Doctoral School of Behavioral Sciences & Humanities

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Organisation & management

The Doctoral School of Behavioral Sciences & Humanities (DS BS&H) is a joint initiative of

  • the Faculty of Architecture and Arts,
  • the Faculty of Business Economics,
  • the Faculty of Law,
  • the School of Educational Studies.

The Doctoral School Board consists of a ZAP member of each of these faculties. One of them is appointed as director. Together with the faculty liaison of the doctoral schools, the board is responsible for the daily functioning of the DS BS&H (organise courses, quality control, evaluate the individual portfolio of PhD students, decide about possible exceptions, etc). For decisions about the curriculum and evaluation of individual portfolios, the board is advised by a separate management team for each faculty.

Prof. Dr Sandra Streukens is the current director of the doctoral school.

The doctoral school faculty liaison, Dr Hans Nickmans, is responsible for all communication with PhD students and postdocs, as well as for the coordination of all discipline-specific activities.

The table below depicts the different management levels and the people representing these levels.

Members of the Doctoral School Board

  • Prof. Dr Sandra Streukens (director, Business Economics)
  • Prof. Dr Liesbeth Huybrechts (Architecture and Arts)
  • Prof. Dr Elly Van de Velde (Law)
  • Prof. Dr Katrien Struyven (Educational Studies)
  • Dr Hans Nickmans (Faculty liaison doctoral schools)

Members Management Teams

  • Architecture and Arts
    • Liesbeth Huybrechts
    • Stefan Devoldere
    • Koenraad Van Cleempoel
    • Bert Willems
    • Lieve Custers (PhD representative)
    • Walda Verbaenen (PhD representative)
    • Maria Gil Ulldemolins (postdoc representative)
    • Hans Nickmans (Faculty liaison doctoral schools)
  • Business Economics
    • Sandra Streukens
    • Piet Pauwels
    • Kris Braekers
    • Stephan Bruns
    • Tensie Steijvers
    • Koen Van Laer
    • Seppe Croonen (PhD representative)
    • Ellen Verhulst (PhD representative)
    • Lotte Verdonck (postdoc representative)
    • Hans Nickmans (Faculty liaison doctoral schools)
  • Law
    • Elly Van de Velde
    • Petra Foubert
    • Steven Van Garsse
    • Loth Van der Auwermeulen (PhD representative)
    • Jonas Voorter (PhD representative)
    • Liesbeth Todts (postdoc representative)
    • Hans Nickmans (Faculty liaison doctoral schools)
  • Educational Studies
    • Katrien Struyven
    • Wanda Guedens
    • Ken Haenen
    • Hans Nickmans (Faculty liaison doctoral schools)

Minimal requirements

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. 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 (hans.nickmans@uhasselt.be). Due to the large inter-faculty variability in types of research as well as education, there are separate requirements (see below) 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. 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 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.

Requirements - Faculty of Architecture & Arts

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)

Internationalisation

  • 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

Requirements - Faculty of Business Economics

In some categories, specific requirements for separate research groups have been defined. The groups are indicated as follows:

  • ACF = Accountancy & Finance
  • BINF = Business Informatics
  • DIV = Diversity
  • EEC = Environmental Economics
  • GOV = Governance
  • IM = Innovation Management
  • LOG = Logistics
  • MAR = Marketing
  • PEC = Economics & Public Policy

Below is an overview of the requirements:

Research output

ACF:

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

BINF:

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

DIV:

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

EEC:

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

GOV:

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

IM:

  • dissertation (article-based), and
  • at least 3 publishable papers (judgment doctoral committee), of which at least 1 first-authored

LOG:

  • dissertation, and
  • at least 1 first-author paper under review (past desk reject) at international A1 journal

MAR:

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

PEC:

  • dissertation, and
  • at least 1 paper accepted at A1 journal, and
  • at least 2 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 3 thematic modules organized by the department 'Educational development, diversity and innovation' (dienst Onderwijs), or an equivalent
  • for everyone: attend at least 1 '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) or an equivalent

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**, 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.

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

IP, valorisation & science communication

  • participation in at least 1 initiative (relevant information session or workshop, participation in practice-based research, publications aimed at general public, or initiatives communicating scientific results to a non-academic audience)
  • addition for ACF & GOV: preferably participation in contract research that is related to PhD

Career management & personal development

  • attend at least 1 session aimed at career management, and
  • attend at least 1 session aimed at personal development (e.g., workshop on collaboration, coaching, leadership, ...)

*If applicable, you will be contacted by Cindy Vankerkom. 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.

** It is possible to apply for an exception to this rule by submitting a motivated request explaining how you would fulfill this requirement by means of a combination of shorter active courses and why. This request may be submitted to DSrequirements@uhasselt.be.

