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Programme structure

A Graduate School programme year commences each January. In the first year of the programme the participants write an extensive research proposal that they submit for approval to the UvH Doctorate Board. Research proposal approval gives admission to the subsequent years of the Graduate School.

First year

In the first year participants write a well-founded, academically sound research proposal, which must be practically feasible and socially relevant. Spread over the year, there are four weeks of course work in the foundation phase of the programme, with lectures by UvH staff and guests from other Dutch and international academic institutions. We also offer personal tutoring, and peer group learning sessions in which PhD students discuss their ongoing development.

Programme first year

Week 1 (end of January):  introduction and orientation
Week 2 (mid April):  epistemological and methodological orientation and grounding
Week 3 (end of June):  perspectives on meanings of lifepreliminary selection of a research supervision team
Week 4 (end of August):  perspectives on the concept of humanization, both in the context of Dutch society and in the light of global issues of justice and sustainability
November:  submission and assessment of research proposal

The second, third and fourth years

Research is conducted under supervision in the second and third years of the PhD programme. The participants will receive personal feedback on preliminary results, and participate in three weeks of course work that focuses on academic content and research methodology. PhD students will participate in one of the multidisciplinary UvH research projects, and in addition they will join one of the professorial groups, in which they discuss their draft chapters. The thesis is completed in the fourth (and possibly fifth) year of the programme. There is no course work programme at this final stage. Supervision occurs in one of the professorial groups and on an individual basis.


In november 2014 we will provide you with a more detailed programme for 2015.

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