Current PhDs

As a PhD candidate at Maastricht University, there are a number of educational opportunities and services available to support you in your research and in your life in Maastricht. We offer a wide variety of professional training courses and workshops, resources on practical matters for living in Maastricht and social events to help make Maastricht feel like home.  

Short courses

Maastricht University offers a number of short courses for PhD candidates. The courses may be taken as part of your training programme or as optional courses to enhance your skills or career prospects. They cover a wide variety of topics including: 

  • professional language skills
  • academic writing
  • labratory techniques 

 Overview of short courses for PhDs

Health, Medicine & Life Sciences

FHML offers a number of courses for its PhD candidates on subjects like:

  • statistics
  • biomedical and clinical research skills
  • university teaching

 More on FHML courses

Professional development

Staff Development Centre

The Staff Development Centre offers individual career guidance as well as a range of courses that are especially for PhD candidates, such as:

  • time management
  • self management
  • career management
  • coaching 

These courses are free for PhD students with a UM employment contract.

 Overview of courses from the Staff Development Centre   

University Library

The University Library also offers workshops and courses for PhDs and other UM researchers. The topics include:

  • systematic literature searches
  • research data management
  • increasing the impact of your research
  • selecting a journal for publication

 Overview of University Library courses    

Valorisation: Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship

Today, young scholarss 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 social, ecological and/or economic value. At Maastricht University, PhD candidates are required to include a section in their doctoral thesis that outlines the valorisation potential of the research findings presented in the thesis. To help with this, the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship offers a workshop on: 

 Crafting the valorisation paragraph of your PhD thesis  

The Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship organises a number of other course and workshops on topics that are relevant for research valorisation, such as: 

  • networking
  • bringing your business ideas to reality
  • crafting your business model

 More about the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship   

Practical matters

In the support section, you can find out more about practical matters, such as:

  • accommodation
  • visas & work permits
  • living in Maastricht
  • regulations governing the attainment of doctoral degrees
  • scholarships
  • an introduction to Dutch research and higher education

 Visit support for PhDs

Professional and social activities

Central PhD Candidates Platform

The Central PhD Candidates Platform at Maastricht University is a central platform that discusses interfaculty and (inter)national issues that concern PhD candidates. The platform serves as an advisory board for the Executive Board by providing both solicited and unsolicited advice about such issues.

The platform consists of six members. Each faculty is represented with one PhD representative. PhD representatives are PhD candidates who have taken up the official role of representing PhD candidates within their faculty.

The Central PhD Candidates Platform is also in contact with the PhD Candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN). PNN is the national organisation that represents the interests of PhD candidates who work at Dutch universities. PNN discusses PhD policy and other issues with local PhD candidates boards.

  More information about the Central Phd Candidates Platform