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PhD Training Programme

As a PhD candidate, you are expected to follow certain courses and training programmes in the context of your training as a researcher. The courses and training programmes will help you conduct your research, write your dissertation, develop your career, and gain self-insight.

Recommended hours of training

According to the Leiden University PhD guidelines, employed and contract PhD candidates are expected to follow:

  • 140 hours of academic activities (training in the candidate’s specialism, conference attendance, etc.), and
  • 140 hours of activities focusing on transferable skills, including the compulsory transferable skills courses below

Please register the number of hours you spent on academic activities and transferable skills in LUCRIS GSM. Courses you took with HRM Learning & Development will automatically appear in your LUCRIS data. You should register any other courses yourself by filling in the number of hours spent on the course and uploading a certificate that proves your attendance and the number of hours (see the LUCRIS manual).

Compulsory transferable skills courses

The following course is compulsory for all PhD candidates of the Faculty of Science.

A number of cases of scientific fraud and misconduct were bad publicity for the scientific world. Are these cases signs of a system in crisis or just some anomalies in an otherwise good scientific framework? This course will give attention to the grey area and your role as an individual scientist to prevent misconduct.

Preferred moment of attendance: Start of your third year
Duration: Two hours
Information and registration: Scientific Conduct

Optional courses

The requirements for the optional part of your training programme may vary by institute and your personal situation. You can think of courses in data management, writing a grant proposal, teaching skills, enhancing your learning qualities, Intellectual Property (IP) and how to use (social) media. But also coaching, intervision, and career counseling. Please discuss with your supervisor which courses will work best for you.

Training courses are available for PhD candidates through:

  1. HRM Learning & Development 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. Some institutes and research schools also offer (obligatory) training courses for their PhD candidates. Please check the institute’s website or ask your supervisor and/ or PhD coach for more information.

Planning the Training Programme

Before the end of the PhD programme all four compulsory courses should be finished. The compulsory courses make up 62 hours in total. This means there are another 78 hours of courses on transferable skills you need to do to fulfill the Leiden University PhD guidelines. You can fill those hours with courses of your own choice. Attendance of the Science PhD Day also counts towards the 140 hours for instance.

Registration for courses

You can register for courses yourself. For courses offered by HRM Learning & Development, you register using the "Register" button. There are costs for the HRM Learning & Development courses which can be found on the website of HRM services. The costs will be charged on the Institute. Therefore, the Institute Manager or supervisor also needs to approve. You will be allowed to take part only once the course invoice has been paid. Ask your supervisor for permission before you register.

  • PhD candidates who are employees of Leiden University can register via the button "Register (Staff)". Ask you supervisor which SAP number to use.
  • PhD candidates who have their own scholarships and are guest employees, register using the button "Register (Guest/LUMC)". Please select "PhD (Leiden University)" and fill out your LU-card number and name. Then select "Payment by employer" and ask your supervisor or Institute Manager which address to use and which SAP number to use.


Sometimes PhD candidates already have participated in courses similar to a course of the compulsory training programme. Exemptions for courses of the PhD training programme can be made by sending a request using the Exemption Form for the PhD Training Programme. Please indicate the reason and if applicable include proof of participation in other courses. The Graduate School of Science decides whether or not exemption is granted and informs you and your supervisor by e-mail. 

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