FACULTY OF SCIENCE - SCIENCE – Kbenhavns OF SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN The integrated MSc and PhD programme – 3+5 scheme The Faculty of Science,

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    TheintegratedMScandPhDprogramme3+5scheme TheFacultyofScience,UniversityofCopenhagen(SCIENCE)offersanintegratedMScandPhDprogramme,whichisreferredtoasthe3+5schemeinthefollowing.Thebasisfortheschemeisthatduringtheperiodofenrolment,thestudentcompletesanMScprogrammeandaPhDprogrammewithinthefullprescribedperiodofstudyfortheprogrammesminusanytimereduction,ifany,forpreviouslycompletedMScprogrammeelements.The3+5schemeisdividedintotwoparts:PartA,duringwhichthestudentcompletestheMScprogrammeandconcurrentlycompletesonethirdofthePhDprogramme(onefulltimeequivalent(FTE)),andPartB,duringwhichthestudentisaPhDstudentexclusively.PartAiscompletedwhenthestudentcompletestheMScprogrammeandmustbeorganizedinsuchawaythattheMScprogrammeiscompletedtwoyearsbeforecompletionoftheentireintegratedprogrammeofstudy.Theschememakesitpossibletointegrate,inparticular,theMScprogrammesoptionalprogrammeelementsandthewritingofthePhDdissertation,whichallowsstudentsandtheirsupervisorsmoretimefortheresearchelementofthePhDprogramme.ExemptionsfromthegeneralstudyprogressrulesfortheMScprogrammepartStudentswhoareadmittedtotheintegratedMScandPhDprogrammearenotsubjecttotheordinarystudyprogressrulesapplyingtoMScprogrammes.Thismeansthatstudentsarenotrequiredtocomplywiththerulesonmaximumperiodofenrolment,compulsoryregistrationforcoursesetc.Forinstance,itmaybeagreeduponinthethesiscontractthatathesiscorrespondingto30ECTScredits(0.5FTE)maybewrittenoveralongerperiodthansixmonths.However,3+5studentsaresubjecttoanyotherrulesandregulationsapplyingtotheirmastersprogrammeincludingdeadlinesforcourseregistration,applicationsforpreapprovalsetc.AdmissionrequirementsandprescribedperiodofstudyThe3+5schemeisopentostudentswhohavecompletedarelevantBScdegreewithagoodresult,andwhoareeitherenrolledinanMScprogrammeofferedbySCIENCEorhasbeenofferedadmissiontoanMScprogrammeofferedbySCIENCE.Inaddition,thestudentmustalsobeadmittedtothePhDprogramme.Thismusttakeplacenolaterthanatthetimeofcommencementofthe3+5programme.Forstudentswhocommencethe3+5schemewithoutcredittransfers,thenormalstudycommencementdateis1Septemberoftheyearinquestion(legallyentitledBScgraduatesmayalsocommenceon1February),andstudentswithcredittransfers(whoarealreadyenrolledintheMScprogrammeatSCIENCEoratanotheruniversity,andhavecompletedprogrammeelements)areadmittedonanongoingbasis.Theprescribedperiodofstudyfortheintegrated3+5programmeisfiveFTEs(twofortheMScprogrammeandthreeforthePhDprogramme).If,atcommencementoftheintegrated3+5scheme,thestudenthas

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    passedoneormoreprogrammeelements,theperiodofstudyisreducedcorrespondingly.Thisisillustratedbelowintable1.Itshouldbenotedthatcoursespassedcorrespondingto5ECTScreditsresultinonemonth'stimereduction:Table1.Prescribedperiodofstudywithandwithoutcredittransfers(passedMScprogrammeelements)PassedECTScreditsontheMScprogramme

    0 15 30 45 60 75 90

    Credit(months)ontheMScprogramme

    0 3 6 9 12 15 18

    MScprogramme 24 21 18 15 12 9 6PhDprogramme 36 36 36 36 36 36 36Totalperiodofstudyonthe3+5scheme

