PhD Program (part-time)

1 september 2022
5 years
€ 25,000

Conduct research to make a significant impact

Our part-time PhD program offers you the opportunity to combine your (part-time) job with conducting high-quality academic research that intends to make a significant scientific contribution and has practical and societal impact. Fulfillment of the program and successful completion and defense of your dissertation leads to a PhD degree from Nyenrode Business Universiteit.

N.B. Please note that the application deadline was May 31, 2022. We no longer accept applications or waiting list requests for the part-time PhD program starting in September 2022. 

Is the PhD Program a good fit for you?

Are you fascinated and curious about problems and opportunities you encounter in your daily practice? Are you highly motivated to tackle business challenges that have a broader societal impact? Are you excited to further develop your academic and research skills to be able to address practically relevant questions in a rigorous fashion?

With our PhD program you can realize these ambitions in a supportive academic environment. You are supported in the (further) development of your academic, research and personal effectiveness skills. 

The fields where you can conduct your PhD research at Nyenrode are Accounting, Auditing & control; Corporate reporting, Finance & tax; Entrepreneurship, Governance and stewardship; Marketing & supply chain management and Strategy, organization & leadership.

Why attend the PhD Program of Nyenrode?

  • You develop your own PhD proposal, under the guidance and supervision of Nyenrode professors, within an area of expertise that reflects widely-applicable and relevant topics that extend across organization type and industry;
  • You will focus on both academic rigor and practical and societal impact;
  • To ensure an environment that is personal and highly supportive, we allow a limited number of 15 part-time PhD students each year;
  • During the program you can connect with PhD students beyond formal courses and workshops through small group intervision sessions, bi-monthly socio-educational events and a yearly PhD conference;
  • Do you aspire a part-time career in academia next to your current profession? We additionally offer workshops and coaching for this purpose;
  • When you successfully completed the program and have obtained your PhD Degree, you will become part of the international Nyenrode alumni network.
  • Conduct rigorous research that has significant practical and societal impact
  • Develop your academic, research and personal effectiveness skills
  • Become part of the broader Nyenrode alumni network

Part-time PhD Program overview

Our PhD program consists of three consecutive phases. Here you find an infographic with a brief overview of the program.

Phase 1 (1 year)

During this phase, you will write your PhD research proposal. In order to write this research proposal, you will take the required courses ‘Research Design & Planning’ and ‘Philosophy of Science’. You will be guided by a full professor from Nyenrode. PhD students who are interested could take additional non-mandatory workshops that are relevant in this phase (e.g., conducting a systematic literature review). This phase ends with making a training- and development plan for the coming phases.

Phase 2 (2 years)

You complete a number of required courses, workshops and research electives. All PhD students are welcome to complete any other courses or workshops that are relevant for their PhD but are not part of their training and development plan. In small groups, PhD students take part in intervision sessions facilitated by an experienced trainer. You will be regularly guided and coached by your supervisory team in your research.

Phase 3 (2 years)

In the last phase, you focus on the writing up of the dissertation. You will be guided and coached by your supervisor or supervisory team. In addition, you will take part in ‘getting published’ and conduct your trial PhD defense. If all goes well, you obtain your PhD degree after the defense. A great and honorable achievement. Truly a reward for life!

You can complete the PhD program in five years, but it is possible that the process takes longer. If you have questions about the program, please contact our head of PhD, Dr. Melanie de Ruiter via

Annual PhD Conference

Each academic year, we host a PhD conference. During the conference, PhD students present their work-in-progress and take part in different workshop rounds to enhance their academic and personal effectiveness skills. Video: an impression of the 2019 edition.

Admission and application

N.B. You can submit your application for the parttime PhD program (AY 2023-2024) from December 16, 2022 till March 31st, 2023. More information about the application procedure, admission requirements and selection process for upcoming academic year will be published on this website within the coming weeks. 

