Top Universities for PhD Study in the Netherlands in 2022
Written by Ben Taylor
Despite its relatively small size (both in terms of area and population), the Netherlands has long had a reputation for research excellence, which is reflected by the strong performance of its universities across the main ranking systems. As the birthplace of the renaissance scholar Erasmus, who lends his namesake to the European exchange programme, the Netherlands is also extremely well-connected to international research networks.
This page summarises the best universities in the Netherlands according to three of the main ranking systems, showing how they stack up against institutions around the world.
Top ranked Dutch universities for PhD study
These are a selection of the top Dutch universities, according to global rankings. For more information on how they work, check out our guide to PhD rankings.
Top Dutch Universities in 2022
|Wageningen University and Research||53||123||101-150|
|University of Amsterdam||65||55||101-150|
|Erasmus University Rotterdam||72||179||101-150|
|Delft University of Technology||=75||57||151-200|
|University of Groningen||=80||=128||64|
|Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam||115||=209||101-150|
|Radboud University Nijmegen||139||220||101-150|
|Eindhoven University of Technology
|University of Twente
|Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.
So, how good are universities in the Netherlands for PhD study?
Dutch universities represent an excellent choice for international PhD students. The Netherlands has the fifth-most institutions in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which is testament to the quality of research its universities produce. This is extremely impressive given the size of its higher education sector.
Research universities in Holland benefit from advanced facilities and generous government investment, making them a great destination for researchers.