Board for Doctorates

The Board for Doctorates consists of the Rector Magnificus (chair), the Pro Vice Rector (vice-chair) and the deans of the faculties (or a professor from the faculty nominated by the dean). The Board for Doctorates of a university is authorised to grant the title of Doctor based on the defence of a doctoral dissertation. The legal provisions concerning the Board for Doctorates are set down in the Higher Education and Research Act.

The Board for Doctorates has the following tasks:


  • Determining the doctoral regulations.
  • Admitting PhD candidates to the TU Delft PhD process.
  • Appointing PhD supervisors and forming doctoral committees.
  • Organising the evaluation and defence of dissertations.
  • Conferring doctorates or doctorates honoris causa.
  • Advising on the set up of endowed chairs.
  • Awarding of exemptions from the Doctoral Education programme or components thereof to doctoral candidates, individually or as a group.