INFORMATION FOR AMSTERDAM UMC PhD CANDIDATES IN ONCOLOGY
In order to make a well prepared and efficient start to your PhD program, it is essential that you go through a number of steps. The first step (which you most likely already have completed) is to register your PhD track by filling out the form at this page. By filling out this form, your PhD programme is automatically registered at the Doctoral School as well CCA and OOA. The second step is to draw up and submit your PhD and Training Plan (TP). All relevant information about drawing up this plan is described below.
Please note: VUmc PhD students also need to register their project in the Hora Finita system.
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The goal of the PhD Plan is not to create extra paperwork, but to encourage an open and honest conversation between phD candidates and their supervisors about mutual expectations and goals during the PhD trajectory. The PhD Plan will also help you to make an overview of your PhD trajectory and the education you would like to follow.
The education/training part of your PhD programma (chapter 8 in the PhD plan) includes a number of compulsory elements essential to every PhD candidate and a more flexible part that can be tailored to your individual needs, interests and background. The basic criteria of all Training Plans are the same and include:
– a total number of 30 ECTS credits (1 ECTS equals 28 hours);
– a mandatory ‘Ethics and Integrity in Science’ course (2 ECTS);
– at least one conference visit (max 2 ECTS per visit);
– at least 8 ECTS earned in professional knowledge and general skill courses;
– the remaining credits are earned by participating in amongst others, courses, activities, retreats, conferences and (work) discussions.
Since cancer immunology is a joint program of Cancer Center Amsterdam (CCA) and AII, cancer immunology PhD candidates can choose between the rules of CCA or AII in drawing up their training plan.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF A TRAINING PLAN?
It is essential for all OOA PhD candidates to acquire and develop the right skills that will ensure a successful career, either within or outside academia.
GOOD TO KNOW
The Training Plan which you and your (co)promotors will design will become the foundation of your PhD training, but can be optimized during the course of your PhD program. It is very important to focus on education right at start of your PhD training in addition to your research project. As you get closer to completing your PhD, you will need to spend more time on finishing your research and writing articles, leaving less time to take courses.
If you have any questions about the OOA Training Plan or our educational program, please do contact us via email@example.com.
We wish you a very inspiring, educational and successful PhD trajectory and hope to see you soon at one of our educational activities!