PhD training programmes at FHML/MUMC+
The aim of the PhD education programme at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) / Maastricht UMC+ is to promote development of a high level of competence in the specific research field, but also in more generic, transferrable skills that are important for high-level professional careers in research, education, and clinical practice.
An important part of the PhD training occurs in the context of conducting the research project, under expert supervision. In addition, all PhD candidates are expected to engage in broader educational activities. PhD candidates formulate and regularly update their personal education plan in consultation with their supervisors, based on an assessment of previously acquired competencies, skills specifically needed for the PhD research, more general knowledge and skills, and future career plans.
Acknowledging the diversity of academic backgrounds as well as the high time demands of ongoing research projects, the FHML education programme allows PhD candidates to choose from a wide range of courses, which are given by FHML staff and UM organisations and make use of various (face to face and online) educational formats.
- Flexible curriculum, tailored to individual needs and learning goals
Small, interactive courses
International environment; all courses available in English
Communication in scientific English
Academic writing for PhD and Master Students PhD-1 (code PhD-1)
Advanced Scientific Writing Biomedical Sciences and Psychology Beta PhD-2 (code PhD-2 Biomed)
Advanced Scientific Writing Health Sciences and Psychology Gamma PhD-2 (code PhD-2 Health)
Presentations for Researchers (PhD-4)
Online PhD Writing
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Career and development
The Staff Development Centre (SDC) offers individual career guidance as well as a range of courses that are particularly aimed at PhD students, such as time management, self-management for PhD students, defending your PhD dissertation and career management for PhD students. These courses are free for PhD students with a UM contract. For detailed information please visit the SDC website.
Today, young scientists operate in an academic environment that expects them to consider the potential impact of their research and to make an effort to valorise what is of societal, ecological, and/or economic value. At Maastricht University, PhD candidates are required to include a paragraph in their doctoral thesis that outlines the valorisation potential of the research findings presented in the thesis.
Crafting the Valorisation Paragraph for your Doctoral Thesis (summary workshop)
University Teaching Skills
The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) offers MUMC+ staff a variety of activities to help them fulfil their educational and teaching responsibilities in the best possible way. The programme is designed to meet the requirements of educational practice at FHML, but individual needs will also be attended to.
Save time and improve your research efficiency with short courses & workshops by the Maastricht University Library , such as introduction to research data management, introductory and advanced courses EndNote, a workshop ‘increasing and measuring your research impact’ etc.
School specific courses
Within the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences / Maastricht UMC+ the following Graduate Schools offer PhD opportunities. For more information about programmes and courses, please have a look at the websites of the Graduate Schools.
School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI)
School for Cardiovascular Diseases (CARIM)
School for Oncology & Developmental Biology (GROW)
School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS)
School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism (NUTRIM)
School of Health Profession Education (SHE)
Additional PhD Courses
External (non-FHML) online courses on R: