Types of PhD Programs

Five different types of PhD training programs offered by the GSMS

Generally speaking, the GSMS offers five different types of PhD training programs. A non-exhaustive list of positions is published here. See also the FAQ section for more information about PhD and double degree PhD programs.

1. Regular 4-Year PhD

Individual researchers or research groups may offer regular 4-year PhD positions. Information on positions currently available can be found on the UMCG website

2. Research Master to PhD

The most talented students who have completed one of the Research Master programs at the GSMS have the opportunity to apply for a fully funded 3-year PhD education and training program. In the final stages of your master you will write and defend your own PhD project proposal. The most excellent projects are awarded funding.

3. PhD Sandwich Scholarships

Offered as part of the  Abel Tasman Talent Program we offer Sandwich PhD Scholarships in collaboration with Strategic Partners. Students usually pursue the first two years of their PhD training at their home university, followed by two years spent at the University of Groningen/University Medical Center Groningen where their thesis is completed. You will be supervised by at least two PhD supervisors, one at each institution. The UMCG PhD supervisor must follow the instructions available here to apply to ATTP Sandwich PhD funding.

For more information: contact Joyce Fongers

4. Externally Funded PhD

Many of our international PhD students come with funding from their own government, or have other sources of external funding. This gives you some liberty to design your project in communication with your PhD supervisor. The Graduate School will support your application to external funding if one of our Principal Investigators has agreed to supervise you.

PIs (supervisors) may request a Letter of Acceptance from the Graduate School for prospective PhD external funding applications by filling out this request form. More information on tuition/bench fees can be found here.

5. MD/PhD Program

The MD/PhD program offers students the opportunity to combine their Master phase with PhD training and to then obtain a (D.)M.D. and Ph.D. degree upon completion. In this program students spend an additional two years (financed) on scientific research alongside their regular medical or dental education.

Additional information:
Ms J.M. (Joke) van der Mark - van der Wouden, PhD
tel.: +31 (0)50-3638263
e-mail: j.m.van.der.mark@umcg.nl

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