Best Practices

ORPHEUS supports excellence in graduate research education training. Shown here is a collection of quality assurance mechanisms and best practices, which institutions may find useful when developing their own practices, policies and procedures.

First is a link to the ORPHEUS Best Practices document that provides a consensus regarding the aims and content of PhD programmes in biomedicine, medicine and health sciences in Europe. This document forms the basis of the ORPHEUS Labelling service.

In addition, links are provided to relevant international documents, such as the Salzburg Principles. Also links to relevant material from specific universities as inspiration for your own institution.

ORPHEUS Best Practices for PhD Training

Based on the ORPHEUS – AMSE – WFME standards for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in Europe.

First published in 2016 with the latest revision in 2020, our free Best Practices in PhD Training ebook covers recommendations in:

      • Research Environment
      • Outcomes
      • Admission Policy and Criteria
      • PhD Training Programme
      • Supervision
      • PhD Thesis
      • Assessment
      • Graduate School Structure


Other Documents Recommended By ORPHEUS

Other Documents Recommended By ORPHEUS

KI Exit Poll

All doctoral students graduating from KI are invited to evaluate the education they have received in an exit poll. The questionnaire is anonymous the answers are treated with utmost confidentiality.

The KU Leuven Charter of the PhD researcher and Supervisor

The importance of proper supervision for the smooth running of doctoral research and training cannot be overestimated. The supervisor, possibly supported by one or more co-supervisors1 and the supervisory committee are the people responsible for supervising and supporting the PhD researcher. The charter of the PhD researcher and the supervisor outlines the role of the (co)supervisor and the PhD researcher in the doctoral process.

Charter of the Postdoctoral Researcher and the Senior Academic Host

KU Leuven has a vibrant and diverse community of postdoctoral researchers eager to let their passions and ambitions flourish in a stimulating climate of scientific curiosity, personal growth and collective engagement. Together with other key figures in the academic ecosystem, postdoctoral researchers help bridge the gap between emerging and established researchers, and make indispensable contributions to our institution.