Education and teaching


PhD candidates do not only execute research, they also get an education, both to acquire a more profound knowledge in close contact with (inter)national peers from their field of research, but also to train various skills and to position themselves optimally for the next step in their career. Each PhD candidate devotes 30EC (840 hours) to education and training. This concerns both education aimed at content, arranged for by the fifteen national research schools, and education in skills, provided in the form of courses by the Graduate School of Humanities or by other research groups of the VU.

PhD candidates follow part of their training with the national research schools. There, they can follow courses on subject matter, summer schools, workshops and masterclasses in the field of their specialisation. PhD candidates are expected to follow 10EC with the national research schools. The registration with the national research schools is arranged through the Graduate School.

Application Forms Courses (obligatory)


Because the VU considers it important that its PhD candidates are excellently qualified for the (academic) job market, there is space in the PhD track for teaching within the faculty of Humanities. In the second and third year of their appointment, PhD candidates are called in to provide teaching. A condition for teaching is that the subject matter is linked to the PhD candidate’s expertise, so that the preparations will not demand too much of his/her time. Agreements about teaching to be done by the PhD candidate will be included in the OBP. Teaching can be combined with the acquisition of the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO, 150 hours, 5 EC).