PhD Admission

The admission requirements for doctoral candidates are recorded in Article 2 of the TU Delft Doctoral Regulations. More detailed information can be found in section A of the Implementation Decree that follows the Doctoral Regulations.

Admission requirements

Under Dutch law and the TU Delft Doctoral Regulations a doctoral candidate should be in possession of a Dutch Master’s degree. This may be a Master of Science or a Master of Arts degree from a University or College of Higher Education.

Naturally, doctoral candidates with foreign Master’s degrees are also admitted to TU Delft. Certain foreign degrees are evaluated by the TU Delft Admissions Office. This office determines whether the foreign degree can be considered to be equivalent to the Dutch Master’s degree.

With effect from 1 September 2021 an English language requirement will apply to all prospective candidates wanting to pursue a PhD or PDEng programme at TU Delft. This means that from 1 September onwards everyone that wants to apply for a PhD position needs to meet the minimum requirement of a TOEFL score of 100 and IELTS of 7.0 per sub skill (writing, reading, listening, speaking). Native speakers will be exempted from the English test requirement as will applicants who obtained a Master’s degree in an anglophone country (USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada).

NB: TU Delft Faculty Graduate Schools (FGS) may have additional admission requirements. Therefore, please visit the web page of your intended FGS.

Preparation and paperwork

An eligibility check of all prospective doctoral candidates is standard procedure at TU Delft. This means that, besides a letter and a CV, all applications must include scans of the (highest) diploma and a transcript. Furthermore, at the start of their Doctoral Programme all doctoral candidates must be registered as such at the TU Delft Graduate School. For more information about registration and the required documents, see Intake Meeting.