Roles within the PhD track
A number of players are involved in a PhD track. The tasks they fulfil and the conditions they must meet are described on this page.
The PhD candidate
- Aspires to attain a doctoral degree.
- Is responsible for the supervision of the PhD candidate throughout the PhD track.
- The supervisor is always assisted by a supervision team.
- Consists of a minimum of two and a maximum of four people, including the supervisor;
- At least two people in the supervision team are experts with a doctorate;
- At least one member of the supervision team is affiliated with Radboud University as an academic or otherwise as an employee;
- Consists of 3 or 5 members, including a chair (=professor at Radboud University).
- Decides whether the PhD candidate has provided proof of competence to conduct independent academic research with his or her manuscript.
- Advises the Dean on whether or not to appoint a Cum Laude Committee
- At least one member of the Manuscript Committee – at least two members if the committee has five members – is an external member.
- The Manuscript Committee has a balanced and, if possible, diverse composition.
- A member of the supervision team may not be a member of the Manuscript Committee.
Cum Laude Committee
- Consists of 3 members, including the chair of the Manuscript Committee.
- The two members of the Cum Laude Committee still to be appointed are external members.
- Decides whether the manuscript is of outstanding academic quality.
- The Cum Laude Committee has a balanced and, if possible, diverse composition.
- Members of the supervision team and, with the exception of the chair, members of the Manuscript Committee are not eligible for appointment.
Doctoral Examination Board
- Consists of a minimum of seven and a maximum of eleven members.
- the Rector (or deputy) (also chair of the Doctoral Examination Board);
- the members of the Manuscript Committee;
- the (co-)supervisor(s).
- one external member
- Decides whether the PhD can be awarded
- Decides whether the cum laude distinction can be awarded
- With the exception of the PhD (co-)supervisor, all members of the Doctoral Examination Board can act as opponents during the PhD defence ceremony.
- Members of the Cum Laude Committee cannot be appointed as external members.
- Majority are professors.
- The Doctoral Examination Board has a balanced and, if possible, diverse composition.