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Doctoral School of Behavioral Sciences & Humanities

Rules & regulations

Doctoral School of Behavioral Sciences & Humanities

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An overview of the minimal requirements postulated by the Faculty of Architecture & Arts is shown below.

Fulfilling these requirements is obligatory for all PhD candidates who started their PhD from September 2013 on.

Exemption from (certain) doctoral school requirements can only be requested within three months after starting the PhD (or within six months if you have a 3 x 2 year contract), by completing this template and sending it to the DS faculty liaison.

A digital procedure is used for the acknowledgement of activities within the framework of the minimal requirements, generating an overview of the progress made in an individual doctoral school portfolio on Google Drive. This document can be consulted at any time by the PhD candidate, their supervisor and the doctoral school’s management team.

The doctoral school course offer may be used to fulfill the requirements, but (additional) external courses may also be acknowledged and may sometimes be needed.

Answers to frequently asked questions can be consulted here.


research output

  • PhD dissertation (articles or monograph) and
  • at least 1 first-author paper in a peer-reviewed academic journal or
  • at least 1 first-author contribution to a professional journal or
  • artistic output or design (validated by the doctoral committee)

teaching skills

  • at least 3 teaching assignments throughout PhD trajectory (content may vary)
  • attend at least 1 session of educational training

research management & communication skills

  • attend at least 1 course/workshop aimed at developing general communication skills (e.g., academic English, presentation skills, ...)
  • attend at least 2 courses/workshops aimed at developing general research skills (e.g., writing scientific papers, writing abstracts, writing applications for funding and residencies, project management, ...)

advanced discipline-specific knowledge

  • take 1 domain-specific course organized at PhD level (it is allowed and may be needed to take courses elsewhere)

ethics & integrity

  • attend at least 1 session on research ethics and integrity (preferably in year 2)


  • give at least 3 presentations at various international conferences (talk, poster, exhibition, performance, ...)

IP, valorisation & science communication

  • participation in at least 1 initiative (information session on IP and/or valorisation - preferably in year 1, initiative communicating scientific results to non-academic audience, ...)

career management & personal development

  • attend at least 2 sessions, preferably 1 session aimed at career management and 1 session aimed at personal development