PhD Programmes

  • PhD Programme in Chemical, Environmental and Bio-Food Engineering

    General Information

    Number of places: 20

    Languages: Spanish and English

    Coordination
    • Adriana Laca Pérez
       
      Telephone:
      985 10 29 74
      lacaadriana@uniovi.es
    Commissions

    Academic

    • Salvador Ordóñez García
    • Adriana Laca Pérez
    • Carmen Pazos Medina
    • Julio Bueno de las Heras
    • Manuel Rendueles de la Vega
    • Clara González de los Reyes Gavilán
    • Eva García Vázquez
    Presentation

    PhD Programme in Chemical, Environmental and Bio-Food Engineering of the University of Oviedo

    The PhD Programme in Chemical, Environmental and Bio-Food Engineering, with several years of experience in formation of PhDs, is one of the first PhD Programmes offered in a national scale in the field of Chemical Engineering, capable of extending itself to and including other related areas, such as Environmental and Food Engineering.

    Its development has the collaboration of: the National Institute of Coal (INCAR); the Institute of Dairy Products of Asturias (IPLA), and the Regional Service of Research and Development of Bio-Food (SERIDA). The majority of the lines of research of the PhD Programme are carried out with the collaboration of the productive sectors involved (CAPSA, COGERSA, ARCELOR, HUNOSA, DuPont, HC etc.), which participate in the research through contracts and research projects. This translates as a more applied nature in the Research.

    This PhD Programme has the Mention of Excellence until the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Access and Admission

    Access Profile:

    The access profile is that of Graduates in different fields of Engineering (Chemical, Industrial, Mining, Civil), Sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Environmental Sciences) and, in general, of Graduates who have a formation applied to the chemical, food and environmental sectors. In any case, they will have to have completed a Master's Degree related to these topics and show that they are interested in completing a PhD Thesis in the context of the lines of research that constitute this PhD Programme. In general terms, the capacities that the candidate must demonstrate are those of the basic, general and specific competences that the student has acquired by completing the Master's Degrees in Chemical Engineering or Food Biotechnology of the University of Oviedo, or similar Degrees.

    The student will have the chance to conduct their formative process in Spanish and/or English. Should the student choose an option different from their mother language, they will have to provide official proof that they have, at least, a B1 level of said language, or conduct a personal interview with the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme to demonstrate their competences.

    Criteria for Admissions:

    If the demand is higher than the number of places offered, the criteria used in the selection process will be as follows:

    1. Priority will be given to the students who have completed the Master's Degrees in Process and Environmental Engineering; Chemical Engineering, or Food Biotechnology of the University of Oviedo, or any other that provides an equivalent formation; students who have afterwards completed similar official Programmes in other Spanish or foreign universities and, lastly, students who have a suitable formation but who do not belong to any of the aforementioned scenarios.
    2. Average grade of the academic record. Up to 4 points for the Undergraduate Degree and 2 for the Master's Degree. The corresponding score will be the result of normalizing the grades of the academic record, calculated over 10 points, to the concrete interval ([0,4] or [0,2], respectively). If the academic record is calculated on a scale of 4, the following conversion will be used:
      1. Aprobado = 5
      2. Notable = 7.5
      3. Sobresaliente = 9
      4. MH=10
      Aspects such as the relation of the student through grants or contracts with universities, research centers or enterprises in which the candidate is developing their research related to the thematic of the PhD Programme may amount to a point in this section, depending on the evaluation by the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme.
    Complementary Formation:

    Depending on the different access profiles, the Academic Committee of the Programme may establish the need for the student to take formative complements. The students who have completed Master's Degrees in Process and Environmental Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Food Biotechnology of the University of Oviedo, or any other Degree that provides an equivalent formation, will not require formative complements of any kind.

    In any other case, the Academic Committee will examine the formation of the student and, depending on their nature and the characteristics of the research line they wish to join, will propose that they take one or more additional courses.

    Thus, these students will have to take the following subjects from Master's Degrees of the University of Oviedo (up to 18 ECTS credits):

    • Access from Degrees related to Chemical or Environmental Technology (Master's Degrees related to the fields of Chemistry and Engineering, and, in general, Master's Degrees that are closer to Chemical and Environmental Engineering than to Food Biotechnology): Advanced desing of reactors; Expansion of phenomena of transportation, and Special methods of separation. These subjects are equivalent to 4.5 ECTS credits each and all belong to the Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering.
    • Access from Degrees related to Food Technology (Master's Degrees related to the fields of Biology and Biotechnology, and, in general, Master's Degrees that are closer to Food Biotechnology than to Chemical and Environmental Engineering): Design of process systems in food biotechnology; Control and improvement of the primary production of food; Teams and bioreactors in the food industry, and Alterations and microbian diseases related to food. These subjects are equivalent to 3 ECTS credits each and all belong to the Master's Degree

    The contents, formative activities and evaluation of these subjects will be those detailed in the official documentation of the corresponding Master's Degrees.

    If the student has already completed subjects with similar contents, the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme will verify that the contents of these subjects are comparable to the results of these subjects.

    Formative Activities

    Activities

    • Cross-curricular Formation
      Total Amount of Hours: 60

      Description of the Activity: This activity aims at working on the basic competences and working on the general capacities and skills of the PhD students.

      It is composed of seminars and the PhD Conferences. The Seminars will approach, among other topics, contents related to the dissemination and communication of research or the quality entry in the working world as specific formation in the topics related with more than one field of research. The PhD Conferences combine conferences, panels and participative sessions, as well as the showcase of "posters" that explain the contents of the theses and the advances of the research that is being conducted by the PhD Students.

