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Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion

  • Inicio

    Director

     

    Prof. José Miguel Reynolds Barredo

     

    About the program

     

    This Ph.D. program, and the international graduate programs with which it is partnered, aims at maintaining and developing an integrated, coherent and coordinated focus on educational and research activities on fusion science and engineering in Spain and the European Union.

    The program provides a solid background in the field of plasma physics and nuclear fusion, their research methodology and the skills required to conduct a research work and a critical evaluation of outcomes.

    In close connection with the Erasmus Mundus Master in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion (European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion and Engineering Physics; FUSION-EP), in which Universidad Carlos III participates, the goal of our program is the training of researchers in the field of plasma physics and nuclear fusion, to primarily enable them to join either university research teams or specific projects in the field of fusion in the European Community, particularly the project of construction of the international fusion reactor ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), currently in progress at Cadarache (France), which will require specialized human capital.

    The international scope of this Ph.D. is one of its most distinctive features, particularly reflected in the participation of our students in the International Doctoral College in Fusion Science and Engineering (FUSION-DC) (Erasmus Mundus program), in which Universidad Carlos III de Madrid collaborates. Students of our Ph.D. in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion participating in FUSION-DC are subjected to the regulations and requirements of both programs. 

    Additionally, our Ph.D. in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion shares other important partnerships, some of which are:

    -           FUSENET (Fusion Education Network; www.fusenet.eu), an European association of which Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is an associate member, aiming at the creation of an European educational network on fusion science and technology. FUSENET offers a number of aids for graduate internships, courses on plasma physics and nuclear fusion, and annual doctoral meetings for Ph.D. students in the field of plasma physics and nuclear fusion in Europe.

    -           The CIEMAT National Fusion Laboratory, which plays a crucial role in the development of the program by providing professors for the FUSION-EP master’s and Ph.D. courses, and supervisors for master’s and Ph.D. theses. The experimental TJ-II fusion device at CIEMAT constitutes an optimal environment for the training of students. The CIEMAT National Fusion Laboratory participates in the international FUSION-EP master’s program and the FUSION-DC Ph.D. program as an associate institution.

     

     

     

    Department

     

     

     

    Doctorado en Plasmas y Fusión Nuclear
  • ACCESS

    Student profile

     

    Students should have a Bachelor’s degree level basic knowledge of classical and modern physics, as well as adequate mathematical and computational training. The prerequisites are a Bachelor's degree in engineering, applied physics, physics or equivalent.

    Finally, students must have a good level of English (spoken and written) and, if possible, demonstrate it (TOEFL, GRE, etc.).

     

    Admission requirements

     

    Admission requirements for the Ph.D. Program in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion are the following:

    A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Applied Physics, Physics or equivalent, and at least 60 ECTS credits in graduate studies.
    Students without enough previous graduate level in the field of plasma physics and nuclear fusion training must take some additional training courses, up to a maximum of 30 ECTS, to be determined by the Academic Committee together with the student’s tutor and supervisor.

    Admission criteria

     

    Admission is determined according to the criteria set by the Academic Committee listed below. These are implemented by the coordinator of the program, who reports to the Committee on a regular basis. 

    Selection is based on merit and capacity of the candidates, for which the following criteria are considered:

    • Academic transcript of previous studies
    • Curriculum vitae (scientific and professional background, relevant merits, etc.)
    • Motivation letter by the candidate stating their reasons to participate in the Program
    • Endorsement letters from professors at the university or from professors or researchers at other institutions with direct knowledge of the capacity and competence of the candidate
    • Relevance of the thesis project and its connection with the lines of research of the Ph.D. Program. For this purpose, the thesis project can be endorsed by a professor from the program

    The Academic Committee will determine the convenience of a personal interview with the candidate.

     

    Students selected by the Steering Committee of the Erasmus Mundus Ph.D. program FUSION-DC will be automatically admitted.

    Admission criteria and procedures are the same for full-time and part-time students.

     

    Seats available for the academic year: 15

     

     

  • FACULTY
    • Academic Committee

      Prof. José Miguel Reynolds Barredo
      Department of Physics. Director of the Program

      Prof. José Ramón Martín Solís
      Department of Physics

      Prof. Mª Angustias Auger Martínez
      Department of Physics

    • Faculty
      • Ascasíbar Zubizarreta, Enrique
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Baciero Adrados, Alfonso
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Blanco Villarreal, Emilio José
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Cal, Eduardo (de la)
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Castejón Magaña, Francisco Miguel
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Estrada García, Teresa
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Fajardo Peña, Pablo
        Department of Bioengineering and Aeroespace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Geiger, Joachim
        Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik 
      • González Viada, María
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Happel, Tim
        Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik 
      • Hidalgo Vera, Carlos
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Huysmans, Gerardus Titus Arnoldus
        Technical University Eindhoven
      • Liniers Vázquez, Macarena
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • López Bruna, Daniel
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Malaquías, Artur
        Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST) (Lisboa)
      • McCarthy, Kieran
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Mier Maza, José Ángel
        Universidad de Cantabria
      • Ochando García, María Antonia
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Serre, Eric
        Aix-Marseille Université
      • Spolaore, Monica
        Istituto Gas Ionizzati del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
      • Tabarés Vázquez, Francisco
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Terranova, David
        Università degli Studi di Padova
      • Van Milligen, Boudewijn Ph.
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Vega, Jesús
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)
      • Xanthopoulos, Pavlos
        Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik
      • Zurro Hernández, Bernardo
        National Fusion Laboratory, CIEMAT (Madrid)

       

  • TRAINING

    Specific training

     

    • Research Seminars 
      Required for all students. 3-ECTS-credit course for the Research and Training module of the second year of the Erasmus Mundus Master's "European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics", required for students from both the Master's and Ph.D. programs. It consists of a series of 10-12 conferences and seminars (one per week) on relevant subjects in the area of Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion by professors from the Ph.D. program and guest lecturers from the field. At the end of the series, students will prepare and give a seminar on a topic proposed by the Academic Committee. This activity will be carried out in the first semester of each academic year.

     

    • Doctoral Meetings (Ph.D. Event in Fusion Science and Engineering)
      Required for all students. The purpose of these meetings is for students from European Ph.D. programs in nuclear fusion to get together, present and discuss their research work, and also attend conferences and lectures of general interest in the field of fusion energy. The meetings are funded, at least partially, by the FUSENET association and take place on an annual basis with a duration of 2-3 days (www.fusenet.eu/phdevent). Students are required to participate at least in one meeting (two, in the case of students from the FUSION-DC program) during the Ph.D., except for students whose research work is not focused on the nuclear fusion field.

