- Study duration
- Enrolment and conditions
- Planning doctoral studies
- Student education
- Doctoral thesis
Doctoral studies can either be carried out part-time or full-time.
- Full-time study: maximum 3 years
- Part-time study: maximum 5 years
Study extensions may be granted for the duration of the study programme, when properly justified through a request sent to the Doctoral Academic Committee.
- Students should officially renew their enrolment on the programme on an annual basis.
Students may only enrol on one of the approved doctoral programmes. It is not possible to enrol simultaneously on another programme.
- Students will be removed from the programme under the following circumstances:
- Voluntarily renouncing the right to continue on the programme, which should be communicated in writing to the Doctoral Academic Committee.
- At the decision of the Doctoral Academic Committee.
- Failure to pay the annual registration fee within the established period.
- Completing the Doctoral Programme after defending the doctoral thesis.
- Doctoral students may request temporary leave from the course for a maximum period of one year, which can be extended for a further year.
The request must be justified before the academic committee responsible for the programme, who will decide whether or not to grant the leave requested by the doctoral student.
- For duly justified reasons, the doctoral student may request the extension that is legally established in the study duration. This request should be sent to the Doctoral Academic Committee with proper justification, three months in advance of the final date for the end of the course duration.
During the study period, in addition to carrying out their research plan, the doctoral student should take part in the educational activities established in the programme.
More specifically, during their first year of study students should present their research and thesis development plan to the Specific Doctoral Committee, as a prior step before the Doctoral Academic Committee approves the research plan. Later, the research plan should be assessed by the university's Research Ethics Committee.
The Doctoral Academic Committee is responsible for carrying out an annual follow-up on all the doctoral students on the programme, through an annual assessment in the Doctoral Activities Document (DAD) and the Research Plan, as well as through reports issued by the thesis director and/or supervisor.
During their first year, doctoral students should draw up a research plan (thesis project) that should at least include a methodology and objectives, as well as the materials and schedule that aim to achieve this. Before the end of the first year, doctoral students should present their Research Plan to a committee of external experts from outside the UIC, the Specific Doctoral Committee, so that they can then be approved by the Doctoral Academic Committee.
On an annual basis, the Doctoral Academic Committee will supervise the progress of the research carried out by students through an annual follow-up of the Research Plan.
Doctoral activities document (DAD)
On an annual basis, doctoral students should submit a document that details all the activities they have carried out (training courses, conferences, seminars given, research trips, articles published) to be approved by the Doctoral Academic Committee.
Over the course of their doctoral studies, students should complete educational activities that will round out their profile as a researcher. These activities may be cross-cutting in nature or specific to each programme. Doctoral students, together with their thesis director (and supervisor), will choose the educational activities that are best adapted to their profile and research skills.
The Doctoral School organises cross-cutting educational activities on an annual basis, such as public speaking, research ethics, database management, writing a bibliography, drafting scientific articles, etc.
Doctoral Programmes organise specific educational activities for each programme or line of research.
The Doctoral Thesis can be presented in a traditional format or as a compilation of articles, and should be structured in the following sections:
- I. Introduction: The doctoral student should explain the importance of the topic and the connection between the different articles and how they complement each other.
- II. Hypothesis and objectives: The hypothesis and objectives of the thesis.
- III. Methodology: General description of the methodology used in the articles.
- IV. Research results, made up of:
- Traditional thesis: chapters
- Compilation thesis: articles that have been published or accepted for publication. The articles should comply with the criteria established by the Doctoral Academic Committee for the programme.
- V. Discussion: A general discussion and highlighting the general results of the project.
- VI. Conclusion: list of the conclusions reached during the thesis project.
- VII. Bibliography
- VIII.Annexes: if submitting a Compilation Thesis, you should attach the full text of the published article or the article pending publication.
The thesis should be reviewed by two experts on the topic who are external to the UIC, before being accepted for the oral thesis defence.