Last Stretch of the PhD Programme

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator registrations  
8 December 13:30 17:00 Jacqueline Verhoef 40 / 40 Registration ended at 06/12/2017

Course description

When a PhD candidate reaches the final phase of the PhD Programme and the thesis is just about ready to be submitted to the supervisors for approval, a number of procedures need to be followed. Although these are described in the Conferral Regulations, it appears that there are quite some questions which remain.

This afternoon addresses issues and questions which arise in the last track of the PhD programme such as:

  • What must I do first?
  • Who is responsible / who must take action? (supervisor and/or PhD?)
  • I have to write propositions but how does this work and what are the criteria?
  • Where can I print my thesis and who pays?
  • Etc.

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. 40 participants
Course duration: 13.30-17.00 hr
Language: English
Credit points: 0 ECTS
Self-study hours 0
Name lecturers: Claudius van de Vijver (PE&RC), Esther Roquas (WASS) and Arnold Bregt (Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing)
Venue: 2 weeks prior to the workshop the venue will be sent (location will be on campus WUR)


13:15-13:30 Registration

Final steps: Time line, thesis and printing (Claudius van de Vijver and Esther Roquas)

Aspects to consider:

  • The thesis itself (content, requirements, cover)
  • The Doctoral degree regulations
  • The Training and Education Certificate

The printing of the thesis:

  • Lay-out
  • Printers
  • Financial support
14:15-15:00 Propositions: Do’s and Don’ts (Prof. Dr Arnold Bregt)
15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-16:30 Propositions workshop

Final questions

Rules from the Conferral Regulations regarding Propositions

The Dean of Science has to approve the propositions of PhD candidates and is increasingly confronted with propositions that do not meet the requirements. We want to point out that it is the responsibility of the doctoral supervisor to take care that the propositions meet the set requirements as described in the Doctorate Conferral Regulations. The requirements are repeated below:

  • The evaluation of the propositions takes place by reviewing them according to the requirements in Articles 12.3, 14.1 and 14.3, and according to general principles of morality and decency. (Article 9.4)

  • At least six, and no more than eight, propositions are added to the thesis. Two of the propositions concern the topic of the thesis or the technological design, two to four propositions concern a different scientific field and two propositions concern a socially relevant topic. Propositions are concisely worded positions taken by the PhD candidate that are formulated in such a way that they can be debated at a scientific level and consist of one sentence. (Article 12.3)

  • The thesis is written in either Dutch or English. (Article 14.1)

  • The propositions are formulated in the same language as that in which the thesis is written. (Article 14.3)


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

Cancellation condition:

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.


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