What is a PhD or Doctoral degree?
The words doctorate or doctoral degree come from the Latin word 'doctor', meaning teacher. Doctorate, doctoral degree and PhD are used interchangeably for practical purposes, and refer to the same degree.
The doctorate is the highest academic degree awarded in the Netherlands. It is proof that the PhD candidate is capable of conducting independent research of a very high standard, culminating in the succesful defence of the doctoral thesis.
It often takes about three to four years of full-time research and training to complete a PhD trajectory at the Amsterdam UMC. The doctoral degree is generally a prerequisite for an academic career in teaching or research, although contrarily to its origin, not everyone who receives a doctoral degree becomes a university lecturer or researcher. Many go on to work for non-academic research institutes or in the private sector, as experts in their respective research topics.
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