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 - P0631 Linda Overeem 15 / 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 - P0631




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



Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 0
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs € 50

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For more information please contact wgscourses@wur.nl