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PhD programme

The BSI Graduate School offers a KNAW-accredited PhD programme aimed at training high-quality scientific researchers in the field of behavioural science. Successful students complete the PhD programme with a doctorate in social sciences. During their PhD project, the PhD students acquire advanced research skills and topical expertise preparing them for an academic career as researcher, but also for a career as researcher in the field of health care and education or a related field.
The interdisciplinary BSI PhD programme offers an inspiring combination of psychological and educational science, focusing on the common goal of increasing our understanding of human behaviour.

PhD students enrolled in the programme carry out their own research project under close supervision of highly qualified scientific researchers. In the PhD training programme, PhD students receive additional training in various relevant skills and knowledge areas. In the training programme, students are offered workshops and courses on specific topics and training opportunities to become proficient in the basic professional skills of scientific researchers. This enables them to optimally prepare themselves for a career within or outside academia. PhD students have a 10% teaching obligation within the School of Psychology and Artificial Intelligence and/or the School of Education. In fulfilling this teaching obligation (640 hours during their PhD-project) PhD students have the opportunity to obtain their ‘BKO’ (‘Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs’). This is a certificate on their teaching qualifications

External PhD-students

The BSI Graduate School has two categories of PhD students: a) PhD-students appointed at the Radboud University and b) PhD students with an employment elsewhere, called external PhD students ('buitenpromovendus'). External PhD students are supervised by a full professor of the BSI Graduate School and have access to lab facilities and support. For more information about the possibilities to become an external PhD student, please contact Meta van den Eng or Johan Karremans.

PhD Platform

The PhD Platform serves as the voice of all BSI PhD students; as the PhD representatives they collaborate with the BSI management and the PhD Organization Nijmegen (PON) to improve the work life of PhD students. For example, together with the BSI management the PhD Platform is currently working on professionalization of the supervision, and on expanding the alumni network. Moreover, PhD Platform aims to bring all PhD students from the BSI closer together by organizing BSI wide events for PhD students. For questions or suggestions about the PhD platform, please contact phdplatform@bsi.ru.nl.

Director PhD programme

Dr. Johan Karremans


Coordinator PhD programme

Drs. Meta van den Eng