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PhD Graduate School of Archaeology

Courses and training

With the exception of external self funded PhD candidates, all PhD candidates must follow a training plan that is established at the start of the doctoral process.

The courses will help you to conduct your scientific research, write your dissertation, develop (transferable) skills and gain self-insight.  It is determined in the PhD Guidelines that the training plan for employed PhD candidates, contract- and internal self-funded PhD candidates encompasses the entire doctoral process and consists of at least:

  • 140 hours of academic training activities (training in the candidate’s specialism, conference attendance, etc.)
  • 140 hours of training activities focusing on transferable skills (such as time management, job orientation, presenting).
  • All PhD candidates must take the ‘scientific integrity’ course in the starting phase of their PhD track.
  • All PhD candidates must attend the Leiden University Introduction for PhDs.


You are allowed to tailor your Training Plan to your own needs and wishes. Requirements vary by personal situations. You have to discuss with your supervisor which courses will work best for you. Training courses are available for PhD candidates at different levels:

1) HR Services of Leiden University offers PhD training courses, including academic writing, presenting online, and qualitative interviewing. Courses in career development, personal development, communication, and projectmanagement are taught throughout the year. Register via this HRM course overview. These courses for PhDs are financed by the Graduate School.

 2) Advanced courses to deepen academic knowledge are offered by the national (interuniversity) Research Schools. These courses offer training in both methodology and area-specific knowledge. Moreover, they provide you with the opportunity to come into contact with fellow PhD candidates from other universities. NB: There are costs involved in membership of a Research School.

The PhD training courses offered by HR services will be registered periodically in GSM after fulfilment. Other courses need to be registered in GSM by the PhD her/himself.

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