    60 57 54 51 48 45 42

    StudentswhohavestartedwritingtheirMScthesisarenotallowedadmissiontothe3+5scheme.TheprogrammeisorganizedtoensurethattheMScprogrammeiscompletedpreciselytwoyearsbeforecompletionoftheentireintegratedprogrammeofstudy.Thisisillustratedintable2,whichtakesaccountforcredittransfers,ifany,fortheMScprogramme:Table2.ProgrammedurationwithorwithoutcredittransferPassedECTScreditsontheMScprogramme

    0 15 30 45 60 75 90

    Credit(months)ontheMScprogramme

    0 3 6 9 12 15 18

    PartABothMScandPhD

    36 33 30 27 24 21 18

    PartBOnlyPhD

    24 24 24 24 24 24 24

    Totalperiodofstudyonthe3+5scheme

    60 57 54 51 48 45 42

    Table2showsthattheprescribedperiodofstudyforPartBisalways24months(twoyears),andthatthedurationoftheprogrammeofstudyvariesinpartAaccordingtothenumberofcreditsontheMScprogramme.

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    ProgrammecontentsandstructureDuringthecombinedprogrammeofstudy,thestudentsmustcompletetheMScprogrammeinaccordancewiththerequirementsandrulessetoutinthecurriculumfortheMScprogrammeaswellascompleteaPhDprogrammeassetoutinthePhDOrder(Ph.d.bekendtgrelsen).Theprogrammeofstudyisdividedintotwoparts:PartA,duringwhichstudentsareMScstudentsandPhDstudentsatthesametime,andPartB,duringwhichstudentswithacompletedMScprogrammearePhDstudentsonly.Table3providesasummaryoftheacademicorganizationofthe3+5scheme,anditshouldbenotedthattheMScprogramme,irrespectiveofthenumberofcredittransfers,MUSTbepassedbythetimewhentwoyearsofthetotalperiodofstudyremain:Table3.Academicorganizationofthe3+5schemePartA)ThestudentisenrolledinanMScprogrammeandaPhDprogrammeatthesametime

    CompleteMScprogramme;seerequirementssetoutintheapplicablecurriculum:

    Passcoursesandprogrammeelementsinaccordancewiththecurriculum

    Concludethesiscontract Writeandpassthesis GraduatefromMScprogramme

    CompleteonethirdofPhDprogramme;seerequirementssetoutinPhDrules:

    SubmitfinalPhDplan StartPhDcourses Startresearchactivities Passregularassessments

    Thelasttwoyears,PartB,canbecommencedoncethestudenthascompletedtheMScprogrammeandhadtheregularassessmentsapproved,inotherwordsthestudenthasliveduptotherequirementsinthePhDplanPartB)ThestudenthascompletedtheMScprogrammeandisonlyenrolledinthePhDprogramme

    CompletePhDprogrammeinaccordancewiththeapprovedPhDplan;seerequirementssetoutinPhDrules

    IntegrationoftheMScprogrammeintothePhDprogrammeWhenstudentscommencePartAoftheintegrated3+5programme,theymustcommencethePhDprogrammeconcurrentlywiththeircompletionoftheMScprogrammeasshownintable3.RequirementsfortheMScprogrammeThecompulsoryandrestrictedelectivecoursesmustbepassedinaccordancewiththecurriculumandcoursedescriptions,whereastheoptionalprogrammeelementsandthecontents/objectofthethesiscanandshouldbeintegratedintothePhDproject.Thisresults,defacto,inmoreresearchtime.MScThesisThestudentmustwriteathesisofthescope(numberofECTS)specifiedintheMSccurriculum,andathesiscontractmustbeconcludedbeforehandbetweenthestudentandthethesissupervisor.TheMScthesismustbedefendedonthesametermsasthoseapplyingtotheMScprogrammeingeneral.

