PhD trajectories at FHML

    A PhD trajectory at FHML is aimed at the development of the PhD candidate into a well-equipped, well-prepared and capable independent researcher ready to successfully defend the PhD thesis during the graduation ceremony. The FHML considers a thesis as a demonstration of the PhD candidate’s ability to carry out independent scholarly work. The candidate should be enabled to finish the PhD trajectory within a reasonable time period.

    During the trajectory, the PhD candidate should be enabled to develop competencies by completing a Training and Supervision Plan listing courses, conference visits, PhD-related activities and teaching. At the end of the trajectory, after approval of the manuscript by the Assessment Committee, the candidate publicly defends the thesis in a ceremony that lasts for an hour.

    Types of PhD candidates

    PhD research at FHML can be performed as an internal PhD candidate or researcher who is employed at MUMC+, or as an external PhD candidate with or without a scholarship. The standard duration of a PhD trajectory is four years. In case of a part-time or external PhD trajectory, a different time planning can be agreed upon with the supervisors. Each PhD candidate has at least a supervisor and co-supervisor.

    End-terms for the PhD thesis

    FHML dissertations generally consist of a number of separate scholarly papers, all or some of which have already been published in the form of articles and which demonstrate sufficient mutual coherence. It should also contain an introduction and a conclusion, in which the relationship between the papers is explained, a summary, valorisation addendum and eight to eleven propositions. The first promoter decides, in mutual agreement with the other supervisors, when the manuscript is of sufficient quality to be sent to the Assessment Committee.

    Detailed descriptions of the requirements can be found in the Regulation governing the attainment of doctoral degrees Maastricht University.* The sample letters to apply for access to the PhD degree and the Declaration of scientific integrity should be sent to the PhD office of Maastricht University around the time the manuscript is finished, keeping a time frame of about 20 weeks in mind until the date of the actual PhD ceremony.

    * This regulation also offers general information about who can do a PhD, the task of a (co-)promotor and the composition of the review committee.