Radboudumc guidelines for a doctoral thesis

Types of PhD candidates

There are different kinds of PhD candidates at Radboudumc, differing in the length and type of contract, as well as additional (sideline) functions. The requirements for a doctoral thesis are identical for all PhD categories.

PhD thesis recommendations

The doctoral thesis is a proof of the ability to perform independent scientific research. The requirements for a PhD thesis are defined by the doctorate regulations of the Radboud University.
 
It should be emphasized that the quality and not the number of chapters determines the assessment by the manuscript committee. Because of this focus on quality instead of quantity, we hesitate to recommend a minimum or a maximum number of empirical data-based (or conceptual) chapters. For example, even one or two publishable chapters of high quality may be enough to pass the quality criteria. To avoid the wrong focus on quantity, it is not recommended to include more than 3 publishable chapters.
 
Apart from the core chapters, based on the candidate’s own empirical research, the thesis should include:
  • An introductory and concluding chapter
  • A summary
  • A short CV
  • A page describing research data management referring to the FAIR principles. The requirements and examples for  the research data management page can be found here
  • A portfolio (including a report of the doctoral education, e.g., courses, workshops, seminars, international conferences) as outlined by the respective research institute
See PhD guidelines May 2019 (intranet document)

 

 

  
 

Guidelines


Radboudumc guidelines for a doctoral thesis

The requirements for a PhD thesis are defined by the doctorate regulations of the Radboud University. In addition, the Radboudumc has guiding recommendations.

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Research data management Requirements and examples

Requirements Research Data Management
 
Please note: this information will constantly be updated.
 
The term data management refers to collecting, handling and storing data in a transparent and reliable manner. The data management page should contain information about how the research data were handled during research, from creation to long term preservation. The Radboudumc research institutes endorse the importance of facilitating reuse of research data as underlined by the FAIR-principles 1, which are guidelines to enhance and improve Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reuse of research data.
 
Currently, RTC Data Stewardship, together with the Radboudumc research institutes and the Radboud University Research Support, are developing various tools, training and support to enable our researchers to comply to these FAIR principles.
A research data management SOP and working instruction, as well as a Data Management Planning (DMP) tool will be launched at a later stage.
 
For questions you can contact RTC Data Stewardship.

Informative link from the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences here.
 
1. Wilkinson, Mark D., et al. "The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship." Scientific data 3 (2016)
 
Examples Research data management page
 
1.
The primary and secondary data obtained during my PhD at the Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) have been captured and stored on Labguru, a digital lab book client which is centrally stored and daily backed-up on the local Radboudumc server. Data was additionally backed-up on university servers belonging to the department. All data archives (view only) are stored on Labguru and accessible by the associated senior staff members. Mouse studies described in Chapter 2, 3 and 5 were approved by the Central Animal Laboratory and the Animal Ethics Board of the associated universities. Published data generated or analyzed in this thesis are part of published articles and its additional files are available from the associated corresponding authors on request. All raw and processed chIP-seq data described in Chapter 2 is available through the public functional genomics data repository GEO (gene expression omnibus). The RNA-seq data displayed in Chapter 4 will be available in GEO after publication. To ensure interpretability of the data, all filenames, primary and secondary data, metadata, descriptive files and program code and scripts used to provide the final results are documented along with the data.
 
2.
This thesis is based on the results of human studies, which were conducted in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki. The medical and ethical review board Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects Region Arnhem Nijmegen, Nijmegen, the Netherlands has given approval to conduct these studies.
 
This project is stored on the Radboudumc, department server: (H:)DEPTdata$(\\umcfs083) under DEPT ARCHIEF. The study in chapter 3 was co-funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development and stored on the Radboudumc, department server (H:)DEPTdata$(\\umcfs083) under DEPT\Alpha\Validatie.
 
In our studies patients received questionnaire booklets containing the written informed consent during the physical examination moment, after two weeks and after three months. The participating physicians filled in the research form on paper. The paper data were stored in the department archive (Radboudumc, room M999.04.424), closet number 9. The data of chapter 3 is stored in the bunker (Radboudumc, room M999.02.210) under archive number 43, closet E. All paper data were entered into the computer by use of Castor EDC. Data management and monitoring were also performed within Castor EDC. An audit trail was incorporated to provide evidence of the activities that has altered the original data. The privacy of the participants in this study is warranted by use of encrypted and unique individual subject codes. This code correspondents with the code on the patient- and physicians booklets. The code was stored separately from the study data. Data where converged from Castor EDC to SPSS (SPSS Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA). 
 
The patient data for the analyses of the studies as presented in chapter 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 is stored on the departments’ H-drive (H:\Dept\Research\ProjectXX\Investigators file\Database lock) in SPSS format: (chapter 2) ProjectXX_PDQ_B_NL_Anonymous, (chapter 4,5, 6 and 7) projectXX database 2014, (chapter 7) ProjectXX database + Cx_QST 2014. The data for chapter 3 is stored on the departments’ H-drive (H:\Dept\ResearchUnit\ARCHIEF\STUDIE ARCHIEF\Dept ARCHIEF).
 
The data will be saved for 15 years after termination of the study (July 1, 2013). Using these patient data in future research is only possible after a renewed permission by the patient as recorded in the informed consent. The datasets analyzed during these studies are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
 
 


Specific guidelines for a doctoral thesis per research institute

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Education certificate

The education certificate differs per graduate school. Therefore, please check out the information regarding your graduate school.

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Education certificate

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The education certificate differs per graduate school. Therefore, please check out the information regarding your graduate school.


  • a research institute