      A detailed annual scheduled will be composed and made available at the website of the International Center for Postgraduate Studies (http://cei.uniovi.es/postgrado).

      The goal is that the PhD students acquire, among others, the following learning results:

      • Searching for scientific information online.
      • Creating, presenting and publishing scientific information.
      • Creating and presenting a patent.
      • Knowing the basic principles of enterprise creation and self-employment.
      • Exchanging knowledge between PhD students.
      • Disseminating their research activity among the enterprises and the whole of the Asturian society.
      • Finding professional alternatives to the development of their university research career.
      • Highlighting their role as innovator to the enterprise.

      This activity is compulsory for all the PhD students of the University of Oviedo, who have to attend for a minimum of 60 hours during their formative period.

      Teaching languages will be Spanish and/or English.

      Monitoring Procedures: An individualized control of attendance will be performed. When deemed necessary, the performance of the PhD student in these activities will be assessed with an essay or project whose precise specifications will be given to them by the people in charge of said formative activity.

      All these controls are part of the document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), which will be regularly revised by the Tutor and the Director of the Thesis, and evaluated by the Academic Committee in charge of the Programme.

      Mobility Actions: Not applicable

    • Mobility: Composition and presentation of the research at seminars and congresses
      Total Amount of Hours: 20

      Description of the Activity: The Programme will encourage its students to commit to mobility actions, suchs as attending specialized courses on the thematic of their research or attending national and international congresses. The goal is that each candidate attends a congress that is thematically related to their research to present their work (as a poster or oral communication). For full-time students, attendance to these congresses will take place during their third year into the Programme. For part-time students, these congresses will be scheduled for their fourth or fifth year.

      This formative activity seeks to improve the formation of the following competences, among others: CB15, Capacity for communication with the Academic and Scientific community; CA04: Individual and team work in an international and cross-curricular context, and CA06: Critique and intellectual defense of solutions.

      Monitoring procedure: During the annual exhibition at the Monitoring Committee, the student will show the advance they made during the year in terms of mobility actions. During the session, the members of the Academic Committee may pose the questions they deem suitable to the candidate in relation to the publication made, in order to assess the level at which they have acquired the competences needed for this activity.

      The Committee will assess these activities based on the availability of funding and work for the candidate, and it may request this information from the corresponding directors of the Theses.

      All of these controls will be part of the document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), which will be regularly revised by the Tutor and the Director of the Thesis, and evaluated by the Academic Committee in charge of the Programme.

      The Academic Committee may exempt a student from this requirement should they fail to acquire the economic funding needed to carry it out.

      Mobility Actions: The website of the PhD Programme will include updated information on the call for grants and financial aid to attend congresses, etc. that the PhD students may request to meet the requirements of mobility. Nevertheless, the Academic Committee may exempt a student from having to complete this requirement if they fail to secure any financial support for this type of activities.

    • Composition and publication of an article in a scientific journal
      Total Amount of Hours: 20

      Description of the Activity: The student will have to have a scientific article accepted based on the experimental work conducted for their PhD Thesis during the third (full-time) or fifth (part-time) year into the PhD Programme. If the student's work is focused on an area where this is not possible (enterprise-funded research, embargoed research, etc.), the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme will propose alternatives with an equivalent value (composition of technical reports, etc.).

      This activity aims at improving the formation of the following basic competences: CB11, CB13, CB15 and CB16.

      Monitoring procedure: During the annual exhibition at the Monitoring Committee, the student will show the advance they made during the year to achieve this goal. During the session, the members of the Academic Committee may pose the questions they deem suitable to the candidate in relation to the publication made, in order to assess the level at which they have acquired the competences needed for this activity.

      During the last year, the Academic Committee will evaluate the Activity, taking into account the quality of the publication (according to the common bibliometric values) and the participation of the candidate in the different stages of the composition of the publication. All of these controls will be part of the document of activities of the PhD student (DAD), which will be regularly revised by the Tutor and the Director of the Thesis, and evaluated by the Academic Committee in charge of the Programme.

      Mobility actions: Not applicable.

    Lines of Research

    Catalysis, reactors and control

    • Salvador Ordóñez Garcia
    • Fernando V. Díez Sanz
    • Aurelio Vega Granda

    Energy and the Environment

    • Julio Bueno De Las Heras
    • Maria Antonia Diez Díaz-Estebanez
    • José J. Pis Martinez

    Processes and materials in Chemical Engineering

    • José Ramón Álvarez Saiz
    • Carmen Pazos Medina
    • Antonio Benito Fuertes Arias

    Technology of Bioprocesses and Reactors

    • Mario Díaz Fernández
    • Luis Arsenio García Díaz
    • Adriana Laca Pérez

    Food Microbiology and Biotechnology

    • Clara González De Los Reyes
    • Gavilán Miguel Ángel Álvarez González
    • Abelardo Margolles Barros

    Food: Production and consumption

    • Manuel Rendueles De La Vega
    • Begoña De La Roza Delgado
    • Cecilia Díaz Mendez

    Characterization, Conservation and Usage of natural food resources

    • Yaisel Juan Borrell Pichs
    • Eva García Vázquez
    • Agustín Roca Martínez
    • Juan José Ferreira Fernández

    Contact

    International Center for Postgraduate Studies

    Address:
    Plaza de Riego. 33003 - Oviedo
    Telephone:
    985 10 49 75 / 985 10 49 76
    Fax:
    985 10 49 59
    E-mail:
    infodoctorado@uniovi.es
    Coordination
    • Adriana Laca Pérez
       
      Telephone:
      985 10 29 74
      lacaadriana@uniovi.es