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Course ‘Supervising PhD candidates at the Graduate School of Life Sciences’

The Graduate School of Life Sciences (GS-LS) aims to provide high quality education and supervision to its Master’s students and PhD candidates. Besides the education within our Master’s and PhD programmes, the School offers multiple courses on various general competences to PhD candidates via the PhD Course Centre. We recently expanded our portfolio to include support for supervisors as well!

Course ‘Supervising PhD candidates at the Graduate School of Life Sciences’

The course aims to expand the skills repertoire of PhD supervisors, enabling them to offer supervision more efficiently and effectively.

Course content

The course comprises of five meetings (max. 4 hours each) and the following topics will be addressed:

  • Organisation & Regulations of the Graduate School of Life Sciences
  • Selection of PhD candidates
  • Clarifying the mutual expectations of PhD candidates and supervisors, partly in relation to the implicit standards and guidelines for obtaining a doctorate and the associated supervision
  • Goal oriented supervision: giving balanced feedback, adjusted to learning needs, type of PhD candidate and research phase
  • (Intercultural) communication skills
  • Progress assessments: content and procedure
  • Recognizing risks and warning signals

After finishing the course, each participant can opt for individual coaching sessions with an experienced coach.

Course dates

  • Friday April 26, 12:30-16:30
  • Friday May 17, 13:30-16:30
  • Friday June 7, 13:30-16:30
  • Friday June 21, 13:30-17:30
  • Friday July 12, 13:30-16:30

Course costs

The GS-LS PhD Course Centre provides this course for free to associated (co-)supervisors.

More information and registration

Please refer to the website of the PhD Course Centre.