Is it possible to apply before I have received all of my grades for my Master’s?
It is not possible to start the programme without having a fully completed an MA or MSc. If you can submit your grades list, and indicate completion before the end of the month of the application deadline, we can take your application on board for review. Nevertheless, we will not be able to accept you in the programme yet. In case you are invited to participate, you will need to send us the degree and completion certificate.
What are the required documents concerning the grades of my Bachelor and Master?
We need the transcript with the grades, a document explaining the grading scale (if it is not on your transcript already), as well as a copy of the degree certificates.
How do I get certified copies of bachelor’s and master’s diplomas and grades?
You will need to ask your higher educational institute, to either offer you a certified copy, or you can ask them to send us a direct confirmation / copy of your certificates. Universities should freely offer you the confirmation, but they might have individual ways of offering this confirmation to you or us. So, the best approach is to check with them, to find out how they prefer to handle this.
I have original copies of my certificates. Will you accept if I make copies and certify with a notary public for uploading with my application?
For the application, you can just send us regular copies but if you are accepted onto the programme, we will need certified copies.
Does my earned degree fulfil the requirements to apply for the programme?
Generally, if you have a completed Bachelor’s degree and a completed Master’s degree (with the grade certificates), that is sufficient. We will submit those documents to the Dutch ministry of education, which approves your entrance to the PhD programme. Your admittance to the programme is conditional upon the ministry approving your participation. If for some reason you believe that your MA or MSc is not a generally accepted degree, please send the pdf documents toour PhD office (email@example.com). We will verify your eligibility.
What is meant by an upload of a degree, a certificate and a grading scheme?
The degree is a certified copy of the degree from your university. In case you do not have such a copy, your university can offer you one or send one directly to us. We need these documents to ensure access to the PhD programme in Maastricht and we are legally not able to allow you access to the programme unless this certified degree is approved by the Dutch ministry of education. A certificate is a grade certificate, where we can see which courses you followed during your BA and MA, and the grades you scored. The grading scheme informs us if your grades were A-B-C, a scale 1-5, 1-10, 1-20 and at what grade you pass/fail. The last two documents are used by our academic committee to select candidates.
In case I hold a research master, can I apply for entrance in year two?
The proposal is the main document on which we base the decision of whether we allow access into year two.
You thus cannot apply for year two of the programme – you will always have to participate in the first workshop in year one. During this workshop, we can assess your research skills and capacity, and review your proposal. For about 5% of the new entrants, we waive participation in workshops 2-3 of year one and allow them to start in year two faster (with only paying tuition for one year). However, in order to achieve that, you do need to submit a sufficient full proposal in or after the first workshops in September or November, and based on this we can allow you access to year two in June.
Can I submit requested original degrees past the deadline?
We understand that it is sometimes hard to send us originally certified degrees. We need these in order to be able to formally register you in the programme. Generally, universities will send them directly to us, if you request them to send us a certified copy.
For the selection process, after the deadline, we will need readable pdf uploaded degrees and grade certificates. For registering you later, we will need the certified documents, but we can process your application if your documents are available in pdf format.
What studies/ background do I need to apply?
The programme is a multidisciplinary programme. We accept applicants with a completed master degree in economics, social science, political science, public policy or public health. We have developed the programme to account for all different disciplines, and allow fellows to write a dissertation within the discipline they prefer.
However, in order to be able to start a PhD programme in Maastricht, your master diploma needs to be accepted by the Dutch government. So irrespective of your work experience, previous research experience or other relevant skills, we need you to have a valid master degree, and you need to have finished the master.
In addition, we need you to be interested in a topic that our institute considers among the core topics of our interest. Please check out our research themes, or the list of working papers and dissertations, to find out more about the topics we cover in our research.