

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