A PhD trajectory at the School CAPHRI, whether internal or external, is aimed at the development of the PhD candidate into a well-equipped, well-prepared and capable independent researcher ready to successfully defend the PhD thesis during the graduation ceremony. The standard duration of a PhD trajectory is four years. In case of a part-time or external PhD trajectory, a different time planning can be agreed upon. During the trajectory, the PhD candidate should be enabled to develop competencies by completing a Training and Supervision Plan listing courses and conference visits. At the end of the trajectory, after approval of the manuscript by the Assessment Committee, the candidate shall publicly defend the thesis in a ceremony that lasts for an hour.
CAPHRI theses should be in accordance with the Regulation governing the attainment of doctoral degrees Maastricht University. The Regulation, model letters and the Declaration of scientific integrity to be sent to the Board of Deans at Minderbroedersberg 4-6, can be found here.
The CAPHRI direction considers a thesis as a demonstration of the PhD candidate’s ability to carry out independent scholarly work. The candidate should be enabled to finish the PhD trajectory within in a reasonable time period. A CAPHRI thesis generally consists of four articles written in English, of which at least one has been published (see Chapter 6 of the UM Regulation). The first promoter decides, in mutual agreement with the other supervisors, when the manuscript is of sufficient quality to be sent to the Assessment Committee.
In each CAPHRI thesis, the following text should be included on one of the first pages:
The research presented in this thesis was conducted at CAPHRI Care and Public Health Research Institute, Department <name>, of Maastricht University. CAPHRI participates in the Netherlands School of Public Health and Care Research CaRe.
The approval procedure from sending the letters to the PhD-office, submission of the manuscript to the Assessment Committee to setting a date for the graduation need to be prepared a half-year beforehand. See also the time schedule in the model letters.