OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM
Access to higher education is based on the baccalaureate diploma (obtained at the end of upper secondary education) and access to master programmes is based on the bachelor degree (BA/BSc/BEng).
Bachelor studies (BA/BSc/BEng) presuppose 180-240 credit points, calculated in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS/SECT), and ends with the level 6 from the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF/CEC).
Master studies (MA/MSc/MEng) presuppose 60-120 credit points, calculated in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS/SECT), and ends with the level 7 EQF/CEC.
For professions regulated by European norms, regulations or good practices, bachelor (BA/BSc/BEng) and master studies (MA/MSc/MEng) can be provided as part of a 5 to 6 year full-time programme of study, thus diplomas are recognised as master’s degree certificates (the following fields of study are considered: Medicine - 360 ECTS/SECT, Dentistry - 360 ECTS/SECT, Pharmacy - 300 ECTS/SECT, Veterinary Medicine - 360 ECTS/SECT, Architecture - 360 ECTS/SECT).
PhD studies result in a doctoral research thesis, while successful candidates are awarded a PhD diploma. Doctoral studies allow obtaining a qualification at level 8 EQF/CEC.
The Romanian higher education system is an open system. All Romanian universities use the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS/SECT).
University programs can be organized, as appropriate, according to legal regulations, at the following forms of education: full time, part time and distantly.
Universities also provide continuing professional training programmes based on the market demands.