PhD training programme

At Vrije Universiteit, we believe that supervision and training are key to producing a world-class study body. That’s why each of our PhD students is supervised by a minimum of two individuals with expertise in our candidate’s specific field of research. These supervisors are tasked with guiding candidates over the entire course of his or her PhD trajectory, helping our students develop an ambitious research plan and directing them towards the completion of that plan within a realistic timeframe. 

In addition, all of our PhD students are expected to complete a basic PhD training programme consisting of at least 30 EC, which is equivalent to 840 hours. This training programme prepares our students for rigorous research standards that will apply to their doctoral research agenda and beyond. Vrije Universiteit’s basic training consists of mandatory courses as well as electives. Mandatory courses provide training on:

· scientific integrity
· research methodology
· transferable skills
· participation in in congresses and conferences

Elective courses are chosen by students from among the variety of PhD-level courses offered by that student’s particular Graduate School or faculty. Topics must pertain to general research skills and in field-specific research skills and subject areas. In addition, a number of doctoral level courses are offered by Dutch universities, national research schools and international partner institutions.

Both PhD training and supervision are tailored to candidate’s individual needs and abilities and translated into a Training and Supervision Plan that is formulated prior to the start of students’ doctorate trajectory. Each Training and Supervision Plan must be submitted for approval as part of the admission package during the application process.