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Top PhD Programs in Europe 2021/2022

Many universities in Europe offer a highly distinguished PhD education from top-notch universities and highly qualified and professional faculty. There are many programs and universities across Europe that students can look into when considering a PhD in Europe. For a PhD in Europe, program cost, time, and structure vary depending on the country and the specific university. Generally, it takes a m… Read more

Many universities in Europe offer a highly distinguished PhD education from top-notch universities and highly qualified and professional faculty. There are many programs and universities across Europe that students can look into when considering a PhD in Europe.

For a PhD in Europe, program cost, time, and structure vary depending on the country and the specific university. Generally, it takes a minimum of 4 years to complete a PhD in Europe, and series of examinations are usually not required as they are for other countries, such as the United States. There are a range of options to meet the student’s needs, including options for distance learning for students that cannot commit to full-time education.

Europe is an exciting location for an education. There are so many culturally and intellectually stimulating places to study where students can get a truly international experience interacting with people from all over the globe. Take a look at the options below and find the PhD program in Europe you are looking for!

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Graduate School of Biosciences Munich
Munich, Germany

QBM seeks to train a cohort of young scientists who, while firmly anchored in their home discipline, are well versed in multiple approaches and styles of thought. The goal is ... +

QBM seeks to train a cohort of young scientists who, while firmly anchored in their home discipline, are well versed in multiple approaches and styles of thought. The goal is for the students to get comfortable in communicating across traditional boundaries, especially across the divide between experiment and quantitative theory – to become, in effect, scientifically bi- or multilingual. To this end, the school offers an integrated interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that consists of three main components: -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Mar 2022
Campus
 
Institute of Development Studies
Brighton, United Kingdom

The PhD in Development Studies by Research is IDS’s advanced research degree. It is awarded to candidates after a minimum of three years of study, based on completion of origi ... +

The PhD in Development Studies by Research is IDS’s advanced research degree. It is awarded to candidates after a minimum of three years of study, based on completion of original and significant research in the field of Development Studies – which is assessed through a written thesis. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Campus
 
University of Arts Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

Artist-researchers produce practice-based knowledge, expertise, and understanding that can be used and applied both in the arts and in other fields of society. Tutke’s doctora ... +

Artist-researchers produce practice-based knowledge, expertise, and understanding that can be used and applied both in the arts and in other fields of society. Tutke’s doctoral students conduct multidisciplinary artistic research. Artistic and pedagogical practice is seen as a way of thinking and understanding, not as something that needs to be explained. Doctoral students learn to articulate, conceptualize, and theorize their practice-based artistic knowledge and questions that arise from it. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English, Finnish, Swedish
Campus
 

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Max Planck School of Photonics
Munich, Germany +7 More

The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) is a top-tier interdisciplinary graduate school in Germany that provides a unique PhD program (as well as a combined MSc and PhD prog ... +

The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) is a top-tier interdisciplinary graduate school in Germany that provides a unique PhD program (as well as a combined MSc and PhD program) in Photonics for excellent graduates from all over the world. We are not a single university, but a network of 17 top universities and research institutions across Germany. Therefore, we combine the knowledge of the best researchers and offer our students a unique graduate school experience: • Full funding and no tuition fees • Excellent teaching and research facilities • Outstanding network of world-renowned Fellows • Additional curriculum bundling the knowledge of our Fellows and preparing you for your career • Very good connections to industry After completing our "study phase" or if you apply with a qualifying MSc degree you can start your PhD research project. In the 3-year "research phase" you conduct your doctoral project in photonics under the supervision of our MPSP Fellows at one of our 17 research institutions. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Oct 2022
01 Dec 2021
Campus
 
UNICAF - Cours en français
Larnaca, Cyprus

The doctorate is an independent, self-directed academic research program, supported by a team of supervisors who make an original contribution to the knowledge written in a pu ... +

The doctorate is an independent, self-directed academic research program, supported by a team of supervisors who make an original contribution to the knowledge written in a publishable thesis. The doctoral program also supports the development of research and generic skills to enable you to act successfully as a professional researcher in any setting. The essential requirement of a doctorate is the creation of new knowledge. Being a researcher means developing new ideas and improving understanding through the creation of new knowledge. Your research will inevitably draw to some extent on the work and ideas of others, but as a research student you are expected to make an original contribution to knowledge in your discipline. -
PhD
French
Sep 2022
Online
 
University of New York in Prague (UNYP)
Prague, Czech Republic

A Ph.D. by research is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and ... +

A Ph.D. by research is similar to a conventional Ph.D. but recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and publishable results. A UNYP Ph.D. by research usually requires a minimum of three years, during which time there should be three publications, in literature approved by the University of Bolton. These publications should be in relation to the student's thesis and area of expertise and should develop the student’s knowledge of the subject. The award of this Ph.D. is based purely on these three published works and as such rewards on-going activities rather than additional work. -
PhD PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
Online
 
