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ECTN Working Group. European Dimension in 2 nd and 3 rd cycle studies. ECTN WORKING GROUP: EUROPEAN DIMENSION IN 2nd AND 3rd CYCLE STUDIES. Aim of the group / Rationale : To provide the common vision of the Master and PhD in chemistry

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ectn working group

ECTN Working Group

European Dimension

in 2nd and 3rd cycle studies

ectn working group european dimension in 2nd and 3rd cycle studies
ECTN WORKING GROUP: EUROPEAN DIMENSION IN 2nd AND 3rd CYCLE STUDIES

Aim of the group / Rationale: To provide the common vision of the Master and PhD in chemistry

During the first year of activity the WG discussed Master studies whereas the second year has been devoted to doctoral studies

Meetings: Kraków (Poland), 1 - 2 of April 2005

Thessaloniki (Greece), 4 – 7 of May 2005

Helsinki* (Finland), 24 – 25 of February 2006 Vienna (Austria), 19th of April 2006

* Helsinki meeting was organized together with TUNING Chemistry Subject Area Group

third cycle studies
Third cycle studies

Some important points discussed:

  • What is PhD for?
    • to train students to be independent researches
    • to produce new scientific knowledge
    • to maintain succession of research chemists
some important points discussed
Some important points discussed
  • Are PhD candidates students or employees?
  • Budapest descriptors
  • Duration of 3rd cycle (3 – 5 years) and

ECTS credits for coursework (15 – 60)

  • Graduate student teaching
  • PhD supervision
  • Assessment of PhD candidates
  • Ownership of research
recommendations
Recommendations:
  • Maintaining records of student’s skill development
  • Joint degrees supporting mobility
  • Coursework

Skills Supporting

including courses

language Thesis

research

Participation

and

awareness

recommendations1
Recommendations

Purpose of PhD examination/defence of thesis - to evaluate:

  • Quality and quantity of research presented in thesis
  • Student’s understanding of his/her research
  • Student’s awareness of the significance of his/her work to the development of the discipline

A component of teaching included in PhD programmes, useful to a graduate’s personal development

Training for supervisors of PhD encouraged

recommendations2
Recommendations
  • Direct transfer from 1st cycle to 3rd cycle for high fliers

Cycles

special item
Special item:

A proposed database for Master courses in Europe Author: Michael Gagan

A draft introductory letter to Departments and draft questionnaire available on request:

[email protected]

or [email protected])

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