The required coursework must consist of at least 30 credits (ECTS). Within the regulatory framework for required coursework, (Regulations § 8 Required Coursework) the faculty decides which subjects are to be included in the coursework component of each programme. The requirements for content and scope will vary from programme to programme and doctoral candidates should study the most current and relevant guidelines closely.
Requirements regarding training in scientific theory and ethics, as well as in methodology are common to all studies. The remaining credits represent thematic courses at the PhD level. Faculties maintain a directory of approved PhD courses. The faculties maintain a directory of approved PhD courses. An overview of the courses offered, both compulsory and optional, are listed on the PhD programme's website.
Doctoral courses completed at another institution can be also be approved as a part of required coursework. All such courses must be approved by the faculty’s doctoral committee prior to their implementation.
Supervisor(s) should be involved in the selection of topics by suggesting topics and discussing what would be most useful and practical in terms of subject matter and approach.