1. Research Design (6 ECTS)
PhD candidates who enter the PhD programme in cohorts are expected to take the Research Design course as an introduction to the PhD programme. The course is entirely online and includes:
Module 1. Academic integrity (2 ECTS)
Module 2. Methodology (2 ECTS)
Module 3. Proposal writing (2 ECTS)
Research Design leads up to the finalisation of the research proposal. Normally, the course is taken as a whole, but it is possible to receive a waiver for one or multiple modules. This all depends on the arrangements made in the TSP. The course is offered twice a year; registration deadlines are 1st August and 1st February. To register, PhD candidates can fill in this application form.
2. Visits to academic conferences (max. 2 ECTS)
The conferences must stretch over several days and must include a presentation of the PhD candidate’s research (max. 1 EC per conference). PhD candidates must fill in a record of attendance form when they have completed this component and upload it in their portfolio in Hora Finita. Please note that these academic conferences do not include the annual VU FRT PhD conferences.
3. Participation in research team (2 ECTS)
The PhD candidate actively participates for at least one year or at least in six meetings in the work of a research team and has given at least one presentation. In the portfolio in Hora Finita, the PhD candidate must upload a form which is signed by the supervisor and the chair of the research team.
4. Transferable Skills (2 ECTS)
Transferable skills concern the transmission or communication of scientific research, preferably of the own research topic, to a broader audience. Activities that are used for transferable skills must thus always be related to academics. Activities can be put in your TSP/portfolio for transferable skills if they meet the following criteria:
- The activity requires you to use knowledge from scientific research
- The activity transfers knowledge or skills from scientific research to a broader audience
- Not obligatory, but recommended: the activity relates to your research focus
Examples of activities that can be used for transferable skills are:
- Teaching/giving lectures on academic level, for example about your research
- Giving a workshop to professionals in the field of your research
- Organizing an academic conference
- Writing an article for a blog, newspaper, social media account about scientific research
- Using other types of media to communicate scientific research (podcasts, video’s etc.)
- Participating in a societal oriented research project at FRT, for example Emoena or ‘Mapping Religious Heritage in Amsterdam’. We will provide a list of research projects at VU soon.
- Employed PhD candidates (AiO’s) can also follow the University Teaching Qualification course (UTQ, or BKO in Dutch) as part of transferable skills.
For waiver requests, the same description and criteria apply.