Planning doctoral studies

During the period of study, the doctoral candidate in addition to developing their research plan must participate in the training activities established as part of the programme.

In particular, during the first year of their studies, they must present their research plan to the specific Doctoral Committee (CED), as the procedure prior to sending it to the Academic Doctoral Committee (CAD) for the research plan to be approved. The research plan should then be evaluated by the University Research Ethics Committee (CER).

PLANNING
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Enrolment in the academic year
Academic year 1
Academic year 2
Academic year 3
Academic year 4
Academic year 5
Specific Doctoral Committee (CED)
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Academic Doctoral Committee  (CAD) Approval of the Research Plan
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UIC Barcelona Research Ethics Committee (CER)
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Academic activities
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Doctoral Candidate Activities Report (DAD)
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Development of your research plan:
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Academic Doctoral Committee  (CAD) Approval of the Doctoral candidate and evaluation
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Depositing and defending your thesis
 
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Application for the title of Doctor
 
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Student education

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.

General theme
Objectives
Ethics
Ethical criteria for scientific research. Main ethical perspectives and their involvement in research
References
Compulsory course on databases, indicators and evaluation of scientific production. Information on documentary data sources. Data collection, analysis, and assessment
Research methodology
Data collection, analysis, and assessment. Objective of transmitting basic knowledge about research
Scientific writing
Course-workshop for writing articles for specialised publications and dissemination. Information on documentary data sources
Research project
Draft research projects and thus participation in competitive and non-competitive calls. Information on where to go for research funding
Research presentation
Objective of receiving training about current research in the area and feedback on the research itself
Intellectual property protection and technology transfer
Training on the protection of intellectual property, and in particular on the usual clauses in research agreements
Public speaking
Developing oral communication skills to facilitate the integration of new researchers into the scientific community and participating through the presentation of a poster/paper at a scientific conference

Mobility-research stays

This is a training activity that the doctoral student will plan with his/her thesis supervisor. It may be undertaken in national and international universities or research centres. It can be short-term (less than 3 months) or long-term (longer than 90 days).

At the external research centre, a host supervisor will be assigned to the doctoral student who will oversee the work they carry out to be able to carry out a continuous evaluation of learning, acquired competencies and/or the completion of the training activities by the doctoral student

When the research stay is carried out for a minimum period of 3 months and at a foreign university or research centre, the doctoral candidate may, when defending their thesis, be eligible for an International Doctoral Research Component.

Follow-up

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.

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.

Research Plan

The students of the first course 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 (CAD). Later, the research plan should be assessed by the university's Research Ethics Committee (CER)

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.