Doctoral Education

The TU Delft requires all PhD candidates in the Graduate School to not only develop their research skills through their research project, but to also work on their personal and professional skills with the Doctoral Education (DE) programme. 

For whom?

As of 1 January 2014 Doctoral Education is required for all PhD candidates who have their doctoral defence at TU Delft. For 'old-style' PhD candidates and for internal- and external PhD candidates who were registered prior to that date DE is not required, but these candidates are welcome (and encouraged) to take courses. 

What?

As a PhD candidate you are required to complete the Doctoral Education programme to an amount of 45 GS-Credits (1 GS-Credit = 8 hours of coursework + 4 hours of preparation/assignment). The Doctoral Education programme is divided into three skill categories:

  • Discipline related skills
    The discipline related skills category focuses on giving you a greater breadth and depth of knowledge in the field of your doctoral research.
  • Research skills
    The focus of the research skills category is to improve your ability to conduct scientific research, and improve your skills needed for a role as a researcher in an academic environment.
  • Transferable skills
    The transferable skills category focuses on personal and professional development, which will help you now and in your future career.

The 45 GS-Credits are divided equally among these 3 categories:

  • Discipline related skills
  • Research skills
  • Transferable skills

15 GS-Credits
15 GS-Credits
15 GS-Credits

How to obtain credits

In all three categories of Doctoral Education you can obtain credits by taking courses. In the research skills category you can also obtain credits by Learning on the Job.

Learning on the Job

Learning on the Job only applies to the research skills category. It consists of a number of research activities which are part of your PhD research, such as writing a research proposal or giving a presentation. You should complete 5 - 15 GS-Credits in the research skills category through Learning on the Job. The list of Learning on the Job activities and the credits associated with them can be found on this page.

Courses

Courses can be taken for all three categories of Doctoral Education. For each course you can get a maximum of 5 GS-Credits. Courses can be obtained from a variety of providers. 

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). This planning should be approved in DMA by the supervisory team. As this planning is subject to change and courses will be completed, the PhD candidate is requested to update DMA after each mandatory progress meeting, after which the supervisory team has to re-approve the adjusted planning and progress.

Credits and registering attended courses

Courses
In order for you to obtain credits for attending a course you have to get this 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 this online course attendance form.
This proof of participation has to be uploaded in DMA in order for you to obtain credits for the course.

Learning on the Job
For Learning on the Job activities there is no need for a course attendance form. The requirement here is that you choose these Learning on the Job activities in agreement with your supervisors. Please refer to this page 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 your Doctoral Education, you have to apply for the Doctoral Education Certificate (which you need in order to get a date for your Doctoral Defence Ceremony). The process of applying for the Doctoral Education 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 graduateschool-ide@tudelft.nl asking for a final check of your Doctoral Education programme
  4. The IDE Graduate School checks your Doctoral Education programme. If you fulfil all requirements you'll get the Doctoral Education Certificate. If not, you'll be informed on how to proceed.