Queen’s University of Belfast – Medical Faculty
Belfast, United Kingdom

The primary focus of the Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics research cluster is fundamental and applied aspects of ecology, environmental economics, con ... +

The primary focus of the Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics research cluster is fundamental and applied aspects of ecology, environmental economics, conservation, aquaculture, animal behavior, molecular taxonomy and molecular genetics, particularly involving links between these aspects. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Geneva, Switzerland

The Doctor of International Relations (DIR) Programme is the highest degree offered by the Geneva School of Diplomacy and brings together academic excellence through meticulou ... +

The Doctor of International Relations (DIR) Programme is the highest degree offered by the Geneva School of Diplomacy and brings together academic excellence through meticulous independent research, and real-world applicability. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Campus
 
International Business School - Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

We offer a Ph.D. in Business and Management in English, leading to a degree conferred by The University of Buckingham. Companies and institutions need professionals with the s ... +

We offer a Ph.D. in Business and Management in English, leading to a degree conferred by The University of Buckingham. Companies and institutions need professionals with the skills to manage and market knowledge-intensive products, as well as professionals with a deep understanding of the scientific principles underlying products and processes. The Ph.D. in Business and Management focuses on developing employable expertise through in-depth research. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
EIT Manufacturing – PhD
Palaiseau, France +1 More

The EIT Manufacturing (EITM) Doctoral School program is an industrial doctorate, which combines the Ph.D. studies at university with 30 ECTS of Innovation and Entrepreneurship ... +

The EIT Manufacturing (EITM) Doctoral School program is an industrial doctorate, which combines the Ph.D. studies at university with 30 ECTS of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International academic and cross-organizational mobility, and a final thesis based on a real industrial research challenge. It offers a doctoral program in research areas in line with the EIT Manufacturing themes and flagships. The EITM Doctoral School Program offers a wide range of activities, such as summer and winter schools, seminars, hackathons, and other innovative pedagogical approaches. Company visits and professional networking opportunities are also included in the EITM Doctoral School portfolio. International academic and industrial exchanges and a final industrial-based thesis complete the Program. The students can personalize the study plan choosing among the annual offering of the EITM Doctoral School, in order to complete 45 mandatory ECTS. -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Unicaf University (MW)
New York, USA +12 More

The goal of the PhD programme is to prepare the next generation of leading researchers. The PhD is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research degree, supporte ... +

The goal of the PhD programme is to prepare the next generation of leading researchers. The PhD is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research degree, supported by a team of supervisors that makes an original contribution to knowledge written up in a publishable dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
Online
 
Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto Law School
Porto, Portugal

The PhD program in Catholic Porto aims to train quality researchers, contributing to the development of research in the Faculty, as well as to the critical and responsible con ... +

The PhD program in Catholic Porto aims to train quality researchers, contributing to the development of research in the Faculty, as well as to the critical and responsible construction of legal science in Portugal. -
PhD
Part-time
4 - 6 years
Portuguese
Campus
 
INISEG Instituto Internacional de Estudios en Seguridad Global
Madrid, Spain +1 More

The norms and policies of the European Union underline more and more the economic and social importance of cooperation policies between countries, focusing on training as the ... +

The norms and policies of the European Union underline more and more the economic and social importance of cooperation policies between countries, focusing on training as the decisive qualitative factor for the modernization and innovation of productive apparatuses, the labor market, the processes of instruction and culture and to achieve more equitable levels of democratic participation and just social integration; In order to achieve a more modern system of education and training and to obtain a knowledge-based economy that is more competitive and dynamic worldwide, the European Union contributes to the development of quality instruction and that is why it encourages cooperation between Member States and extra-European countries. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Spanish
Online
 
Czech University of Life Sciences - Faculty of Economics and Management
Praha-Suchdol, Czech Republic

It is supposed that the graduate masters the theoretical foundations of the study area, the basic methods of scientific work in the field of study and the basic forms of perma ... +

It is supposed that the graduate masters the theoretical foundations of the study area, the basic methods of scientific work in the field of study and the basic forms of permanent collection of worldwide knowledge in the field of study for lifelong learning. Graduates are supposed to be able to design descriptive and normative economic models of economic processes at the macro and microeconomic level and collect relevant documents needed for their formalization. Furthermore, the ability of generalization of scientific knowledge into the form of economic laws is assumed together with their application in the interpretation of specific economic tasks to promote sustainable development. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Bolzano, Italy

The purpose of this International Ph.D. program is to train a new generation of globally renowned researchers to apply approaches of engineering and biotechnology to food proc ... +

The purpose of this International Ph.D. program is to train a new generation of globally renowned researchers to apply approaches of engineering and biotechnology to food processing by giving them the opportunities to transfer and exchange knowledge with national and international research centers and industries. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Oct 2021
Campus