PhD training programme

For whom is the training programme?

The training programme consists of a core programme and optional components. PhD employees, contract PhD’s and lectures doing PhD research all follow the core programme. For external PhD’s the core programme is optional, but they are explicitly invited to the PhD introduction. The core programme is also open to junior lecturers without the obligation to do a PhD. All PhD’s can designate certain optional components as part of their individual training.

Core programme

The core programme consists of:

Registration: there is no need to register for the core programme. The Graduate School coordinator will contact you about your participation.

PhD Introduction

The PhD introduction (pdf, 362 kB) is organized twice a year and will be announced on the Faculty Agenda.

Research methods and techniques

In four sessions of two hours each there will be a recapitulation of all methods, as well as methods for indexing and organizing research information:

  • ­Doctrinal legal Research;
  • ­Comparative Law;
  • ­Empirical social-cultural-legal Research.

Workshop: Writing and publishing an article – the challenges of legal scholarship

Writing (and eventually publishing) an article is satisfying work, but also quite difficult. There are many decisions to be made and considerations to be taken into account, such as whether to publish in national journals or international ones as well. The main aim of these two sessions – planned for the 1st and 3rd year of your PhD project – is to jointly discover the prerequisites and requirements for writing and publishing a good article.

We will address questions regarding structure, approach, style and methodology as well as more practical matters concerning the importance of publications for career planning and the application for scholarships.

Presenting your project

Each PhD presents his/her own project in his/her own section or research centre. All colleague-PhD’s are expected to attend presentations as well as other meetings in the section or research centre.

Teaching qualification (BKO) and teaching skills

If you have a teaching position in the faculty, you will follow the "Education Management Course" as a prelude to the University Teaching Qualification (BKO). You will be invited for the course, so you don't have to register yourself.

The Teaching and Learning Centre also has an extensive range of courses on offer including coaching, didactic courses, courses on assessment expertise.

For questions about this topic, you can contact Vincent Geerts.