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ECTS credits for PhD activities other than regular courses

In addition to ECTS course credits for ordinary PhD course participation, the Head of programme can grant ECTS (1 ECTS per 25-30 hours of student activity) for documented activities at PhD level related to individually planned study activities or projects that are not part of the PhD project, participation in schools, workshops and conferences, etc. As inspiration, you can find different activities listed here below.

Note that the activity options may vary between programmes. Contact your Head of programme to learn more.

The following applies to all the activities:

To be eligible for ECTS, a description of the activity (including specified learning objectives and ECTS credits) must be approved (preferably in advance) by the main supervisor and the Head of programme. Amount of ECTS and evaluation of the activity is agreed with the Head of Programme.

The activity must be documented, and a description as well as documentation must be uploaded in MyPhD.

A maximum of 10 ECTS can be earned from activities that cannot be characterised as participation in PhD courses or school workshops (e.g. the onboarding programme).

Journal clubs/study groups/specialised reading courses

It is an option to be granted ECTS for engaging in a journal club, study group, or a specialised reading course. Note that a journal club should preferably be open to everyone interested in participating.

Summer schools or autumn schools

ECTS can be granted for participation in summer schools or autumn schools in Denmark as well as abroad.

Conferences or workshops

ECTS can be granted for preparing for and participating in a conference or workshop.

The peer review publication process

A key outcome in scientific research is to succeed in disseminating findings to researchers in the field, while ensuring the widest possible audience are aware of the significance of the data and at the same time using the most trusted vehicle (e.g. journal) possible. The aim of this activity is to facilitate an in-depth understanding of the choices available in identifying target journal, in understanding ‘instructions to authors’, in understanding the phases of the review process, in writing the perfect sales pitch to the editor, and in how to respond to reviewer comments in a constructive non-confrontational manner.

Training in a specific experimental technique or theoretical approach

ECTS can be granted for time spent being trained in a specific experimental technique or theoretical approach carried out outside of a course and relevant for the PhD work.

Participation in lecture series

Executing a lecture, listening to those of others and discussing hypothesis, data, and assumptions are fundamental academic activities. Participating in a lecture series trains exactly this in the safe environment of the department. ECTS can be granted for this.

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