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.
• 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)
|Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences (AIMMS)
||Monica Sanchez Roman
|Environment & Health (AIMMS)
||Maartje van Stralen
|Institute for Environmental Studies
||Hans van der Woerd
||Rob van der Vorst
|Molecular Cell Biology (AIMMS)
|Physics & Astronomy
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.
For more information contact Simone Zindel and Maaike Croes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- introduce you to the topic research integrity;
- help you identifying any potential grey areas in your research field;
- stimulate an open discussion of research integrity matters on the work floor.
The next course Scientific Integrity part I for PhD’s is starting 3 December 2019 (09.00-12.30 hrs). There will be 3 courses next year, planned on 7 April 2020, 22 September 2020, 1 December 2020. Before our first meeting, planned on 3 December 2019, it is expected to complete the online course Research Integrity (please send your certificate before 19 November 2019 to Simone Zindel/Maaike Croes at email@example.com). The second part of the course Scientific Integrity is planned on 19 November 2019.
Next year the course will be given on 28 May 2020 and 17 November 2020.
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.
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.