After completion of a research-oriented Master's programme, students may choose to follow a PhD programme. In the Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, around 40 PhD candidates begin their PhD programmes each year.
The PhD Programme
During their programme, PhD candidates work on a research project under the supervision of a professor. The research culminates in a doctoral thesis or a series of articles in academic journals. PhD candidates also dedicate part of their time to education and training provided by the Graduate Schools, and they often undertake teaching duties themselves.
PhD candidates are the drivers of their own scientific and personal development, and are expected to take the initiative, to look for solutions and to be proactive. At the start of the PhD track, the PhD candidate and the supervisor draw up an educational plan together and decide which courses are appropriate and relevant. This plan is updated annually.
PhD candidates follow specific courses to deepen and broaden their knowledge and expertise in a particular scientific area, and to acquire the academic and career orientation skills necessary to become independent scientists and, depending on their choice of future career, to prepare for a career outside academia. The PhD candidates may, for instance, study specific research methods and research techniques, discipline oriented subjects, or work on their presenting and writing skills.
The Graduate School of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers several courses, some of which are organized in collaboration with local research programs, with national research networks or research schools or a combination of these.