Pursue a career in research

PhD programmes at EUR

From award winning scientists to PhD students, everyone at Erasmus University Rotterdam is engaged in creating new knowledge. Pursue your career in research by starting a PhD track in our multidisciplinary, international setting with social relevance in mind. Where disciplines meet, knowledge is advanced.

From master to PhD researcher

Each year more than 300 academics complete their PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam. All faculties have their own doctorate programme, which normally amounts to a four-year track during which you perform research on a particular subject under the supervision of a professor.

Completing a PhD programme is a requirement to become a university professor, researcher, or scientist in many fields. In the course of your PhD you will follow courses and workshops, and attend conferences, all geared towards enhancing your research and networking skills.

PhD programmes and research areas

Erasmus University Rotterdam has concentrated its education and research in four research areas, in which the university enjoys international recognition: Health, Wealth, Governance and Culture. Our PhD programmes in these four areas are conducted at research schools and institutes, or in faculty research groups.

Graduate schools, research schools & institutes

PhD programmes and specific research topics

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Siri Driessen about her research on war memorial sites