Conceptualizing and Scaling PhD Research

Content description

This workshop is designed to provide strategies for identifying PhD research topics and to conceptualize your PhD research ideas. This journey is made up of several stages with each stage involving several processes. The lecture series complement the work you do with your promoters and help you to position your PhD within a broader research context. The goal is to guide you to evolve an idea from the initial thought through the various stages to conceptualize it and to help you to begin the process of settling in your research domain.

Name of the instructor

Professor Dr. ir. Margaret Chen


Starting doctoral researchers & candidates (0-6 months)
Junior doctoral researchers (6-18 months)

Language: English

Credits: 3

Entry requirements / Prior knowledge: No course prerequisites

Condition(s) for attribution of credits / Evaluation:

Evaluation based on the following metrics:

30% course participation;

40% assignment;

30% group work

Learning result / Competences:

Upon completion of this workshop, you should be able to position your PhD within the context of your research domain; to formulate unique and innovative research questions; to identify research objectives; to justify your chosen research methodologies; and to understand strategies related to research scaling, data collection and analysis as well as planning research paper.


Monday 12th of March 2018 from 13:00 - 17:00 in room
Monday 09th of April 2018 from 13:00 - 17:00 in room
Monday 07th of May 2018 from 13:00 - 17:00 in room

Campus Etterbeek - Vrije Universiteit Brussel - rooms to be confirmed

!! You have to attend all three sessions to receive the credits


Please register HERE for the training

Free of charge for PhD students

We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to doctoral [dot] schools [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list.

Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

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