The National Qualification Framework for higher education in Iceland is a systematic description of the structure of qualifications and degrees at the higher education level and is specifically based on learning outcomes. All higher education institutions in Iceland, accredited by the Minister of Education, Science and Culture according to the Higher Education Act no. 63/2006, shall follow this framework.
Under an advertisement from the Minister of Education, Science and Culture on the publication of the NQF, a Doctoral programme is 180-240 units. The admission requirements are a Master's degree or a comparable degree. Schools or faculties can require certain minimal grades and set special rules on the admission and qualifications of students.