Writing propositions for your PhD

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
This course is -possibly- in combination with (seperate) course: Last Stretch
14:15 16:30 Forum - C0759 Linda Overeem 13 / 40 Apply
This course is -possibly- in combination with (seperate) course: Last Stretch
14:15 16:30 Forum - C0759 Linda Overeem 4 / 40 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.

Note that in the past this proposition workshop was part of “The Last Stretch” Workshop. This workshop has now been split up in two sections: The proposition workshop and a stand-alone 45 minutes "Last Stretch session" that addresses issues and questions which arise in the last track of the PhD programme. You can register here for this session. This 45-minute workshop precedes the propositions workshop. Note that you must register separately.

General Information

Target Group: PhD candidates who will defend their thesis at Wageningen University and are in the final year of the PhD.
Group size: Max. 30 participants
Course duration: 14.15-16.30 hr
Language: English
Credit points: 0 ECTS
Self-study hours: 0
Name lecturer: Claudius van de Vijver (PE&RC), Peter Vermeulen (WIMEK), Niels Anten (Member Academic Board / Chair Crop Systems analysis)
Venue: Forum - C0759



14:15 – 14:30

Coffee/tea and registration

14:30 – 15:15

Propositions part I: Introduction by Niels Anten, member Academic Board Wageningen University

15:15 – 15:30


15:30 – 16:30

Propositions part II: workshop on your own propositions



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

Cancellation conditions

Until four weeks 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.


For more information please contact wgscourses@wur.nl