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PhD programs at Tilburg University

Are you passionate about science? Do you want to develop new knowledge and make a societal impact? We offer you the opportunity to learn from inspiring scientists in a dynamic, international and challenging environment. Doing a PhD in Tilburg may be the right thing for you! All PhD programs are offered in English.

110
PhD theses

in 2019

>700
PhD candidates

at Tilburg University

+/- 50%
are international

PhD candidates

Why choose Tilburg University? 

Tilburg University is a renowned public university in the Netherlands, founded in 1927. It wants to bring people from various research disciplines and organizations together. This enables the university to contribute to solving complex social issues. Understanding and subsequently enhancing our society is what researchers of Tilburg University aim to do. We offer six broad research topics on which you can obtain a PhD.

What excites you about your research?

How to obtain your PhD?

For admission to a PhD program you need to have a solid background in the theory and methods of your field, hold a recognized Master’s degree (or equivalent) and demonstrate a good knowledge of English.

Tilburg University offers several options to obtain a doctoral degree:

  • Obtaining a doctoral degree as an employee of Tilburg University. Visit the vacancies for available PhD positions at Tilburg University.
    The Tilburg School for Economics and Management expects all their PhD candidates to have a CentER Research Master, before starting in the three-year dissertation writing phase. Therefore, in principle, they do not admit anyone into the full time PhD program directly. More information about the PhD program
  • Obtaining a doctoral degree without being employed at Tilburg University:
    • On a scholarship; These scholarships can come from foreign governments, international organizations or Dutch funds for foreign PhD candidates.
    • As an employee of another employer; You are an employee at a university of applied sciences, a company, or a hospital and you employer provides you a compensation in time and/or money.
    • As an external PhD candidate; You work on your thesis in your own time and with your own money.

More information on fees, funding and scholarships 

What supervision and support do we offer?

You have to come up with your own research subject need to find a supervisor yourself. Once you have found a supervisor with the help of a Graduate School, the two of you will develop and agree on a research proposal and a training and supervision plan.

What support do we offer?

Practical Matters

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Recent PhD Theses

  • PhD Programs - PhD Candidate - Tina Sahakian

    Tina Sahakian

    PhD Candidate Department of Human Resource Studies 

    'I love research; I enjoy asking and answering questions about the world around me, and I thoroughly believe that research is key to better understanding and solving problems we face in today’s society. '

What career perspectives do PhDs have?

Many PhD alumni pursue a career in academia. It is a very natural step to take with their gained knowledge and skills. 

But there are also a variety of job roles and career routes outside academia which demand the skills and expertise of a researcher. For instance in the healthcare sector, at consultancy firms, banks and governmental organizations.

To prepare our PhD graduates as well as possible for their future careers, Tilburg University offers them training opportunities to improve their career chances in and outside academia.