Educational programme

Educational Programme

The Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL) offers young researchers in the field of law and criminology a broad postgraduate Educational Programme consisting of (1) courses into writing skills, (2) research methods and (3) courses elaborating the PhD theme as such. The Educational Programme is set up in an inspiring, multidisciplinary and dynamic research environment, in which reflection is stimulated and in which senior and junior researchers can exchange ideas and experiences in order to learn and grow.

Participation in the Educational Programme is formalized within the trajectory of the PhD trajectory in the first year, and depends on how a PhD candidate is affiliated with ESL:  it is compulsory for fulltime (1,0 fte-0,8 fte) PhD candidates with a ESL-employee status and other fulltime PhD candidates, and it is optional for PhD candidates with a parttime appointment of less than 0,8 fte and other parttime PhD candidates. When participation is optional, the PhD candidate can select  - in consultation with the supervisor and EGSL -  the courses he or she wants to participate in.

Participants in the EGSL Educational Programme will receive professional guidance by a variety of senior researchers, a process which will be monitored by a thorough internal system of quality control. PhD candidates also will be invoked to take part in scientific and social activities – such as attending and presenting their findings at a national or international conference – and will be stimulated to publish multiple articles in scientific journals.

Probationary year

The first year of the four-year PhD trajectory is called the probationary year. During this probationary year PhD candidates participate in the Educational Programme. The Educational Programme consists of four parts, divided into four blocks.

At the end of the year, participants in the EGSL Educational Programme will need to have developed a draft of the first chapter of the dissertation. They will also need to have written an academic article or to have prepared a conference presentation.

 

Block 1 (September 15th – November 7th)

 

Academic Writing in English (EGSL02)

4,0 ects

Research Lab (biweekly) (EGSL01)

2,5 ects

Collaborating with your Supervisor (EGSL04)

1,0 ects

 

 

Block 2 (November 8th – January 2nd)

 

Introduction to Legal Research Methods (biweekly) (EGSL03)

5,0 ects

Research Lab (biweekly) (EGSL01)

2,5 ects

 

 

Block 3 (January 3rd – March 13th)

 

Reflections on Social Science Research (EGSL05)

5,0 ects

Writing Clinic, part I (EGSL06)

2,5 ects

Research Lab (biweekly) (EGSL01)

2,5 ects

 

 

Block 4 (March 14th – May 29th)

 

Academic Writing in English (Presentation skills) (EGSL02)

1,0 ects

Writing Clinic, part II (EGSL06)

2,5 ects

Research Lab (biweekly) (EGSL01)

2,5 ects

 

 

Independent Study: preparation of the research proposal and following of individual external courses

29 ects

Total

60 ects

 

The Probationary Year will be closed by Review Day, a quite unique event held each year in the end of May. On Review Day all first-year PhD candidates will present their research to the entire staff of EGSL.