PhD Trajectory

Erasmus Graduate School of Law

Erasmus Graduate School of Law has the task of guiding PhD researchers through their PhD trajectory towards successfully completing their doctoral thesis.

By offering a comprehensive educational programme, monitoring the progress of the research and assisting PhD researchers throughout their PhD track, EGSL strives to offer a supportive, inspiring and dynamic research and work environment. That environment should enable PhD researchers to thrive and get the most out of their time as PhD researchers and prepare themselves for a future career in a variety of legal professions (in and outside academia).

For full-time PhD researchers, a PhD project shall last up to 4 years (in some cases 3 years). External and part-time PhD researchers are expected to deliver their thesis in 6 years.

EGSL has established a two-phased structure for the four-year doctoral programme: a probationary phase of 18 months, followed by the remaining 30 months of the doctoral programme. A go/no-go evaluation after one year forms the bridge between the probationary phase and the second phase. The probationary period for external and part-time PhD researchers is 20 months, with an evaluation after 18 months.

For a schematic overview of the EGSL policy (requirements, educational programme and monitoring), click here for the flowchart.

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