Doctor of Science programme

Please carefully read step 1 to 7 of the application procedure before submitting your application.

Before applying please note that:

The Doctor of Science programme is not accredited by the Netherlands-Flemmish Accreditation Organisation, nor is the diploma legally recognized. This non-degree programme is recognized only by the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

International students should be aware that, for the above reason, NIHES cannot assist them in applying for a visa and/or residence permit; you will have to apply for the document(s) yourself. Up-to-date information about the entering the Netherlands is available via the Residence Wizard of the Dutch Immigration Service.

1) Are you eligible?

Make sure you are eligible by carefully checking the admission requirements in the information about the Doctor of Science programme.

2) Prepare your application

When you apply online you should upload the following documents:

A letter of motivation in English (max. 500 words!), explaining your wish to apply and the career you wish to pursue.

An extensive curriculum vitae (résumé) in English, including:

  • a list of educational institutes attended + corresponding dates;
  • degree(s) obtained or expected to obtain;
  • work experience + corresponding dates of employment for each position held;
  • research experience + a complete list of publications;
  • all other relevant information.

You will also be requested to enter full contact details of two referees in the online application form. Their letters of recommendation should be included in your application package (see next step).

Also have the following documents ready for upload:

  • Scans of official transcripts of diplomas and reports (lists of grades) translated into English and with original stamp and/or certification from the institute concerned.
  • Two recent letters of recommendation. References should include the following information:
    – If the referee knew you as a student: details of your academic performance, referee’s opinion of your suitability for the chosen area of study and an estimate of your English language ability.
    – If the referee knew you as an employee: an outline of your responsibilities, an assessment of your competence and initiative and an estimate of your English language ability.
  • If relevant, a scan of your EEA residence permit.
  • A digital photocopy of your passport.
  • A digital passport photograph.
  • If relevant, the scan of the test score of an official English proficiency test, either:
    – an IELTS test score or
    – an TOEFL test score (TOEFL Institutional Code: 8462).

To see whether the scans of the English proficiency tests are relevant for you, please check the admission requirements for English proficiency.

3) Complete your application form

The online application form includes fields where you should upload all the documents you have prepared in step 2.

N.B. When filling in the application form, please note that your invoice address needs to be correct. If you change your invoice address after completing your application form an administrative fee of €25,- will be charged.

Click here to open the application form.

4) Prepare your application package

Make sure that your application package includes a copy of the following documents:

  • A print-out of the online application form, completely filled out and signed.
  • A copy of your motivation letter.
  • A copy of your extensive curriculum vitae.
  • Official transcripts of diplomas and reports (lists of grades) translated into English and with original stamp and/or certification from the institute concerned.
  • Two recent letters of recommendation. References should include the following information:
    – If the referee knew you as a student: details of your academic performance, referee’s opinion of your suitability for the chosen area of study and an estimate of your English language ability.
    – If the referee knew you as an employee: an outline of your responsibilities, an assessment of your competence and initiative and an estimate of your English language ability.
  • If relevant, a copy of your EEA residence permit.
    – A photocopy of your passport.
    – A passport photograph.
  • If relevant, the test score of an official English proficiency test, either:
    – an IELTS test score or
    – an TOEFL test score (TOEFL Institutional Code: 8462).

5) Submit your application

Please send your application package in twofold before 1 May 2015 to:

Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences
PO Box 2040
3000 CA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

6) Assessment of your application

NIHES aims to confirm receipt of your application as soon as it has reached us. All complete applications that reach us before the deadline, will be carefully assessed by an Admissions Committee.

7) Outcome of the assessment

Within six weeks after the confirmation of receipt, all applicants will be informed about the outcome of the assessment with an oficial letter of admission or rejection.

If you have been admitted to the Doctor Science programme, you will be provided with further details about your enrollment and relevant formalities and practicalities.

Step 1 to 7 of the application procedure for the Doctor of Science are:

  1. Are you eligible?
  2. Prepare your application;
  3. Complete your application form;
  4. Prepare your application package;
  5. Submit your application before 1 May 2015;
  6. Assessment of your application;
  7. Outcome of your assessment.

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