Degrees and Titles

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers study programmes on a bachelor, master and PhD level.

Bachelor degree (BA/BSc)

The bachelor’s degree is a three years programme ending with a bachelor’s diploma and title of Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc). A bachelor’s degree gives automatic admission to a relevant (pre-working experience) master’s programme in the same field, same faculty and same university.

Master degree (MA/MSc)

The master’s degree is mostly a one-year programme after which a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc) degree is obtained.

Although Medicine has recently adopted the bachelor-master-structure, the programme still adheres to the former curriculum. After obtaining the bachelor’s degree, students proceed to the three-year master programme. The last two years of the master’s programme consist of an internship at the end of which the final degree in medicine (MD) is awarded. Thereafter, medical specialisation takes an additional 3 or 4 years (general practitioner or specialist). Only a few excellent students are selected for the specialist programmes because there is a limited number of places available. Admission to specialist trainings is not handled by the university.

Doctorate degree (PhD)

The highest title conferred by a Dutch university is Doctor (dr.). Anyone who has obtained an MA/MSc degree is in principle eligible to proceed to a doctorate (PhD). The doctorate candidate undertakes academic research and publishes the results in a dissertation which must then be defended at a public ceremony. For a doctorate one needs to find oneself a supervising professor (promotor). Please note that “doctoraal” (graduate certificate/Master) is not to be confused with “doctoraat” (PhD). For more information see: