PhD Program

More than 20 PhD students, divided over the three philosophy departments participating in the the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, are currently working on their doctoral thesis. A tailor-made programme for supervision and training has been established for each of them. For more information on their projects, see the personal pages of our PhD-students. Since June 2008 theses of our PhD students are published in the Simon Stevin Series in the Ethics of Technology.

PhD program in Ethics and Technology

3TU.Ethics has recently prepared a more extensive and uniformly structured joint PhD programme in Ethics and Technology, that has started in the Fall of 2010 and for which 3TU.Ethics has obtained a prestigious grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NWO. The PhD programme will address important and urgent ethical questions that the world faces as a consequence of (new) technologies. With the PhD program 3TU.Ethics intends to expand and build on its excellent and internationally acknowledged research work.The PhD programme will be linked to the already existing master programme on Philosophy of Science Technology and Society. Students may access courses and seminars ranging from ethics to research skills while starting to draft their research proposals. In so doing students will be given the chance to choose the field of investigation they wish to develop in the following years rather than being called to apply for a pre-defined PhD research project.The PhD programme will consist, in addition to doctoral research, of three elements:

  • Course work
  • Stay for a couple of months at one of the participating international partners
  • PhD graduation at one of the three 3TU universities in the Netherlands.

Schematic overview of the programme

PhD students in the Netherlands typically have 3 or 4 years to complete their PhD thesis. The first year of the 3TU.Ethics Graduate School is devoted to course work. The remaining years are devoted to research and the actual writing of the PhD thesis. PhD students will have a daily supervisor and a ‘promotor’; and sometimes they are the same person. During their PhD track, PhD students will normally also visit conferences, present papers at conferences and (departmental) seminars, and sometimes have some minor teaching obligations. All these elements enrich the experience of being a PhD student and will position one as good as possible once for a future job in (or outside of) academics.

The course work

As to the course work that has to be done, the 3TU.Ethics Graduate School Program has merged the educational tracks of the Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS) Master offered by the University of Twente with various PhD courses that were especially designed for the 3TU.Ethics Graduate School Program. Together, these courses make up the educational program of the 3TU.Ethics Graduate School.

 

More precisely, the Twente PSTS Master contributes four courses to the 3TU.Ethics Graduate School Program. They are:

  • Assessment of Emerging Technologies;
  • Technology and the Quality of Life;
  • Philosophy of Anthropology and Human-Technology Relations; and
  • Technology, Globalization and the Environment (only for “Category I” students; see below).

In addition to these four courses offered by the University of Twente, 3TU.Ethics PhD students can choose courses from the following list of courses that were designed especially for the 3TU.Ethics Graduate School:

  • Philosophy of Risk: October 31 – November 4, November 2016. Course leader: Dr. Sven Nyholm.
  • Close Readings of the Greatest Hits of Recent Ethical TheorySpring 2016. Course leader: Dr. Philip Robichaud.
  • Design for Values: Spring 2015, April 7-10. Course leader: Prof. dr. Ibo van de Poel.
  • Environmental Ethics (to be announced). Course leaders: Dr. Philip Nickel & Dr. Andreas Spahn.

These courses are intended for PhD students working as part of the 3TU.Ethics Graduate School or PSTS master students in the Ethics and Technology track. Other interested PhD students are very welcome to apply. If you have any questions, you can contact the Assistant Director of 3TU.Ethics. Registration is available throught the Dutch School of Philosophy (OZSW) website: http://www.ozsw.nl/schools-courses/

Research Schools

During the course work of 3TU.Ethics programme you will also have the opportunity to attend the courses of others research schools. Your supervisor(s) will advise you in this respect, taking into account your research topic and any further skills you may need to master. For 3TU.Ethics, the most relevant Dutch research schools probably are:

For additional information on course opportunities and requirements you may contact the Assistant Director of 3TU.Ethics or discuss directly with your supervisor(s).

 

Three categories of PhD-students

In the graduate school of 3TU.Ethics, three categories of PhD-students are distinguished. For various reasons, the educational program and curriculum requirements are different for these categories. The three categories are:

  • Category I: “2+3 students”: students who first enroll in the PSTS Master Program offered by Twente University (2 years) and then continue with a three-year PhD program.
  • Category II: 4-year PhD students: students who have not enrolled in the PSTS Master but immediately start with a four-year PhD program in which they have a free choice of promotor and topic.
  • Category III: 4-year PhD students: students who have not enrolled in the PSTS Master but immediately start with a four-year PhD program based on a funded project with pre-defined goals and a pre-defined promotor.

If you would like to receive more information, please contact the Assistant Director of 3TU.Ethics.