Studying a PhD or postdoctoral degree in Europe


Europe offers considerable opportunities for existing and young researchers from around the world to study a PhD, a post-doctorate degree and to work as a researcher.


Some points to keep in mind when applying for PhD and postdoctoral studies in Europe

You should have a Master’s or equivalent degree to apply. In some cases, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient.
Make sure you have a unique research proposal or know how your work can contribute to existing research in a field.
Generally, it takes a minimum of 4 years to complete a PhD in Europe, although there are 3- and 5-year programmes available, as well as part-time options.
Fees are typically low or non-existing and good grant possibilities are often offered by host countries, the European Union (EU) and other organisations. You may also be able to gain employment as a researcher during your doctoral studies.
The diversity of opportunities is matched by a system of qualification recognition and credit transfer, meaning that your degree will be internationally recognised and accepted by all countries with an ENIC-NARIC network.

After a PhD, you can pursue postdoctoral work. These positons are somewhat more difficult to obtain and in many cases the researcher will have to provide the funding for his or her research.

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