Setup Educational Programme

Set up of the ICO Educational programme EC
Introductory course: a two day course, in which candidates present an overview of their PhD research proposal and the first study, review other proposals, review a PhD thesis, simulate an editorial board meeting and acquire insight in how to manage their supervisor. Candidates learn about the ten themes of ICO’s research programme, about the scholarly process and about scientific integrity and data management. 5
Thematic courses: at least two thematic courses are part of the educational programme, (3 EC each), in which candidates acquire knowledge about recent developments in various research fields representing the ten themes comprising ICO’s research programme. 2*3
Methodology courses: PhD candidates participate in at least one methodology course (3 EC), related to quantitative or qualitative methodologies. 3
Two conferences are to be attended: 1) ICO National Spring School: a national two-day conference (1 EC) in which PhD candidates present their work and receive extensive feedback from ICO staff members and their peers; 2) ICO International Spring School: an international five-day conference (3 EC) in which PhD candidates present their work, receive feedback and attend thematic and methodology workshops offered by ICO staff and international well recognized experts in the field. The two conferences are offered bi-annually. The international conference is offered in collaboration with other European universities who conduct high quality research within the field of educational sciences. The two conferences are organized alternatingly in March of every year. 4
Total EC of ICO’s educational programme 18

Requirements for ICO PhD candidates within the educational programme

Fulltime PhD Members (≥ 0,8 fte for working on their PhD)
All full time ICO PhD candidates 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 candidates has subscribed to. 
  • At least one master class related to research methodology and techniques (time investment 84 hours, 3 ECTS). 
  • ICO International Fall/Spring school (time investment 84 hours, 3 ECTS). 
  • ICO National Fall/Spring School (time investment 28 hours, 1 ECTS) 

In sum regular PhD students spent at least 504 hours (18 ECTS), of the available 1104 hours for PhD education, on the ICO educational programme. 
After completion of all ICO modules the PhD candidates will receive the ICO Certificate. 

Part time PhD Members (≤0,8 fte for working on their PhD)
All part time ICO PhD candidates are required to participate in the following ICO modules: 

  • ICO Introductory Course (time investment 140 hours, 5 ECTS) 
  • ICO National Fall/Spring School (time investment 28 hours, 1 ECTS) or the ICO International Fall/Spring School (time investment 84 hours, 3 ECTS)

ICO’s educational programmeThe number of ICO courses PhD candidates 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 candidates will receive the ICO Certificate. 

As a rule, in the admission procedure for the ICO Courses, PhD candidates 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.

How to get the ICO Certificate

If you have successfully completed the full educational programme of ICO, you are entitled to the ICO Certificate. To obtain this certificate please send an email to the Executive Secretary indicating that you have completed the educational programme. After a final check with the educational administration, the certificate will be send to you.