The Doctoral Debate
“The Doctoral Debate” is an online platform featuring original articles with commentary and analysis on doctoral education in Europe. Articles focus on trending topics in doctoral education and state-of-the-art policies and practices. The Debate showcases voices and views from EUA-CDE members and partners.
All views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of EUA Council for Doctoral Education. If you would like to respond to this article by writing your own piece, please see The Doctoral Debate style guidelines and contact the CDE team to pitch your idea.
13 May. 2022
Rethinking doctoral education for careers within and beyond the academy
The training of doctoral candidates remains largely oriented towards academia. Given that increasing numbers of doctorate holders will eventually work beyond the academy, we need to rethink doctoral education. This article proposes several recommendations (‘rethinks’) emerging from empirical studies targeting collaboration, transferable skills and the relations between doctoral candidates and their future employers.
09 Mar. 2022
Doctoral education in France: the views of doctoral candidates and their supervisors
A national field survey in France provides valuable information for enhancing the quality of doctoral training. Conducted by the French national network of doctoral colleges (France PhD) in 2021, the survey also highlights the essential contribution of doctoral candidates to national research production, their high level of satisfaction, and the importance of teamwork in doctoral supervision.
20 Jan. 2021
Comparing apples with oranges: the career paths of doctorate holders
Numerous initiatives are set up to gain insight into the (non-academic) careers of doctorate holders. Unfortunately, these initiatives use different methodologies, target specific groups and tap into different career aspects, making it difficult to make comparisons across groups, universities, countries and time. This article offers recommendations on how to get optimal insight into doctorate holders’ careers.
04 May. 2020
German study: most doctoral candidates are satisfied with their situation
A new study in Germany aims to map thousands of doctoral candidates in dozens of universities, providing insight into their working conditions, views on supervision, motivation, career goals, and mobility during doctoral studies, as well as possible thoughts on dropping out. As Kolja Briedis from the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies tells us, the results are better than expected.