Several steps have to be taken to successfully complete your PhD training. These steps include registration with the AMC Graduate School, following PhD courses and writing and defending your thesis.

1. Register at AMC Graduate School

AMC PhD candidates have to register with the AMC Graduate School. PhD candidates register with the Graduate School at the start of their PhD track. Registration offers access to PhD training and support.

2. Follow PhD Courses

The AMC PhD course program offers training to PhD candidates to develop their scientific skills, acquire transferable skills and broaden and deepen their scientific understanding. Each AMC PhD candidate follows an individual training program. The course program can help PhD candidates in conducting independent, original and scientifically significant research, and critically evaluating their own work and that of others. Prior registration as an AMC PhD candidate is a requirement for participation in the course program.

The AMC Graduate School currently offers about 50 courses. 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.

ACS offers a top-level PhD training program with a focus on international collaborations with renowned cardiovascular research institutions abroad. Within the program there is access to multiple courses and opportunities.

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

3. PhD Graduation

The Office of Doctorate Affairs (in Dutch Bureau Promotiezaken) processes all formalities concerning the doctorate (PhD). A step-by-step approach for PhD candidates who wish to obtain a doctorate in the Faculty of Medicine is available on the webpage of the Graduate School.

4. 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.