Doctoral Training in Pharmaceutical Sciences
EducationTraining and development in the Doctoral School Biomedical Sciences consists of three elements:
- A mandatory truncus communis focusing on essential research skills;
- Thematic training in a doctoral school programme comprising advanced courses, invited lectures, journal clubs and doctoral seminars focused on a specific biomedical topic;
- Training and development of personal skills that are relevant for the successful completion of the doctorate and that can be valorised later in different professional sectors.
ObjectivesThe aim of doctoral training is to bring doctoral graduates to an advanced level of creative and independent thinking and action. As such, the doctoral student prepares for a career in frontier research and education or for high-level roles in professional sectors where deep rigorous analysis is required. To realise this purpose, doctoral training focuses on personal development in four complementary domains:
1. Professional expertise: knowledge of the discipline, analytic and synthetic mind set, creativity, thinking-out-of-the-box attitude;
2. Research management: project management and financing, respecting professional and ethical standards;
3. Personal effectiveness: self management, time management, motivation, problem solving, career planning;
4. Impact and influence: collaboration, communication, networking, leadership.
Doctoral training takes place first and foremost in the research group or laboratory via informal and formal meetings with the promoter and peer researchers. This research-based training is complemented by more structured training activities organised by the doctoral school.
After graduationAlthough four years of PhD research may seem like a long period of time, with postdoctoral life far off on the horizon, there will be a moment - probably sooner than expected - when you start thinking about the next step in your career.
- Will you pursue a research career in academia or would you prefer moving into the private or public sector?
- Do you want to go abroad or not?
- Will you continue working in the same field or are you looking to diversify into another domain?
There are many questions to answer, none of which have a single straightforward answer. So do not despair if you have not yet decided on your postdoctoral future. Take the time to weigh out the different alternatives. To help you reach an informed decision, we have compiled helpful information in this guide.
Information sessionsEach year the Doctoral School Biomedical Sciences, together with Arenberg Doctoral School, organises a PhD info session. This usually takes place at beginning of December. The exact date will be announced via the website of the doctoral school.
ContactDoctoral School Team
* Bart Nuttin, Research Director
* John Creemers, Director Doctoral School
Doctoral School Office
* Els Wellens
o Contact person
- Medical Sciences (MED) (A-D),
- Pharmaceutical Sciences (FFW),
- Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (FaBeR)
o Contact person for Toledo and e-portfolio
o Skills Development Programme
o Contact person Thesis Advisory Committee
* Katleen Vercammen
o Administrative Coordinator
o Contact person
- Medical Sciences (MED) (E-L)
* Annelies Brinkhof
o Contact person Medical Sciences (MED) (M-Z)
o Contact person BIOMED Lectures and Newsletter
o Contact person Doctoral Committee Medical Sciences (provisional plan)
Information about the doctoral committees can be found here.