• Can TI advise me whether I am qualified to apply?

    Due to the number of applications we receive it is not possible to offer individual feedback on your chances of being accepted to the MPhil program. The admissions board will evaluate your application as a whole. You are advised to check the admission requirements and to read the section in the program brochure about the right preparations for the program (section 3.6) to see whether you feel comfortable with the content of the textbooks there.

  • What is a certified copy of a diploma?

    After preliminary acceptance you will need to submit certified copies of grade transcripts and diploma’s (never send us the original diploma’s).
    A certified copy is a photocopy with an endorsement or stamp that states that it’s a true copy of the primary document. You can certify copies of your documents at your school or sometimes at the municipality or notary.

  • I have specific questions about the application procedure. Whom can I address?

    The TI website and our online admission program provide detailed information. If you still have questions, please address applications@tinbergen.nl. Any other address you use will cause delay.

  • Is it possible to apply to the institute for direct admission to a 3-year PhD research position?

    No, this is not possible. Tinbergen Institute is a gateway to PhD positions for students who completed TI’s MPhil program.

    For PhD positions we refer to the job openings at the universities.

  • Is it possible to work while following the MPhil program?

    The core (first-year) program leaves little or no time for any jobs. For second year students Tinbergen Institute offers a number of teaching assistantships. Many second-year MPhil students also find other research assistantships in one of the TI departments connected with MPhil thesis research.

    Also see Nuffic pages working while studying.

  • How do I prepare academically for the TI program?

    Depending on their academic background, students may want to prepare academically for one or more core sequences before they come to TI.

    For them we composed a reading list.

  • There is overlap in TI’s program with my earlier coursework. Can I get exemptions?

    In the case of true overlap between individual MPhil courses and earlier coursework, exemptions from class attendance and homework assignments, but not from final exams, may be granted. This will be determined in an intake interview with the Director of Graduate Studies at the start of the academic year.

  • I followed (parts of) a master program elsewhere. Can I skip the first, core year of the MPhil program?

    No, you can‘t. MPhil courses are at an advanced, PhD level, and are challenging even to students who already hold advanced master degrees.