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Environment and Climate Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #59 (WUR) ,
The Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK) is one of the six Graduate Schools at Wageningen University. WIMEK was founded in 1993 to coordinate the research activities and PhD education of the Wageningen University chair groups involved in this research field.


  • We aim to support PhD candidates in their personal and scientific development by offering them a challenging scientific research environment, a national and international scientific network of environmental researchers and an advanced training and education programme.
  • To reach these goals WIMEK has also strongly supported the development of an inter-university network of environmental research groups at national level. This has resulted in the establishment of the Dutch Research School of the Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE) in 1994.
  • Now, environmental research groups from ten Dutch universities and UNESCO-IHE collaborate in SENSE and WIMEK is by far the largest participating institute.

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

  • Almost all PhD candidates at Wageningen University are required to take courses. Through these courses you will expand your in-depth knowledge of specific research issues, improve your general skills and broaden your scientific scope.

Wageningen University offers three types of courses: 

  • Specialised courses organised by the graduate schools of Wageningen University
  • General PhD skills courses organised by Wageningen Graduate Schools 
  • Courses organised by other parts of the university. 

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), containing:
  •  problem definition
  •  research questions
  •  proposed methodology linked to the research questions
  •  up-to-date literature references
  • References from at least two supervisors or professors.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including information on education, research experience and, if applicable, list of publications.
  • Scans of passport and Diploma’s

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    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 € /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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