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PhD Education

Amsterdam Business School is home to a wide variety of PhD candidates in various research fields with different backgrounds. We offer individual training trajectories to our PhD Candidates to prepare them successfully for a career in academia. Read more about education for PhD candidates at Amsterdam Business School.

PhD Education: An individual trajectory

Education for PhD candidates at Amsterdam Business School consists of an individualised course trajectory that each PhD candidate shapes, in consultation with his or her supervisor. This approach enables education tailored to the needs of each individual candidate and project. This model is in place as we have PhD candidates from very different backgrounds in different research sections. The methods and disciplines they need to be trained in are too different to combine in one single programme.

PhD in Finance

One exemption is that PhD candidates in the area of Finance often follow the Research Master in Economics, Econometrics and Finance, offered by the Amsterdam-Rotterdam Consortium (ARC) at Tinbergen Institute, a joint initiative from the Economics and Business Schools of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

Education plan requirements

We do require that an education plan is made for each student, yet our school does not have fixed requirements in terms of the number of ECTS in (research) Master programme courses or other suitable courses, PhD candidates are required to take, as their background and level of training at the start of their research trajectory varies a lot. Hence, it is up to the PhD candidate and his or her supervisors (each student is required to have at least two supervisors, at least one with ius promovendi) to determine an appropriate number and mix of courses, with respect to the students’ educational background and educational needs.

There is one mandatory central course at Economics and Business level for all PhD candidates which all candidates follow early in their trajectory. We also require PhD candidates to take a research ethics course at MSc level. Other courses they are expected to take are one or more research methods courses, e.g. statistical or data science courses, and if relevant, academic skills courses (for example, on theorising, academic writing, etc.), or course content courses.

Courses at other institutes

PhD Candidates can take courses from different graduate schools and research masters, including the Tinbergen Institute. In addition, other PhD courses, summer schools, and PhD training workshops at (international) conferences might also be appropriate. Please take a look at courses that our PhD candidates have taken before.

Plan on Education and Supervision (OBP)

From the start of their appointment, PhD candidates and their supervisor(s) have three months to write a Plan on Education and Supervision (OBP), which includes an outline of the initial idea of which courses will be followed and how supervision will take place. An OBP is also required for external PhD candidates as they should also receive an appropriate amount of training. Once defined, this plan is submitted to the director of the ABS Research Institute for approval. Supervisors and PhD Candidates are expected to reflect upon and potentially adapt this plan during the annual consultation meetings or at other moments when there is a need for this.

Course fees

PhD Candidates pay fees for the courses through their research budget. They can apply for additional funding with their research section should the amount not be sufficient, unless the courses can be financed from other sources (e.g. NWO/ERC grants, company funding).