     

    • Specialized training in research tasks
      Only required for students from the training program associated to the International Ph.D. Program Erasmus Mundus “International Doctoral College in Fusion Science and Engineering (FUSION-DC). 12 ECTS of specialized training in research tasks (in which the 3 ECTS of research seminars can be incuded). This training program is determined by the Academic Committee of the Program and can be offered within the framework of FUSENET (European Fusion Education Network; www.fusenet.eu), which promotes a structured doctoral training across Europe. The Academic Committee, in collaboration with the student's advisor and tutor, will decide which activities are more suitable for the student's training and the most convenient period to undertake them.

     

    Research skills training

     

    Optional training (only required for students from the FUSION-DC Program). Up to 6 credits during the Ph.D.

    Research skills training focuses on abilities common to all disciplines for the development of scientific and educational skills and career improvement. This training consists of different activities (short courses, seminars, etc.). The Ph.D. advisor, in collaboration with the Academic Committee, will provide orientation to the students on the convenience of these activities. This training is optional, except for students from the FUSION-DC Program, who are required to complete 6 ECTS.

     

    Further information:

     

    Complementary training

     

    Students with insufficient previous training at graduate level in the Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion field are required to complete training complements (maximum: 30 ECTS credits) to be determined by the Academic Committee of the Program in collaboration with the tutor and thesis advisor.

     

  • RESEARCH
    • Research Lines
      • Magnetic confinement fusion (tokamaks and stellarators)
      • Plasma theory and computational plasma physics
      • Plasma-wall interaction and advanced materiales for fusion
      • Plasma diagnostics, control and data analysis
      • Fusion technology and engineering
      • Industrial plasmas
      • Astrophysical plasmas
      • Space plasma propulsion
    • Scientific results

      This is a sample of relevant publications derived from doctoral thesis work over the last five years: 

      • Thesis: Analysis of the expansion of a plasma thruster plume into vacuum
        Author: Filippo Cichocki 
        Publication: “Electric propulsion subsystem optimization for Ion ‘Beam Shepherd’ missions”
        Journal: Journal of Propulsion and Power 33, 370 (2017) 
        Area: Engineering, Aerospace
        Ranking position in 2017: 12/31 (Q2)
        Impact Factor: 1.144
      • Thesis: Three-dimensional peeling-ballooning theory in magnetic fusion devices
        Author: Toon Weyens 
        Publication: “PB3D: A new code for edge 3-D ideal linear peeling-ballooning stability”,
        Journal: Journal of Computational Physics 330, 997 (2017)
        Area: Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications
        Position in 2017: 26/105 (Q1)
        Area: Physics, Mathematical
        Ranking position in 2017: 3/55 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 2.746
      • Thesis: Three Dimensional Physics in Reversed Field Pinch and Stellarator
        Author: Yangyang Zhang 
        Publication: “Thermal properties of three sub-states of quasi-single helicity states on RFX-mod”
        Journal: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 59, 125002 (2017)
        Area: Physics, Fluids & Plasmas
        Ranking position in 2017: 9/31 (Q2)
        Impact Factor: 2.392
      • Thesis: Determination of the nature of radial transport in quasi-poloidal stellarator configurations
        Author: Jorge Alberto Alcusón Belloso
        Publication: “Quasi-symmetry and the nature of radial turbulent transport in quasi-poloidal stellarators”
        Journal: Physics of Plasmas 23, 102308 (2016)
        Area: Physics, Fluids & Plasmas
        Ranking position in 2016: 14/31 (Q2)
        Impact Factor: 2.115
      • Thesis: Identification of Coherent Magneto-Hydrodynamic Modes and Transport in Plasmas of the TJ-II Heliac
        Author: Baojun Sun
        Publication: “Alfvén eigenmodes including magnetic islands effects in the TJ-II stellarator”
        Journal: Nuclear Fusion 55, 093023 (2015)
        Area: Physics, Fluids & Plasmas
        Ranking position in 2015: 2/30 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 4.040
      • Thesis: Electromagnetic properties of edge turbulence in fusion plasma devices
        Author: Bing Liu
        Publication: “Isotope effect physics, turbulence and long-range correlation studies in the TJ-II stellarator"
        Journal: Nuclear Fusion 55, 112002 (2015)
        Area: Physics, Fluids & Plasmas
        Ranking position in 2015: 2/30 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 4.040
      • Thesis: Modeling of physical processes in RF plasma thrusters
        Author: Bin Tian
        Publication: Investigation of plasma-wave interaction in helicon antenna thrusters, 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum, (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2014-3475) https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2014-3475
      • Thesis: Rapid Manufacturing Methods for Geometrically  Complex Nuclear fusión Devices: The UST_2  Stellarator
        Author: Vicente Manuel Queral Mas
        Publication: “Concept, production and validation of a 3D-printed coil frame for the UST_2 modular stellarator”
        Journal: Fusion Engineering and Design 89, 2145 (2014)
        Area: Nuclear Science & Technology
        Ranking position in 2014: 11/34 (Q2)
        Impact Factor: 1.152
    • Scientific publications

      Sample of relevant faculty publications:

