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PhD curriculum

OIKOS curriculum for PhD Students

PhD students may participate in two kinds of OIKOS activities: the courses organized within the OIKOS PhD curriculum and the meetings of the OIKOS research group(s) of their choice. The OIKOS PhD curriculum comprises approximately ten courses per year, ranging from seminars on theory and method to master classes in Rome or Athens. Research group meetings may take the form of seminars or conferences. Many of these activities are also open to Research Master students.

For information about OIKOS membership options for PhD students, read the membership requirements.

The OIKOS curriculum

All OIKOS PhD students are encouraged to participate in curriculum courses for at least 10 EC credits (= 10 x 28 hours) in the course of their PhD studies. Students are advised to follow as many of the standard OIKOS curriculum as possible (Nunspeet Seminars, TiC days, OIKOS Masterclass and Phd/ReMA presentation days), but may deviate from it according to their own wishes, as long as they obtain 10 EC. The number of credits for each course can be found on the page listing the upcoming OIKOS courses; registration of credits obtained by students is managed by the OIKOS office. After the defense, a PhD student who followed 10 EC or more in credits is considered an OIKOS Alumnus/-a and will be recorded in the alumni section of the OIKOS website. Alumni with 10 EC also qualify for the OIKOS PhD Award, if they have finished their dissertation in time.

Costs and application

The OIKOS curriculum is open to full OIKOS PhD students as well as associated PhD students, but full members take precedence if the number of enrolments for a particular course exceeds the maximum number of participants. For most courses, students are placed on a first-come-first-serve basis, but for the OIKOS Masterclass and other paper-presentation days, the quality of the abstract is leading. Participation in courses taking place within the Netherlands is free of charge (except for travel expenses, which are always paid by the student him/herself); for those taking place abroad (international PhD Days, PhD Masterclass) a financial contribution may be required.

Other course options

PhD students are allowed to participate in activities of other research schools (‘onderzoeksscholen’) in the humanities as well, without additional costs. It is also possible to participate in courses aimed at Research Master students when they are (partly) organized or subsidized by OIKOS. In this case, PhD students have to get in touch with the organizers of the course, and make arrangements with them about additional assignments, costs and credits. If they convert these courses into more extensive tutorials, PhD students are allowed to use the credits they earn for their OIKOS PhD curriculum.

Research groups

In addition to the PhD curriculum, the OIKOS research groups organize activities in which both senior researchers and research master and PhD students participate. Although attendance of research group meetings is not rewarded by EC credits, such activities are regarded as an important aspect of the student’s training. Students are therefore encouraged to actively participate in their research groups.

For any questions please contact the OIKOS coordinators.

Last modified:22 January 2021 4.47 p.m.