PhD Programme General Information

The primary aim of the AIMMS PhD programme is to train talented students to become highly skilled and independent scientists in AIMMS related areas of research and to prepare them for a future career in academia and other research institutes, society and industry, in particular the pharmaceutical industry.

The PhD programme within AIMMS typically takes four years, but depending on the scientific discipline and the type of appointment and funding 3-year PhD programmes also exist. 

The VU Doctorate Regulations (Promotiereglement, 1 January 2015) of the Vrije Universiteit and the ‘PhD Education Guidelines’ of the Faculty of Science (07 July 2015, amended April 2016) are important background documents for the current PhD training programme of AIMMS. In those documents specific ‘Exemptions’ are described, e.g. for ‘external’ PhD-candidates and PhD-students with 3-year’s contracts.


PhDs appointed within AIMMS are supervised by at least one supervisor, preferably two. The daily supervision will be the responsibility of the direct supervisor, who is one of the staff members of the AIMMS division. This can be the promotor or one of the associate/assistant professors.

PhD Training Programme

For every PhD candidate it is important to deepen the knowledge and skills, enabling them to become fully qualified scientists with an excellent perspective for a career of their choice. The educational program for PhD candidates within AIMMS provides for a variety of activities enhancing the academic, professional and general skills of PhD candidates.

See the AIMMS PhD Training Programme for more information.