      • Investigation of the role of electron cyclotron resonance heating and magnetic configuration on the suprathermal ion population in the stellarator TJ-II using a luminescent probe, Martinez, M.; Zurro, B.; Baciero, A.; Jimenez-Rey, D.; Tribaldos, V., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 60 (2018) 025024
      • Book: A primer on complex systems: with applications to astrophysical and laboratory plasmas, R. Sanchez and D.E. Newman, Lecture Notes in Physics 943.  404pp. Springer-Verlag (2018).
      • Kinetic electron model for plasma thruster plumes, M. Merino, J. Mauriño-Aperovich & E. Ahedo, Plasma Sources Science and Technology 27 (2018) 035013.
      • Kinetic features and non-stationary electron trapping in paraxial magnetic nozzles, G. Sánchez-Arriaga, J. Zhou, E. Ahedo, M. Martínez-Sánchez, J.J. Ramos, Plasma Sources & Science Technology 27 (2018) 035002.
      • Particle modeling of radial electron dynamics in a controlled discharge of a Hall thruster, A. Domínguez-Vázquez, F. Taccogna, E. Ahedo , Plasma Sources & Science Technology 27 (2018) 064006.
      • Study of radial heat transport in W7-X using the transfer entropy, B.Ph. van Milligen, U. Hoefel, J. Nicolau, M. Hirsch, L. García, B. Carreras, C. Hidalgo, and the W7-X Team, Nucl. Fusion 58 (2018) 076002
      • Temperature dependence of liquid lithium film formation and deuterium retention on hot W samples studied by LID-QMS. Implications for future fusion reactors, A. de Castro, A. Sepetys, M. González and F.L. Tabarés, Nucl. Fusion 58 (2018) 046003
      • Experimental characterization of a 1 kW Helicon Plasma Thruster, Navarro-Cavallé, J., Wijnen, M., Fajardo, P., & Ahedo, E., Vacuum 149 (2018) 69.
      • Formation and termination of runaway beams in ITER disruptions, Martín-Solís, J.R., Loarte, A. and Lehnen, M., Nuclear Fusion  57 (2017) 066025.
      • Fuelling with cryogenic pellets in the TJ-II stellaratorK. J. McCarthy, N.    Panadero, J. L. Velasco, S. K. Combs, J. B. O. Caughman, J. Hernández Sánchez, C. Foust, R. García, J. M. Fontdecaba, M. Navarro, I. Pastor, and A. Soleto, Nucl. Fusion 57 (2017) 056039.
      • Comparison of cryogenic (hydrogen) and TESPEL (polystyrene) pellet particle deposition in a magnetically confined plasmaK. J. McCarthy, N. Tamura, S. K. Combs, N. Panadero, E. Ascasíbar, T. Estrada, R. García, J. Hernández Sánchez, A. López-Fraguas, M. Navarro, I. Pastor, A. Soleto and the TJ-II Team, Europhys. Lett. 120 (2017) 25001
      • PB3D: a new code for edge 3-D ideal linear peeling-ballooning stability, T. Weyens, R. Sanchez, G. Huijsmans, A. Loarte and L. Garcia, J. Computational Physics 330 (2017) 997.
      • Contactless steering of a plasma jet with a 3D magnetic nozzleM. Merino & E. Ahedo, Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 26 (2017) 095001.
      • Reactor plasma facing component designs based on liquid metal concepts supported in porous systems, F.L. Tabarés, E. Oyarzabal, A.B. Martin-Rojo, D. Tafalla, A. de Castro and A. Soleto, Nucl. Fusion 57 (2017) 016029 
      • 3D effects on transport and plasma control in the TJ-II stellarator, F Castejón, D Alegre, A Alonso, J Alonso, E Ascasíbar, A Baciero, A de Bustos, D Baiao, J M Barcala, E Blanco, M Borchardt, J Botija, S Cabrera, E de la Cal, I Calvo, A Cappa1, R Carrasco, R Castro, A. De Castro, G Catalán, A A Chmyga, M Chamorro, A Dinklage3, L Eliseev, T Estrada, F Fernández-Marina, J M Fontdecaba, L García, I García-Cortés1, R García-Gómez, J M García-Regaña, J Guasp, R Hatzky, J Hernanz1 J Hernández, J Herranz, C Hidalgo, E. Hollmann, A Jiménez-Denche, I Kirpitchev, R Kleiber, A D Komarov, A S Kozachoek, L Krupnik, F Lapayese, M Liniers, B. Liu, D López-Bruna, A López-Fraguas, B López-Miranda, J López-Razola, U Losada, E de la Luna, A Martín de Aguilera, F Martín-Díaz, M Martínez, G. Martín-Gómez, F Martín-Hernández, A B Martín-Rojo, J Martínez-Fernández, K J McCarthy, F Medina, M Medrano, L Melón, A V Melnikov, P Méndez, R Merino, F J Miguel, B van Milligen, A Molinero, B Momo, P Monreal, R Moreno, M Navarro, Y Narushima, I S Nedzelskiy, M A Ochando, J Olivares, E Oyarzábal, J L de Pablos, L Pacios, N Panadero, I Pastor, M A Pedrosa, A de la Peña, A Pereira, A Petrov, S Petrov, A B Portas, E Poveda, G A Rattá, E Rincón, L Ríos, C Rodríguez, B Rojo, A Ros, J. Sánchez, M Sánchez, E Sánchez, E Sánchez-Sarabia, K Sarksian, S. Satake, J A Sebastián, C Silva, E R Solano, A Soleto, B J Sun, F L Tabarés, D Tafalla, S Tallents, A Tolkachev, J Vega, G Velasco, J L Velasco, G Wolfers, M Yokoyama and B Zurro, Nuclear Fusion 57 (2017) 102022.
      • The impact of rational surfaces on radial heat transport in TJ-II, B.Ph. van Milligen, J.H. Nicolau, L. García, B.A. Carreras, C. Hidalgo and the TJ-II team, 57 (2017) 056028.
      • Relation of plasma flow structures to passive particle tracer orbits, L. García, B. A. Carreras and I. Llerena, Nucl. Fusion 57 (2017) 116013.
      • The response of a fast scintillator screen (YAP:Ce) to low energy ions (0-40 keV) and its use to detect fast-ion-loss in stellarator TJ-II, M. Martinez, B. Zurro, A. Baciero, D. Jimenez-Rey, V. Tribaldos, M. Malo, M.T. Crespo, D. Muñoz, Rev. Scient. Instrum 87 (2016) 11D809.
      • Quasi-symmetry and the nature of radial turbulent transport in quasi-poloidal stellarators, J. A. Alcuson, J. M. Reynolds-Barredo, A. Bustos, R. Sanchez, V. Tribaldos, P. Xanthopoulos, T. Goerler, and D. E. Newman, Physics of Plasmas 23, (2016) 102308
      • Influence of magnetic well on electromagnetic turbulence in the TJ-II stellarator,  F. Castejón, A. M. Aguilera, E. Ascasíbar, T. Estrada, C. Hidalgo, A. López-Fraguas, M. A. Ochando, S. Yamamotoa, A.V. Melnikovb,c, L.G. Eliseevb, S.V. Perfilovb, and the TJ-II Team. , Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 58 (2016) 094001.
      • Analysis of the Numerical Diffusion in Anisotropic Mediums: Benchmarks for Magnetic Field Aligned Meshes in Space Propulsion Simulations, Pérez-Grande, D., Gonzalez-Martinez, O., Fajardo, P., and Ahedo, E.,  Applied Sciences 6 (2016) 354.
      • Plasma Flow, Turbulence and Magnetic Islands in TJ-II, T. Estrada, E. Ascasíbar, E. Blanco, A. Cappa, C.Hidalgo, K. Ida, D. López-Bruna, A. López-Fraguas, Nuclear Fusion 56 (2016) 026011.
      • Review Article: self-organised criticality and the dynamics of near-marginal turbulent transport in magnetically confined fusion plasmas, R. Sanchez and D.E. Newman, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 57 (2015) 123002
      • Alfvén eigenmodes including magnetic island effects in the TJ-II stellarator, B. J. Sun, M. A. Ochando, D. López-Bruna, Nucl. Fusion 55 (2015) 093023.
      • Characterization of ion-irradiated ODS Fe-Cr alloys by doppler broadening spectroscopy using a positron beam, Parente, P., Leguey, T., De Castro, V., Gigl, T., Reiner, M., Hugenschmidt, C., Pareja, R., Journal of Nuclear Materials 464 (2015) 140.
      • Effects of Single and Simultaneous Triple Ion-Beam Irradiation on an oxide dispersion strengthened Fe12Cr Steel, V. de Castro, S. Lozano-Perez, M. Briceno, P. Trocellier, S. G. Roberts, R. Pareja, Journal of Materials Science 50 (2015) 2306.
      • Limit Cycle Oscillations at the L-I-H Transition in TJ-II Plasmas: Triggering, Temporal Ordering and Radial Propagation, T. Estrada, E. Ascasíbar, E. Blanco, A. Cappa, F. Castejón, C. Hidalgo, B.Ph. van Milligen and E. Sánchez., Nuclear Fusion 55 (2015) 063005.
      • Core turbulence behavior moving from ion-temperature-gradient regime towards trapped-electronmode regime in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak and comparison with gyrokinetic simulation, T. Happel, A. Bañón Navarro, G. D. Conway, C. Angioni, M. Bernert, M. Dunne, E. Fable, B. Geiger, T. Görler, F. Jenko, R. M. McDermott, F. Ryter, U. Stroth & the ASDEX Upgrade Team, Phys. Plasmas 22 (2015) 032503.
      • Gyrokinetic studies of core turbulence features in ASDEX Upgrade H-mode plasmas, A. Bañón Navarro, T. Happel, T. Görler, F. Jenko, J. Abiteboul, A. Bustos, H. Doerk, D. Told & the ASDEX Upgrade , Team, Phys. Plasmas 22 (2015) 042513.
      • Turbulent electromagnetic filaments in actively modulated toroidal plasma edge, M. Spolaore, M. Agostini, B. Momo, C. Rea, N. Vianello, M. Zuin, R. Cavazzana, G. De Masi, P. Innocente, L. Marrelli, E. Martines, A. Mazzi, M.E. Puiatti, S. Spagnolo, G. Spizzo, P. Scarin, D. Terranova and P. Zanca, Nuclear Fusion 55 (2015) 063041.
      • Electromagnetic turbulent structures: A ubiquitous feature of the edge region of toroidal plasma configurations, M. Spolaore, N. Vianello, I. Furno, D. Carralero, M. Agostini, J. A. Alonso, F. Avino, R. Cavazzana, G. De Masi, A. Fasoli, C. Hidalgo, E. Martines, B. Momo, A. Scaggion, P. Scarin, S. Spagnolo, G. Spizzo, and M. Zuin, Physics of Plasmas 22 (2015) 012310.
      • Inter-machine comparison of the termination phase and energy conversion in tokamak disruptions with runaway current plateau formation and implications for ITER, Martín-Solís, J.R., Loarte, A., Hollmann, E.M. et al, Nuclear Fusion  54 (2014) 083027.
      • Studying the impurity charge and main ion mass dependence of impurity confinement in ECR-heated TJ-II stellarator, Zurro, B.; Hollmann, E. M.; Baciero, A.; Ochando, M. A.; McCarthy, K. J.; Medina, F.; Velasco, J. L.; Pastor, I.; Baiao, D.; de la Cal, E.; Rapisarda, D., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 56 (2014) 124007
      • Causality detection and turbulence in fusion plasmas, B.Ph. van Milligen, G. Birkenmeier, M. Ramisch, T. Estrada, C. Hidalgo, and A. Alonso, Nucl. Fusion 54 (2014), 023011
      • TEM characterization of Simultaneous Triple Ion Implanted ODS Fe12Cr, V. de Castro, M. Briceno, S. Lozano-Perez, P. Trocellier, S. G. Roberts, R. Pareja, Journal of Nuclear Materials  455 (2014) 157.
      • Suprathermal ion studies in ECRH and NBI phases of the TJ II stellarator, B. Zurro, A. Baciero, V. Tribaldos, M. Liniers, A. Cappa, A. Lopez-Fraguas, D. Jimenez- Rey, J.M. Fontdecaba, O. Nekhaieva and TJ-II Team, Nucl. Fusion 53 083017 (2013).
      • An analytic model for the convergence of turbulent simulations time-parallelized via the parareal algorithm, J. M. Reynolds-Barredo, D. E. Newman, R. Sanchez, Journal of Computational Physics 255 (2013) 293
      • Relationship between MHD events, magnetic resonances and transport barriers in TJ-II plasmas, D. Lopez-Bruna, M. A. Ochando, A. Lopez-Fraguas, F. Medina, E. Ascasibar, Nucl. Fusion 53 (2013) 073051.
      • Microstructure and mechanical behavior of ODS and non-ODS Fe-14Cr model alloys produced by spark plasma sintering, Auger, M.A., De Castro, V., Leguey, T., Muñoz, A., Pareja, R., Journal of Nuclear Materials 436 (2013) 68.

