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General information

Accessibility of the PhD degree registration office

The PhD degree registration office can only be reached via the email address promoveren rug.nl.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the PhD degree registration office can be reached by telephone between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm on 050 363 5276.

Latest news PhD ceremonies

As from 3 May 2021, a maximum of 15 people may attend a PhD ceremony in the Aula, including the PhD student, their supervisor(s), members of the PhD Examining Committee, the beadle, the assistants (‘paranymphs’) and, potentially, a photographer.

If the measures are adjusted again, we will inform everyone on this as soon as possible.

More information: Guidelines PhD ceremonies UG as from 3 May 2021.

UG will not assign ISBNs anymore

As of July 10, 2020, the University of Groningen Library (UB) does not assign ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) to PhD theses anymore. Article 4.6.2 of the PhD Regulations of the University of Groningen, which obliges PhD students to request two ISBNs for their dissertation, is hereby cancelled. It is also no longer necessary to mention the ISBNs on the back of the title page (as stated in Appendix 2, Article 4.6 of the PhD Regulations).

Nowadays, a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is more important for the findability of the thesis. After submission via Hora Finita, all dissertations are awarded a DOI by the UB. The PhD student does not have to be apply for the DOI.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact dissertations rug.nl.

Submission of copies of the PhD thesis

The printed version of your thesis (2 copies plus 2 copies of their propositions) can be

  • handed in at the Service desk of the University Library (Broerstraat 4), or
  • sent to our postal address:

    University of Groningen Library
    Dissertations department
    Postbus 559
    9700 AN Groningen

The electronic versions of the thesis and the propositions must be submitted via Hora Finita .

PhD Ceremony

The times of PhD ceremonies are as follows:

  • 9.00 p.m.
  • 11.00 a.m.
  • 12.45 p.m.
  • 2.30 p.m.
  • 4.15 p.m.

The PhD Regulations University of Groningen incorporate a number of statutory provisions conform the Higher Education and Research Act (in Dutch: WHW), and a number of conditions laid down by the PhD Board of the University of Groningen. Among other things, the PhD Regulations stipulate who will be allowed admission to the PhD programme and how the supervisors and co-supervisors are appointed, how the thesis shall come into being, and how the Assessment and PhD examining committee shall be composed.

The PhD regulations take effect as of 1 September, 2018 and replace the old regulations.

The most salient changes in comparison with the old PhD regulations are that:

  • from now each PhD must be supervised by at least two formal supervisors, namely two full professors (promotores) or one full professor (promotor) and one co-supervisor (copromotor)
  • the Graduate School Admissions Committee will make decisions regarding the admission of prospective students to a PhD programme
  • a training and supervision plan must be drawn up by the PhD student and the supervisors before the PhD programme begins
  • the PhD student will take an academic pledge at the PhD ceremony
  • the PhD student will no longer be awarded a PhD degree by the Faculty, but by the University
  • the PhD procedure is organised through a digital workflow (the application Hora Finita, information can be obtained from the Graduate Schools)
  • the PhD student must deliver an electronic version of the thesis and the propositions
  • the PhD student must submit his data with accompanying explanatory notes .

In the menu on the left you can find information about the PhD procedure, a description of the protocol during the PhD ceremony and a list of useful addresses.

Last modified:30 April 2021 4.42 p.m.
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