The main task of a PhD student is to do research and write a dissertation. PhD students spend about 75% of their time on their PhD research project. The rest of time is for their education (about 15% of the time) and tasks in teaching (about 10% of the time).
Supervisors offer the PhD student training as part of the supervision of the PhD research project. Besides this guidance from supervisors, PhD students often receive PhD training organized by a national research school. Since the introduction of the Graduate Schools in the Netherlands, not all national research schools have continued to offer education programmes for PhD students. Consequently, graduate schools have been setting up PhD education programmes. PhD students at the Department of Child Development and Education can now receive PhD training from the Graduate School of Child Development and Education as well as from national research schools, if the supervisors and the PhD student choose this combined training.
The aim of the PhD training at the Graduate School of Child Development and Education is to help students to become highly qualified scientific researchers. After finishing their PhD project, students should have an in-depth overview of their research area, be acquainted with relevant research methods and analyses, and be able to present and publish their results for an international audience of researchers.They should also have basic knowledge of teaching, to be well prepared for an academic career within the university. A certificate of the Graduate School of Child Development and Education is awarded to the PhD student upon completion of the PhD training according to the standards described in the next section.