Course structure

The CERES training programme is characterized by its “hands-on” “learning through practice” approach. It is a standardized programme that supports the different writing phases of the research proposal. It is finalized with PhD candidates presenting their proposal and receiving feedback from their peers, facilitators as well as invited senior members of the CERES Research School. Participants are expected to attend each of the modules and the comeback days.

The CERES course consists of five modules, preceded by an introduction day. The five modules are as follows:

Module 1: Know where you stand. For this module, a special approach has been developed for PhD’s to recognize their epistemological and ontological positions and how they relate to the theoretical concepts which will be used in the research design.

Module 2: Come-back day, for first presentation of research question and conceptual map.

Module 3: Methodology in relation to research proposal. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between research strategy, research design, methodology and the theoretical framework. The candidates are given exercises to help formulate their strategies for their research proposal.

Module 4: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis Methods. This module touches on the consequences of methodological choices in relation to the research (proposal). Three short methodology courses are offered, aimed at providing deeper insight into qualitative and/or quantitative methodology. [This module is also open to other students]

Module 5: Presentation tutorials. The presentation tutorials are the final part of the CERES course and offer candidates an important first opportunity to present and discuss their projects and receive comments and suggestions on their research design and focus. This module includes a full day of training on presentation techniques.

Interspersed during the programme CERES organizes evening meetings which highlight more practical issues such as supervisor-candidate relationships, ethics, publishing, publication ethics, research integrity and more.

Practical information:

  • Credits: 17.5 ECTS
  • Timing: March to June (on a part-time basis)
  • Location: Conference Center De Glind, Utrecht University and ISS, the Hague
  • More information: Anila Peri (rebo.ceres@uu.nl)
  • Core lecturers: Prof. Dr. Han van Dijk (Wageningen University) and Dr. Lorraine Nencel (VU Amsterdam) and others.

More practical information can be found in the course manual for the CERES training programme 2018.