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Career and Funding for Current Students


​​​Within the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) every PhD student doing research in a medical sciences-related field is registered with the Graduate School of Medical Sciences (GSMS). This applies to everyone writing a PhD thesis (dissertation). There are several categories of PhD students, ranging from the regular 4 year PhD students to the research fellows and the external candidates.

Ba/MSc Research Projects

Students interested in Research are doing Research Projects within the Junior Scientific Masterclass.

Types of PhD training programmes

Generally the GSMS offers four different types of PhD training programmes:

  1. The MD/PhD Pro​gramme
  2. The Abel Tasman Talent Programme offers PhD Sandwich Scholarships (2+2 years).
  3. There is a 3 years PhD education and training available for GSMS Research Master's students, that have succesfully completed their Research Master within the GSMS.
  4. The regular 4-year PhD positions 

PhD curriculum

The GSMS PhD curriculumhas an extensive programme (more than 70 courses and activities) offering each PhD student the opportunity to join courses and activities related to the Research Institute they participate in and their own specific research interest. As a PhD student, you will conduct your own research while the Graduate School provides a balanced mix of expert supervision, tailor-made graduate training and the freedom to pursue your own ideas within relevant research themes. In some cases part of the research may be carried out abroad.

PhD/Master Courses and Conferences