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Practical matters Tilburg Graduate Law School


Admission requirements for all types of PhD candidates are:

  • A completed Master program, which, in terms of level, is comparable with a Dutch Master program. Please note: your diploma may be subject to a diploma check by the Nuffic (Dutch organization for internationalization in education)
  • English language skills comparable to:
    Cambridge English: Proficiency
    Cambridge English: Advance (grade A & B only) 
    TOEFL minimum 100 points, internet based
    Academic IELTS: minimum of 7.0 overall and a minimum score of 6.5 on individual parts of the test


Employed PhDs

Once a year, Tilburg Graduate Law School offers a number of PhD research positions. See our website for more information on the procedure and FAQ list. Other PhD vacancies, usually related to research projects, are posted on the vacancy website of Tilburg University.

Non-employed PhDs

You approach a potential supervisor yourself by sending him/her an e-mail in which you introduce yourself and your topic. We advise you to attach a research proposal to your e-mail, so that the supervisor/researcher in question may learn the general outlines of the project that you have in mind. If you would like to receive a Tilburg Law School format for a proposal, please contact us. Add your curriculum vitae and a scan of your Master diploma and transcript as well. The intended supervisor and two other experts, in consultation with the Head of the Department, considers whether your application fits within the policy of Tilburg Law School.

Information on the field(s) of expertise of our researchers  

Departments/institutes of the Law School

Tilburg Law School does not currently charge its non-employed PhD researchers.


Once you have been accepted as a PhD candidate by your supervisors and you have a HR registration, the next step is the official registration at the Doctorate Board. For that purpose, the Graduate School offers the candidates the opportunity to register online through the Hora Finita system.  You will receive a link to the system. The Graduate School will assist you with this registration if necessary.


At least two supervisors, guide the candidate during the PhD trajectory. At least one of them should be employed by Tilburg University. Their task is to share their knowledge, to encourage and coach the PhD candidate. Supervisors and candidate maintain a close cooperation.   

Training and Supervision Plan

Every PhD candidate writes a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP). The TSP is a project plan and serves as a monitoring tool throughout the PhD project.


  • Employed and non-employed PhD candidates are invited for methodology courses at campus. The courses aim to provide tools for managing a PhD project and to improve various research skills.
  • Employed PhD candidates have office facilities at their disposal at Tilburg University. Non-employed PhD candidates are entitled to facilities such as an e-mail address, a library account and a TiU administration number.
  • Employed PhD candidates are invited to a yearly meeting with the PhD coordinator at the Graduate School. In this meeting, you discuss the progress of your research project and you can share your concerns.
  • PhD researchers of TLS are represented in the TLS PhD-Council. The council keeps track of developments affecting the position of PhD researchers and maintains contact with the Board of Tilburg Law School.

Hora Finita

Tilburg University uses “Hora Finita” as the online PhD system for all PhD candidates and their supervisors. All processes related to the PhD trajectory, from official admission to the trajectory by the doctorate board to the public PhD defense, are supported by this system.