The doctorate level academic training program is an individualized training program that forms an essential part of the doctorate level academic education of PhD candidates as highly qualified future researchers and professionals in an international context. The training program complements the ‘on- the-job’ training of PhD candidates and usually aims at acquiring various competences.

PhD candidates build a portfolio with the intention of clearly and prominently demonstrating the results of the doctoral training program. They are required to include this portfolio in their PhD theses.

Example of a PhD portfolio

PhD portfolio template

The portfolio often consists of courses and practical training aimed at acquiring specific academic skills, general scientific skills or transferable skills. It may also include other activities such as attending conferences, seminars and master classes, participation in retreats and journal clubs, teaching, and publications. Courses can be taken at the AMC Graduate School or elsewhere. Publications may but do not need to be related to the PhD project.

Other activities may be included in the PhD Portfolio, to a maximum of 4 ECTS per year. For each activity, the PhD candidate indicates the year and (with the exception of the parameters of esteem and publications) the workload of the activity. The workload is expressed in hours or ECTS credits. The individual Training and Supervision Agreement (iTSA) provided by the AMC Graduate School can be used as a basis for the PhD Portfolio. Inclusion of a short CV of the PhD candidate in the PhD thesis is advisable. There is no predefined format.

A guideline for the number of ECTS allocated to other activities in shown below. There is no formal requirement for a minimum amount of courses, hours or ECTS. The AMC Graduate School recommends 20-30 ECTS for PhD training and teaching during the four-year fulltime PhD project. For its courses, the AMC Graduate School adheres to the ECTS system: workload of 28 hours = 1 ECTS.

PhD candidates and their supervisors share responsibility for the correctness of the PhD Portfolio in the thesis; in any case the PhD supervisor should approve the PhD Portfolio. The AMC Graduate School is not responsible for the content of the PhD Portfolio.
PhD candidates are responsible for their own CVs.

All PhD candidates have an individual PhD Portfolio. The CV and PhD Portfolio must be included on the final pages of the PhD thesis, and might be integrated. Please follow the PhD Portfolio format.

You may choose your own lay-out, or download the PhD Portfolio template above.

Activity Hours ECTS
Presentation at scientific conference (oral or poster) 14 0.5
Visiting scientific conference (per day) 8 0.25
PhD Retreat (2 days, incl. oral or poster presentation) 28 1
Visiting seminar, lecture 1-3 0.1
Workshop, master class 4 0.2
Journal club (1/month; 12 in total) 28 1
Student coaching/mentoring (3 months) 28 1
Teaching (max. 4 ECTS) 28 1
APROVE Board membership 28 1
AMC Graduate School Board membership 28 1
AMC Graduate School Board of Studies membership 14 0.5
Guideline for other activities (ECTS points)


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