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Education The Faculty Graduate Schools Graduate School Theology and Religious Studies PhD Programme

PhD Training Programme

of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

The main part of your PhD programme, performing research independently, takes place under the supervision of at least two experts on your research subject. The results of your research are written down in a PhD thesis. It is also possible to obtain your PhD based on articles (to be) published in scientific journals. After a successful defense, you will be awarded with a PhD degree that is internationally esteemed and recognized.

In four year PhD programmes, the training programme usually amounts to 30 ECTS credits (1 credit is 28 hours of study) and is a mix of practical skill courses, and in-depth courses regarding the research subject. Attending a conference, andresearch seminars or other activities can also count towards credits. Your training programme will be developed after admission, in collaboration with your supervisors and the Graduate School.

Training in research ethics and academic integrity is a compulsory part of the programme. You can fulfill this requirement by joining the sessions on ethics and integrity organized yearly in the third block of the year (starting in February), together with the research master students. You can find the schedule for these sessions via the schedule generator; search for the course 'generic academic skills' then contact the course coordinator. If you prefer to fulfill this requirement in another way, please discuss this with your supervisors and the director of the graduate school.

Budget for Training Programme and Research Activities

  1. Each PhD student has a total personal budget of € 5000 (four year programme) (bench fee) to cover the costs of the training programme and additional research costs, such as expenses for travel, lodgings and registration for conferences or seminars. This money does not have to be spent per year.

  2. Any amount of money remaining after the termination of your appointment or studentship must be transferred to the Faculty's account.

  3. As a rule, expenses for travel, lodgings and registration for conferences, seminars, etc. will only be reimbursed on the condition that a paper is presented. Costs incurred by travel and lodgings on a research trip are reimbursable as well. As these costs are relatively high, you are strongly advised to apply for external funding for such trips whenever possible. Application forms for reimbursement of research costs can be obtained at the Graduate School Office.

  4. If your project is funded by a national or foreign research foundation, slightly different rules apply. In that case you should contact dr. Kim Knibbe, Director of the Graduate School, for further information.

Practical Skill Courses (13 ECTS)
Monthly seminar of the Graduate School ThRS (2 ECTS)
  • Participation Departmental Research Colloquium (1 ECTS)
  • Participation meetings of the Graduate School in which each PhD presents (once a year) his or her research focusing on the central ideas of the project. The other participants give feedback on the presentation both orally and written (1 ECTS)
Individual Part of the Training Programme (15 ECTS)

Each individual training programme is predominantly dependent of the own research project. Drawn up in consultation with the supervisors, it should consist of (inter)disciplinary courses of the national research schools, such as NOSTER and others. It is also possible to take relevant courses from the (research) master of the Graduate School Theology and Religious Studies, and other Graduate Schools, in Groningen and elsewhere.

Last modified:10 October 2021 4.18 p.m.