Requirements - Faculty of Law

Throughout the doctoral trajectory, each PhD candidate needs to collect 30 points, with the following distribution:

  • 20 points in discipline-specific activities (D),
  • 10 points in non-discipline-specific activities (ND).

The activities should be spread as much as possible, and should be selected in consultation with the PhD supervisor and according to the needs of the research and the wishes/interests of the PhD candidate.

Below is an overview of the requirements:

Research output

  • dissertation and
  • collect minimum 8 and maximum 12 points by means of publications (see below) and
  • give at least 1 presentation at self-organized/internal or external conference/seminar/colloquium (see below; no doctoral seminar)
  • points based on articles
    • article in VABB journal or book contribution with peer review = 4 points D
    • note in VABB journal = 2 points D
    • article in non-VABB journal or book contribution without peer review = 2 points D
    • note in non-VABB journal = 1 point D
    • book review or workshop report = 0,5 point D
    • editor = 1 point D
    • for books, it should be determined in advance - in consultation with the promoter - whether points are assigned and if so, how many
  • points based on conferences
    • speaker at external national conference/seminar/colloquium = 2 points D
    • speaker at external international conference/seminar/colloquium = 3 points D
    • speaker at self-organized (with research group) or internal conference/seminar/colloquium = 4 points D

Teaching skills

  • mandatory participation in trajectory of 'professionalization of teaching' ('onderwijsprofessionalisering'), OR mandatory participation in two thematic modules organized by the department 'Educational development, diversity and innovation' (dienst Onderwijs) (4 points ND)*
  • attendance of extra modules on education (1 point ND / module)
  • participation in yearly 'education day' (2 points ND / day)
  • teaching assignments (= fulfilling the requirements per statute) (2 points ND)

Research management & communication skills

  • mandatory presentation of at least 1 doctoral seminar (1 point D / seminar)
  • mandatory attendance of at least 2 doctoral seminars (0,5 point D / seminar)
  • workshops/courses on general communication skills (e.g., academic English/French, presentation techniques, ...) or research skills (e.g., writing scientific papers, writing project applications, ...) (0,5 point ND / half day)

Advanced discipline-specific knowledge

  • initiation in comparative law, international databases, methodology of law, ... (0,5 point D / half day)
  • other workshops/courses useful for the PhD student's own research (0,5 point D / half day)

Ethics & integrity

  • attending a session on ethics (1 point ND / session)

Internationalisation

  • research stay abroad (3 points D / week)
  • attending Ius Commune initiative or other international activity (workshop/seminar/colloquium/summer school/conference) (0,5 point D / half day)
  • presentation within the framework of Ius Commune or at an international event (3 points D / presentation)

IP, valorisation & science communication

  • initiatives, lectures and publications aimed at the general public (e.g., interviews, 'Universiteit Vrije Tijd', lecture for vzw, article in juristenkrant) (0,5 point D / activity)

Career management & personal development

  • mandatory attendance of at least 2 sessions, preferably 1 session aimed at career management and 1 session aimed at personal development (0,5 point ND / half day)

* Whether or not one needs to attend the trajectory of professionalization of teaching is determined within the faculty. Prof. Elly Van de Velde is the contact person.

Requirements - School of Educational Studies

Research output

  • dissertation
  • at least 1 peer-reviewed first-author article accepted for publication (in relevant journal)
  • suggested to have other manuscripts submitted or in the revision process of internationally acknowledged peer-reviewed journals in the field of education

Teaching skills

  • fulfilment of at least 4 different types of teaching assignments throughout PhD (e.g. giving a course, supervising exercises or practical sessions, correcting exams, guiding bachelor or master students,…)
  • attend the introductory module on education at Hasselt University organized by the Department of Educational excellence, professionalization and diversity
  • follow a ‘teacher education program’ (e.g. Educational Master) or prove to have attended sessions in teacher training or have taken part in a trajectory of professionalization of teaching (or an equivalent)

Research management & communication skills

  • minimum 16 contact hours, divided over at least 2 different courses (e.g. academic writing, writing/speaking for a broad audience, …)
  • organisation of lectures, symposia, conferences, … (optional)

Advanced discipline-specific knowledge

  • take at least 2 advanced courses relevant for PhD topic, at least one of which is focusing on methodological topics in the field of education and social sciences
  • attend at least 5 keynotes/seminars/research presentations from internationally recognized experts at different events with a focus on the field of education, throughout PhD

Ethics & integrity

  • attend at least 1 session on ethics and/or research integrity

Internationalisation

  • give at least 2 oral presentations about PhD research at international conferences (e.g. paper sessions, roundtable, …)
  • a research stay abroad is strongly recommended

IP, valorisation & science communication

  • 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 public of laymen, educators and practitioners in the field)

Career management & personal development

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