PhD Candidates

Development of your competencies during the PhD trajectory 

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) and Maastricht UMC+ aim to develop both internal and external PhD candidates into well-equipped, well-prepared and capable independent researchers able to defend their PhD thesis and function well in an international academic context.

  • Courses, Conferences and Scholarships
    During their PhD trajectory, PhD candidates should grasp the opportunity to participate in PhD courses and (international) conferences, in order to increase their discipline- and project-specific research skills and knowledge. When eager to pursue a career in academia, experience abroad is indispensable to gain experience in an international environment and expand your horizon.
  • Transferable skills
    PhD candidates should also develop transferable skills, such as communication, writing, PR & networking, time- and career-development, leadership, (project) management skills and (research) ethics. These skills are valuable assets in academia but also increase the opportunities on the job market beyond the university setting.

On the FHML/Maastricht UMC+ PhD pages, information can be found regarding the phases of a PhD at Maastricht University. Specifically, the information focusses on requirements in the starting phase, course options, contact persons for questions or problems, PhD representation and planning of the end phase.

Monitoring of PhD candidates and supervision 

All FHML/Maastricht UMC+ Schools and Institutes use the PhD TRACK system in which PhD candidates and their supervisors are registered.

The system is a monitoring tool for the progress of PhD trajectories and the quality of PhD supervision. The offices and PhD coordinators of the FHML/Maastricht UMC+ Schools and Institutes are the first contact points for both PhD candidates and supervisors.

In addition, the FHML PhD TRACK coordinator at the Research Office provides management data for the Board and other reports on PhD matters (e.g. for the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands) and NFU (The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres)).

Contact person
Hannerieke van der Boom, Policy advisor PhD Affairs FHML/Maastricht UMC+ and coordinator PhD TRACK system