The program of the Doctoral School of Behavioral Sciences & Humanities focuses on eight action points (see figure below), which are translated into specific minimal requirements that need to be fulfilled throughout the doctoral trajectory. This is obligatory for all PhD students who started their PhD from September 2013 on.
The focus points were formulated based on discussions with researchers at all three faculties involved, as well as on the characteristics of the current academic environment and the characteristics of 'excellent research professionals' as defined by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR). The doctoral school believes a balanced and enriching doctoral trajectory should contain activities pertaining to each of these points.
The translation into specific minimal requirements has the goal of monitoring and ensuring the quality level of the doctoral research. In order to be allowed to defend the PhD, each minimal requirement needs to be fulfilled by the end of the doctoral trajectory. Due to the large inter-faculty variability in types of research as well as education, there are separate requirements for the Faculty of Architecture & Arts, the Faculty of Business Economics, the Faculty of Law, and the School of Educational Studies.
Flexibility is considered an important keyword. PhD students are responsible for their own individual curriculum and can choose those specific activities that fit their own needs and wishes. It is recommended that the individual program and progress are periodically evaluated in consultation with the PhD supervisor. In case of doubt of eligibility, it is possible to present the chosen activities or courses to the faculty's member of the Doctoral School Board.
The figure below depicts the eight focus points.