Supervision and Research

A. SUPERVISION TEAMS

In accordance with article 3.10.2 of the university’s Doctorate Regulations, every PhD candidate has at least one supervisor plus a second (co-)supervisor. The supervisor(s) is (are) from the Faculty of Religion and Theology. The College of Deans can appoint a professor from another Dutch university or a foreign institution as the supervisor. In this case, the College appoints a professor of the Faculty as the second supervisor.
The main supervisor must have ius promovendi, i.e. he or she has the rank of full professor (hoogleraar) or associate professor (universitair hoofddocent). A team of supervisors can consist of up to four members. Except for the main supervisor(s), the members of the team can consist of assistant/associate professors, full professors and/or experts with a doctorate degree. The function of the (team of) supervisor(s) is to supervise the process of writing, and to monitor your process regarding the requirements determined in your Training and Supervision Plan.

In order to monitor your progress, the supervisor(s) fill(s) in a Supervision Record. The Supervision Record plays an important role in the supervision process. The results of your Supervision Record will be checked by the supervisor(s) as well as by the Graduate School on a regular basis. The results of the Supervision Records determine the "go/no go" decisions which are common for evaluating PhD trajectories. In order to get a "go," the results of your Supervision Records must be adequate. An adequate result implies that you have minimally twice scored "satisfactory" within the first two years of your trajectory (a different time-frame may apply to internal candidates). Candidates who score lower than this within two years, will receive a "no go": their PhD trajectory and their membership in the Graduate School will be terminated (please note the regulations under Fees).


B. RESEARCH GROUPS

Supervision takes place in close connection with our departments' six research groups. The research groups provide the ideal context for intervision and presentations of work-in-progress. Each research proposal must be presented in a research group before it can be submitted to the promotion committee.

Texts & Traditions (Head of Department: Prof. Matthias Smalbrugge)

- Hebrew Bible and Computer Assisted Analysis (Prof. Wido van Peursen)
- New Testament and Early Christianity (Prof. Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte)
- Church History (Prof. Mirjam van Veen)
 
Beliefs & Practices (Head of Department: Prof. Gijsbert van den Brink)

- Lived Religion & Practical Theology (Prof. Stefan Paas)
- Religious and Cultural Diversity (Prof. Marianne Moyaert)
- Christian Beliefs and Communities (Prof. Gijsbert van den Brink)

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C. INTERVISION GROUPS

As part of your training programme, the Graduate School also encourages the formation of (interdisciplinary) intervision groups. For an example of how such a group (ad hoc or regular) can be structured and assessed, see the list of electives under Training and Supervision Programme.

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Supervision record (Form)