A PhD trajectory usually takes about four years. You do your PhD research at home and/or in combination with your current job. In these four years you can expect:
- to be admitted to / participate in the research group and the research meetings of CELSTEC (you become a member of the research team);
- expert scientific supervision by your PhD supervisor - a professor of CELSTEC;
- collaboration with a daily supervisor, a co-PhD supervisor, who is close to your research topic; preferably this person will come from your own working environment;
- admittance to / participation in courses and workshops on specific academic research skills that CELSTEC or the Open Universiteit organises for their PhDs; as agreed upon beforehand in your individual Education and Supervision Plan;
- participation in courses of the interuniversitary research schools ICOand/or SIKS; as agreed beforehand in your individual education and supervision plan;
- admittance to our digital/online library facilities.
Other possible facilities can be: an OU internet account, admittance to the OU campus/study centres, some form of support by the printing of your thesis, etc. All these facilities are agreed upon beforehand and are included in the PhD contract.
Before the start of the PhD trajectory, the mutual expectations (your own and of your supervisor) are made explicit and recorded in an individual Education and Supervision Plan and the PhD contract .