How to finish your PhD in timeCourses for beginning PhD candidates


ECTS: 2.5 
Number of sessions: 3
Hours per session: 6.5
Entry level: Introduction
Course fee:

  • This course is exclusively available to PhD candidates of the Erasmus Graduate School
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information

Contact:

Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School)


You can only enrol for one edition of this course.


Semester 1

Session 1
November 22 (Friday) 2018
09:00-11:00
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Session 2
November 29 (Friday) 2018
09:30-17:00
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Session 3
December 7 (Friday) 2018
09:30-17:00
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Semester 2

Session 1
March 29 (Friday) 2018
09:00-11:00
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Session 2
April 5 (Friday) 2018
09:30-17:00
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Session 3
April 12 (Friday) 2018
09:30-17:00
Location will be announced soon



Aims and working method

In this intensive program for first-year PhD students (with a minimum of 3 months of experience) a variety of practical exercises is used. You will receive personal feedback to assignments and can apply the tools and experiences to your own work situation. 
The program focuses on the things you would like to achieve in your work, taking into account your personal ways of working and the difficulties you encounter while keeping a healthy work/life balance.

The tools we will hand to you are various ways of analysing and planning your time on a day-to-day basis, as well as in the long term. 
Once you know what you would like to achieve and how to plan your activities you need to communicate these plans to your colleagues and establish effective ways of collaboration. You might also want to interest people you meet at conferences in your research. Therefore we also practise the art of negotiating and networking. 

You will receive the book ‘Projectmanagement’ for PhDs’ and learn to work with the special web-based planning tool


Learning objectives

After completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply time management and project management tools to writing a dissertation, taking into account your personal goals;
  • Negotiate in an academic setting ;
  • Prepare and practise networking at a conference.


Session descriptions

  • Session 1:
    Academic research and project management

    • Differences between micro, meso- and long term time management;
    • Discussing personal goals and work methods;
    • Differences between urgent and important tasks;
    • Make a planning for the next week ;
    • Practise planning of a research project.

  • Session 2:
    Work-life balance and time management 

    • Work-life balance and time management; 
    • Manage the differences between your ideal and realistic plannings;
    • Make a plan for the coming years of your PhD project;
    • Prioritize and keep a healthy work/life balance. 

  • Session 3:
    Collaborating / negotiating / networking

    • Learn about the negotiation strategies;
    • Practise negotiating in an academic setting ;
    • Prepare for network conversations at a conference;
    • Practise a network pitch.

About the instructors

Maarten Bordewijk, MA, is one of the senior trainers of Hertz, training for scientists. He is an experienced professional in personal and organizational development.  He is specialized in Time management and Project management.