Doctoral regulations

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Doctoral regulations

All RIHS PhD candidates should follow the regulations as laid out by the Radboud University Nijmegen Doctoral Regulations. In these regulations, conditions for obtaining a PhD and guidelines for  the public defence of the doctoral thesis are given. It also contains specific instructions on the procedure regarding the request to defend the doctoral thesis, the thesis layout and the protocol to be followed during the graduation ceremony. 

Number of promotors and co-promotors

The doctorate regulations mention that in principle, no more than two promotors and two co-promotors may be appointed. The Dean may appoint a third (co-)promotor, subject to the prior written approval of the Chairman of the Council of Deans. The promotors and co-promotors together shall not exceed four in number.

However, please note:
Dispensation for a third (co-)promotor is hardly granted!

Radboudumc Training regulations

  • Opleidingsreglement onderzoekers in opleiding (Dutch)
  • Training regulations for researchers in training (ENG)

Radboud University Medical Center guidelines for a doctoral thesis (CS11.U.0680)

Goal of the doctoral thesis
The doctoral thesis is a proof of the ability of the PhD candidate to perform independent scientific research. In the first instance the doctoral thesis of the candidate is to be approved by the candidate's supervisor (In the Netherlands, the "promotor"); s/he will decide if the requirements for the doctoral degree are met. The final assessment and approval lies with the doctoral thesis (manuscript) committee.

Types of PhD candidates
There are different kinds of PhD candidates in the RUNMC, differing in the length and type of contract, as well as additional (sideline) functions. The requirements for a doctoral thesis are identical for all PhD categories.

Maximum size of the doctoral thesis
The scientific research performed in order to gain a doctoral degree should be generally completed within 4 years (full time appointment). The content of the doctoral thesis should correspond to this research period. In some cases, the number of publications in the doctoral thesis reflects research data produced in a longer period of time, the goal being the awarding of distinction (In the Netherlands, "cum laude"). This is not an advisable route to achieve this goal.

Minimum size of the doctoral thesis
The guideline for the minimum size of the doctoral thesis is as follows: three publishable-quality chapters based on the candidate's own empirical research data, whereby at least two are "accepted" in peer reviewed journals, preferably in the upper two quartiles of the scientific subject category. The candidate should be first author of all three chapters.