how long is a science phd thesis
All research students should submit the Notice of Intention to Submit a Thesis for a Higher Degree by Research (Intention to Submit Form) no later than three months in advance of their completion date. This form initiates the identification and appointment of a committee of examiners for each thesis and, where appropriate, allows an interval for the Graduate School to investigate and resolve any concerns affecting timely submission. Recommendations for the appointment of examiners are made on behalf of the University Senate and examination of the thesis cannot commence until formal approval of the nominees.
Students should consult the Guidelines on Thesis Submission for information on the submission process and the binding requirements for the final hardbound thesis. Students should also consult the Guidance Notes on the University Regulations for PhD.
The PhD program is a full-time program normally taking approximately four years (for an MSc graduate). A student transferring from the MSc program would take up to a year longer.
The thesis will be made public (parts of it may have already been published as articles in international journals during the PhD). Dissertations from Dutch universities generally meet the highest academic standards and are therefore held in high regard.
Once the thesis is complete, your supervisor determines whether or not it is ready for submission and defence. A committee of professors is appointed to read and approve the thesis and to question the candidate during an oral defence.