Doctoral Education

A PhD degree alone is often not enough in today’s competitive job market. You must be equipped with a number of competences too; the creativity and flexibility of a research mind-set is of value to many positions and careers. In order to deepen and broaden these competences, the Graduate School offers you the Doctoral Education – Skills Training Programme.

Your personal development process is kick-started during the PhD Start-up, where you need to think carefully and strategically about your competences and skills. After this you will prepare your tailored DE Plan that covers specific needs and expectations, in consultation with your supervisory team.

Skills Training Programme

DE at A+BE Graduate School

A+BE Graduate School has developed domain specific PhD courses in the categories 'Discipline-related skills' and 'Research skills'. The A+BE course 'Research Proposal' is mandatory for all A+BE PhD candidates as of September 2014.

MSc courses

Courses from MSc programmes can be used to obtain your Doctoral Education credits. If you participate in a regular MSc course and take the exam, the ECTS of the course are converted to GS Credits as 1 ECTS = 1 GS-Credit. For the 'Research-' and 'Discipline-' related skills there are MSc courses available at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. 

A selection of these courses (with a focus on research methods) can be found in the course list. The full offer of MSc courses is accessible in the online study guide. Other (inter)national universities offer relevant MSc courses as well. Please contact us to check if the quality of the institution meets the Graduate School requirements.

Research schools

A+BE Graduate School participates in two research schools: 

  • NETHUR (Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research) 
  • OSK (Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History) 

The courses offered are both in the category of 'research skills' and 'discipline-related skills'. If you completed a doctoral course at a research school or other organisation, your credits are determined by the duration of the course, not the amount of credits as stated by the provider. 1 GS credit is roughly 8 hours of coursework + 4 hours of preparation/assignment. When in doubt, contact us. 

Online courses

Online providers such as EdX and coursera offer MOOCs and other online courses. For your Doctoral Education programme you can obtain up to a maximum of 10 GS Credits via online learning (with a maximum of 5 GS-credits per course).

Other providers

it is also possible to obtain credits at summer schools and courses at other institutions. We only announce those that are of value for multiple PhD candidates, so be aware there is much more out there! Start your search from within the networks of your supervisors. If you have found an interesting summer school or course yourself, please let us know, so we can check if the quality meets the Graduate School requirements and we can share it with the other PhD candidates.

Planning and keeping track of Doctoral Education

During the PhD Agreement meeting (at 3 months) you should discuss your planning for the courses and Learning on the Job activities you intend to take with your supervisory team. Once this planning is agreed upon you should keep track of your Doctoral Education planning and progress in the Doctoral Monitoring Application (DMA). As this planning is subject to change and courses will be completed, the PhD candidate is requested to update DMA after each progress meeting. The supervisory team has to approve the adjusted planning and progress on the Go No Go and Yearly Progress Meeting Forms.

Credits and registering attended courses

In order for you to obtain credits for attending a course you have to get the course attendance form signed by the lecturer of the course (this also applies to MSc courses). If you receive an official certificate for the course you have followed, you may also use this as your proof of participation. 

For online courses for which you don't receive a certificate you can use the online course attendance form. This proof of participation has to be uploaded in DMA in order for you to obtain credits for the course.

The attendance forms can be found on the employee portal (Graduate School page).

Learning on the Job
Please refer to the BK Learning on the job list for an overview of activities, which qualify for Learning on the Job and the amount of credits you can receive for these activities.

Obtaining the Doctoral Education certificate

When you have finished the Doctoral Education programme, you have to apply for the doctoral education certificate (which you need in order to get a date for your thesis defence ceremony). The process of applying for the certificate is as follows:

  1. Make sure all your courses and Learning on the Job activities are registered in DMA correctly (for the courses make sure you have uploaded the course attendance forms as well).
  2. Ask your supervisory team for approval of your Doctoral Education programme.
  3. Send an email to us asking for a final check of your Doctoral Education programme.
  4. Graduate School A+BE checks your Doctoral Education programme. If you fulfil all requirements, you'll get the doctoral education certificate. If not, you'll be told what to do.