Taking a PhD

After your Master's you can choose to get more deeply involved in research. Over a period of four years you develop the capability to carry out independent research, which means you are at the beginning of a scientific career. As a doctoral candidate you are employed by the university and you perform an important function for it: you contribute to the reputation and the continuity of the research. 

Under the supervision of a professor, you work on a topic that fascinates you and into which you carry out further research. That means you need plenty of curiosity and motivation to increase the depth of your research topic. Independence, good communication skills and the ability to work in a team are important qualities that you need to develop. 

You will write scientific presentations, and give presentations at congresses and seminars to scientists in your own field. You will also carry out some teaching tasks. By taking a PhD you show that you are capable of carrying out independent research, and of writing and defending your PhD thesis. After that your are entitled to use the title of doctor, or in English PhD. 

After gaining your doctorate you can continue your research at the university. However many companies are also keen to employ PhDs, because you have proved your ability to work at a very high scientific level. You possess specific knowledge which can be of great value for a company or research institute.

Investing in personal growth

Your PhD work is a period of scientific growth. However, Eindhoven University of Technology also finds it important to invest in your personal growth, for example by the development of your social and communication skills. A doctorate at TU/e forms a sound base from which you can further broaden your scientific knowledge and (international) experience.

Through the PROOF program (PROviding Opportunities For PhD students), TU/e offers you a range of opportunities for personal development. The program consists of various training courses that form a good complement to your scientific knowledge. The basis for your personal development is your Personal Development Plan, which you draw up together with your supervisor. Based on the agreements made in this plan, you choose the training courses that best match your own personal development.

Working at TU/e

If you would like to do a PhD, you have to apply for a PhD position. If you are accepted, you will be employed by the university. You will have a formal contract of employment for four years to carry out your doctoral research work. This means you will also be paid a salary by TU/e.

To be admitted to a PhD position, you need to have a university diploma (Master of Science or ‘ingenieur') or have gained an equivalent degree, for example from a university in another country. 

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