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Bij ACTA werken ongeveer 150 onderzoekers aan hun promotieonderzoek. Dat zijn ACTA-medewerkers die naast hun andere werk promoveren of gastmedewerkers.

ACTA Graduate School of Dentistry (AGSD) verzorgt de opleiding voor promovendi. Daarnaast heeft ACTA speciaal voor promovendi een onafhankelijke vertrouwenspersoon.

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PhD/Graduate School

  • Vacancies for scientific staff

    There are 3 types of PhD students at ACTA

    • PhD-students who receive a salary from the university. There are a limited number of places available each year. 
    • PhD students under contract. These are mostly externally funded, e.g. by a foreign university. 
    • Guest PhD students, they don't receive a salary, but do get the training and supervision associated with doctoral research.

    Examples of where you can find ACTA PhD vacancies:

  • Forms and remunerations for PhD students
  • ACTAPro


    An important point is the creation of attractive fringe benefits and a good working environment that invites individuals to undertake research at one of Europe's largest dental faculties. ACTAPro serves as the primary point of contact for all of ACTA’s PhD students. Members keep the PhD students informed about events such as the graduation of fellow PhD students, interesting lectures, symposiums and meetings, by means of the familiar, colourful newsletter.

    In addition, ACTAPro helps to organize the Scientific Afternoon Meetings. These are mandatory bi-monthly afternoon gatherings at which PhD students present their research results and discuss them with fellow PhD students. To enable fellow doctoral students to get better acquainted with one another, in an informal setting, ACTAPro stages ‘PhD outings’ every six months.

    ACTAPro is represented by the following PhD-students:   

    And further more we have connections with UvApro en ProVU via:

    • Tijmen Münker (UvApro) and Cindy Kelder (ProVU) 

    Contact & Information

  • Education, coaching and courses

    PhD students are expected to follow various courses during their PhD programme. For those with a four-year PhD studentship position, courses are mainly attended during the first three years of their PhD programme. Courses may have different objectives: Required in the context of research/thesis (e.g., statistics, laboratory animal science); General scientific education (e.g. writing in English) or Career-oriented (e.g. grant writing, courses outside their own area of research).

    Mandatory courses

    • Statistics and methodology
      Starting date: to be decided
      Subscription: closed

    • Grant writing
      Starting date: to be decided
      Subscription: to be announced

    • Scientific writing and presenting in English
      Starting date: March 2022
      Subscription: open

    • Dentistry for non-dentists
      Starting date: 2022 (to be decided)
      Subscription: to be announced

    • Oral Biology
      Starting date: March 19th - May 28th
      Subscription: open

    • Scientific Integrity (English)
      Starting date: to be decided
      Subscription: closed

    Non-mandatory courses

    • This course is non-mandatory: Epidemiology & Evidence Based Practice in Dentistry and Oral Health Care. 
    • PhD students are also encouraged to take external courses, e.g. at graduate schools in the area of Health and Life Sciences within VU University Amsterdam, the AMC Graduate School, MOVE, and graduate schools within the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam.

    Education and coaching

  •  Epidemiology & Evidence Based Practice in Dentistry and Oral Health Care

    Learning aims
    Competences according to the General Educational framework Dentistry 2008 covered: II c-I (4) The student has:

    • thorough understanding on the concepts, principles and methods of Evidence Based Health Care Practice. Thereby the student has advanced comprehension on the place and value (possibilities and constraints) of Evidence Based Practice on dentistry and oral health care.
    • deep insights about the different study designs, methods and analytic techniques of advanced etiologic, diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic scientific research. Thereby he will be able to independently define proper questions for advanced scientific research on diagnostic accuracy, prognostic accuracy and therapeutic effectiveness, and make motivated choices for the design of such research projects.
    • expertise in deriving ‘best-available evidence’ from published original scientific research through interpreting and appreciating the relevance and validity of findings and the health outcomes from these. Thereby the student is able to independently make a brief rapid summary of the evidence from scientific research in a comprehensive and transparent manner, answer the initial diagnostic, prognostic or treatment question from patient care based on a translation of this summary, and thereupon provide aligned policy guidance and sound recommendations for decision making on the care for individual patients).
    • advanced competencies in identifying uncertainty in his decision making and translate these into proper questions for research. Thereby the student will be able to independently rephrasing and translating his knowledge gaps and information needs.
    • comprehensive proficiency in the approach to the complex concepts of measures of disease frequency (risks and rates of disease) along with association measures for these. Thereby the student will be able to simplify such concepts and measures in the translation for transparent and explicit explanation in patient care.

    Health care workers continuously work on the proper delivery of good health care outcomes. In this they question themselves whether and to which extent their decisions in patient management (notably on choices about diagnosis, therapy, and prediction of prognosis and outcome) are based on solid scientific evidence. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) principles have been widely accepted as efficient strategies to meet these needs. This course aims to equip the students with the advanced competencies on the concepts, principles and methods of Evidence Based Health Care through cutting-edge information mastery and decision making. Competencies obtained during this course will provide students with advanced understanding and deep insights that will help them to meet the challenges of the 21th century health care and apply these properly in delivering Evidence Based best practice in dentistry and oral health care. With this course the students should be able to disentangle complexities  and unravel problems in patient management and care.


    • Methodological reader A: selected methodological and background fundamental papers (compulsory)
    • Applied scientific reader B: selected applied scientific research papers for working groups (compulsory)

    Learning assessment
    The student needs to pass all components undermentioned

    • Overall assessment of assignments and participation during the seminars
    • Written exam, with open exam questions

    Creditis: 3 ECTS
    Language: English
    Duration: Semester 1, Thursdays October 18th – December 6th 2018
    Teaching methods: Self-study; Lectures; Working groups, Assignments
    Coordinator: prof. Dr. G.J.M.G. van der Heijden
    Teacher(s): prof. Dr. G.J.M.G. van der Heijden

     Application deadline and subscription

  • Extra courses

    PhD students are encouraged to take additional courses, e.g. at graduate schools in the area of Health and Life Sciences within VU University Amsterdam, the AMC Graduate School, graduate schools within the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. Below you will find several links to various courses for PhD students:

    Language courses
    Although Dutch for foreigners is not part of the training plan for PhD students, it might be a good idea to follow a course. Courses at different levels are offered by

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Directeur Onderzoek

+31 20 59 80558

ACTA t.a.v. directeur Onderzoek
Gustav Mahlerlaan 3004
1081 LA Amsterdam


  • Prof. dr. Bruno Loos  
  • Directeur bij Directie Onderzoeksinstituut & Professor (Parodontologie)