The PhD programme has been set up to support the PhD candidate to reach the learning targets. The programme aims to give an excellent start in becoming an internationally recognised scientist.
Philosophy of the programme
To obtain a PhD degree the candidate must have shown to be able to function as an independent scientist i.e.: developing relevant research questions, doing original scientific research to address these questions, leading to sound interpretation of the results and drawing the correct conclusions, placing these in the existing knowledge framework and communicating the findings.
During the PhD programme, the candidate must acquire so-called T-shaped skills which imply:
- In-depth insight in the specific research (s)he is doing (vertical bar of the T) and placing this acquired knowledge in a broad scientific and societal context (horizontal bar of the T).
- Having the skills and competences to function as a qualified academic in academia (vertical bar of the T) and in society at large (horizontal bar of the T).
The four-year PhD programme largely consists of conducting research and writing a thesis (dissertation). Furthermore, 10% of the time can be spent on teaching and up to 15% of the time is spent on training and education activities which include participation in (international) courses, competence and skills training, seminars, conferences and workshops. See PhD Training and Education.
The learning targets of the PhD Programme are:
Functioning as independent practitioner of science who is able to:
- Formulate scientific questions, either based on social issues or scientific progress;
- Conduct original scientific research
- Publish articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, publish books with scientific publishers or make a technical design.
- Integrating the research in, or placing it within the framework of, the own scientific discipline and against the background of a broader scientific area;
- Placing the research aims and research results in a societal context;
- Postulating concisely worded propositions in scientific and societal areas, formulated in such a way that they are subject to opposition and defence.