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Doctoral School of Behavioral Sciences & Humanities


Rules & regulations

Doctoral School of Behavioral Sciences & Humanities

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REQUIREMENTS - FACULTY OF BUSINESS ECONOMICS

An overview of the minimal requirements postulated by the Faculty of Business Economics is shown below.

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

You will need to complete this logbook and submit it (by sending it to the doctoral school coordinator). Only when your logbook is approved, you will get the permission to defend your PhD. It is recommended to keep the document up to date throughout your doctoral trajectory, in order to keep track of your progress.

Exemption from (certain) doctoral school requirements can only be requested within three months after starting the PhD, by completing this template and sending it to the doctoral school coordinator.

If applicable, specific requirements for separate research groups have been defined. The research groups are indicated as follows:

AFG = Accountancy, Finance, & Governance
BCL = Behaviour, Communication, & Linguistics
BIN = Business Informatics
EEC = Environmental Economics
ECT = Econometrics
LOG = Logistics
MAR = Marketing
PEC = Economics & Public Policy
STR = Strategy & Innovation management

 

REQUIREMENTS:

research output

AFG:

  • dissertation
  • at least 1 paper under review (past desk reject) at international A1 journal in case of article-based dissertation

BCL:

  • dissertation
  • at least 2 publishable papers (judgment doctoral committee)
  • gone through 1 review trajectory

BIN:

  • dissertation
  • at least 1 paper accepted at international A1 journal
  • at least 1 paper under review at international A1 journal

EEC:

  • dissertation
  • at least 1 paper accepted
  • at least 2 papers under review

ECT:

  • dissertation
  • at least 1 paper under review (past desk reject) at international A1 journal in case of article-based dissertation
  • at least 2 publishable papers (judgment doctoral committee)

LOG:

  • dissertation
  • at least 1 paper under review (past desk reject) at international A1 journal

MAR:

  • dissertation
  • at least 1 paper under review (past desk reject) at international A1 journal
  • at least 2 publishable papers (judgment doctoral committee)

PEC:

  • dissertation
  • at least 1 paper accepted at international A1 journal
  • at least 2 publishable papers (judgment doctoral committee)

STR:

  • dissertation (article-based)
  • at least 3 publishable papers (judgment doctoral committee)

teaching skills

  • for PhD students with a structural teaching assignment: mandatory participation in trajectory of 'professionalization of teaching' ('onderwijsprofessionalisering') *
  • for PhD students without a structural teaching assignment: mandatory participation in the ‘welcome module’ as well as two thematic modules organized by the department 'Educational development, diversity and innovation' (dienst Onderwijs)
  • attend at least one 'education day' (onderwijsdag) - for foreign speaking PhD students, this may be replaced by participating in one additional thematic module organized by the department 'Educational development, diversity and innovation' (dienst Onderwijs)

* If applicable, you will be contacted by Cindy Van Kerkom. In case the structural teaching assignment only starts in year 2, 3, … and you already participated in some of the thematic modules before, this will be taken into account for the full trajectory.

Whether or not teaching assignments need to be fulfilled is determined within the faculty. People who do teach and/or supervise bachelor's or master's theses may apply for a doctoral school certificate for it, if they want to.

research management & communication skills

  • minimum 16 contact hours, divided over at least 2 different courses

advanced discipline-specific knowledge

  • minimum 48 hours (or 12 study points) in total

At least 24 hours (or 6 study points) need to be fulfilled through one complete course (module), in which participants are required to make an active contribution (either as preparation, during the course, or as part of the evaluation).
At most 24 hours can be spent on more passive activities such as attending conferences, symposia or lectures. For this type of activities, the added value for the PhD of the applicant needs to be substantiated.

In case of a preparatory program, one can request exemption from this point for the amount of hours (or study points) already fulfilled.

ethics & integrity

  • attend at least 2 sessions regarding ethics and integrity - preferably 1 session in the first year and 1 session in the middle of the doctoral trajectory

internationalisation

  • give at least 2 oral presentations at international conferences or pre-conference doctoral symposia (throughout doctoral trajectory)
  • research stay abroad is recommended
  • participation in international training network is recommended

specification for AFG: international event that uses peer review (e.g., IFERA, EURAM, AOM, EAA, EFA, SMS)

specification for STR: higher minimum: from second year on, at least 1 oral presentation / year with accepted paper/abstract + participation in at least 1 pre-conference doctoral symposium throughout the doctoral trajectory

IP & valorisation

  • participation in at least 1 initiative (relevant information session, participation in practice-based research, publications aimed at general public, or initiatives communicating scientific results to a non-academic audience)

AFG: preferably participation in contract research that is related to PhD

STR: participation in practice-based research in the last two years of the doctoral trajectory

career management & personal development

  • attend at least 1 session aimed at career management and/or personal development during the last two years of the doctoral trajectory