Writing propositions for your PhD

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
01 October 2021 (IN-PERSON*)
You can combine this course with Last Stretch of the PhD Programme. Register separately!
14:15 16:15 FORUM, room B0106. Droevendaalsesteeg 2 Building 102, WAGENINGEN campus. Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) 20 / 20 Add to waiting list
10 December 2021 (IN-PERSON*)
You can combine this course with Last Stretch of the PhD Programme. Register separately!
14:15 16:15 TBA (IN-PERSON) *When COVID-19 measures do not allow in-person training, this training will go on online. Participants will be notified by email should this occur. Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) 19 / 20 Apply

Course description

A PhD degree at Wageningen University can only be obtained when the thesis is accompanied by a set of 6-8 propositions. These propositions are submitted together with the reading version of the thesis and are evaluated by the academic board. When not approved the thesis cannot be defended. Hence it is essential that PhD candidates are well aware of the rules, regulations, does and don’ts regarding the propositions.

This short workshop discusses the propositions of the PhD thesis at Wageningen University. Besides a lecture on propositions, participants can submit their (draft) propositions which will be presented and discussed.

Given that it requires time and thought to write good propositions, it is highly recommended to start working on propositions from the onset of the PhD and therefore also follow this workshop early in the PhD.


General Information

Target Group: PhD candidates who will defend their thesis at Wageningen University.
Group size: Max. 20 participants during COVID-19. (normally max. 30 participants)
Course duration: approx. 2 hours
Language: English
Credit points: 0 ECTS
Self-study hours: 0
Name lecturer: Claudius van de Vijver (PE&RC), Peter Vermeulen (WIMEK)
Venue: See course schedule



15 minutes

Coffee/tea and registration

45 minutes

Propositions part I: Introduction 

15 minutes


45 minutes

Propositions part II: workshop on your own propositions

approx 1 hour 


Additional workshop Last Stretch of the PhD Programme. For more details and register click here. Note that you must register seperately for this workshop!



The workshop is free of charge, but note the cancellation conditions below.

Cancellation conditions

Until 1 month before the start of the course, you can cancel free of charge. If you cancel after this date:

  • When you do not have a valid reason or do not show up, you will be charged with € 50.
  • When you have a valid reason (circumstances beyond your control), you will not be charged. In this case a written statement of the supervisor/superior is required.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us. Someone else may still be able to take your spot.


For more information please contact wgscourses@wur.nl