Universiteit Leiden

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Graduate School of Science

Computer Science

PhD candidates carry out a programme of independent research and additional (limited) course work, culminating in production of a PhD thesis in typically 4 years.

A detailed description of the research projects can be found on the website of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS).


Specific requirements of the PhD programme depend on the specialisation chosen and are determined in agreement with the supervisor of the thesis. The students actively participate in national and international meetings as a part of their training. The PhD thesis is written in English, the language commonly used in the research groups.

MSc degree

An MSc degree is required for admission to the PhD programme. If appropriate, the PhD project will be a continuation of an MSc research project. Every year, the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science has paid positions available for PhD candidates, that are filled on a merit basis.


A paid position includes limited assistance in undergraduate teaching. It may also be possible to enter the PhD programme with self-obtained grants. Grants must provide for costs of living and for a bench fee.

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