PhD Programmes

  • PhD Programme in Production, Mining-Environmental and Project Engineering

    General Information

    Number of places: 25

    Languages: Spanish

    • José Carlos Rico Fernández


    • José Carlos Rico Fernández
    • Vicente Rodríguez Montequín
    • Francisco Ortega Fernández
    • Teresa Alonso Sánchez
    • Rafael Rodríguez Díez
    • Rodrigo Alvarez García

    PhD Programme in Production, Mining-Environmental and Project Engineering of the University of Oviedo

    The goal of the PhD Programme in Production, Mining-Environmental and Project Engineering is to educate Doctors in the field of product, process and sustainable project engineering in the different fields of engineering, from those related to natural resources to those directly linked to production. This PhD Programme promotes development in new cross-curricular areas, which are teh result of an integrated approach to the knowledge of first and second transformation productive process.

    Doctors who complete this Programme will have the necessary elements to embark on research activities on their own thanks to the advanced formation in any of the methods, techniques and/or tools related to the activities of design in engineering, from the aspects of generation of new products, to the improvement of the process of production, optimization of jobs or the control and optimization of resources.

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    Access and Admission

    Access Profile:

    The access profile is that of a Graduate with formation applied to the fields of engineering, production and services. In any case, the applicant will have to have completed a Master's Degree related to these themes and show interest in composing a PhD Thesis in the context of the lines of research proposed by this PhD Programme.

    The remaining situations will be considered by the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme, which, guided by the possible Tutor of the candidate, will guarantee that the applicant has the required knowledge to access the Programme, both from their previous academic formation and from their personal experience. In any case, the essential knowledge demanded by each line of research in the fields of production, project and mining engineering joined by the student will need to be officially certified.

    More concretely, this is a PhD Programme with a wide spectrum of variants in the field of engineering:

    • Profile of Mechanical and Production Engineering: Graduates in Engineering or equivalent Degrees, with formation and knowledge in design of components and mechanical products; design and analysis of machines, manufacturing processes, control of machines and systems, fluid mechanics, etc.
    • Profile of Modelling and Products and Processes Engineering: Graduates in Engineering or related Degrees who have acquired knowledge and/or professional experience in modelling techniques; design tools and methodologies; process engineering, etc.
    • Profile of Project Direction. Methodologies and Evaluation of Viability and Sustainability: Gradutes in Degrees whose syllabus includes contents related to the management and direction of projects in any of its spheres-civil, industrial, mining, computer-and specially those who have complete a Master's Degree in Direction of Projects.
    • Profile of Analysis and Effeciency of Mining-Energy and Environmental Geotechnologies: Graduates in Mining, Civil, Industrial or Geomatic Engineering; Bachelors in Sciences in fields related to natural resources or related Degrees who have completed a Postgraduate Degree with a thematic related to geotechnologies.
    • Profile of Environmental Conditions in the Extraction Industry and Civil Works. Security and Health: Graduates in engineering related to Civil, Mining or Industrial Engineering. Graduates of a Master's Degree related to security and health; Graduates in Medicine who are interested in the area of industrial health and hygiene.
    • Profile of Prospection and Research of the soil/subsoil and Environment in Engineering: Graduates in Mining Engineering; Industrial Engineers; Bachelors in Sciences in the fields related to natural resources or related Degrees with a Postgraduate education in a similar thematic.

    More specifically, for applicants coming from the University of Oviedo, the preferred pathway to access the Programme in one of the lines in which the candidate will develop their research, will be the Master's Degrees in Design, Construction and Manufacturing in Engineering; Project Direction; Industrial Engineering; Mining Engineering; Computer Science Engineering; Mining, Civil Works and the Environment; Erasmus Mundus in Mechatronics and Micromecatronic Systems, and all of those located in the same field that are currently being offered by the University of Oviedo.

    Based on the applicant's CV, the Academic Committe of the PhD Programme will establish the formative complements that they may need. As a general rule, the formative complements will be taken from subjects taken from the aforementioned Master's Degrees up to 18 ECTS credits.

