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Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Prerequisites for becoming a PhD candidate

If you intend to pursue a doctorate at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, you need to arrange a position, find a supervisor and meet the entry- and language requirements.

How to arrange a position

If you intend to pursue a doctorate at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, you can:

The formal decision on admission is made by the Dean of the Graduate School.

How to find a supervisor

Every professor and associate professor has the right to act as a PhD supervisor (promotor). The institute’s assistant professors may co-supervise a PhD project. In many ways, the supervisor is the most important person in your doctoral project. By the time you have planned to do a PhD at Leiden University, you may have already decided which professor or associate professor you would like to have as your supervisor.

How to meet the entry requirements

A good preparation for a PhD programme is graduating in one of our research master's programmes. These programmes provide you with a rigorous training in the methodological and practical skills necessary to carry out scientific research in the social and behavioural sciences. You can find more information about our research master's programmes on the following websites:

How to meet the English language requirement

You are advised to demonstrate your proficiency in English, preferably by means of an IELTS test or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English. Only Academic modules are accepted. The certificates need to be recent: not older than 2 years. Minimum score: IELTS at least 7.5; TOEFL paper based at least 590; TOEFL internet based at least 96.

N.B. This requirement does not apply if you have completed your Master's degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

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