Superb supervision senior – a course for senior PhD supervisors

As an experienced researcher you need to deal with a large variety of responsibilities, one of these is your role as a senior supervisor of PhD candidates. Would you like to improve your guidance and unlock the full potential of these young researchers? Do you encounter challenges in supervision that you would like to discuss with peers? In this course you will learn how to optimize your supervisory skills, particularly in your role as an experienced (co)promotor.

Research consistently shows that good supervision is crucial for a successful and timely PhD trajectory. VUmc Academie together with Mennen Training & Consultancy developed a two-day course that meets the needs of senior PhD supervisors.

In a peer group of experienced researchers and guided by an experienced trainer, the following topics are addressed:
1) the PhD trajectory;
2) optimal alignment with your PhD candidates;
3) your identity as a senior supervisor.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • better manage the PhD candidates’ expectations and facilitate timely and successful PhD projects;
  • better align with your PhD candidates to unlock their potential, both as a scientific and a non-scientific mentor;
  • optimize your strengths as a senior supervisor;
  • effectively share challenges in senior supervision of PhD candidates with peers.

Quotes from participants:

'Highly recommended'
'Relevant and to the point'
'This course increases awareness of the supervision process and communication' 'Contact with peer supervisors is inspiring'

For an interview about the program in Dutch click here.

For price see: Practical.

Day 1: in the morning

The PhD trajectory: Goals, responsibilities, expectations, and planning

  • The actual goal of supervision;
  • The PhD competence model;
  • Your position amongst co-supervisors in and outside of Amsterdam UMC;
  • Communicating about expectations;
  • Planning.

Day 1: in the afternoon

Aligning with your PhD candidate: Together unique

  • (Situational) supervision: what is your style? Which style to use, when and with whom?
  • Motivation of your PhD candidate;
  • Communication skills: listening, giving feedback, coaching.

Day 2: in the morning

Aligning with your PhD candidate: The proof of the pudding

  • Participants bring their own case material;
  • Role plays with actor.

Day 2: in the afternoon

The (co)promotor: Who are you as a supervisor?

  • The roles of the senior supervisor: scientist/educator/MD? Having and being a role model;
  • How do you deal with underlying emotions in supervision?
  • The impostor syndrome;
  • Intervision and mentorship for senior supervisors.

Target audience

Senior supervisors of PhD candidates (professors, associate professors, principal investigators)


Two days


The fall 2021 edition of this course is unfortunately cancelled. As soon as new dates are available, you can find them here.

Price 2021

Amsterdam UMC (VUmc and AMC employees): 825,- euro
External participants: 985,- euro


VU campus
NB. If this course cannot take place on the VU campus due to COVID regulations, the course will take place online.


This course is ABAN-accredited for medical doctors (12 points).


dr. ir. Louise Mennen, dr. Maike Malda

Registration procedure

You can use the registration button to show your interest in this course. Based on a short questionnaire, we will evaluate whether your profile will  suit the senior or the junior course best.


This course is offered in Dutch or English, depending on the participants.

General terms and conditions

When you register for this course, you agree with the general terms and conditions of VUmc Academie. Please take note of our cancellation policy.

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