PhD Programmes

  • PhD Programme in Information Technologies and Communications in Mobile Networks

    General Information

    Number of places: 10

    Languages: Spanish and English

    Coordination
    • Fernando Las-Heras Andrés (University of Oviedo)
       
      flasheras@uniovi.es
    Commissions

    Academic (at the University of Oviedo)

    • Fernando Las-Heras Andrés (Presidente)
    • Samuel Ver-Hoeye (Secretario)
    • Rafael González Ayestarán
    • María Elena de Cos Gómez
    • Manuel Arrebola Baena
    Presentation

    PhD Programme in Information Technologies and Communications in Mobile Networks by the University of the Basque Country, the University of Cantabria, the University of Zaragoza and the University of A Coruña. Coordinator: University of the Basque Country.

    The Joint PhD Programme in Information Technologies and Communications in Mobile Networks (TICRM) is the transformation of the PhD Programme with the same name that held the Mention of Excellence MEE2011-0265 (in 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014) and is integrated into the PhD Schools of all the participating universities: the University of the Basque Country (coordinator), the University of Cantabria, the University of Zaragoza and the University of A Coruña.

    The objective of the Joint PhD Programme TICRM is to provide advanced formation in the field of mobile communications for new researchers, so that they can successfully face the challenges posed by the generation of knowledge and its dissemination in society and the productive tissue. This formation includes the study of mobile networks from the point of view of telecommunucation systems, radio technologies, digital treatment of signal and telematics.

    Information of the past programme: For the past 5 years, the PhD Programme TICRM has incorporated 116 PhD candidates and 79 Theses have been defended, of which 27 have received the award of European PhD. The current PhD Programme TICRM has 111 teachers that provide 164 periods of six years in total. Of the 79 Theses defended during the past 5 years, 339 publications in journals with JCR impact index have been made, of which 117 were placed in the first quarter. Moreover, there have been 35 publications in books and 12 patents have been created.

    Lines of Research

    The line of research proposed by the researchers from the University of Oviedo is entitled "Wireless Technologies".

    The lines of research of this PhD Program cover aspects ofr third and fourth generation mobile networks, as well as from local area networks via radio, WLAN, personal area networks, WPAN and WBAN, and the terrestrial communication systems LMDS, MVDS, WiMAX, digital terrestrial television, etc. More specifically, Doctors who have completed this Programme will have the knowledge and skills to start projects in the following areas of research and development and innovation:

    • Telematic systems in mobile and wireless communications; security aspects; quality of service; design of protocols; multiple access techniques; mechanisms of error control and network planning.
    • Basic systems based on optic fiber and technologies related to optic fiber.
    • Planning of systems via radio; study and characterization of channels of propagation in different bands of frequency. Application in mobile and wireless communications and implications in the design of mobile networks.
    • Design of architecture for networks for the provision of mobile services based on heterogenous technologies and co-existence of standards.
    • Algorhythms and advanced techniques of voice signal processing. Signal processing applied to wireless communications and algorhythms to optimize the capacity of the radioelectrical channels of mobile communications and the correct sizing of the resources of the network.
    • Modeling of active devices and designs of circuits in hybrid and monolithic technologies.
    • Design of telecommunication systems. Models of channels.
    • Aerials.
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    Access and Admission

    Criteria for Admissions:

    Applications that meet the requirements for access will be evaluated by the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme according to the curriculum and documentation provided, following the criteria for the evaluation of merits indicated in section 3.2.

    In general terms, the evaluation of the candidates will be completely individualized, given their varied origins.

    For candidates who present a different profile from those recommended in section 3.1, the Academic Committee will assign, according to the case, specific formative complements that the student will have to take, as regulated in section 3.4.

    Applications from students with foreign Degrees from outside the EHEA will be sent by the Academic Committee to the compentent section of the University to be definitively approved.

    Applicants will have to prove that they have a B1 level of English. Candidates who, when submitting their application, express their desire to conduct their PhD Thesis in the co-tutoring modality with a French university will have to certify a B1 level of French.

    Criteria for the evaluation of merits:

    Based on their curriculum and the documentation presented by the applicant, the PhD Committee will decide on their admittance, according to the following criteria:

    • Academic Record(40%)
    • Suitability of the formation of the candidate to the thematic of the PhD Programme (30%)
    • Researcher or professional experience in any of the lines of research of the PhD Programme (10%)
    • Publications related to the thematic of the PhD Programme (10%)
    • Other academic merits (stays abroad, languages, etc.) (10%). In the case of the English language, a level of at least B1 will be required. Candidates who, when submitting their application, express their desire to conduct their PhD Thesis in the co-tutoring modality with a French university will have to certify a B1 level of French. Foreign students whose mother language is not Spanish should provide certification of a level of Spanish equivalent to DELE Intermediate of the Cervantes Institute.
    • Moreover, the Academic Committee may request a personal interview with the candidates to clarify and assess any of the merits submitted.
    Complementary Formation:

    The applicants who have the recommended access profiles, as indicated in section 3.1, will not have to take formative complements.

    Those applicants who present any of the other access profiles, a), b), c), d), e), f), different from the profiles recommended in section 3.1 will be analyzed individually by the Academic Committee to determine the suitability of their past formation to the PhD Programme.

    If their previous formation is considered to be incomplete to access the Programme by the PhD Committe, the applicant will have to take some formative complements.

    The formative complements will have to be chosen from among the subjects offered by the Master's Degrees of the participating universities from the PhD Programme.

    The Academic Committee will determine, for each case, the amount and type of formative complements that the applicant must take. In any case, the Academic Committe may propose up to a maximum of 15 ECTS credits. If the previous formation of the applicant demands more than 15 ECTS credits of formative complements, their request will be denied.

    The formative complements must be completed within the estipulated timeframe. If the candidate does not complete them in time, they will be expeled from the Programme.

    Formative complements will have, in terms of public fees and for grants and study aid, the status of PhD-level formation.

    The following subjects from these official Master's Degrees may be used as formative complements.

    As part of the Master's Degree in Telecommunication Engineering of the University of Oviedo, the following subjects may be used as formative complements./p>

    • Telecommunication Systems
    • Digital Transmission
    • Integration of Systems and Technologies

    Formative Activities

    Lines of Research

    Contact

    International Center for Postgraduate Studies

    Address:
    Plaza de Riego. 33003 - Oviedo
    Telephone:
    985 10 40 75 / 985 10 40 76
    Fax:
    985 10 49 59
    E-mail:
    infodoctorado@uniovi.es
    Coordination
    • Fernando Las-Heras Andrés (University of Oviedo)
       
      flasheras@uniovi.es