PhD candidates are the prime stakeholders of the graduate school. Therefore, the central task of the graduate school is to enhance, support, and monitor the progress and quality of the programme that the PhDs of the graduate school are following. This is effectuated via:
The PE&RC PhD programme is rooted in two principles:
Final attainment aims of the programme
Upon completion of the PhD programme, the PhD candidate must have met the following attainment aims which identify that (s)he is able to:
Whether the attainment aims are met is demonstrated by the PhD thesis. The usual size of the thesis is equivalent to four papers published or publishable in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, plus a general introduction, and a synthesis (e.g. in the form of a general discussion). The supervisor(s) is responsible for discussing the specified requirements of the PhD study with the prospective PhD candidate at the start of the PhD trajectory. This primarily focuses on what is expected in order to get to the final thesis. The formal regulations and protocol concerning thesis format and public defence are usually described in the Doctoral Degree Regulations of the university at which the PhD candidate will defend his/her thesis. After the thesis has been approved by the supervisor(s), an (inter)national thesis committee appointed by the Academic Board of the University evaluates the thesis. Only in the case of a positive evaluation, a public defence of the dissertation takes place. The graduate school is not formally involved in this final examination.
Regardless of the University at which a PE&RC PhD candidate will defend his/her thesis, the graduate school is responsible for issuing a Training and Education Certificate which can be obtained when the graduate school’s training and education criteria, as formulated in the Training and Supervision Plan (TSP), have been met. This certificate, which is awarded to the PhD candidate together with the doctoral degree, specifies the training and education activities performed. Moreover, the list of activities is published in the thesis itself.
For more information about the different elements of the PE&RC PhD Programme (e.g., applying for a PhD position, the procedure of admission to the PE&RC PhD Programme, The Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) and the Training and Supervision Statement Form (TESF)), please visit the subpages in the "PhD" dropdown above. If you want to delve further into the courses and other activities (e.g., seminars, workshops, symposia, discussion groups) that we (co-)organise or support for our members, please go to the "Courses & Activities" menu.