ECTS

  • PhD candidates of the Graduate School of Life Sciences have to follow 20 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) of education.
  • The 20 ECTS load is for the standard 4 years PhD program. PhD candidates that follow a different track can count 5 ECTS/year.
  • The minimum number of PhD years is two, which means that during this two years trajectory 10 ECTS need to be acquired.
  • A minimum of 40% should be spent on courses organized by the CTO program and a maximum of 20% on attendance of congresses and symposia. See tables below for examples.

 

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) point tables

General information on the graduate school system, PhD programs and useful links can be found on www.umcutrecht.nl/research/student/phd

 

 

4 years

20 ECTS

3 years

15 ECTS

2 years

10 ECTS

 

Courses/activities CTO

 

40%

 

8 ECTS

 

6 ECTS

 

4 ECTS

Generic courses

20%

Symposia/conferences

20%

Courses outside program

20%

 

Example 4 years/min. 20 ECTS

Category

Course

# days

# times/4 yr

Total ECTS

CTO

Introduction course

3

1

1

 

 

Clinical Trial Development Course

 

5+

 

1

 

3

 

 

Tumor type course

 

3

 

2

 

2

 

 

PhD retreat

 

1

 

4

 

1

 

 

Outpatient Clinic

 

1

 

5

 

1

 

 

Symposia organized by Cancer Center/CTO

 

1

 

3

 

1

 

 

Journal clubs (JC)

 

 

 

30 JC = 1 ECTS

 

“Refereer” evenings

 

 

10x = 1 ECTS

 

Oncology seminars

 

 

30x = 1ECTS

 

Total CTO

 

 

 

 

12

 

Generic courses

 

see GS_LS website

 

 

 

4

 

Other

 

Basic Oncology course (NvvO)

 

5

 

1

 

2

 

Attending International Oncology Symposia (0.3 ECTS/day)

3

 

2

2 max

 

Courses organized by other PhD programs

4

1

1

 

Total

 

 

 

 

21

 

Example 2 years/min. 10 ECTS

NB: in this example the total number of ECTS points is more than 10, which means that one can skip some courses. When you are following a 3 years PhD program, you can use this table as well but ensure that your generic courses make a total of 3 ECTS.

Category

Course

# days

# times/2 yr

Total ECTS

CTO

Introduction course

3

1

1

 

 

Clinical Trial Development Course

 

5+

 

1

 

3

 

 

Tumor type course

 

3

 

1

 

1

 

 

PhD retreat

 

1

 

2

 

0.5

 

 

Outpatient Clinic

 

1

 

2

 

0.5

 

 

Symposia organized by Cancer Center/CTO

 

1

 

2

 

0.6

 

 

Journal clubs (JC)

 

 

 

15 JC = 0.5 ECTS

 

“Refereer” evenings

 

 

5 = 0.5 ECTS

 

Oncology seminars

 

 

15x = 0.5 ECTS

 

Total CTO

 

 

 

 

8.1

 

Generic courses

 

see GS_LS website

 

 

 

2

 

Other

 

Basic Oncology course (NvvO)

 

5

 

1

 

2

 

Attending International Oncology Symposia (0.3 ECTS/day)

3

 

1

1 max

 

Courses organized by other PhD programs

4

1

1

 

Total

 

 

 

 

14.1

 

 

 

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