General and practical information

General information

As from 1 February 2018 the new Doctorate Regulations Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have come into effect.
In the near future we will bring the PhD Portal into line with these regulations, including all needed and useful documents.

Questions about the PhD regulations and other related matters can be sent to the office of the dean VU University Medical Center: promoties-decanalezaken@vumc.nl.

VU University medical center holds 150 or more PhD conferral ceremonies each year. This large number of conferrals makes it very important to have an even distribution over the year. As most ceremonies are planned in the final weeks before summer recess and during the last months of the year, the wait may be longer in these periods. Also bear in mind that Friday is the most popular day. Owing to the large number of ceremonies, there can be a wait of one to four months. As soon as you have received the reading committee's approval you can discuss your ceremony with the Doctorate Board. You can then apply for a reservation at the Beadle's Office at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The Beadle's Office currently allows candidates to submit two date options. This procedure maximizes the chance that you will get the date and time of your choice. If the time of your choice is not available and you have to move the ceremony to another day, month or even to the next year (if you requested a date in December), this can also have financial consequences. 

Please note that before you can arrange a date and time for your PhD ceremony, Form II has to be submitted to the Beadle's Office by the VU University medical center Dean's Office. This form will be submitted as soon as the Dean's Office has received notification of the reading committee's approval from the supervisor.

PhD competence model
VU University medical center PhD candidates should be equipped to pursue a career inside or outside academia after their PhD track. Excellence in the doctorate level training of PhD candidates as highly qualified future professionals in an international environment is essential. VU University medical center aims at creating an infrastructure to promote and support this excellence. PhD candidates are challenged to model their own learning processes. Offering a self-assessment tool for PhD competences is one way to encourage PhD candidates to self-reflect on their capacities and further develop themselves. More information on this tool, the PhD competence model, you can find here.

Information for PhD's at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
If you have any questions about doing a PhD at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam this website or contact the office of the Beadle:

Beadle's office
De Boelelaan 1105 room 2D-09 
1081 HV Amsterdam 
T: 020-5985309   
E: pedel@vu.nl