Open Programme of Wageningen University

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 10 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 10 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:3649 Duration:48 months You need IELTS certificate

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Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme healthy food and living environment. We do so by working closely together with governments and the business community.
Our research and education are strongly geared toward application in practice. This is achieved through the close cooperation across different study directions and the combination of the natural and social sciences. This allows us to obtain an integrated approach of actual social themes, such as climate change, unhealthy lifestyles, the continued pressure on natural habitats, and the well-being of animals. The world is our working area. Our researchers are active around the globe and our university hosts students from over 100 countries. Inherent to the structure of the university is the amount of personal attention available for students and researchers. Our mission is, To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.
Wageningen University is part of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). The university works together with research institutes and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, also part of Wageningen UR. Wageningen UR has branches all over The Netherlands (and in China and Brazil, by the way). A large number of lecturers, researchers and other employees are based at Wageningen Campus.
Our education and research come highly recommended. Student numbers are growing strongly. Students ranked Wageningen as the best university in the Reference Guide for Higher Education for the fifth year in a row. The top quality of research at Wageningen University is crowned with the universitys position within the top 6 of the important citation indexes of its domain.


The four-year PhD programme consists of a research component - conducting research under supervision of internationally leading scientists and writing a thesis - and a smaller education component. The programme can also be followed via a so-called sandwich model, which means: about 6 months study and proposal writing at Wageningen University; 3 years of research at an institute / university in your home country, and again about 6 months data analysis and thesis writing at Wageningen University.

PhD candidates can invest up to 15% of their scheduled PhD study in educational activities such as courses, seminars, conferences and workshops offered by the Graduate School. Furthermore, PhD candidates can spend up to 10% of their total PhD study conducting teaching activities.


MSc Diploma: MSc degree from a Dutch university or an equivalent diploma. Graduates from universities abroad must undergo a diploma evaluation. If your diploma is not fully equivalent, a qualifying examination may be required.

Proficiency in English language: For PhD candidates who have not completed their higher education with English as the language of instruction.

Preliminary research proposal: Your preliminary research proposal should fit in the themes of Wageningen University and should be accepted by your supervisor.

Financial support: you should be able to show that you have secured sufficient financial support for your PhD study (tuition fee, research costs, living expenses).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B) TOEFL iBT® test: 90

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