PhD candidates follow courses and teach classes. PhD candidates should be encouraged to take courses and attend seminars. These courses may be either related to the subject of the research or intended to improve skills or for personal development of the PhD candidate. The former will usually be offered by the research school of which you are a member. The latter are mostly offered by the graduate school. With these courses PhD candidates can e.g. improve their research planning, scientific writing and presenting, communication with you as supervisor and in teaching. During the second half of the track PhD candidates should start to think of how to continue their career after the PhD. For this purpose there are courses about professional development and career orientation.
Please discuss the educational needs with your PhD candidates, at the start and yearly during Assessment and Development interviews. Courses provided by the graduate school can be followed by PhD candidates that are employed by Utrecht University and that are registered in MyPhD as members of the graduate school. PhD candidates use MyPhD to register the courses they take (and teach).
Please note! Most PhD courses involve a fee. As supervisor you have to approve of PhD candidates registering for courses and provide for the fee. The source for such fees varies between departments.
Please note! The Graduate School of Natural Sciences requires PhD candidates to follow courses on Scientific Integrity (available in the near future) and ‘Start-to-Teach’. These are part of the required 4 EC general skills training as part of the total of 20 EC of required training.