International Doctoral College in Fusion Science and Engineering
 Doctoral Programme

FUSION-DC Doctoral Programme

All FUSION-DC Doctoral Candidates have to follow and complete the FUSION-DC Doctoral programme.

The PhD Candidates must:

Comply with all the following conditions set in order to obtain the FUSION-DC Joint Doctoral Training Programme certificate, i.e.:

• Undertake specific academic training courses corresponding to at least 18 ECTS (6 ECTS in transferable skills and 12 ECTS in specialized research related training);
• Attend at least two international conferences or workshops with an oral or poster presentation at each;
• Have at least one paper as first author published or accepted in a refereed scientific journal;
• Attend two annual PhD meetings during the doctoral thesis period. These PhD meetings will be organised in accordance with the FUSENET regulations.

Comply with all the following conditions set in order to obtain the double or joint degree under the FUSION-DC co-tutelle agreement, i.e.:

• Undertake research/training periods of at least 6 months (consecutive or cumulative) in two or more full or associated partner institutions in two European countries of the Consortium under the supervision of at least two promoters pertaining to the partner universities who will award the joint or double diploma (if the universities are not full partners they have to agree to provide at least the double diploma);
• Write a doctoral thesis, in accordance with the rules laid down in the Standardized Supervision Guidelines
• Successfully (pre-)defend and defend the doctoral thesis in accordance with the rules laid down in the Standardized Supervision Guidelines, after which the joint or double degree/diploma will be awarded

Category A students can spend research/training periods of at least 6 months (consecutive or cumulative) at third country associated partners. Category B students will be able to spend up to 1 year of their doctoral activities at a third country of Associated Members.


Every student needs to follow the rules/requirements from both FUSION-DC and his/her universities. For FUSION-DC, you need to follow courses for a minimum of 18 ECTS. The official rules are what count. To summarize them:

  • The 18 ECTS is divided into 2 categories: at least 6 ECTS for ‘transferable skills courses’ (for example language course, presentation skills, academic writing, …) and at least 12 ECTS for ‘specialized research courses’.
  • Each transferable skill course can be maximal 3 ECTS worth, with the exception of a language course (max. 2 ECTS)
  • Language courses can count for max. 2 ECTS (out of 6 ECTS transferable skills)
  • A summer school can be maximal 3 ECTS worth and you can’t do 2 summer schools with the same topic
  • Each course need to have an evaluation, this is normally an exam organized in the course, but this can also be (for example with a summer school) a written report that is graded (on a scale of 0-20) by your promoter
  • The supervisor, promoter and the doctoral guidance committee need to agree on the courses (before you attend it). Courses that aren’t relevant for the doctoral research can be denied.
  • All courses should be done in a university or organized together with an university or recognized by a university.
  • Specialized courses organized by a partner/associated partner research institute are acceptable if they are at the academic level. This is at the discretion of the doctoral guidance committee. The student who wish to have one of these courses accepted needs to provide:
    • The description of the content of the course, including the number of lectures (in hours), of laboratory, exercises, etc, …
    • The list of foreseen teachers and a brief summary of the qualification of each teacher
  • Language courses always need to be done at a university.
  • If the course has ECTS assigned, they are counted for that same amount of ECTS, unless it is capped (at 3 ECTS for Summer School and transferable skills, at 2 ECTS for language course). If the course has no ECTS assigned, the doctoral guidance committee decides how many ECTS it is worth based upon the following guideline:

Total number of working hours = (# hours theory)*3 + (# hours exercises, lab work, visits)*1.5 + (# hours personal work)*1

1 ECTS equals to 25-30 working hours (FUSION-DC recommends to take a workload of 30 working hours per ECTS)

The procedure:

    • You propose a list of courses that will result in at least 18 ECTS according the rules
    • You get first approval of your supervisor, then from your promoter, and then from your doctoral guidance committee
    • In case that there are no ECTS assigned to the course, the doctoral guidance committee decides how many ECTS that course is worth. You need to provide all the relevant data in terms of lecture hours, hours of exercises, ….
      It is recommended to take as much as possible courses that do have ECTS assigned to the course
    • After approval of the list, you send it to the FUSION-DC administration, you follow the courses and you send certificates/documents to the FUSION-DC administration that showed you passed the course -> fill out this form (userfiles/FUSION-DC/files/Proof participation form(1).doc) and send it to the

ð  In addition, IF it is possible to have in your local university register the courses you took, it could be beneficial to do so





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