Program structure

PhD students receive scientific training, but also training related to professional skills and personal development.

Scientific training
The daily supervisors play the most important role in the scientific training of PhD students: they guide their study of scientific literature, help them in writing papers and preparing presentations, and show by collaboration and coaching how to do research. All research groups have research seminars for the staff and PhD students, which contribute to the scientific education. In addition to the local training, the students follow the educational program of the research school they participate in. This program typically consists of several advanced (post-master) courses, and workshops on specific research themes. These courses and workshops are often in areas that are somewhat, but not too closely, related to the student’s research area, thus providing a broader view of mathematics. Finally, students attend international conferences and summer schools in their own area of research, allowing them to set up a net work within their research community.

Personal development
The TU/e offers ample opportunities for personal development with a series of courses that are part of the TU/e PROOF program (PROviding Opportunities For PhD students). These courses make an excellent addition to the scientific education. Examples of courses are Planning and communication, Cultural awareness, Scientific integrity, and Career orientation. The PROOF program also contains courses of a more scientific nature, such as Presenting and Writing articles and abstracts. PhD students contribute to the bachelor or master program of the department, by acting as a teaching assistant. This way they develop teaching skills, which is important if they want to pursue an academic career. The course program runs in parallel with the research project. Every PhD student has one or more advisors, one of which is a full professor (called the "promotor").