    Criteria for Admissions:

    The criteria used in the selection process will be as follows:

    1. In general terms, priority will be given to students who best fit to the "standard" profiles of access over those who require formative complements.
    2. The Programme will evaluate the suitability of the Undergraduate and Master's Degrees completed by the student and their academic record. The Academic Committee of the Programme may pay attention to the subjects taken and the results obtained in the fields related to the line of research chosen by the applicant. (Up to 1.5 points for the Undergraduate Degree and up to 2.5 points for the Master's Degree.)
    3. Verifiable research experience, evaluating positively the applicant's participation in projects or contracts; the results of the research, such as patents, publications or presentations in congresses; the research grants obtained, and other merits. International publications will be held in special consideration, as long as they are related to the line of research chosen. (Up to 4 points).
    4. Professional experience related to the fields of research in which the PhD research will be developed. (Up to 4 points.)
    5. Other cross-curricular merits, such as the knowledge of languages, especifically English; other formation received or given that has not been included in the previous sections; the use of tools or the knowledge of techniques that may be applied during the composition of their Theses (Up to 3 points.)
    6. The candidates must present a "letter of motivation" in order to show their interest in joining the PhD Programme and the line of research chosen. This letter will be evaluated by the Academic Committee of the Programme. (Up to 1 point.)
    7. Though initially not compulsory, a "letter of recommendation" in favor of the candidate may be provided by one of the teachers of the PhD Programme. (Up to 1 point.)
    8. Lastly, the selected candidates may be required to do a personal interview, either in person or online, with a member of the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme. The aim of this interview is to evaluate the aspects related to the level of interest of the candidate in joining the Programme and the knowledge and skills that are not reflected in the academic record or whose content is confusing. (Up to 3 points.)

    If there are more applicantions that available places in the Programme, the directors of each line of research will compose a justified report to organize the candidates using the aforementioned criteria. This report must be approved by the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme. The Programme may reject applicants who, despite meeting the general requirements, lack the appropriate formation for the line of research they have requested. In the same way, the Academic Committee may suggest to the candidate another line of research that fits their CV better.

    If any deficiency has been found in the formation of the candidate, they may requested to partake in a formative plan with complementary activities of up to 18 ECTS credits.

    Complementary Formation:

    Although, by and large, students will not require any formative complements, they may be established when there is a fault in the adequation of the candidate to any of the aspects deemed relevant to continue at the PhD Programme. In this case, the formative complements needed will be determined by the Academic Committe and the tutor.

    Its content will be specific for each case, with a number of ECTS credits (up to 18) based on the formation of the candidate, their access profile and the line of research chosen. These complements will be taken from subjects offered by the Master's Degrees of the University of Oviedo.

    Formative 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 (

      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

    • Dissemination of the results of the research
      Total Amount of Hours: 20

      Description of the Activity: This activity is directed to the candidates and it will take place throughout the three years of permanence at the PhD Programme. Its goal is to make the candidate perceive the results of their research through the publication in the scientific community. Moreover, with the publication of the results reached, the candidate will be able to prove their capacity to both showcase and justify technical and scientific solutions and compose the corresponding documentation, and organize and summarize the information to be communicated, apart from framing it in the cutting-edge scientific literature. Thus, the composition and presentation of publications in journals or congresses is considered as a fundamental formative activity to develop the CB15 and CB16 competences, as well as an objective indication of the quality of the work conducted.

      Before presenting the PhD Thesis (second or third year for full-time students and between the second and the fifth year for part-time students), the candidates must have, at least, one communication presented in a congress and at least one of the following research results:

      • A published article (or at least accepted for publication) in a journal with impact index
      • A second communication accepted for a congress of a special relevance in the field of the line of research of the Thesis, peer-reviewed and published as a book chapter, or
      • A registered patent.

      In the case of congresses, the funding of the activity will be helped by the PhD Program to search for any possible source of economic support. If the candidate is not able to secure funding, they will be exempt from attending a congress, with the activity being substituted for one of the abovementioned alternatives.

