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PhD training

Components of the PhD training

The PhD training consists of a cursory component and an individually supervised research component. In this latter component, the PhD candidate performs research under the supervision of the day-to-day supervisor and the promoter and the PhD candidate reports on his/her research finding.

During the cursory component, the PhD candidate attends courses given at his own institute or elsewhere. The cursory component consists of both specific training in the PhD candidate’s field of research, and training in general skills. The content and quantity of the cursory component depend on the starting qualifications of the PhD candidate and on the research requirements. The content and quantity of the research component are determined in consultation with the supervisor(s) and promoter(s) and are put down in writing in the Training and Supervision Plan. If necessary, this plan can be adjusted if the annual progress meetings with the PhD candidate and the supervisory team give rise to changes.

Training in the field of research

Training in the PhD candidate’s specific field of research will mainly be provided by national research schools and research networks, if necessary supplemented with training from the Research Master of the candidate’s own Graduate School or other Master programmes.

In general, a PhD candidate will be a member of one research school or research network. He/she can take the training courses provided by this school. However, it is recommended to also check out the training courses provided by other schools. For example, the courses in methodology and statistics of the IOPS research school.

Candidates are required to consult their supervisor(s) if they want to attend a course that is not mentioned in their Training and Supervision Plan. If these courses involve costs, then compensation has to be provided by the project or department budgets.

Links to pages about training courses of research schools, research institutes and research networks:

Research school

Research field

training offer



Courses ICS


Social and Personality Psychology

Courses KLI


Psychometrics and Statistics

Courses IOPS



Courses OGWG


Behavioural and Neurosciences, incl. Artificial Intelligence and Human Movement Sciences

Courses BCN


Educational Sciences

Courses ICO-ISOR


Research School for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics

Courses TRAIL


Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture

Courses WTMC


Experimental Psychopathology

Courses EPP


Artificial Intelligence

Courses ALICE

Human Movement Sciences

Courses Human Movement Sciences


Health Issues

Courses SHARE


Drug Exploration

Courses GUIDE [MvdV1]

Training in general skills

As a PhD candidate you can participate in several basic training courses in Groningen such as:

Attending conferences and symposiums

Part of performing research is presenting your research results to fellow-researchers. You also need to inform yourself of the latest results in their research. Therefore, it is essential for your PhD training that you take an active part in (international) conferences. On average, most PhD candidates attend a conference abroad once a year.

Last modified:26 July 2021 4.05 p.m.