Willemijn van Os MSc

Head of International Relations Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, PhD Recruiter Graduate School of Life Sciences, Utrecht University


Welcome to the Utrecht Science Park!

Utrecht University (est. 1636) is a research-intensive university ranking no. 1 in The Netherlands and no. 52 in the world according to the Shanghai Ranking 2020. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is ranked no. 4 in the World in the QS Ranking by subject 2020. The Utrecht Science Park is the perfect spot for our top-notch academic and applied research, high level tertiary education, start-ups, SME’s and multinationals.


Utrecht University stands out of the crowd because of its focus on multidisciplinary research. Research is clustered within four interdisciplinary strategic themes, of which Life Sciences is the largest.

Training and supervision of our 1,800 PhD candidates, of which 20% is international, is organised by the Graduate School of Life Sciences, an interfaculty School of the faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Science and the University Medical Centre Utrecht (faculty of Medicine).


Recruitment for Research Areas

In China, we are doing targeted recruitment for PhD candidates in thematic PhD programmes, organized and taught by our top scientists. We welcome students with a CSC scholarship in all our PhD programmes, including the following projects:

  • Understanding and suppressing cancer
  • Blocking drug resistance in cancer
  • Molecular Host Defence and Anti-infective drugs
  • Veterinary and comparative mathematical pharmacology
  • The effect of maternal age on chromosome segregation errors in oocytes
  • An oviduct-on-a-chip model for equine in vitro fertilization and embryo development
  • In vitro ovarian follicle culture
  • Predicting transition diseases in dairy cows using sensor technology

Find more projects and project details in the linked PDF file.

PhD Course Centre

The PhD Course Centre offers free training in general skills: Research skills & Knowledge, Responsible Conduct of Science, Personal Effectiveness, Communication, Professional Development, Leadership & Management and Teaching.

During the 4-year PhD track, PhD candidates work in an international multidisciplinary research environment under supervision of a professor and grow into independent scientists with a critical and open mind. The PhD thesis is based on the PhD candidate's own research. Please note that English is the main language used in our labs, seminars, courses etc.

Importantly, most Dutch people speak English well, so you can get along easily just speaking English. We do stimulate and facilitate learning Dutch, however this is not obligatory for your stay.


For admission we require a Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences or related areas. In addition, relevant theoretical and lab-skill background and a proven proficiency in the English language (IELTS, TOEFL) is needed.

Living and working in the Netherlands

Utrecht University strives to be a good host for international guests.

Our International Service Desk (ISD) feels it is her highest priority that PhD candidates at Utrecht University feel valued and welcome. To achieve this, we organise several meetings each year to inform guests on a variety of relevant subjects, as well as facilitate socializing among fellow internationals. We offer individual service for everyone who decides to do PHD research in Utrecht.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity of doing a PhD in the Graduate School of Life Sciences, please make an appointment with Willemijn van Os MSc, w.h.vanos@uu.nl or send an enquiry to dgkprom@uu.nl.

Download the Graduate School of Life Sciences Flyer