NETHUR courses offer advanced knowledge and skills that every scientific researcher in urban and regional studies is expected to master. The courses cover theory and methodology from various perspectives, but also deal with general skills training in the fields of writing, oral presentation and project management.

The course programme consist of core courses that are mandatory for all NETHUR PhD members and optional courses. PhD students who attend all NETHUR courses obtain the required amount of credits for theory and methodology and skills training. However, it is also possible to replace the optional courses with courses outside the NETHUR programme that fit a student’s personal needs. 

PhD members who wish to be exempted from the core courses, because they took similar courses in the past or plan to take substitute courses that better fit their needs, must submit a written request to the Director of Education through the NETHUR Office.

PhD students are required to gain more in depth knowledge concerning their specific discipline in specialised thematic seminars and workshops organised by NETHUR Institutes or members or by the NETHUR Office, and in courses, seminars, workshops, international conferences, et cetera, outside the NETHUR programme.

Theoretical and methodological knowledge and skills

Every PhD student is expected to become familiar with the theories and (recent) developments in the multidisciplinary fields of urban and regional research. In addition, a student has to know which quantitative and qualitative research methods are available and when to apply them. Students should be able to position their PhD research (project proposal and final dissertation) in a theoretical and methodological context.