The part-time PhD programme

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The part-time PhD programme at Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil) allows professionals with a part-time or full-time career to study for a doctoral degree in philosophy. 

General information

  • Degree: PhD from Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil), Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Format: part-time
  • Duration: 4-6 years
  • Start: Rolling admissions, with programme meetings in autumn and spring

What we offer

  • Supervision by a promotor and co-promotor on the basis of a training and supervision plan;
  • Mutual learning via programme meetings to share experiences and interact;
  • Participation in ESPhil seminars and lectures;
  • Enrolment in research schools (OZSW, EGSH);
  • Access to research facilities (e.g. EUR library and electronic journals);
  • Special skills training and, if applicable, participation in Master courses;
  • Support in writing academic papers and presenting at academic meetings and conferences;
  • Support in publishing your thesis;
  • Formal public defence ceremony after finishing the thesis.

More information can be obtained via Ms. Marloes Westerveld (, please mention ‘Part-time PhD programme’ in the subject.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in participating in this programme, please explore the research themes at Erasmus School of Philosophy, and the admission requirements. The part-time PhD programme office can be reached by Email: ;, adresses to Ms. Marloes Westerveld, with “PT-PhD programme” in the subject. 

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