       

  • FUSION DC

    uc3m participates in the international program on Fusion Science and Technology FUSION-DC  (Doctoral College in Fusion Science and Engineering).


    FUSION-DC is a three-year joint doctoral program in nuclear fusion science and engineering offered by a consortium of 29 European partner institutions from 9 EU countries (9 full partners and 20 associated), the ITER Organization and 14 associated partners from China, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and the USA.

     

    Participating institutions

    University Department Acronym Website
    FP1-Universiteit Gent Applied Physics UGent www.ugent.be
    FP2-Université de Lorraine   UHP www.univ-lorraine.fr
    FP3-Universidad Complutense de Madrid Physics (Faculty of Physics Science) UCM www.ucm.es
    FP4-Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Physics UC3M www.uc3m.es
    FP5-Universität Stuttgart Institut für Plasmaforschung (IPF) US www.ipf.uni-stuttgart.de
    FP6-Università degli Studi di Padova   UNIPD www.unipd.it
    FP7-Instituto Superior Técnico   IST www.ist.utl.pt
    FP8-Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France   CEA www.cea.fr
    FP9-Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik Garching und Greifswald   IPP www.ipp.mpg.de
  • THESIS

    Thesis defense

     

    The doctoral thesis consists of an original research work developed by the Ph.D. candidate student in the field of knowledge of the program that enables the student for autonomous work in the field of R+D+ i.

