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PhD Graduate School of Archaeology

Admission to the Graduate School

Requirements for admission to the Graduate School and steps described below in short are described in detail in the Leiden University PhD Regulations.


Those persons are eligible for admission to the Graduate School of Archaeology who have been awarded a Master’s degree and are proficient in English. In exceptional cases, the Dean may, having received a written request to this effect and on behalf of the Doctorate Board, grant exemption from the entry requirements.

For more details see the Leiden University PhD Regulations.

Finding a main supervisor

Finding the right main supervisor is a key element and the first step in the process of obtaining a doctorate. The supervisor has to confirm that she/he is willing to accept you as a PhD candidate (promovendus) before any further steps can be taken. Contact a professor or senior staff member with ius promovendi directly: contact information can be found searching by name or by department:

Ius promovendi

In the Netherlands, the role of PhD supervisor could traditionally only be fulfilled by professors. Since 2018, however, associate professors can also have ius promovendi. The names of those concerned at Leiden University are given in this register.

PhD supervision team

A PhD supervision team consist of at least two supervisors. Both must hold a doctorate, and at least one must have ius promovendi. Supervision can involve scholars from different institutes, faculties, and, exceptionally, universities. The supervisor has to confirm that he/she is willing to accept you as a PhD candidate before any further steps can be taken.

Registration at Leiden University

  1. Registration at Leiden University by the department Human Resource (Personnel Shared Service Centre = PSSC). Your promotor will start this procedure. When this procedure is in progress you will receive an email with a request for a Leiden University account and an email with request to provide personal information. When this procedure is finalized you will receive the activation for your Leiden University ULCN account.
  2. Registration at the Graduate School of Archaeology. This needs to be started no later than 1 month before the start of your PhD track.

    This process consists of two steps.

Once your supervisor has confirmed that he is willing to supervise your PhD research, she/he will send you an email with login credentials to our Graduate School Management system LUCRIS/GSM to register yourself at the Graduate School. For more information, see the LUCRIS/GSM Applicants manual.

It is recommended to set up a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) in cooperation with your supervisor.  A TSP is compulsory for internal PhD’s, and highly recommended for External PhD researchers. Upload your TSP in LUCRIS GSM with your Leiden University  (ULCN) account no later than 2 months after the start of your PhD track.

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