During a (regularly) 4-year programme, PhD candidates conduct a research project, resulting in a PhD thesis and/ or a series of articles in scientific journals. PhD candidates work under the supervision of a professor (‘promotor’) and a co-supervisor (‘copromotor’). During the PhD track PhD candidates take courses provided by the Graduate School of Life Sciences, resulting in highly qualified and well-trained PhDs.
A PhD project at Utrecht University always concludes with the writing of a thesis, or dissertation. Once the thesis is complete, your supervisor determines whether or not it is ready for submission and defence. A committee of professors is appointed to read and approve the thesis and to question the candidate during an oral defence.
- The PhD candidate is responsible for ensuring that the research that will serve as the basis for the doctoral thesis shall fulfil the following conditions:
- The PhD candidate makes an original contribution to academic research of a quality which stands up to peer review at the level usual in the Netherlands;
- The PhD candidate has demonstrated their ability to independently apply the academic methods used in the discipline concerned for developing, interpreting and putting into practice new knowledge;
- The PhD candidate has acquired and worked with a substantial body of knowledge which, at the very least, embraces the principles and methods of international academic practice and of theorisation, methodology and study in the discipline concerned;
- The PhD candidate possesses the ability to design and implement a substantial project for the purpose of developing new knowledge;
- The PhD candidate is able to pass on knowledge and methods pertaining to their discipline or specialism in an effective way;
- The PhD candidate is able to exercise social responsibility in the conducting, applying and making use of their own research.
- The research is conducted in compliance with legal and university regulations.
All rules and regulations regarding the PhD trajectory and doctoral thesis are available in the Doctoral Degree Regulations (PDF).