PhD/Graduate School

In the academic sense, the term PhD studentship covers the whole process of conducting doctoral research, and writing and publicly defending a thesis, after which the individual in question is allowed to use the title of 'Doctor' (Dr or PhD). A thesis, also known as a dissertation, is a book - written by a PhD student - containing a scientific treatise on a particular topic. In essence, the PhD student is reporting on independent scientific research that they have personally conducted. The thesis can consist of a combination of scientific papers that may or may not been previously published.

At ACTA, around 150 researchers are working on their doctoral research. This includes those with a formal appointment as a PhD student, external PhD students and employees at ACTA who - in addition to their normal duties - conduct doctoral research. The PhD programme of the Faculty of Dentistry is provided by the ACTA Graduate School of Dentistry (AGSD). Any questions about the PhD programme should be addressed to:

  • The director (dr. Martijn van Steenbergen), for questions concerning applications, research progress, scientific meetings, courses, articles for conferences and general affairs.
  • The secretary (Hans Korfage & Martine Meijer), for questions concerning administrative matters.

In addition, there is an independent confidential advisor for PhD students at ACTA, in the person of Ms Hayat Bouzrou, of the HRM Department.

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Vacancies for scientific staff

Remunerations for PhD students

PhD Students' Association

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Procedures and (application) forms for PhD students

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