What are the university credits and what are they for?

Do you have doubts about what are the university credits and how they work? In this article, we explain more details about them and how to get them.

University credits (also known as ECTS) are a unit of time that measures the number of hours that a student must dedicate to complete a certain subject or subject. In this way, it is important to highlight that professional careers, masters, masters or doctorates are made up of a set of university credits, which are distributed among the different subjects throughout the years required for their study.

In Spain, after the entry into force of the Bologna Plan, university credits are known as ECTS credits and each one of them involves an approximate dedication of 25-30 hours of study. This means that if a degree has a total of 240 credits, it will involve a dedication in number of hours of about 6000-7200 hours. 

The university credits (ECTS) in Spain

In Spain depending on the type of study and branch, the number of credits will be higher or lower, but as a general rule, university degrees have a study load of 240 ECTS credits, 60 credits per academic year and a duration of 4 years (except the Degrees of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine and Fundamentals of Architecture that have a longer duration).

On the other hand, official university master's degrees consist of between 60 and 120 ECTS credits and a duration of one or two academic years.

How to obtain the credits?

Although university credits are the unit to measure the necessary dedication required to take a certain subject, they are obtained only if the subject is completed successfully. Thus, credits are obtained by passing the subjects and / or subjects of basic training, compulsory, optional, where appropriate, external practices, the End of Degree Project or other specific training activities.

Not all subjects are equivalent to the same number of credits, since depending on whether they are compulsory or optional, they will require a certain dedication and therefore will grant a number of credits in accordance.

The compulsory subjects are those corresponding to specific contents of the degree, while the optional ones, serve to ensure the delivery of relevant contents that do not coincide with other basic and / or compulsory subjects. In the majority of university studies, the latter are grouped into itineraries, of which the students will be able to take only one of them and therefore specialize in a specific area.

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