Research Planning and Time Management (2023-II)

Course description

PhD candidates are expected to manage research, administrative and teaching obligations. In practice, these demands mean that it can be hard to balance research and other duties and to find a focus and set priorities. This course, consisting of a workshop and an individual meeting, helps you to improve your planning and time management skills. Related topics such as working style, causes of stress, procrastination and the relationship with your supervisor will be addressed as well.

Learning objectives

During this workshop you will learn how to make long-term and short-term plans for your research. You will discover how to monitor the progress and quality of your research and set priorities. You will learn about the personal time-management and self-management skills that you need to carry out your plans.

Instructional method

You will carry out a number of assignments, both as preparation for the workshop and during the sessions. There will also be time to share experiences and ideas. In a follow-up individual meeting we discuss personal topics and your research plans.


Angela Markenhof, LL.M., works as a trainer and educational consultant at Educational Development & Training at Utrecht University. She trains students and PhD candidates in academic and research skills and their supervisors in mentoring skills. She advises study programmes on how to implement academic and professional skills in the curriculum. Planning, self-management strategies and motivation have her special interest.

Group size

8 to 10 participants

Number of credits

0.5 EC

Course schedule


You will plan the individual meeting after the workshop.

Study load

In addition to the scheduled sessions, you should take into account an extra study load of approximately 12 hours in total. This study load generally consists of homework assignments in preparation for the next session.

Course certificate

You will receive a course certificate after attending the whole sessions, being an active participant and attending the individual meeting.

Cancellation and No-show policy

This course is free for GSLS PhD candidates. However: free of charge does not mean free of responsibility. Once you have signed up for a course, we expect you to attend. For every late cancellation or no-show we have had to disappoint others who would have liked to attend. This is our policy:

  • You may cancel free of charge up to 4 weeks before the start of the course. After this date you can only cancel if you have a GSLS PhD candidate to replace you in the course. Send the name and contact information of your replacement to, at least 2 working days before the start of the course;
  • We expect that you actively attend the full course, but at least 80%. It is mandatory to attend the first session. If you are absent the first session you cannot follow the remaining of the course;
  • Not meeting the above requirements means you will be charged a no-show fee (€ 138). We will send the invoice after the course has ended. We are unable to make any exceptions, unless you have a valid reason (i.e., illness or death in the family 1st/2nd degree or partner). Your supervisor has to send an e-mail to indicating the reason.

Unfortunately we don’t offer this course for participants not part of the GSLS. Our courses tend to be fully booked by GSLS PhD candidates.

I learned how to be more realistic while planning, and how to make a long, mid-term and weekly plan

I gained more insight in my personal situation concerning the planning and timeframe of my PhD

Start date and time
End date and time
Utrecht Science Park
Entrance fee
This course is free for GSLS PhD candidates.

Registration for this course opens 2 months before the course start. You can register via our course portal. After opening, the portal shows how many spots are still available.

More information
PhD Course Centre