According to the Erasmus University doctoral regulations, all PhD candidates must have a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP). The Graduate School advises that PhD candidates and their supervisors to develop and determine a TSP within the first two months of the PhD track. We also recommend that at least 30 ECTS credits in the TSP should be dedicated to PhD training.
Our various departments and groups have their own versions of a TSP which generally contain the following three elements.
- Composition of the supervisory team and the various roles in the team
- Agreement about frequency of supervisory meetings
In the first couple of months, meeting your doctoral supervisor once every two weeks is considered a minimum, once every week is preferable
- Suggestions for courses
- Teaching responsibilities
- Signature PhD candidate, supervisory team, chairpersoon of the capicity group and/or director of research
A good start is crucial to the successful completion of any PhD project. In our course offer we have three complementary courses that together help PhD candidates kick-start their research.
- Guided peer support for PhD candidates
- How to finish your PhD in time
- Professionalism and integrity in research (mandatory for PhD candidates of the Graduate School)
- Project management: doing less but achieving more
In addition, in the first year, PhD candidates will mostly be working on fine-tuning their research plan. Therefore, the Graduate School recommends that they first focus on the following courses:
- Making your research proposal work for you
- Doing the literature review
- Searching and managing your literature
- Responsible research data management (RDM)
- Visual exploration of scientific literature with VOSviewer
The majority of our courses have a maximum of four sessions, therefore, doing three to four courses per semester is the recommended maximum. At any stage PhD candidates can make an appointments with our methodology consultant. In the second and following years, PhD candidates can focus further on methodology, philosophy of science and research design courses, and so on.
The formal requirements for the number of ECTS credits in your TSP vary per faculty and may be subject to change. Always ensure to check the current requirements with your respective PhD coordinator, PhD office or research director
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for the volume of learning and associated workload. One European Credit (EC) equals 28 hours of training.
- Overview of scheduled deliverables (i.e. research plan, literature review, papers, articles etc.)
- Moment(s) for a go/no-go decision
- Overview ECTS credits
- Course certificates
- Published articles
- Conference visits
- Teaching activities