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General
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  • 2009-06-15
  • Netherlands
  • University of Utrecht
  • Ton Naaijkens
  • Reyne Meylaerts
  • Only to Faculty of Humanities, University of Utrecht (Netherlands)
Structure
  • Doctor (Dr.) (Equivalent of PhD)
    Not specified for discipline (i.e. within an PhD in literary studies or linguistics – not officially devoted to Translation Studies)
    The PhD students carry out a project on a topic defined by themselves, or they participate in a larger externally funded program under the supervision of a Postdoc or tenured researcher.
    The output is always a dissertation (about 180-200 pp.)
  • Between 3 and 4 years.
  • UU has agreements about joint degrees with only one or two European universities. Except with these, joint degrees are not possible.
Admission
  • MA (1 year) or MPhil (two years) required. At least part of the programme has to be related to Translation Studies.
  • Possible, but restricted to literary studies or linguistics.
  • Recruiting always takes place in an open competition which is also open for applicants from abroad. A selection committee of the Research Institute decides about the applications.
  • Applicants have to write a research proposal, the most promising applicants will be invited for an interview with the selection committee.
  • It is possible to enroll with your own funding. There is admission fee which is normally wavered. The institute also provides funding for a limited number of places. These are two sorts of funding: scholarship and salary.
Programme
  • PHD students enroll in courses, masterclasses, workshops etc. organized by the National Research School of Literary Studies [or LOT for Linguistics].
    The local Research Institute offers courses in different kind of skills (f.i. writing academic English, presentation skills).
    Some parts are obligatory, others optional.
    No ECTS.
  • The core of the curriculum is supposed to be wind up during the Masters.
  • On all aspects mentioned here: positive!
  • Length about 180-200 pp. Language preferably English, but the other main European language are also possible, including Dutch. No formal time-limit to complete the thesis. A thesis based on articles is possible (but not very common).
  • There is limited funding for mobility (presenting papers at international congresses). For long term research abroad additional funds must be raised. (Sometimes includes, for instance with Marie Curie grants, or externally funded projects).
Supervision
  • Full professors, eventually/often assisted by an associate professor. Beyond this no formal qualification, except that the main supervisor has to be formally connected to the research institute. Besides that, co-supervision from a different university of country is possible. For every project the role of the supervisor(s) is laid down in a supervision agreement.
  • No formal maximum, but in practice maximum is 3. Joint supervision is usual.
  • Once a month the PhD has contact with supervisor(s). The progress of the PhD (and the effectiveness of the supervision) is yearly evaluated by the institute.
Assessment
  • Approval of the dissertation has to be given (1) by the supervisors, and (2) reading committee. If this approval is there the PhD is admitted to the final-examination, which has the form of a defense against opposition of the reading committee (open to the public). There are two grades: “normal”, and cum laude.
  • Thesis may be published, but one can also take the exam on a manuscript. After the exam the dissertation will be made available on-line.
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