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the Doctoral School establishes the follow-up procedures to guarantee the quality of the doctorate's training and supervision. It also facilitates the procedures for the proper evaluation and defense of the doctoral thesis.

     

    Further information:

     

     

    Requirements for thesis defense in  Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion

     

    Students NOT doing their doctoral thesis in the framework of the International FUSION-DC International Program:

    • At least one peer-reviewed publication in an international journal with the PhD student listed as first author.  
    • Attendance to at least one international conference or workshop with an oral or written presentation.  
    • Attendance to at least one of the annual doctoral meetings organized by FUSENET (PhD Events in Fusion Science and Engineering) during the PhD. 


    Students doing their doctoral thesis in the framework of the International FUSION-DC International Program:

    • At least one peer-reviewed publication in an international journal with the PhD student listed as first author.  
    • Attendance to at least two international conferences or workshops with an oral or written presentation.  
    • Meeting the specific conditions to obtain the FUSION-DC Joint Doctoral Training Certification:

    -Specific academic training of at least 18 ECTS (6 cross-curricular ECTS and 12 ECTS of training in specialized research).
    -A total stay of at least 6 months in the second institution of the organization chosen to obtain the double diploma.
    -Attendance to two annual doctoral meetings organized by FUSENET (PhD Events in Fusion Science and Engineering) during the PhD.

  • USEFUL INFORMATION
    • Ph.D. Studies Overview
      Información Práctica de los Estudios de Doctorado

       

      Our Ph.D. programs focus on the acquisition of skills and abilities required to undertake high-quality research work within the strategic framework and lines of research of the university. Students will be expected to work independently under supervision and guidance of top experts in their fields in order to produce novel, groundbreaking research work in the form of a dissertation.

      The Ph.D. thesis constitutes the expected outcome of the doctoral training, stating the specifics of the research work and results. The thesis must meet the high-quality standards required by the Ph.D. program and be subject to public defense and assessment by an independent thesis committee.

      A favorable assessment of the thesis enables Ph.D. students to request their official Ph.D. degree certificate, issued by the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. 

       

       

      Calendar of the Academic Year: October 1 - September 30

        Period Dates

      Admission

      According to start date of each semester

      Applications for admission for the first semester of the 21/22 academic year with start date on the 15th of November, 2021 can be submitted until the 31st of August, 2021 (Spanish peninsular time, CET)

      Applications for admission for the second semester of the 21/22 academic year with start date on the 30th of March, 2022, can be submitted until the 31st of January, 2022 (Spanish peninsular time, CET)*

      Enrollment

      New students can choose when to start their Ph.D. training: 

      • First semester's start date: November 15
      • Second semester's start date: March 30

      Continuing students (second and subsequent years) must obligatorily enroll at the first semester of each academic year.

      Enrollment period for new students:

      • Students starting first semester: September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Students starting second semester: March 1st through 31st (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

      • September 1st through 30th (23:59 h. Peninsular Spanish time)
      Monitoring and annual assessment

      The Academic Committee of each Ph.D. program will assess the progress of Ph.D. students on their research projects on an annual basis.

      Further information on  Ph.D. monitoring and annual assessment

      June: All Ph.D. students 

      December: Only Ph.D. students whose June evaluation was unfavorable

      Thesis defense

      Students can defend their Ph.D. theses at any time of the academic year (except for August).

      Official enrollment at the time of thesis defense is required. 

      Calendar of thesis defense approval

       

    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Studies

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

      A Ph.D. is a period of training in skills and abilities required to undertake independent, high-quality research work in the realm of R&D under the supervision of top experts in their respective fields.

       

      What are the terms of access to a Ph.D. program?

      As a general rule, candidates are required to hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree. Credits for both must amount to at least 300 ECTS credits.

      Additionally, specific requirements and candidate profiles are described in each program’s terms of access. Before applying for admission, it is strongly recommended to take the  Ph.D. Programs into consideration, as well as its lines of research, profiles of the scholars involved and final results (theses and scientific publications) as proof of the program’s quality and specialization.


      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

      The regular duration of a full-time Ph.D. program is 3 years. This period can be extended up to 5 years.

      The regular duration of a part-time Ph.D. program is 5 years. This period can be extended up to 8 years. 

      You may apply, for justified reasons, for either an extension or a leave of absence from your Ph.D. training period to the Academic Committee of your program. Your request must be endorsed by your tutor/advisor. Further information:  Duration of Ph.D. studies

       

      Can I do my Ph.D. entirely online?

      No. All Ph.D. Programs require some face-to-face activity throughout the training period. The duration of face-to-face activity is established by each Program.

       

      How can I apply for a part-time enrollment status?

      You can state your part-time enrollment status upon admission or, once you have initiated your training period, by submitting a request for justified reasons to the Academic Committee of your program. Your request must be endorsed by your tutor/advisor. Further information:  Enrollment status for Ph.D. studies

       

      Must I take any other training in addition to my research work?

      Yes. There are three different types of additional training to be taken during your Ph.D.:

      • Complementary training. Applicable only to students whose terms of admission state this training as required.
      • Specific training. Activities within the framework of your Ph.D. program.
      • Research Skills training. Courses or activities focused on abilities common to all disciplines (communication, academic writing, stress management, etc.).

      Further information on Doctoral Training: Monitoring and Development of these FAQ.


      What is the outcome of a Ph.D.?

      The Ph.D. thesis is the intended outcome of the doctoral training period. The thesis must give account of the student’s scientific work and meet the quality standards established by the Academic Committee of the program. Theses are defended in a public dissertation event, where they are subjected to assessment by an independent committee.

      A favorable assessment enables students to apply for their official Ph.D. degree certificate issued by the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. An additional Doctorado Internacional distinction is awarded to students who met a number of specific requirements during their training period.


      What is an Interuniversity Ph.D.?

      Interuniversity PhDs are joint degree programs by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in collaboration with other Spanish or international institutions. The outcome of these programs does not translate into multiple degrees but just one equivalent to the training undertaken by the student.

       

      Admission

       

      How can I apply for admission to a Ph.D. program?

