A central PhD program is provided for PhD students in systems and control. It consists of a course programme offered in Utrecht, international summer schools and a yearly three-day Benelux Meeting.

A national graduate program

In the national graduate school on systems and control, PhD students are offered a course program of weekly lectures that are given by top specialists in a central location in Utrecht. The courses cover a wide range of topics from mathematical systems theory to control engineering and intend to bring PhD students in short time to an internationally recognized research level.

Through its graduate school disc provides a  program for graduate studies in systems and control offered to PhD students of the participating departments.

Completing the 4-year programme of the graduate school leads to a PhD degree awarded by one of the participating universities. This programme is generally composed of a course program and a research project, leading to a PhD thesis to be defended in front of a thesis defense committee.

Educational activities of disc include

  • Graduate courses on systems and control, organized in Utrecht, on a weekly basis (2hrs/week), and lectured by national and international top lecturers. Distinction is made between full (8-week) and short (4-week) courses.
  • A yearly 4-day international summer school on a particular topic or research field addressing recent developments within or relevant for systems and control.
  • Regular scientific disc meetings where PhD students present their research results. The most important one is the yearly Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control, organized in cooperation with our Belgian colleagues.


Besides direct educational activities, disc provides PhD students with a network of contacts with colleague students and with national and international scientists in the field. This environment is considered to support their development as independent researchers that participate in and contribute to the international research community.

Besides the PhD program in systems and control, disc is represented in two interuniversity/national MSc programs: