Requirements for ICO PhD candidates within the educational programme

Regular PhD Members (≥ 0,6 fte for working on their PhD)
All full time ICO PhD students who have started the educational programme after January 1, 2013 are required to participate in the following ICO modules:
  • ICO Introductory Course (time investment 140 hours, 5 ECTS) 
  • Two Thematic ICO master classes related to the ICO research themes (time investment for each master class 84 hours, 3 ECTS). It does not necessary mean that these master classes should be related to the research themes a PhD student has subscribed to. 
  • At least one master class related to research methodology and techniques (time investment 84 hours, 3 ECTS). 
  • ICO International Fall school (time investment 84 hours, 3 ECTS). 
  • ICO National Fall School (time investment 28 hours, 1 ECTS) 
In sum regular PhD students attend at least 504 hours, of the available 1104 hours for PhD education, on the ICO educational programme.
After completion of all ICO modules the PhD student will receive the ICO Certificate.

Part time PhD Members (
≤0,6 fte for working on their PhD)
All part time ICO PhD students are required to participate in the following ICO modules:
  • ICO Introductory Course (time investment 140 hours, 5 ECTS) 
  • ICO National Fall School (time investment 28 hours, 1 ECTS) or the ICO International Fall School (time investment 84 hours, 3 ECTS)

ICO's educational programme
The number of ICO courses PhD students are willing to attend is not restricted to a maximum. For instance, if a part time PhD Member wants to attend the full ICO educational programme, this is possible. After completion of all ICO modules the PhD student will receive the ICO Certificate.

As a rule, in the admission procedure for the ICO Courses, PhD students members of ICO have an advantage over external participants. Please see our regulations for registration for details.

Exemption for ICO Thematic or Methodological courses  is possible. For more information, please look at our Exemption regulations.

For the regular PhD Members the ICO Introductory course, making a Junior (2nd year students) and a Senior (3rd year students) presentation either at the biennial ICO National or International Fall School, and participation in the International Fall School are compulsory.