Students who fulfil the general access requirements in accordance with the regulations in force may apply to be admitted to a doctorate. The Doctorate School shall establish the mechanisms for admission to the doctorate programme, but these must include assessment of the following aspects:
Skills, competences and personal aptituts
Professional experience (analysis of curriculum vitae)
Knowledge of English language
Motivation for research
The Doctorate School, in accordance with the Doctorate Academic Committee, shall define the minimum levels of scientific activity to be able to supervise doctoral theses depending on the research areas. It must be ensured that each thesis plan is well-structured and viable. Whenever necessary, in addition to the tutor assigned to each enrolled student, every student can be allocated more than one supervisor if the thesis plan or methodology so require.
Due to the characteristics of the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, the UIC grant scheme does not allow all doctoral candidates to be offered funding for their thesis. Therefore most students combine their doctorate studies with an external job, which is an important opportunity for doctoral candidates subsequently joining the workforce, but also constitutes a threat to being able to complete the thesis by the deadlines set in the Royal Decree 99/2011. Doctoral candidates in these circumstances must be supervised particularly carefully.
Finally, it should be noted that, to maintain the desired level of excellence, the quality guarantee mechanisms must state that before submission of the doctoral thesis with the Commission for Quality in the Third Cycle the thesis has been assessed positively by a doctor who is an expert in the subject and the doctoral candidate must present external indicators supporting the relevance of the research conducted. To do this theses will be promoted by compendia of publications, and in the scientific fields in which this is not habitual practice, evidence will be sought that the work has been verified and positively assessed by the scientific community.
It will also be necessary to ensure that the members of the board to assess the thesis have demonstrated research experience connected to the subject of the thesis to be assessed.