PhD Training Programme

The AIMMS PhD Training Programme is obligatory for all AIMMS PhD students. In the course of a four year PhD trajectory, each AIMMS PhD student is required to obtain 30 ECs (credit points). The PhD student will ultimately be awarded with a PhD-degree when the PhD programme has been completed and a PhD thesis has been approved and publicly defended.


The AIMMS PhD training programme aims at delivering competent PhD's for academia and other research institutes, society as well as industry, in particular the pharmaceutical industry. The aim of the training programme is twofold, taking into account what is required to eliminate deficiencies and acquire new skills required for the research project.

For every AIMMS PhD student it is important to deepen the knowledge and skills, enabling them to become fully qualified scientists with an excellent perspective for a career of their choice. The AIMMS PhD training programme provides a variety of activities enhancing the academic, professional and general skills of PhD student.

Personalized Programme

The PhD training programme takes into consideration that the PhD students have different backgrounds, e.g. pharmaceutical sciences, biology, medical biology, computer science and informatics, chemistry or medicine. Therefore, the PhD training programme will be tailored to the needs and interests of each individual PhD student. 

The programe offers the possibility to broaden the specific areas of expertise, from fundamental chemistry to dedicated biomarker design or from system biology approaches to drug design and clinical applications. Where appropriate, also courses in other areas of science can be included on an individual basis.

Within the first three months the PhD student, together with the promotor and supervisor(s), devise a PhD Training and Supervision Plan (TSP), which suits his/her specific needs and wishes. This can be updated every year with the yearly evaluation/’jaargesprek’. Also ‘external’ PhD students that will receive a diploma from the Vrije Universiteit will have to provide a PhD TSP.

Teaching Duties

The main focus of the PhD study is on carrying out research in one of AIMMS’ research groups. Furthermore, all PhD students have (limited) teaching duties in AIMMS-related BSc- and/or MS curricula, thereby gaining experience in teaching and other forms of knowledge transfer.

More information

For more information on the AIMMS PhD training programme, contact the managing director:

Dr Jurgen Haanstra
T +31 (0)20 59 87193