The Credits System

The Doctoral Degree Program of the Doctoral School aims at the formation of professional and transversal competencies. It includes (a) an interdisciplinary training program based on advanced university studies; (b) an individual scientific research program. The courses and activities included in these programs are associated with a corresponding specific numerical value – numbers of credits (ECTS)[1] – which are earned by the students after their successful completion. All students must earn at least 180 credits through participation in these two programs. 

1). The training program based on advanced university studies includes courses and training activities meant to achieve a high level of knowledge in the field, necessary in the research activity, and which are generally taught in the first year. The training program may include: participation in the courses offered by ISDS-UB or other doctoral schools in the country or abroad, the study of special articles or books completed with an evaluation, research activities and submission of papers. The Ph.D. students undergoing advanced university studies must earn at least 30 credits (ECTS). In order to complete the advance doctoral studies, during university year 2018-2019 ISDS-UB provides the following courses:

First Semester:

  1. Institutions and institutionalism- 10 ECTS
  2. Conceptual and empirical research methods- 5 ECTS

Second Semester:

  1. Applications of nanoparticles- 3 ECT
  2. Modern methods in molecular sciences- 5 ECTS
  3. Research seminar- 4 ECTS
  4. Ethics and academic integrity-3 ECTS

 NOTE: As mentioned, you can also take part in courses at other doctoral schools, as you decide together with the supervisor. In order to prove the participation to the course, you will obtain from each professor a catalogue with your grade and with the number of ECTS. The maximum credits/ ECTS taking into account from courses are 30. At least half must be obtained from the courses at ISDS-UB.

2). The scientific research program involves the participation of the Ph.D. student in one or more research projects established by the steering committee. It is possible to establish complex research themes involving research teams made up of doctoral students, coordinated by one or more Ph.D. supervisors, each doctoral student having well-established objectives. In this way, Ph.D. students can run sub-projects themselves or coordinate research teams. They can propose themes in co-coordination.

The scientific research program may also be carried out in research institutions with national or international recognition. Within the European framework, this mobility has a special dimension. It is intended to promote collaboration based on already existing partnerships or created through participation in joint research programs. This improves the training of future researchers by increasing access to European learning and research resources. The Council of the Doctoral School will, where appropriate, determine the way in which the mobility takes place.

The activities of the scientific research program amount to at least 150 credits (ECTS), with equivalence possibilities, according to the law. This credits will be obtained as it follows:

  1. Yearly progress reports- presented in the 2nd semester, 4th semester, 6th semester: 30 ECTS[2];
  2. Update of the research project- 3rd semester- 20 ECTS;
  3. Report on the theoretical founding of the research- 3rd semester: 25 ECTS;
  4. Report on the research methodology- 4th semester: 25 ECTS;
  5. Report regarding the preliminary research results- 5th semester: 25 ECTS;
  6. Report regarding the contribution of the research in respect with current scientific knowledge- 6th semester: 25 ECTS;

In order to find out more information about ISDS-UB and better understand your rights and obligation as a doctoral candidate, please consult: Regulations on organizing and functioning of the Interdiscipinary School of Doctoral Studies – University of Bucharest, at the web adress https://isds.unibuc.ro/regulations/.


[1] For further detalils about the credit system, please consult : https://ec.europa.eu/education/resources-and-tools/european-credit-transfer-and-accumulation-system-ects_en

[2] At the end of each academic year, the Ph.D. student presents a progress report, which is evaluated by the Ph.D. supervisor and the Steering Committee. Within the scientific research program, the Ph.D. student presents 3-4 research reports, which are evaluated by the Ph.D. supervisor and the steering committee. These scientific reports are part of the individual training plan.