The doctoral studies comprise at least 50 ECTS, in Business at least 40 ECTS, of studies in research and professional skills as well as a doctoral dissertation. Studies may include doctoral education and research seminars, courses and other study modules provided by the doctoral programme as well as training provided by the UEF Doctoral School as specified in the curricula. Studies provided by graduate schools and national doctoral training networks may be counted towards the degree if participation in these studies is not restricted. Studies can be included to the extent permitted by the degree structure.
Studies completed in other universities may also be counted towards a licentiate or a doctoral degree, if they are suitable for the themes of the doctoral programme and are part of an approved study plan (decision of the Dean of 3 February 2010). Courses may also be substituted with others, if the objectives and contents of the completed course correspond to the course in the doctoral programme. No completed studies can be counted towards a licentiate thesis or a doctoral dissertation.
If a doctoral student has previously completed a licentiate degree in his/her current subject or a neighbouring discipline or a doctorate in a neighbouring discipline, studies in research and professional skills are, in most cases, not required. If necessary, the student may be expected to complete supplementary studies as specified in the curriculum of the doctoral programme.