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 candidates who started their PhD from September 2013 on.
The focus points were formulated based on discussions with researchers in all 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 was done within each faculty and has the goal of monitoring and ensuring the quality of the doctoral trajectory. In order to be allowed to defend the PhD, each requirement needs to be fulfilled. Exemptions may be requested (in consultation with the PhD supervisor(s)). 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 an important keyword. PhD candidates are responsible for their own individual curriculum and may 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 requirements are discussed and revised regularly within each faculty/school, in order to make sure that they stay up to date and feasible. Feedback of PhD students is always carefully considered.
The figure below depicts the eight focus points.