Course Structure

Most TRAIL-universities, that are responsible for granting PhD degrees, have strict education rules for PhD students within their local Graduate Schools. Please check out these rules!

In general, local Graduate Schools provide generic PhD courses on research theory, methods, and skills. TRAIL provides specific courses relevant for the Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TIL)-domain. TRAIL welcomes all PhD students for following TIL-courses.

The TRAIL T&E program consists of three parts:
- Basic TRAIL-courses 
- General TRAIL courses
- TRAIL Specialization courses

Basic courses support PhD students to become TRAIL scholars: scholars with a basis of knowledge and skills about all TRAIL-related areas, the domains of transport, infrastructure, and logistics. These fundamental courses are considered highly important, as these give the PhD student a solid framework, based upon which he/she can choose future research directions, better explain his/her research to TRAIL colleagues (and non-TRAIL-ers), as well as understand the research approaches and outcomes of TRAIL colleagues.

General courses are follow-up courses on some basic courses and/or courses independent of the specialization (T, I, or L) of the student.

Specialization courses are advanced courses that can be chosen according to the individual needs and preferences of the student. TRAIL offers three specializations (in line with the TRAIL research themes): Transport, Infrastructure, and Logistics (T, I, and L).

TRAIL diploma
Since 2014 we offer our PhD students the opportunity to receive a TRAIL diploma. We think this increases the market value of TRAIL PhD students.
PhD students who follow and pass (successful exam/assignment) a full education program of at least 15 ECTS (of 28 hours each) of TIL-courses receive a TRAIL diploma listing these courses. Two Basic courses are mandatory: 'TRAIL Fundamental Domain Knowledge' and 'TRAIL Theories and Methods'.
TRAIL is pleased if PhD students (and supervisors) decide to go for the TRAIL diploma. As far as TRAIL is concerned, PhD students can decide upon the choice for the diploma-option before starting to do research, but also in a later stage. Note that supervisors and local Graduate Schools can have related requirements.

TRAIL (and other) PhD students who follow only one or more TIL-courses receive a certificate per course. If they successfully do an exam (often: an assignment), this will be made explicit on the certificate.

► For detailed information on the set-up of the TRAIL T&E program, ECTS, course fees, registration etc. please read the attached document or contact the TRAIL office.
► For pratical information on each of our courses, please visit the 'Agenda' of this website.

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Last updated: Monday, September 15th, 2014