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ECTS Credits & Diploma Supplement

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in Chemistry Third Cycle Studies

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    Being both students and early stage scientists, doctoral candidates perform individualised original research, which is deeply dependent on their...

ECTS & Diploma Supplement in Chemistry Third Cycle



Designing and implementing ‘Bologna tools’ –ECTS credits and Diploma Supplement –  appropriate for third cycle degrees in chemistry and related disciplines. 


The consortium is largely trans-national, and actually possesses the skills, recognised expertise and competences required to carry out all aspects of the work programme.


Reconsideration and adaptation of the type of credits given to doctoral candidates following structured programmes, and adjustment of the information included in the Diploma Supplement. 

Outcomes & Results

A survey and a needs analysis was carried out and outcomes were discussed and codified. The symposium yielded a reliable proposal on how ECTS credits may be adapted, and which type of Diploma Supplement is satisfying all needs of transparency and completeness.

Plans for the Future

A priority target group are the over 130 member institutions of the European Chemistry Thematic Network, covering thirty countries.

Contribution to EU policies

Benefit in the context of a European added value is the harmonisation and transparency of third cycle studies, since quality assurance, mobility and joint degrees are greatly advanced by integrating ECTS credits and an appropriate Diploma Supplement at doctoral level.

Criteria for Joining the Register of Experts

The trans-national register of experts is addressing all those:
• acquainted with structured third cycle programmes in chemistry, and
• experienced in the application of ‘Bologna tools’ in academic studies.

Labour Market Needs Analysis

It is important to realise what European stakeholders expect from the Diploma Supplement of young researchers having a third cycle degree in chemistry or related disciplines. The needs analysis is covering several types of employers, such as industrial companies, research institutes and public services.

Current Situation in Europe

Structured Third Cycle

In order to be fully aligned with the overarching Framework of Qualifications for the European Higher Education Area, third cycle degree programmes need to be structured and transparent, while avoiding over-regulation. Academic institutions are urged to ensure that their programmes endorse the above-mentioned innovative patterns; while facing the needs of the employment market, notwithstanding that industry has not yet developed sufficient absorption capacity to harness the potential of university-based research.

Bologna Tools in Chemistry 3rd Cycle Studies




It appears that the need for ‘measuring’ knowledge and skills of future employees, at least in the area of chemistry and related disciplines, is real. In the same context, documentation and shortage are as well asked for. Thus, the Diploma Supplement in a somehow extended or commented form could be a reliable and objective tool of preference for use in the labour market.


ECTS credits

They are based on the workload students need to invest in order to achieve and express expected learning outcomes. In the 3rd cycle the workload is not connected to time, but reflects the total effort done by the candidate in order to complete his research.

Diploma Supplement

Identifies the level and function of a qualification, as well as the results attained. In the third cycle,becomes essential whenever the candidate has followed structured doctoral studies involving a taught component or encompassing mobility initiatives.

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