      Your application for admission must be submitted online. Signing in is previously required in order to get your login and password. Further information on how to carry out this process:  Apply for admission

       

      I have not completed my Master’s degree yet. May I apply for admission now?

      Yes. However, in the event of a favorable resolution of admission, it will be conditioned to your Master’s degree completion.

       

      When can I apply for admission?

      You can apply for admission any time of the year. Deadline for admission applications for the current academic year is March 1. All applications submitted thereafter will be considered for next academic year. 

       

      What documents do I need to submit?

      Scan in advance the documentation requirements to be attached to your application. The documents listed below are mandatory in all cases:

      • National Identity Document: DNI, NIE, or passport
      • Previous degree certificate or diploma (Master’s degree or equivalent), or proof of payment of issuance fees. Not required for former uc3m students
      • Academic transcript of previous degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), including grades. Not required for former uc3m students
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Authorization of disclosure of educational and employment information
      • Ph.D. research proposal
      • Endorsement for thesis project

      Some programs may require additional documents, such as reference letters by notable researchers, foreign language skills certificate, etc.

      Please note: If your previous degree was earned at an international institution, you must also submit a certificate issued by said institution stating that your degree meets the requirements for access to Ph.D. level studies.

      Additionally, if your former institution is located outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)  you are required to submit your degree certificate or diploma legalized via diplomatic channels (or, when applicable, by the Apostille of The Hague Convention), attaching an official  Spanish or English translation if necessary.

       

      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

      Yes. As a new student, you must state in your application for admission whether you want to start your training in the first semester (November 15) or second semester (March 30).

       

      I want to apply for a scholarship or financial aid program. Must I do it before or after applying for admission to a Ph.D.?

      It is strongly recommended to apply first for your Ph.D. program of choice at uc3m, as most of the granting institutions require proof of admission (or application for admission) to a Ph.D.

      Further information on Scholarships and Financial Aid Programs of these FAQ.

       

      I submitted my application. When will I know if I am admitted?

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

      • Administrative validation. Your application will be reviewed at the Doctoral School Office on campus to ensure that it meets the admission requirements. You will be contacted if necessary.
      • Academic evaluation. If your application has succesfully passed the previous stage, it will be forwarded to the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. program for review. You will be notified of the Committee's decision by certified mail sent to the postal address provided in your application.

      This process may take up to one-two months. You will be notified of the Committee’s resolution by e-mail.

       

      I have been admitted. When must I submit my enrollment form?

      In you are admitted to a Ph.D. program, you have to submit your online application for enrollment in the periods set by the university to that effect, according to the instructions indicated in your letter of admission, our website or the Enrollment section of this FAQ, including the payment of tuition fees. If you do not submit your enrollment for the academic year for which you were admitted, your admission will be cancelled.

      Doctoral training scholarships. Exemptions

      Campus Getafe

      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

      There is a wide variety of financial aid programs for doctoral training that cover partial or total tuition fees and, in some cases, allow uc3m to formally hire the Ph.D. student as a training researcher.

      Who are the awarding bodies?

      Here is a list of the most common scholarship and financial aid programs:

         - Formación de Investigadores del Ministerio de Innovación / Researchers Training by Ministerio de Innovación (formerly known as FPI scholarships)
         - Formación de Profesorado Universitario del Ministerio de Educación / University Faculty Training by Ministerio de Educación (formerly known as FPU scholarships)
         - Researchers Training by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, awarded by the institution departments
         - Ph.D. Scholarships by La Caixa
         - Ph.D. Scholarships by Comunidades Autónomas (Autonomous Regions of Spain)
         - Scholarships by Fundación Carolina (for Latin American students)
         

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships


      When and how can I apply for these?

      Each granting body has its own application and awarding periods. It is strongly recommended to apply first for your Ph.D. program of choice at uc3m in all cases, as most of these institutions require proof of admission (or application for admission) to a Ph.D.

       

      Do I have to be admitted to a Ph.D. in order to apply for admission?

      It is not required in most cases, but, as pointed out previously, you must have at least submitted your application for admission in order to be eligible (check the awarding institution’s specific terms). Only if you are eventually granted the scholarship or financial aid will it be required to be admitted and enrolled on the program in order to accept the aid and be hired as a training researcher at uc3m.

       

      I received a scholarship or financial aid. Do I have to notify uc3m?

      Yes. As a recipient of any financial aids, it is recommended to notify the university for these to be applied upon enrollment. If your scholarship status is not registered in your self-enrollment application, please contact the Doctoral School Office, either in person or by e-mail at admisiondoctorado@uc3m.es

       

      Where will I undertake my Ph.D. research work?

      Your research and teaching activities (when applicable) will be carried out at the department or Institute stated in your contract within the framework of your Ph.D. program under the supervision of the tutor and advisor(s) appointed by the Academic Committee.


      Who is in charge of managing my scholarship or financial aid program?

      Granting institutions usually delegate on uc3m the management of these aids according to the terms originally established by those and our own rules and regulations.

       

      Who is to evaluate the progress and outcomes of my research work?

      All our Ph.D. students must submit the progress of their research work for evaluation by the Academic Committee of their Ph.D. program. Recipients of any financial aid program must also provide this information to the granting body.

       

      Are there any other tuition fees exemptions?

      Yes. As a new student, if you are eligible for any of the following exemptions or discounts recognized by the Spanish administration, you must submit certified copies of the pertinent documents to the Postgraduate Office on campus before enrollment proceedings so that these exemptions apply upon enrollment.

      • Large Family status: Certified copy of the Large Family status card (general or special)
      • Disability: Certified copy of Disability Identification card (minimum 33% disability)
      • Other: Certified copy of proof of exemption for victims of terrorist attacks (including their spouses and children) or children of civil and military servants who perished in the line of duty.

      These documents must be valid for the academic year for which the exemption is requested.

      Enrollment

      How to enroll

      Our Ph.D. Management service allows you to submit your enrollment data online. To access the application, just enter your ID or passport number and the four-digit password generated by our system upon initial registration. Forgot your code? You will need to print out your proof of enrollment and tuition fees invoice, when applicable.

       

      When to enroll               

      New students can choose the start date of the Ph.D. studies. Enrollment period varies accordingly:

      Students starting first semester:

      • Enrollment period: September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Start date of Ph.D. training: November 15 

      Students starting second semester*:

      • Enrollment period: March 1st through 31st (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Start date of Ph.D. training: March 30

      *In these cases, students benefit from a reduced tuition fee, applicable only for first-year enrollment.

      Your start date will determine the length of your Ph.D. training period.

