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Flipping the classroom – online PhD training

The Dual PhD centre has been granted an ICTO-grant for the development of a digital training programme for dual PhD’s.

The project ‘the necessary skills for the pursuit of an (external) PhD project’ has been developed by Mark Dechesne and Charlotte de Roon. With the support of the Online Learning Lab of the Centre for Innovation various modules of the existing Dual PhD training programme will be partly digitalized, e.g. ‘How to write a PhD-proposal’, ‘Research design’, ‘Project Management’, and ‘Scientific Integrity’.

Thanks to this project, an innovative PhD programme has been created that is based around blended learning. PhD candidates will prepare online and can actively work on the substance in on-campus sessions, with the aim of better meeting the needs of dual PhD candidates. The online programme is also uniquely suited to a wider audience of (external) PhD candidates. The project partnered with the HRM Training department within the office of Administration and Central Services to develop one of the online modules.

Work and pursuing a PhD

The Dual PhD Centre offers a Dual PhD programme that enables professionals to work and pursue the PhD at the same time. You devote some of your working hours to PhD research on a theme that relates to your profession. The Centre provides the intensive supervision that is necessary to succeed.

The programme enables professionals to obtain a PhD within the same time as regular PhD candidates, even though the candidates are likely to have less time available. 

A Dual PhD programme has significant advantages not only for the PhD Candidate, but also for the employer and the supervisor. The candidate is given an unique opportunity to develop. The employer gains access to the latest academic knowledge in the field and an employee who will become a leading specialist in the field. And the academic supervisor has an extremely motivated candidate who is likely to be addressing an unusual theme. 

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