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Programme

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. 

Programme 2018-2019

Week 1 (27 - 30 August 2018):  Introduction and orientation to academic writing, proposal writing and research methodology
Week 2 (5 - 8 November 2018):  Epistemological and methodological orientation and grounding

Week 3 (18 - 21 February 2019): Interdisciplinary research, research methodology, and academic review
Week 4 (1 -4 April 2019): research methodology, data analysis and participation in (inter)national academic conference

Conference : 4 April 2019


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. This programme consists of eight course days a  year including an international Graduate School conference. 


The educational programme encompasses a variety of research methods, workshops, regular research  meetings within the own cluster,  plenary symposia delivered by international renown scholars, and plenary meetings on specific UvH/GS themes. The one day GS conference usually includes a session with an international key-note speaker, poster presentations by all GS1 students, paper presentations by a number of GS2 students as well as presentations by UvH staff and invited people from the GS-students professional networks. 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.