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PhD Programme of Wageningen University, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #59 (WUR) ,
The university is known for its innovative and ground-breaking research. It offers excellent facilities for starting your scientific career. When it comes to research and providing education, Wageningen enjoys an outstanding international reputation. The university is currently listed in the top six of most important citation indexes in its research domains.


  • The university’s PhD programme has got a strong international character. Our PhD candidates come from all over the world. Over a hundred nationalities are represented amongst our PhD graduates and currently more than 60 percent of the PhD staff obtained their Masters at a university outside of the Netherlands. All communication related to the PhD programme is conducted in English.
  • The four-year PhD programme largely consists of conducting research (under supervision) and writing a thesis (dissertation). Furthermore, up to 15 percent of the time is used for training and education activities which include participation in courses, competence and skills training, seminars, conferences and working visits.  
  • The PhD programme aims to increase on your capability, to formulate and execute high quality research, and to use that to create high impact scientific publications. It gives you an excellent start in becoming a internationally recognised top scientist and offers competence for other jobs as well.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you wish to qualify for OKP the deadline is 15 January 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You will learn to:

Function as an independent practitioner of science, as shown by:
  • Formulating scientific questions, whether based on social issues or scientific progress
  • Conducting original scientific research
Publishing articles in leading journals, publishing books with leading publishers or making a technical designIntegrate your research in, or place it within the framework of the corresponding scientific discipline and against the background of a broader scientific area.Place the research aims and research results in a societal context.Postulate concisely worded propositions in scientific and societal areas, formulated in such a way that they are subject to opposition and defense.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Accordingly you submit an application to that graduate school which includes:

  • Cover letter describing your motivation to apply.
  • Preliminary research proposal (approximately two pages)
  • References from at least two supervisors or professors. The references must contain information regarding your performance during the Master programme and should contain a reflection on your capacity to finish a PhD in the area of application.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including information on education, research experience and, if applicable, list of publications. 
  •  Photocopy of diplomas of higher education 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1000 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 EUR per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1000 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1000 EUR per module and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • € 1000 per month

Living costs for Wageningen

  • 700 - 800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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