PhD Courses

VU Amsterdam offers you the tools to deepen your knowledge and skills, enabling you to become a fully qualified scientist with an excellent perspective for a career of your choice.

The PhD educational programme of the faculties of Sciences (FEW) and Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) provides for a variety of training courses and activities enhancing your academic, professional and general skills. The details of the training are reported in the Training and Supervision Plan.

European Credits (EC's)

During the PhD period you are required to obtain 30 EC's:

  • Scientific integrity (mandatory, 2 EC)
  • General academic skills (together with scientific specialization: 8-20 EC)
  • Scientific specialization (together with general academic skills: 8-20 EC)
  • Research related activities (8-20 EC)

Scientific integrity

All PhD candidates that started after 1 April 2015 are required to take a course on scientific integrity. This is the only mandatory aspect. One can contact Mieke Noordam for more information about the Scientific Integrity course.

General academic skills

Academic activities are helpful to develop your general academic skills. These may include for instance scientific writing, presentation skills, management skills, but also (formal) Training for Education, participation in representative councils, participation in BSc/MSc Information days, organization of community events such as conferences.

Scientific specialization

Courses will be mostly organized by the Graduate Schools, but also training programs for complex instruments and writing a grant proposal can be part of your scientific specialization.

Research related activities

These activities may include for instance visit to conferences, presentation of lectures and posters and participation in workshops. 

Please note that you must obtain permission from your supervisor or the financial administrator before you can enrol in these courses.