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PhD Graduate School of Archaeology

Courses and training

In the first year of your PhD position, you need to attend a Scientific Integrity course. The Graduate School coordinates the course and will inform you on dates and venue of this coarse. Furthermore, you are advised to follow several PhD courses in the context of your training as researcher.

The courses will help you to conduct your scientific research, write your dissertation, develop (transferable) skills and gain self-insight. Employed and contract PhD researchers are strongly recommended to attend at least 280 hours of training, divided into:

  • 140 hours of academic activities (training in the candidate‚Äôs field of specialisation, presenting a paper/poster at a conference), and
  • 140 hours of activities focusing on transferable skills, including at least one training course on academic integrity.

Register all your courses in your CV and the GSM programme.


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) HRM Services of Leiden University offers PhD training courses, including academic writing, presenting skills, time management and knowledge utilisation. Courses in career development, personal development, communication, working effectively and research skills are taught throughout the year.

 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.

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