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 on 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 who hold 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.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. As per 1 September 2021, TU Delft Faculty Graduate Schools (FGS) may ask candidates for a PhD position to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of the selection procedure*. 

The minimum requirement of a TOEFL** score of 100 or IELTS of 7.0 per sub-skill (writing, reading, listening, speaking) applies to all candidates wanting to pursue a PhD or PDEng programme at TU Delft. Candidates do not need to present the test results as part of their application. These results will be requested at a later stage during the selection procedure. 

Naturally, native speakers will be exempted from the English test requirement, as well as, in principle, non-native applicants who have obtained an English-taught Master’s degree. If during the selection process it turns out that the English proficiency of the candidate with an English-taught Master’s degree does not meet the requirements, they may also be asked to do a test. 

*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 applicant’s (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.