Several steps have to be taken to successfully complete your PhD trajectory. The Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School provides support to you and your supervisor by information provision, administration, advice and education during your PhD trajectory.

Since mid April 2021, a joint Doctoral School for all Amsterdam UMC PhD candidates is a fact. The Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School wants to be a central and accessible place where you and your supervisor can go to for practical information about the PhD trajectory and a range of courses, but also for independent advice or support when you are experiencing any setbacks. The Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School will harmonize the services for PhD candidates from location AMC and VUmc. Nevertheless, differences in the PhD trajectories will continue to exist due to the different PhD regulations of the two Amsterdam universities VU University and the UvA.

The Amsterdam UMC Doctoral School website provides clear information on the different phases during your PhD trajectory at the VU University or the UvA: 1) Starting your PhD 2) During your PhD 3) PhD graduation

Additional information PhD candidates location VUmc

At the start of your PhD trajectory at location VUmc, you need to contact the Research Institute's Hora Finita key-user. ACS PhD candidates can do this via: All information regarding the registration for PhD graduation tracking system Hora Finita (VUmc/VU) can be found on the Doctoral School website.

PhD courses for ACS researchers

The Doctoral School course programme offers training to develop scientific skills, acquire transferable skills and broaden and deepen scientific understanding. Each Amsterdam UMC PhD candidate follows an individual training program. The Cardiovascular Diseases course is specifically designed for PhD candidates in the field of cardiovascular research. On the website of the Dutch Heart Foundation, you can find more information about the PhD training courses that are organized by the Dutch cardiovascular research institutes under auspices and with organizational/financial support of the Dutch Heart Foundation.

Additionally, the ACS research institute organizes an annual PhD retreat and PhD afternoons. Visit the ACS events page for more information.

ACS Thesis app

We encourage all ACS PhD candidates to apply for the ACS Thesis app (free of charge). Using this app you can upload your thesis and make it interactive by adding videos, photos, animations and Google Maps navigation to ceremony and reception. It is also possible to incorporate professional social media networks (such as LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Google Scholar) and science networks like PubMed. In this way, all theses from ACS researchers will be bundled and freely available in the ACS Thesis app! Visit the Thesis App of ACS page for more information.