Getting my doctorate in Europe has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The experience has exceeded my expectations in every way: socially, culturally, academically, and personally.
My life and ideas have broadened in a way I hadn't expected, and I am constantly reminded how fortunate I am to live here.
Are you thinking of choosing Europe for your doctorate?
If so, you've come to the right place. Here you can find out about:
- The 27 European Union countries
- Doctorate opportunities, and advice on applying, scholarships and career prospects
- Associations and useful contacts
- Up-coming events
Watch our film about doctoral studies in Europe!
The European Union is the top producer of peer-reviewed scientific publications in the world and awards 110,000 new doctorates each year, nearly twice as many as USA.
In our 2 minute film below, you can hear doctoral students from around the world talk about what it is like in Europe and why they chose to do their doctorate here. Or if you prefer, you can watch a 6 minute version of the film here.
The advantage of doing your doctorate in Europe is that most people speak English here.
The social life is great, especially if you become a member of a club, like a sport, cultural or dance club.
International doctoral students are wanted by Universities, so you could try to apply for a scholarship.
Getting my PhD has been a lifelong dream for me. I have learned a lot from being a member of this community as a woman, a mother and a scientist.
Despite the occasional stress and lack of sleep (!) I feel very proud of what I have achieved getting my doctoral degree from Europe.
The ease of placement together with the closeness between cultures in Europe offer a great opportunity to exchange ideas and grow professionally and personally.
Social, cultural, sporting and spiritual life are at hand to enrich your stay, as well as the warmth of the people.
The best thing for me about doing my doctorate in Europe is being able to breathe a different academic air, and benefit from the freedom to take the courses you want and focus on the subjects you are interested in.
In addition, there are diverse cultures and people waiting for you to discover
Studying a doctorate in Europe let me explore different countries and cultures and gave me the chance to walk in the footsteps of so many of the world's most influential scientists.
The best thing about doing a PhD in Europe is that you get to work with respected scholars and academics who see you as a colleague, a fellow researcher, rather than a student.
I did my joint masters degree in three universities in Europe and now I'm due to get my PhD here as well.
You can find the contact details of these organisations plus information on programmes, funding opportunities, living in Europe, associations of doctoral candidates and career prospects in the Study in the EU section of the website.