A PhD trajectory usually lasts 4 years. During that period you will work on your own research project and you will receive guidance from your supervisor and co-supervisor(s). In this way you can make an important contribution to science and to the quality of life of people with visual impairment!
A PhD trajectory is multifaceted: all facets of conducting scientific research are covered; setting up a research protocol, recruiting participants, collecting and analyzing data, writing publications in international peer-reviewed journals. The end result of your PhD is a dissertation that you will defend in the lecture hall of the Vrije Universiteit after approval by the assessment committee. With this you obtain the academic title “doctor” (abbreviated Dr.) / Doctor of Philosophy (abbreviated PhD). A master’s degree is required to enter a PhD.
During your PhD you are entitled to take numerous courses (30 EC), more specific to your research project or more general courses, such as courses in scientific integrity or scientific writing. Teaching, supervising scientific internships, presenting your research at national and international conferences and attending conferences are also part of the learning trajectory.
A PhD is aimed at developing competencies to conduct independent scientific research and to critically evaluate your own work and that of others. Together we look at your wishes and competences, so that your carreer opportunities are secured within or outside the academy after your PhD, such as in research, education, business or policy.
It is possible to obtain a PhD at the Low Vision Research group; there are new research projects on a regular basis or you can pitch your own idea. All our research projects are embedded at the Amsterdam Public Health research institute. Check out the website for more information about training and education.
Soon there will be a vacancy for setting up an intervention “Active Recovery Triad for Visual Impairment (ART-VI)”. This PhD project is in collaboration with the Robert Coppes Foundation in Vught and will largely be carried out at their premises.