      This formative activity seeks to improve the formation of the following competences, among others:

      • Capacity for communication with the Academic and Scientific community
      • Capacity to promote, in academic and professional contexts, the scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advance as part of a knowledge-based society.
      • Individual and team work in an international and cross-curricular context
      • Critique and intellectual defense of solutions

      Monitoring procedure: During the annual defense of their work by the candidate, they will present certificates of all the activities carried out, both in terms of dissemination and mobility, to the Academic Committee. During the exposition, the PhD Candidate will explain their publications in journals and congresses attended, clarifying the sources of information used, the methodology employed in its composition, the difficulties found before the work had been finally accepted, as well as the contacts made and the possible awards or prizes received. The members of the Committee may pose to the candidate as many questions as they deem necessary with the aim of determining if the candidate has achieved all the aforementioned competences pertaining this activity. The corresponding documentation to justify the actions will be handed over to the Academic Committee of the PhD Program.

      Before presenting their Thesis, the Academic Committee with verify that the candidate meets the dissemination requirements, which will also have to be properly registed on the Candidate's DAD.

      In the case of journal publications or presentations at international meetings that have not been yet accepted by editorial or scientific commitee yet, the Academic Committee (or the Monitoring delegation) will verify that said publications in review meet the common attributes of the publications of their scientific field in terms of the motivation of the research, how it fits with specialized vanguard literature (antecedents), its organization and summary of the information, and the originality and the reach of the contributions.

      Mobility actions: The website of the University of Oviedo 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. In the case of congresses, to finance the activity, the student will be required to seek by themselves financial aid from the programmes offered by the University of Oviedo or other public and private institutions.

    • Stays at other research centers and enterprises
      Total Amount of Hours: 100

      Mobility actions:Stays longer than three months in relevant public or private research centers.Staying abroad will be prefered, especially when this time is devoted to the achievement of the European PhD. Nevertheless, the Academic Committee may allow the Candidate to complete this objective in national centers, as long as the election is properly justified. Although it is not necessary, full-time candidates are encouraged to go on a stay during their second year, as they would have had enough time to familiarize themselves with their field of study and, on the other hand, they will have enough time to apply what they have learned during their third year. In the case of part-time students, they will be encouraged to go on a stay in-between the periods of activity of their other occupation, preferably between the second and fourth year.

      For those Candidates whose scholarships or grants include this type of stays (e.g. FPI or FPU grants), it will be compulsory to attend this activity at least once during the development of their Thesis.

      In cases where the Candidate lacks the specific funding for this type of activities, they may be substituted for internships at specially relevant enterprises. The objective in this case would involve the adquisition of certain skills in the use of techniques, software and systems that may be fundamental for the composition of the PhD Thesis, as well as the composition of essays on teams and productive systems. Full-time students should perform this activity during their second year, so that they can get enough knowledge to take advantage of their stay while, at the same time, have enough time to apply to their Thesis what they have learned during their third year. Part-time students should go on these stays between their second and third year.

      The number of hours considered (100) is the minimum amount required for internships at enterprises. The stays at research centers must exceed 300 hours.

      Monitoring Procedure: Once the activity has been performed, the candidate will submit to the Academic Committee the corresponding documentation (information about the stay, certificates of the activities performed, etc.). The documentation will include a report by the tutor of the enterprise of the center where the stay took place. The Academic Committee of the PhD Program, or its delegation, the Monitoring Committee, will notify the Candidate about the result of its assessment of the activity as part of the DAD.

      Candidates whose scholarships or grants include mobility options, the Candidate will have to attend at least once during the time they benefit from this economic aid. Only if the grant is denied, the candidate will be able to complete this activity in one of the modalities explained in the previous section. In this case, the Candidate will give the Academic Committee of the Phd Program both the application form and the negative reply.

      Before performing this activity, Candidates and their tutors are suggested to check with the Academic Committee, so as to verify that the stay meets the required criteria.

      Mobility actions: As a general rule, this activity will involve the mobility of the Candidate. The funding needed may come from both specific mobility grants for the researcher staff from public entities or the University itself, or from the research group itself in which the Candidate is developing their Thesis. As mentioned before, Candidates whose scholarships or grants include mobility options, the Candidate will have to attend at least once during the time they benefit from this economic aid.

      For part-time students who are working in enterprises, the Program will try to make the enterprise finance the cost of the mobility.

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    • José Carlos Rico Fernández