PhD defence ceremonies

These website pages are intended to familiarise PhD candidates with everything they need to know about defending their PhD thesis at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

You will find information about the admission requirements, the PhD defence procedure, the thesis, preparations for the defence ceremony and the day of the PhD defence. If you have any questions you can contact the Beadle’s Office.

Please note: Because of Covid-19, defences take place in an adapted form. However, preference is given to an online defence. Doing a defence on campus and Erasmus MC is allowed, but only under the following conditions:

Starting Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Physical presence of:

  • Candidate
  • 2 paranymphs
  • Maximum of 20 guests
  • Beadle
  • Chair committee
  • Max 4 committee members
  • Necessary supporting staff

Other committee members and audience online

Keep distance and wear mouth garths. Minimalize movement. No reception possible.

Are you not a PhD candidate yet, but considering to pursue a PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam? Read more about our vacancies and facilities for PhD students.


Contact Beadle's Office

Email address
0031 10 408 1006
Room A1-05 (near the Senaatszaal)
Erasmus Building

Visiting address: Woudestein - room A1-05 (near the Senaatszaal)

Route and directions

Visiting times: Monday through Friday between 9.30 hrs and 13.00 hrs (or by appointment)

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