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During the PhD track you can follow courses to learn new skills or improve old ones. There are also numerous courses to expand your knowledge within your research field or to broaden your scientific horizon. Here we provide an overview of courses that are given by several research schools known by the institute. There are dozens of other courses and schools which are not included here, but which you can find around the internet or are known to your supervisor.


Mastering your PhD (obligatory)

This is an obligatory UvA course for all starting PhD students. It is about how to master your PhD project, presenting, planning and organizing, interpersonal skills and professional development. More information on this course can be found here.   

Teaching Skills for PhD candidates (obligatory)

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Scientific Writing 

This course aims at improving your writing skills for the purpose of writing academic papers (research papers or theses) in English. Your instructor will deal with general aspects of writing, such as the central question, outlines, paragraph divisions, and formulating. Naturally, the course will focus on specific writing problems in English. You will be working towards one major assignment, to be handed in by the end of the course. The instructor will concentrate on helping you advance your written English and teach you the conventions of academic writing in English. During the course, you will work towards producing a paper that will be evaluated by the instructor. More information on this course can be found here.

Career planning

ProActief specializes in career guidance in the broad sense of the word, for academic staff at all levels. ProActief offers individual counselling, workshops and training. HIMS organises together with ProActief the training Launch your career! for PhD students and postdocs in their second last year. More information on this course can be found here.

PhD Training Programme

The Faculty of Science offers a special training programme for PhDs. This programme consists of both mandatory and non-mandatory elements, such as training sessions to help you developing transferable and didactical skills like presenting, writing, teaching, or dealing with stress. It will also help you to prepare you for your next career step.