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    Thetopmanagement(LT)atUCPHhasdecidedthataPhDstudentenrolledinoneoftheintegratedPhDprogrammes(4+4or3+5)isallowedtoreusehis/herMScthesisincludingconclusionsinthePhDthesis.ThismustnotexceedtheextentusedinallotherPhDthesesthatarebasedonanMScthesisbyanyotherand/orpreviousresearchbytheauthororbyotherscientists.Referencesaremandatory.TheinterpretationofthePhDschoolofSCIENCEisthataPhDstudentisallowedtousethefollowinginthePhDthesis: AnarticlebasedondataandconclusionsfromtheMScthesiswrittenaftertheMScdegreewas

    awarded.ReferencetotheMScthesisisarequirement. OneormorearticleswrittenaspartoftheMScthesisonconditionthatitisexplicitlydescribedas

    beingpartoftheMScthesisaswell.RequirementsforthePhDprogrammeStudentsmustalsocomplywiththerequirementsforthePhDprogramme,forexamplethefollowingrequirements:

    ThefinalPhDplanmustbeapprovedbythePhDschoolnolaterthan3monthsafterenrolment Passprogressassessmentreports(PAR)onanongoingbasis(50,38,26,14,and6monthsbefore

    expectedsubmissiondate) PassPhDcoursesorotherkindsofcourseactivitycorrespondingtoapprox.30ECTScredits Gainexperienceinteachingand/orknowledgedisseminationactivities Carryoutachangeofscientificenvironment Carryoutaresearchproject SubmitaPhDthesisfordefence.

    ReferenceisalsomadetotheapplicablePhDrules,whichalsoregulatethePhDprogrammepartoftheintegrated3+5programme. ThePhDplanToensurethattheMSccurriculumisintegratedinthePhDprogrammeandthattheMScprogrammeiscompleted2yearsbeforetheconclusionofthefullintegratedprogramme,thestudentandhis/herprincipalsupervisormustdividethetimeplan(partofthePhDplan)intotwosections.OnesectionthatreflectspartAandincludesthecompletionoftheMScprogrammeandanotherthatreflectspartBwherethePhDstudentiscompletingthePhDprogramme.InformationmeetingShortlyafterthecommencementofthe3+5programme,thestudentandprincipalsupervisorareinvitedtoameetingwitharelevantstudentadviserandrepresentative(s)ofthePhDschool.Atthemeetingthe3+5schemewillbeexplainedwithspecialemphasisontheplanningofthemasterstudypartandfillinginofthePhDtimetable.Anotherpurposeofthemeetingisagoingoverofthestudentseducationsheet,andheorshewillbeinformedoftheprocedureshowtosignupformastercoursesetcetera.

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    Procedureforapplicationandenrolment Theintegratedprogrammeofstudyhascontinuousenrolmentduringtheyear.ForenrolmentintheintegratedMScandPhDprogramme,studentsmusthavecompletedarelevantBScdegreeandeitherbeenrolledinanMScprogrammeofferedbySCIENCEorhavebeenofferedenrolmentinsuchaprogramme.ThestudentsmustalsobeenrolledinthePhDprogramme.Thus,theapplicationproceduredependsonwhetherornotthestudentisanMScstudentatSCIENCEatthetimeofapplication.StudentsNOTenrolledasMScstudentsatSCIENCE:Students,whoareBScorMScstudentsatanotheruniversity,atthetimeofapplication,mustbeadmittedtoarelevantMScprogrammeofferedbySCIENCE.Subsequently,thestudentmustbeadmittedtothePhDprogramme,thisusuallytakesplacebyaresponsetoajobadvertisementforaPhDposition.Typicalprocedure:1. Thepotential3+5studentcontactstheinstitute(principalsupervisor)byapplyingforaspecific

    vacancyorinsomeotherway.2. Shouldtheinstitute(principalsupervisor)wishtoenrollthestudentinquestioninthe3+5scheme,the

    studentandtheinstitutesendinacombinedstandardapplicationtothePhDSchoolofSCIENCE(forms1A,1B,1Dand1E).

    3. ThePhDSchoolprocessestheapplication,andifqualified,thestudentispreapprovedforenrolmentonconditionthatamastereducationcanbeinitiated.

    4. ThePhDsectionrefersthestudentandprincipalsupervisortotheUniversityEducationServiceforhelptoidentifyarelevantMScprogrammeandpracticalsolution.

    5. Thestudentfillsinanapplicationformforenrolmentinthemasterstudyinquestionaswellasanapplicationformforcredittransfer,ifrelevant.

    6. Theapplicationisprocessedbyanadmissionscommitteeonthebasisoftheapplicant's