PhD Programmes

At our faculty the PhD programme divers per department. Some departments have joint a national research school and some departments have the PhD programme organised by their department. In both cases the programme brings together the best expertise and infrastructure with the aim of optimizing the quality of research. 

As a PhD candidate it is important to deepen your knowledge and skills, enabling yourself to become a fully qualified scientist with an excellent perspective for a career of your choice. The educational programme for PhD candidates of the faculty of Science provides for a variety of activities enhancing your academic, professional and general skills. Courses will be offered by Graduate Schools of National Research School but also by the VU. The details of your training are reported in the Training and Supervision Plan.

Important

• Some courses are mandatory. This is clarified in the “Course overview” in the table below.
• Please note that you must obtain permission from your supervisor or the financial administrator before you can enrol in these courses.

PHD programmes listed per department

Below, you will find an overview of the PhD programme for each department of the faculty of Science. Please visit the pages of the specific department for more information about the education offered. Some departments have joint a national research school. Therefore the website links in some cases to a web address not part of the VU. For general questions PhD students can contact the PhD coordinator of the department (see schedule below).

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)

Department
Name
Course overview
Email address
Athena Institute
Barbara Regeer
TBD
b.j.regeer@vu.nl
Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences (AIMMS)
Bas Teusink
TBDmt@aimms.vu.nl
Computer Science
Annette ten Teije
TBDannette.ten.teije@vu.nl
Earth Sciences
Wim van Westrenen
TBDw.van.westrenen@vu.nl
Ecological Sciences
Toby Kiers
TBDtoby.kiers@vu.nl
Environment & Health (AIMMS)
Bas Teusink
TBDmt@aimms.vu.nl
Health Sciences
Maartje van Stralen
TBDmaartje.van.stralen@vu.nl
Institute for Environmental Sciences
Ad van Dommelen
TBDad.van.dommelen@vu.nl
Mathematics
Rob van der Vorst
TBDr.c.a.m.vander.vorst@vu.nl
Molecular Cell Biology (AIMMS)
Bas Teusink
TBDmt@aimms.vu.nl
Neurosciences
Els Borghols
TBDels.borghols@vu.nl
Physics & Astronomy
Gerhard Raven
TBDh.g.raven@vu.nl

More information about the national research schools can be found on the website of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Courses offered by the VU

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. 

Scientific Integrity
For more information contact Maaike Croes and Simone Zindel: bestuurssecretariaat.beta@vu.nl.
All PhD candidates that started after 1 April 2015 are required to take a course on scientific integrity.

The aims of the course are to:
1) introduce you to the topic research integrity;
2) help you identifying any potential grey areas in your research field;
3) stimulate an open discussion of research integrity matters on the work floor.

The next course Scientific Integrity for PhD’s is starting 25 September, 2018 (09.00-12.30 hrs).
There will be another course this year, planned on 6 December 2018 from 13.30 till 17.00 PM.
Before our first meeting it is expected to complete the online course Research Integrity (please send your certificate before 10 September 2018 to Maaike Croes/Simone Zindel at bestuurssecretariaat.beta@vu.nl).

Herewith more information about the course:
•  Brochure RI course documentation (In the brochure you will find the details of this preparation)
•  User Guide
•  A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research (On being a scientist)

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 Writing
EC: tbd
Contact: tbd

Presentation Skills
EC: tbd
Contact: tbd

Scientific Specialization
Courses will be mostly organized by the Graduate Schools, but also training programmes 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.