In this workshop, by Dr Joyce Leysen (KU Leuven), you will explore how you can manage your doctoral research successfully as a whole, taking into account different expectations and roles while maintaining a good work life balance:

  • as a professional employee of Hasselt University, who besides his/her doctoral project also covers other tasks,
  • as a co-owner of your project, in collaboration with your supervisor and other stakeholders,
  • as a colleague and team member of a research group.

You will also learn to act upon opportunities and chances to build your career.

The following topics are covered:

  • project & self-management,
  • self-development,
  • strategic communication with stakeholders,
  • self-directing and entrepreneurship.

Several editions of this workshop will be organized throughout 2021.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, you will:

  • have developed a strategic view on your doctoral research and be able to implement it,
  • understand project management techniques and be able to apply them to your PhD,
  • have insight in the way you organize your work, and how to prioritize and analyze strengths and weaknesses,
  • have learned to impactful communicate with your stakeholders,
  • be able to identify competences which need further development and be able formulate/plan specific actions.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • task-orientedness:
    • project planning
  • interpersonal competences:
    • collaboration
  • personal effectiveness:
    • self-development
    • stress management


For whom?

  • The workshop is meant for PhD students in the second half of their first year.
  • There are 16 places available.

When and where?

  • 1st edition: February 8 & 22, 2021 - 9:00-13:00 + self-paced online module
  • 2nd edition: April 23 & May 7, 2021 - 9:00-13:00 + self-paced online module
  • 3th edition: September 7 & 21, 2021 - 9:00-17:00 - campus Diepenbeek, Building D, room A5.
  • 4th edition: November 10 & 24, 2021 - day 1: 9:00-16:00, day 2: 9:00-13:00 - campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A4


Preparation session 1:
There is a mandatory preparation to be done before the first session. You will need approximately 2 hours to finish it.

Preparation session 2:
You will get instructions for a take home assignment during day 1. This mandatory assignment consists of 4 parts that, on the whole, should take approximately 1-2 days to complete, depending on the status of the PhD project. You may already get started with this assignment during day 1. Before the second session takes place you will need to send your home assignment to the trainer.

  1. Create a long-term plan for the PhD (+/- 1 day)
  2. Module on time and self-management (+/- 0.5 day)
  3. Self-development assignment (+/- 1-2h)
  4. Strategic communication with stakeholders (+/- 1h)


  • 1st edition: closed since January 11, 2021
  • 2nd edition: closed since March 23, 2021
  • 3rd edition: closed since August 10, 2021
  • 4th edition: closed since October 15, 2021
  • Please register only if you can attend both days. As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop on general research skills
  • DS HLS: category transferable skills - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'research management' - follow at least one of the 2 sessions about PhD management or an equivalent

What others say

The best doctoral school course I have attended so far! You get a moment to reflect on your planning skills and how to improve your focus. You get an extensive, but valuable assignment for the second day, so make time for this.
(participant in 2020)
I would offer this course as an obligatory course to every PhD student. A very complete course, balanced in theory and practical hands-on tools, tips and tricks. Everything you need to make a success of your PhD trajectory and completing other goals in life.
(participant in 2020)