      As a continuing student, the enrollment period is September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time) of each academic year.

       

      What modules should I register on my application?

      You must select the following modules of your enrollment application:

      • Ph.D. Monitoring for your doctoral training year. 

      Required in all cases. It will be registered by default in your application. 

      • Complementary credits.

      Only applicable if the Academic Committee of your program established these credits as obligatory in its admission resolution, in which case you have been properly notified in your admission letter. These credits will be registered by default in your application.

      Other activities of your doctoral training may not require enrollment. If so, our Postgraduate Offices are in charge of the registration process:

      • Specific training: Activities included in the syllabus of your Ph.D. program. 
      • Research Skills training: Required for students of all Ph.D. programs (6 credits minimum for the entire doctoral training period).  


      Please note: Upon completion of your Ph.D. training, it is required to be enrolled in both the Ph.D. monitoring of the academic year of your thesis defense and the Ph.D. thesis Defense and Assessment module in order to defend your thesis.

       

      What are the costs of tuition fees?

      These are the tuition fees for all your Ph.D. training:

        

      1. Academic fees
      • Academic monitoring of Ph.D. training year.  

      Ordinary fee (full-time, starting first semester): 390 €.

      Reduced fee* (full-time, starting second semester): 234 €.

      Reduced fee (part-time, starting first or second semester): 234 €.

                  *Full fees will apply in subsequent years.

       

      • Complementary training (only for students whose admission resolution establishes these credits as required for admission). 49,84 € or 69,93 € per credit, according to the field of research.
      • Specific training (only for activities or courses requiring enrollment). 49,84 € or 69,93 € per credit, according to the field of research.
      • Research Skills Training courses. 49,84 € per credit. For research skills credits earned at other institutions, enrollment at uc3m is required. A 25% fee will apply in these cases (12,46 € per credit).

       

      • Thesis defense. 143,15 €
      • Ph.D. Degree Certificate issuance. 229,86 €

       

      1. Administrative fees
      • Registrar’s Office expenses. 6,11 €
      • Academic record proceedings (first-year students only). 27,54 €
      • Student card issuance (TUI) (first-year students only). 6,11 €

       

      1. School insurance. 1, 12 €. Applicable to Spanish or international students (legal residents) under 28 years of age.

       

      Students who fail to fulfill the payment of these fees will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program.

      Further information:  Tuition fees

       

      How do I validate my first-year enrollment?

      Upon completion and payment of your enrollment, the Doctoral School will get in touch with you and set an appointment to provide the original documents to have your enrollment validated in compliance with the access requirements to Ph.D.

       

      Documents

      According to your previous studies, the documents to be submitted are listed below: 

      1. If you have taken an official Master's degree at UC3M, you are not required to submit any documents. The Doctoral School will check your records accordingly.

      2. If your access degree for Ph.D. has been issued at a Spanish University or member states of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the required documents are: 

      • Access degree certificate for Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent) or payment receipt of issuance fees.
      • Grades certificate of access degree to Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent).

      3. If your access degree for Ph.D. has been awarded by a University in a country outside of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the required documents are:

      • Access degree certificate for Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent) or payment receipt of issuance fees.
      • Grades certificate of access degree to Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent).

      These documents must have been previously legalized through diplomatic channels (the Apostille of The Hague Convention, when applicable). Please bear in mind that this procedure must be carried out from the country of origin. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to do it well in advance. 

      Find which legalization procedure applies to your country:  Legalization of Foreign Degrees

       

      Original hard copies of the documents must be provided along with their photocopies. The Doctoral School will check both originals and their copies and have them certified. If the degree certificates and documents have an electronic signature or digital certification (with safe verification codes), these will be submitted by e-mail at admisiondoctorado@uc3m.es.

      All documents must be submitted in Spanish, English, French, Italian or Portuguese (certificates and degrees provided in other languages must have attached an official Spanish translation).  

      The submission period will be notified by e-mail.

       

      What are my rights and obligations as a uc3m student?

      Please refer to the following documentation issued by the regional authorities and uc3m. All of them apply to Ph.D. candidates at Uc3m.

      • Students Statute of the Region of Madrid (Estatuto del estudiante de la Comunidad de Madrid)
      • uc3m students Rights and Obligations (Carta de los derechos y deberes del estudiante en la uc3m)
      • Rules and Regulations of the Doctoral School at uc3m (Reglamento de la Escuela de Doctorado de la uc3m)
      • Good Practices of the Doctoral School at uc3m (Código de buenas prácticas de la Escuela de Doctorado de la uc3m)

      Additionally, you have access to the university's support services to students and researchers.

      Further information:  Rules and Regulations

      Ph.D. Studies: Monitoring and Development

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      How are my Ph.D. supervisors appointed?

      Ph.D. tutors and advisors are advanced members of the uc3m faculty or other research institutions who serve as mentors of your research work and keep track of your progress. They also facilitate your communication with the Academic Committee of the program.

      Tutors are appointed by the Committee upon your admission. Tutors must hold a Ph.D. degree and have ties with the program, as well as a proven track record in research of at least six years (or proof of equivalent qualifications).

      The Committee will also appoint an advisor within three months from initial enrollment on the program. Thesis advisors must hold a Ph.D. degree and have a proven track record in research of at least six years (or equivalent qualifications), as well as specific research experience in the field of your thesis. Advisors' may be based at any university, center or institute in Spain or abroad. A professor may be appointed as both tutor and advisor of a Ph.D. student.

      The Academic Committee may change these designations throughout your doctoral training period for justified reasons.

       

      Must I take any other training in addition to my research work?

      Yes. There are three different types of additional training to be taken during your Ph.D.:

      • Complementary training. Maximum: 40 ECTS credits. Applicable only to students whose terms of admission state this training as required. The Academic Committee will determine the credit-based courses or subjects in the admission resolution. As a general rule, this training must be taken during the first year.
      • Specific training. Students are also expected to participate in a number of activities relevant to their field of research: seminars, meetings, conferences, courses, etc. These activities may require prior enrollment at uc3m. Your tutor or advisor will confirm the contents of your specific training program.
      • Research Skills training. Minimum: 6 ECTS credits. All Ph.D. programs at uc3m require some training in research skills (or formación transversal) focused on abilities common to all disciplines (communication, academic writing, stress management, etc.). These credits can be earned at either uc3m or other institutions and require formal enrollment at uc3m in all cases, as well as the approval of your tutor or advisor.

       

      How is the progress of my research evaluated?

