Research Social and Behavioral Sciences

PhD Education

The Graduate School of Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers PhD students a versatile education program called PhD Educational Program. It contains the education possibilities for PhD’s at this School. The program consists of a fixed part and an elective part. A number of various topics are available. Some examples are 'art of presenting science', statistics and orientation on the future.  The program adds to the quality and positioning of the Graduate School and tries to offer a solid training for all PhD students of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

All details can be found on our intranet pages. If you don’t have access and you want to have more information about the modules, contact the PhD Coordinator Paul van Veen.

Art of presenting science (1.5 ECTS)

This three-day course addresses multiple aspects of presenting research findings. Participants learn how to optimally design their presentation and slides, how to answer questions, and how to keep the attention of the audience. Participants will give an oral presentation on which they will receive feedback and which can be used to practice the learned skills.

Academic writing in English for PhD students (1.5 ECTS)

The purpose of the course is to help the participants improve their ability to write English on academic and professional level. Each participant works on his/her own text and receives feedback from both the instructor and the other participants. Participants also give feedback on each other’s work.

Ethics and integrity in research (1.0 ECTS)

This course addresses the ethics of conducting human research in the social and behavioral sciences. Key topics are the ethics of randomization, offering a reward and withhold information for the benefit of the experiment. Other aspects which will be discussed include the faculty’s Ethical Review Board, the Code of Conduct and the faculty’s Scientific Review Committee. This 2-day course consists of general presentations and parallel sessions in which specific topics on ethics and integrity will be discussed.

Teaching skills (1.0 ECTS)

PhD’s can attend relevant modules of the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) program. Four modules are offered: ‘teach’, training participants to give a lecture or lead a working group; ‘supervise’, preparing participants for being a student mentor; ‘plan’, providing tools to make lectures activating and inspiring; and ‘test’, which focusses on the validity, reliability and transparency of assessment.

Writing grant proposals (1.0 ECTS)

Annually, a workshop will be organized by the policy officer grants, focusing on how to write grant proposals. Other topics that will be addressed include the current funds and grant possibilities that are available. 

Research methods and statistics (5.0 ECTS)

The department Methodology and Statistics offers the following five workshops:

  • Multi-level analyses
  • Latent class analyses
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Construction and analysis of questionnaires
  • Systematic reviews/meta-analyses.

These workshops are offered biannually in which two and three workshops alternate each year.

• Orientation on the future (0.5 ECTS)

After finishing their thesis, some of the PhD’s are able to move on to the academic field at universities and other scientific institutions. Other PhD’s continue their career in the industry or in the non-profit sector. The workshop addresses how the skills developed during the PhD trajectory can be used in the industry and which generic skills (for example leadership) may require more education, but also how a subsequent scientific career can be organized. The aims of this workshop are to alert PhD’s in their second and third year to the significance of a future oriented focus, and to support them in the decision making process and the development of generic skills.