Wageningen Graduate School Courses

Below you can find a list of competences, skills and career oriented courses which are organised by Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) in which the 7 Graduate Schools of Wageningen University (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS and WIMEK) are formally organised. All courses are intended for PhDs and post-docs, except the courses Professional in Supervision and Effective Leadership Styles which are intended for staff supervising WU PhD candidates. Please click on the course name for more information about the course and dates at which the course is given.


1 Writing and Presenting courses
Providing insight and awareness in the process, rules, ethical aspects of scientific writing and publishing
Focuses on essential techniques for effective writing and presenting scientific information
Assisting you if you are currently writing an article or a dissertation
Teaches you how to write a project proposal for funding
To obtain insight in the aspects of reviewing scientific papers
Putting your thoughts on paper
To improve and practice oral presentations of your own work
Presents an overview of how to effectively write and present scientific information

2 Skills courses
Planning, control, monitoring and management of the research project and time are essential in accomplishing the PhD
Designed to help you to improve your communication, but not to help you to improve your English language skills
Provides you with the necessary ideas and skills to communicate your work to non-scientists
Offers you the essential tools to create a network through a variety of introductions, discussions and assignments
Make effective use of scientific information sources in the Wageningen UR Digital Library and EndNote
To assist you in building and empowering your attitude, behaviour and position in your professional surroundings
Work on your presenting skills and make your lecture or presentation inspiring, memorable and effective
Giving insight and learns you how to deal with, avoid and tackle stress
Aims at drawing up a Data Management Plan which is helpful to avoid data management problems while doing your research
Designed to help you to improve your use of video in research
Learn to make and use a systematic lirature review that is relevant to your own PhD

3 Career oriented courses / Assessment
Searching for possibilities to combine your interests and your skills into an attractive job, either inside or outside academia
Meant for PhDs who are taking the next step in their career and want support in defining and taking that step
Individual assessment for PhDs who have questions concerning their personal competences, career opportunities and next career step
Analysis and development of entrepreneurial skills for young scientists in or outside academia

4 PhD Competence Assessments
Gives insight in competences as organising capacity, analytical thinking, collaboration and personal characteristics

5 Ethics courses
Moral dilemmas in Daily Scientific Practice
Series of six discussion sessions including hands-on dealings with ethical, philosophical, and societal issues surrounding science
Develop your professional competence to analyze and make accountable decisions on complex ethical issues related to life sciences

6 Working in a Interdisciplinary Environment
A combination of Intervision and Communication Skills within the context of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research

7 Other courses
Issues and questions: what must you do first, who is responsible, criteria for writing propositions, printing your thesis
A way to learn from issues and problems in everyday work with a group of colleague PhD candidates
This blended learning course will improve your English and prepare you for the IELTS exam.

8 Staff courses on PhD Supervision
Focus on communication styles, coaching formats, leadership, cultural issues, distance based supervision and personal needs. The training is strongly recommended as element of Tenure Track.
First one-day workshop out of a sequence of three workshops for supervisors of PhD candidates. Supervisors can follow each one-day workshop seperately. The training is strongly recommended as element of Tenure Track.
Second one-day workshop out of a sequence of three workshops for supervisors of PhD candidates. Supervisors can follow each one-day workshop seperately. The training is strongly recommended as element of Tenure Track.
Third one-day workshop out of a sequence of three workshops for supervisors of PhD candidates. Supervisors can follow each one-day workshop seperately. The training is strongly recommended as element of Tenure Track.