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Essential skills to manage your PhD project

Doing a PhD is not a breeze. Besides a set of skills and competences, you need a certain mindset and strong personal skills to take control of your PhD project and reach the goal of obtaining your PhD degree.

This course focuses on personal leadership, self-management, supervisor management, project management and personal communication skills. Combined, these will help you tackle the PhD challenges and take the lead in obtaining your PhD degree with confidence and self-determination.


During this course you will learn how to become the owner of your PhD project. Besides addressing the right mindset, we focus on PhD challenges, the tools and approaches to tackle these and how to translate them into your tailored plan of action.

You will learn how to tactfully and assertively communicate in crucial conversations with your supervisor and other stakeholders in your PhD project. We focus on expectation management, influencing skills, negotiating, and dealing with feedback and conflict. You will practise these skills with an actor.

Elements that will be addressed are (personal) leadership, (self)management, and communication with your supervisor.

For Whom All PhD students in their first year are expected to attend this course. All other IMM colleagues are warmly invited to join!
Study load 24 hrs

Two-day course on:

  • 14 October 2022
  • 25 November 2022
Course Leaders Radboud In'to Languages
How to sign up Send an email to imm@ru.nl
Costs Participation is free of charge, however there is a no show fee