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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
University THE 2022 QS 2022 ARWU 2021
Wageningen University and Research53123101-150
University of Amsterdam6555101-150
Utrecht University6911050
Leiden University71=11283
Erasmus University Rotterdam72179101-150
Delft University of Technology=7557151-200
University of Groningen=80=12864
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam115=209101-150
Maastricht University=127=233201-300
Radboud University Nijmegen139220101-150
Eindhoven University of Technology 201-250 125 301-400
Tilburg University 201-250 =356 601-700
University of Twente 201-250 =189 401-500
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.

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Last Updated: 18 November 2021

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