Courses for PhD Candidates

Almost all PhD candidates at Wageningen University are required to take courses. Through these courses you will expand your in-depth knowledge of specific research issues, improve your general skills and broaden your scientific scope.

You will also learn how to integrate your work into other research areas and society at large. There are compulsory and elective courses. An overview of the educational activities which you plan should be included in your Training and Supervision Plan.

Wageningen University offers three types of courses:

  1. Specialised courses organised by the graduate schools of Wageningen University
  2. General PhD skills courses organised by Wageningen Graduate Schools
  3. Courses organised by other parts of the university.

It is also possible to participate in courses offered by other universities and institutes.

Specialised courses


The graduate school for Experimental Plant Sciences organinses courses on e.g. Plant insect Interactions.
For a complete overview visit Courses by EPS.


Courses by VLAG



PE&RC (co-)organises a broad range of courses and activities. Apart from initiatives of the PE&RC office and PE&RC staff members, activities are organised based on request and on suggestions by the PhD candidates themselves. See all PE&RC courses and activities.

Wageningen Graduate Schools

The Wageningen Graduate Schools (WSG) offer general competence and skills courses. Topics range from competence strengthening and career building, to language and facilitating. Wageningen PhD candidates who have an approved Training and Supervision Plan and post-docs who are members of EPS, VLAG, PE&RC, WIAS, WASS, or WIMEK can participate in these courses against a reduced fee.

Visit the Wageningen Graduate Schools’ website to learn more about the courses offered.

Non-graduate school courses

Courses by non-Wageningen UR institutes

  • BSDL: Biotechnology Studies Delft Leiden
  • Buys Ballot: A School for the Study of Fundamental Processes in the Climate System
  • CTG: Centre for Technical Geoscience
  • DISC: Dutch Institute of Systems and Control
  • Interuniversity center for Education research, ICO
  • N.W. Posthumus Institute: Graduate School for Economic and Social History
  • OSPT: Graduate School on Process Technology
  • Polymeren PTN: Graduate School of Polymer Science & Technology
  • WTMC: Graduate School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture
  • Geoplan (geography, planology, environment and other topics) (In Dutch)
  • PATO (engineering studies)
  • PAON (natural sciences)
  • PAO Delft
  • PAO in Personnel and Organization; PAO in Communication
  • Management Centrum ‘de Baak’ VNO-NCW Noordwijk (In Dutch)