Once the doctoral thesis has been completed, the doctoral candidate should submit a request to the Doctorate Academic Committee to present and defend the thesis along with the necessary documentation.
Before submitting the thesis, the doctoral candidate should pay the registration fees for the thesis deposit. In the event that the Doctorate Academic Committee does not accept the thesis submission, the maximum period for seeking approval for its re-submission is six months from the date of payment of the registration fees for the thesis deposit. After this time, the doctoral thesis will have to be re-registered if it is to be submitted again.
Deposit of the thesis: authorisation for the presentation and defence of the thesis
The public presentation and defence of the work leading to the doctorate is particularly important, even though it is just the final stage of a long and complex assessment system that culminates in this event.
During this assessment process and before the defence session, the University must guarantee to publicise the completed doctoral thesis in such a way that other doctors can submit their observations about the content. In this respect, the thesis should be available on deposit for 15 working days.
Review of the thesis
The doctoral theses will be assessed by two external reviewers appointed by the relevant Doctorate Academic Committee in accordance with the criteria established by the School’s Steering Committee.
Contact with the External Reviewers and the administration of the thesis review will be managed by the Secretariat of the Doctorate School.
If the thesis contains material that may be patented, or in other exceptional circumstances such as the existence of confidentiality agreements between companies, the External Reviewers will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before receiving the thesis for assessment.
Once the Doctorate Academic Committee has received a favourable report from the External Reviewers, it will authorise the reading and defence of the thesis.
Doctoral theses authorised for defence
Once the thesis has been accepted for presentation and defence, the doctoral candidate is required to pay the fees for the defence of the thesis.
The maximum deadline for defending the thesis is three months from the date it was authorised. Once this period has passed, having lost the initial right to defend, the period must be renewed and the fees for the right to defend the thesis must be paid again. The Doctorate Academic Committee may absolve the doctoral candidate from the above conditions provided that he/she can present documents justifying the need to adjourn the defence.
The Doctorate School is responsible for managing the presentation and defence formalities and the event itself.