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University of Humanistic Studies

Kromme Nieuwegracht 29
3512 HD Utrecht, the Netherlands

T +31 (0)30 239 01 00,


First year

The course work component of the first year of the UvH Graduate School has three main objectives. 
  • It focusses on developing academic knowledge and – skills which are needed to write a strong research proposal. This is the main goal in the first year. 
  • It introduces PhD candidates to key concepts and research methods in the interdisciplinary field which encompasses Humanistic Studies and the Ethics of Care. 
  • The program aims to create a learning environment in which PhD students can build a supportive ‘community of researchers’ in which they discuss their work-in-progress and share experiences in peer groups with other PhD candidates. In addition to the course work program, which consists of 4 x 4 consecutive days spread over the year, all PhD students will schedule regular meetings with their own PhD supervisor(s). 

In May, all PhD students have to submit their research proposal to the UvH Board for the Conferral of Doctoral Degrees, where it will be reviewed and assessed. After approval, students are admitted to a specific PhD research cluster for the subsequent years of their enrollment in the Graduate School. 


Week 1 (End of August):  Introduction and orientation to academic writing, proposal writing and research methodology
Week 2 (November):  Epistemological and methodological orientation and grounding

Week 3 (January): Interdisciplinary research, research methodology, and academic review
Week 4 (April): research methodology, data analysis and participation in (inter)national academic conference

In each week, there will be time set aside to discuss the draft research proposals of participating PhD students.

Consequent years (years 2-5)

In the consequent years PhD students take part in one of the research clusters and conduct their research under superintendence of their supervisors. Supervision occurs in cluster meetings as well as on an individual basis. The participants will receive personal feedback on their preliminary results and participate in the educational programme. The programme consists of four 2-days courses (a year) and one 2-day international Graduate School conference. 

Each 2-day course encompasses one plenary lecture or workshop delivered by an international renown scholar, one plenary research methods workshop and two (peer-group) workshops offered by the research clusters. The GS conference includes lectures of key-note speakers, parallel workshops and opportunities for PhD students to present their research. After the fourth year of the programme (including the foundation year) there is no educational programme, and the supervision is focused on finishing the thesis. The thesis is expected to be completed in the fourth or the fifth year of the programme. 



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