Doctoral programmes for access to teaching and research
The doctoral degree, which represents the highest level in higher education, accredits the highest academic rank and entitles the holder to teach and carry out research, in accordance with current legislation.
Doctoral studies correspond to the third cycle of university education and are mainly aimed at advanced training in research techniques, although during the course of the studies a set of specific and complementary activities must also be carried out to enable them to acquire the skills and competences necessary to obtain the title of doctor.
Full-time doctoral studies will have a maximum duration of three years, from admission to the programme to the submission of the doctoral thesis. For doctoral students enrolled part-time, these studies may have a maximum duration of five years. However, in the case of the former, the academic committee of the programme may authorise the extension of this period for a further year, which may exceptionally be extended for an additional year, under the conditions established in the corresponding doctoral programme. In the case of part-time studies, the extension may be authorised for a further two years, which may also, exceptionally, be extended for a further year.
Successful completion of these studies will entitle the holder to the title of doctor, which represents the highest level of higher education, accredits the highest academic rank and entitles the holder to teach and carry out research, in accordance with current legislation.
Applications for admission to doctoral programmes will take place between 1 and 15 June. It is important to consult the access and admission conditions for each programme.
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Development of the studies
- Assignment of the director.
- Presentation of the research plan and documentary commitment to supervision.
- Monitoring of the research plan.
- Renewal of academic supervision registration.
- Incidents (change of tutor or director, change of doctoral programme, request for temporary withdrawal).
Assignment of the director
Within three months of formalising the first registration for academic supervision, the academic committee of the PhD programme must assign the PhD student a supervisor from among the lecturers on the programme. The director is the maximum researcher responsible for conducting all of the PhD student's research tasks.
Submission of the research plan and documentary commitment to supervision
Within six months of the first registration for academic supervision and with the supervisor assigned, the PhD student must submit a research plan to the academic committee of the PhD programme describing the research to be carried out in the doctoral thesis. This research plan will contain, at least, the title of the doctoral thesis, the methodology to be used, the objectives to be achieved, as well as the means and the time schedule to achieve them.
The research plan must be endorsed by the tutor and the thesis supervisor and must be approved by the director of the department to which the thesis supervisor belongs or, if the latter does not belong to the university, by the tutor.
If the academic committee of the doctoral programme approves this research plan, the doctoral student, together with the supervisor, the tutor and the vice-rector with responsibility for doctoral studies, will sign a documentary commitment to supervision, which includes the commitment of all of them to the development of the doctoral thesis.
Throughout the duration of the doctoral studies, students, depending on the doctoral programme, must carry out the training activities described on the website of each degree programme. All of them will form part of the doctoral student's activity notebook. This document will regularly record the activities carried out by the doctoral student in the context of the doctoral programme, always with documentary evidence, which will be reviewed by the tutor and the thesis supervisor and evaluated by the programme's academic committee.
Monitoring of the research plan
The research plan will be monitored annually. To this end, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will organise an open seminar on the dates set by the International Graduate Centre. The PhD student must present the work carried out during the corresponding academic year to a monitoring committee, which, after hearing the thesis supervisor, will issue a report with an assessment of the work done and may recommend complementary training activities for the PhD student.
In the event of a negative evaluation, the PhD student must be evaluated again within six months. Two consecutive negative evaluations will result in the student being withdrawn from the programme.
Renewal of academic supervision registration
The academic supervision registration must be renewed each academic year at the International Graduate Centre until the doctoral thesis is submitted.
Change of tutor or supervisor
If there are justified reasons, the student may request the academic committee of the doctoral programme to change the tutor or supervisor assigned to him/her. The committee will decide once all parties have been heard.
Change of doctoral programme
The PhD student may request a change in the doctoral programme in which he/she is enrolled. To do so, they must apply to the doctoral committee, which will decide after hearing the academic committees of the programmes involved.
Application for temporary withdrawal
PhD students may apply to temporarily withdraw from the doctoral programme for a maximum period of one year, extendable for a further year, in which case they will not be required to register. This request must be reasoned and addressed to the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which will decide whether it is appropriate to grant the request.
- Access, enrolment, and admission
- Doctoral programme procedures portal
- More information of interest on the website of the International Graduate Centre
- Call for applications