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PhD Admission

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PhD Admission

The main requirement for admission to any PhD program is having the right master diploma. International students must have a master diploma that is considered equivalent to a master diploma from the Netherlands. Most institutions will have additional admission requirements such as a minimum score on a mandatory English language test.

Master Diploma Equivalence table

The Following diplomas are roughly equivalent to master diplomas awarded by research universities in the Netherlands. A master diploma in a relevant field generally gives access to most PhD programs. Please note that universities will have additional admission requirements on top of the diploma requirements. Most institutions will require a research proposal. You are advised to contact the university for more information about PhD admission requirements.

The Diploma Equivalence Table below should give you a general idea about the translation of your master diploma to Dutch standards. 

International Master Diplomas Equivalence table

Country   International Master Diplomas
Austria Diplom/Magister/Master
Belgium Master
Brazil Mestre
Bulgaria Diploma za vissche obrazovanie/Magistr
Canada Master
China Master
Denmark Candidatus (MA/MSc)
Estonia Magistrikraad
Finland Lisensiaatti/Licentiat
France Diplome de Grandes Ecole/Master
Germany Magister
Greece Metaptychiako
Hungary Egyetem/Master
Iceland Candidatus/Meistaraprof
India Master
Indonesia Magister/Sarjana II
Ireland Master
Israel Master
Italy Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale
Korea Master
Latvia Magistra Diploms
Liechtenstein Master
Lithuania Magistro Diplomas
Luxemburg Master/Maîtrise
Malta Master
Mexico Maestro
New Zealand Master
Norway Candidata Scientiarum/Master
Poland Dyplom Magister/Inzynier
Portugal Mestre
Romania Master
Russia Magister / Kandidat Nauk
Slovakia Magister/Inzinier
Slovenia Magisterij/ Specializacija
Spain Titulo de Licenciado
Sweden Masterexamen
Switzerland Lizentiat/Diplom
Scotland Master
Taiwan Master
Thailand Master
Turkey Yuksek Lisans Diplomasi
UK Master
USA Master
Vietnam Bang Thac si

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