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PhD Credit Points

For all HRSMC PhD students the so-called Credit Point Administration (CPA) accounts for the courses they follow. This is how it works:

  • Some months prior to your defence date, you need to fill out the Credit Point Administration form and present this actual update and send it to the HRSMC office
  • The management of HRSMC will present a certificate to those PhD students who have fulfilled the requirements for the HRSMC PhD certificate (depicted below). 


Overview Creditpoints

Credit Points

The values listed below have been established in accordance with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) in which one credit point corresponds with approximately 28 hours of work. 
A minimum of 15 credit points is required to obtain the HRSMC certificate. Remarks:

·         Every PhD needs to follow at least one HRSMC course and one HRSMC school for the HRSMC certificate. If there is no HRSMC school or course available supporting the aspects of the PhD research, an external course can be chosen instead (but for 95% of the PhD student this is not necessary). The other items are optional: for the certificate it is not ‘a must’ to do a course on didactics or a research in another laboratory, but when this is done a maximum of 6 ECTS can be given for this activity.

·         The Han-sur-Lesse Winter school ‘Theoretical Chemistry & Spectroscopy’ is not organized by the HRSMC, but many HRSMC staff members are involved. Therefore, this course is considered as a HRSMC school for the HRSMC certificate.

·         A colloquium is a presentation, which a PhD gives at the beginning (normally after 3-6 months). A PhD researcher presents his/her research plans and gives a general background of the project. This colloquium can be based on the paper.

·         A paper should not be confused with a scientific article. A paper is a document, which a PhD researcher normally makes at the beginning of his/her research. This paper includes items like:
- The general background of the research project
- The plans a PhD researcher has for the first years of his/her research project.

·         When the following Courses and Schools were followed with a validation of 3 EC according to the old rating (instead of 2 according to the new validation):

-          HRSMC Course: Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry (2011, 2013)
-          HRSMC Summer School on Photochemistry (2012)
-          HRSMC Tulip School ‘Modern Developments in Spectroscopy' (2012)
-          HRSMC Summer School Synthetic Bio-organic Chemistry (2013)
-          HRSMC Autumn School Advanced Metal-Organic Chemistry (2012)

For each of these Courses with a validation of 3 EC instead of 2, one extra EC should be done for the total ECs for the certificate.

E.g. if you have followed the 2012 Tulip School for 3 EC, you should have 16 ECs in total.

·         15 points is a minimum and can, of course, be exceeded.