Are you ready to start your PhD program with us? You can apply now. After your application has been received, we will send you an email outlining what we need to complete your registration. You will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Certified copy of your Academic Master degree or equivalent and copy of corresponding grade list
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Photo

Applicants who obtained a degree outside of the Netherlands, will be asked for additional information as their degree will be checked by NUFFIC. If you obtained your degree outside of the Netherlands, you will therefore also need to upload:

  • Copy of the identification page of your passport.
  • Certified copy of Bachelor degree and copy of corresponding grade list.
  • If the diplomas (both Bachelor and Master or equivalents) and corresponding grade lists are not in Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish or South African, you will need to include a certified English translation of the diplomas and grade lists (including photo printed + sealed).

Questions about the application process? Please contact us via and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Program investment

The investment per phase:

  • Phase 1 takes one year and costs € 3,000 per year.
  • Phase 2 takes two years and costs € 8,500 per year.
  • Phase 3 takes two years and costs €2,500 per year.

You can complete the PhD program in five years. In that case, the program costs are € 25,000.

* The fee does not cover the costs for books, overnight stays in our campus hotel, and travel expenses. The fees also do     not cover visits to (international) academic conferences or PhD consortia (i.e., travel costs, conference fees).

Frequently asked questions

Is your question not included? Please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Each year, we accept a maximum of 15 part-time PhD students into our program. In this way, our part-time PhD candidates receive sufficient individual support and attention.
If you have a personal contact with one of our professors or associate professors with promotion rights, you may contact him or her directly to discuss whether (s)he is interested and willing to supervise your PhD project. Please keep in mind that if the professor indicates (s)he would like to act as your supervisor this does not guarantee acceptance into the PhD program. 

If you do not yet have a connection with one of our professors, upon a positive outcome of your admissions interview, the PhD director will help you get in touch with suitable professors for your intended PhD project. 
The application deadline is May 31st. Did you missed this deadline but is it at least one month before the start of the program in September? Then you may contact the PhD support office via to discuss your options. If the PhD program is not yet at full capacity, we may be able to accept a late application. However, a late acceptance also depends on supervisory capacity and whether you are able to take part in the required courses of the first phase of the program.
The yearly fees do not cover the costs for books and other course material; meals are generally not included. Some courses take place at Nyenrode on consecutive stays. When students reserve a room at our campus hotel or one of the nearby hotel facilities, please keep in mind that these costs are not covered by the yearly fees. The fees also do not cover visits to (international) academic conferences or PhD consortia (i.e., travel costs, housing costs, subsistence costs and conference fees).
It is not possible to miss one of the courses offered in the first phase of the program. The curriculum is organized in such a way that the courses and workshops in the second phase of the program build upon the courses included in the first phase. If you are unable to attend all sessions of the courses in the first phase, you will need to postpone your enrollment to the next academic year. 

It is not possible to complete the PhD program from abroad.

Certain elements of the program can be completed virtually, such as the yearly progress talk and your participation in small group intervision sessions. In part, meetings with your supervisory team can take place virtually, although you will also need to meet with your supervisory team at least once a year in person.

Courses and workshops that are offered virtually or in a hybrid manner can also be completed from abroad. However, courses and workshops that are only offered live in Breukelen cannot be completed from abroad.

Please keep in mind that Nyenrode does not cover travel expenses or housing fees for (international) part-time PhD candidates. You should be able to guarantee that you are able to pay the travel and subsistence costs for regular visits to Nyenrode to follow and complete the required components of the program. Also, if applicable, you have to show that you have obtained the relevant visa and other permits to stay and study in the Netherlands.

Requests for exemptions for potential PhD candidates who have completed PhD courses and workshops or a complete PhD program at a different institution are decided upon on a case-by-case basis. The decision depends on the nature of the courses or workshops taken, the degree of overlap with our courses and workshops, and when the courses were completed. 
Nyenrode Business Universiteit does not offer scholarships for part-time PhD candidates and does not facilitate NFP scholarships.