Admission & Requirements

Finding a position

In order to be admitted as a TU Delft doctoral candidate, you must first find a professor from TU Delft who is willing to act as your proposed promotor (supervisor). Subsequently, the research topic should be decided on. You will also need to obtain a source of funding for your PhD project.

PhD position vacancies

Visit the TU Delft vacancy website, or the website of the department or research school that you are interested in. If you have found no relevant vacancies on the relevant websites, you may consider sending an open job application to the secretary of the department of your interest, or to the Faculty Graduate School.


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

Admission requirements

According to 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 degrees are also admitted to TU Delft. Some foreign degrees are evaluated by the TU Delft Admissions Office. This office determines whether the foreign degree can be considered as an equivalent of the Dutch Master degree.

N.B. TU Delft Faculty Graduate Schools (FGS) may have additional admission requirements. Therefore, please visit the webpage of your intended FGS.

Preparation and paperwork

For every would-be doctoral candidate of TU Delft, a check of their legibility is standard procedure. This means that, besides a letter and a CV, all applications must include scans of the (highest) diploma and 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'.

The International Office website also offers relevant information. 

Intake officer: Nelie-Roos Hamelinck

Intake officer: Dorinda Terhoeve

Team leader: Tijl Spanjers

Language requirements

If your mother language is not English and you do not hold a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, you must submit proof of English proficiency from either TOEFL or IELTS. Proof of English language proficiency certificates older than two years are not accepted.

*Nationals from the USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempted from the English test requirement.

TOEFL: Applicants taking the internet-based TOEFL are required to have a minimum total score of 100. TU Delft TOEFL Institution Code: 0031.

IELTS: If you take the IELTS test (academic version) your overall band score must be at least 7.0.