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Revised PhD Regulations as of December 1, 2019

Published: 29th November 2019 Last updated: 09th December 2019

On October 10, 2019, the Doctorate Board adopted the new PhD Regulations and decided that these will enter into force on December 1, 2019.

The most important changes are:

  1. All PhD Candidates who have been admitted to the PhD trajectory by the Doctorate Board since January 1, 2018 draw up a Training and Supervision Plan (Article 3.2 paragraph 1(d) and Article 6.2).
  2. All PhD Candidates who submit their manuscripts for assessment as of December 1, 2019 declare that they act or have acted in accordance with the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (Article 3.1, paragraph 2(c) and Article 9.2(c)).
  3. The (Co-)Supervisor has no family/personal/business relationship with the PhD Candidate.
  4. All PhD Committees to be established as of December 1, 2019 comply with the stricter requirements for the composition of these Committees (Article 5.3):
    • minimum of 4 members, majority full professors, all holding a PhD;
    • 1 external member, 1 internal full professor;
    • at least 1 man and 1 woman
    • sufficiently diverse in composition in terms of expertise
    • (Co-)Supervisors are not members of the PhD Committee
    • No family/personal/business relationship with the PhD Candidate, no other interests with regard to the PhD research
  5. For all PhD Committees to be established as of December 1, 2019, the Supervisor attaches an explanation to the proposal showing that the composition meets the requirements (Article 2).
  6. The assessment criteria for a thesis are made more explicit (Article 7.2).
  7. For all theses approved by a PhD Committee as of December 1, 2019, the PhD Candidate sends the printed version of the thesis to the committee members (Article 6, paragraph 3).
  8. The procedure for awarding the designation of cum laude has been tightened up (Article 10).
  9. From December 1, 2019, a PhD Candidate may apply for admission to the PhD program with deficiencies for a maximum of 6 months or a maximum of one year (depending on whether the PhD Candidate is in employment or not) (Article 3.2).

On the website, the new PhD regulations and an overview of frequently asked questions are available.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Graduate School.

Together with the new PhD regulations, Tilburg University is introducing “Hora Finita”. This online system will support the PhD candidates and their supervisors with all kind of processes; from registration, via progress monitoring to the PhD defense. More information will be shared in the beginning of December.