Practical Information

More information related to the GP-OML PhD course program

  • Fall semester: September – December / Spring semester: January – June.
  • Courses are given on Wednesdays.
  • Location: as central as possible in the Netherlands (since 2017 this is Boswell-Beta Institute, Utrecht, at ca. 5 minutes walking distance of Utrecht Central Station).
  • Course days run from 10:00-16:00 h. 
  • All courses are taught in English.
  • For all courses, there will be an assignment. 
  • The courses are open to all PhD students within the area of OML, and also to students from research masters and honors tracks of master programs.
  • We also welcome participants from the industry and governmental sector. Their pre-knowledge should be at the same level as for participating PhD students (per course, the precise pre-knowledge is specified). The lectures are fully focused on PhD students rather than a ‘business audience’. This program could be attractive for PhDs or other graduates who are working in companies or the governmental sector on business, software or policy development.
  • Credits courses: 1 ECTS for participating / 4 ECTS for participating & passing the assignment.
  • Credits capita selecta: 0.5 ECTS for participating / 2 ECTS for participating & passing the assignment.
  • Participation is free for groups that are part of TRAIL/Beta.
  • For other participants, the fees are as follows: 500 Euro per PhD course for students (PhD students, research master students, honors track students) of groups that are not part of TRAIL/Beta, and 1000 Euro per PhD course for participants from the industry and the governmental sector.
  • We distinguish domain-oriented courses and methodological courses. Of the regular courses given to date, the course ‘Machine learning’ can be regarded as a methodological course. Other courses are on e.g., inventory, transport, and facility logistics. These are called domain-oriented courses.
  • Each domain-oriented course is led by a senior researcher who is internationally known as a scientific expert on the topic of the course. The content of the course is in line with current developments in the field. The course forms a basis for positioning current and potential new subjects of research.
  • Each methodological course is led by a senior researcher who is aware of the latest developments regarding this methodology and who can demonstrate the methodology on the basis of recent research.
  • The senior researcher who leads a course can involve fellow lecturers as long as they are highly qualified. The senior researcher is expected to give at least half of the course.
  • In each course, there is a form of examination (often assignments). Participants get graded and their grades appear on their certificates. Summer schools with a form of examination (e.g., an assignment) must at least be assessed with pass/fail.
  • All courses are evaluated by both lecturers and participants. If the evaluation of a course is low, we expect that course will be adjusted based on the feedback.
  • Participants are required to attend all classes. Only in exceptional cases (e.g. illness, funeral, presenting own research at international conference) a participant can miss a course day. A motivated request for absence should be send to the GP-OML office that will check whether the reason is accepted. At most 1 course day per course may be missed in order to get a certificate.
  • Participants who only participate in a course without doing the examination, will receive 25% of the credit points. Note that these participants are required to also attend all course days (cf. point above).
  • The maximum number of students per course is 25 – Beta and TRAIL PhD students have priority, from four weeks prior to the start of a course it will be ‘first-come, first-served’. We check if applicants can be accepted for a course.