      The Academic Committee of your program will evaluate the progress of your research project and activity report on an annual basis in the month of June. Grounds for evaluation are to be registered in the following documents:

      • Research Plan. Not to be mistaken for the research proposal submitted when applying for admission. As a new Ph.D. student, you must elaborate an initial Research Plan within the first year of your doctoral training period. This plan will serve as a tracking tool of your project, listing the objectives and methodology of your research as well as a comprehensible timeline stating the periods estimated for the achievement of each goal. It must have attached your tutor or advisor's evaluation report in order to be submitted for assessment to the Academic Committee of your program.

      An annual update of this Plan must be submitted in subsequent years, with the corresponding tutor or advisor’s evaluation report, so that all parties involved in your doctoral training can track and assess your progress.

      • Activity Report. In addition to your Research Plan (initial or updated), it is also required to register any activity relevant to your Ph.D. research: courses, seminars, meetings, conventions, publications, international fellowship programs, etc. Be sure to have attached all certificates and/or work papers as proof of completion.

      In the event of an unfavorable assessment by the Academic Committee, you will be subjected to evaluation again in December.

      TWO CONSECUTIVE UNFAVORABLE ASSESSMENTS (JUNE AND DECEMBER) WILL RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF YOUR ENROLLMENT AS A Ph.D. STUDENT

       

      Can I join an international research visit program?

      Yes. Undertaking a period of research abroad is a requirement for Doctorado Internacional distinction eligibility. Among other requirements, your visit must have a minimum duration of three months; also, the report of activities and outcomes of your research at the host institution must be written in one of the languages used for scientific dissemination in your field of research (different from any of Spain’s official languages). Prior approval by your tutor/advisor and the Academic Committee of your program is required. The Committee will evaluate your visiting research reports and, if approved, submit your candidacy for the Doctorado Internacional distinction to the Doctoral School Board.

      Thesis defense

      Biblioteca Carmen Martin Gaite

      What is a Ph.D. thesis?

      The Ph.D. thesis is the intended outcome of the doctoral training period. The thesis must give account of the student’s scientific work and meet the quality standards established by the Academic Committee of the program. Theses are defended in a public dissertation event, where they are subjected to assessment by an expert committee.

      As a general rule, Ph.D. candidates must have been enrolled on their program for a minimum period of 24 months before initiating thesis defense proceedings.

       

      I have approval to proceed to the thesis defense. What are the stages of this process?

      Once you get approval for your thesis defense by your tutor, advisor and Academic Committee, a minimum span of 8 weeks (excluding holiday periods) is usually required to go through these stages:

      1. Plagiarism management procedure
      2. Thesis deposit. Three weeks.
      3. Approval of thesis defense and appointment of Thesis Committee by the Dean of Doctoral School. One week.
      4. Defense session logistics. Three weeks.
      5. Thesis defense

       

      What is the plagiarism management procedure?

      Once the Academic Committee of your Ph.D. program determines that your research period is done and your thesis is ready for deposit, a pdf file of the thesis will be submitted to the Doctoral School to proceed to the plagiarism management, in compliance with the Code of Good Practice of the Doctoral School.

      The results of this study will be at the disposal of the members of the thesis committee, should they be requested.

      Further information:  Plagiarism management

                     

      What is the thesis deposit?

      The deposit of your thesis enables doctors and scholars of your field to review your work before the defense. The deposit period is 15 days (excluding August), after which all comments and observations by the experts will be reported to the Academic Committee and yourself. 

      Further information:  Thesis deposit

       

      Who is in charge of approving the defense? Who can be a member of the Thesis Committee?

      Once the deposit period is ended, the Academic Committee of the program, upon favorable assessment by the tutor/advisor, will submit their proposal for defense and appointment of Thesis Committee members to the Dean of Doctoral School.

      This Committee consists of three experts in the field of research of the Ph.D. candidate, two of which must be based outside uc3m.

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

       

      How are defense logistics managed?

      Once all authorizations are signed, the Thesis Committee’s Secretary will appoint a date for the defense. The Doctoral School Office on campus will be in charge of the logistics of the event (room reservations, technical equipment, etc.) and the travel procedures of the committee members, when applicable.

      Additionally, the Postgraduate Office will submit a digital copy of the thesis to each member of the Thesis Committee at least 15 days prior to the defense session. This file will contain any allegation or comment submitted by the experts during the deposit period.

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

       

      Do I have to pay any fees before the defense?

      Yes. The payment of thesis defense fees must be fulfilled before proceeding to defense. Additionally, payment of enrollment fees for the academic year in which the defense takes place must be up to date.

       

      How is my thesis assessed?

      All Committee members must receive a copy of the thesis 15 days prior to the defense event.

      Once the Ph.D. candidate completes his/her dissertation, the Committee can provide feedback or pose questions. Their global assessment will be given in terms of Fail (No Apto), Pass (Aprobado), Good (Notable) or Excellent (Sobresaliente).

      Theses with an Excellent (Sobresaliente) grade are eligible for the cum laude distinction. The committee members will subsequently cast their votes via separate secret ballot in closed session. Only if all votes are favorable will the committee submit their proposal for the thesis to be awarded the cum laude distinction to the university Chancellor. In this case, each member of the committee will finally cast their vote, anonymously and in a sealed envelope, for the thesis to be considered for the Outstanding Thesis Award by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

       

      How can I apply for my Ph.D. certificate?

      Your application for the official Ph.D. degree certificate, issued by the Ministry of Education of Spain, and the payment of the corresponding fees is managed by the Doctoral School Offices.

      Issuance of your certificate may take 6 to 12 months. Until then you may apply for a temporary certificate as proof of completion of your Ph.D. studies as of the date of your thesis defense.

       

      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

      Your thesis will be published in e-archivo, the open online repository of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Teseo the Ph.D. database managed by the Ministry of Education. In the event of partial or temporary restrictions pertaining to the publication of your thesis, you must report them to the university.

      Glossary of terms

      Ph.D. Program. Array of training and activities oriented to the acquisition of abilities required to undertake autonomous research work in the realm of R&D. Each Ph.D. program establishes their own procedures and lines of research for the development of theses within the framework of their respective fields.

      Academic Committee. The coordinator/director of the program and two other Ph.D. members constitute a program's Academic Committee, the body in charge of the various training areas and research progress of the program, as well as the authorization of thesis defense of their Ph.D. candidates.

      Doctoral School. Academic body in charge of the management and coordination of all Ph.D. programs.

      Ph.D. Thesis. Original piece of research carried out by Ph.D. candidates in their field of knowledge. Presented as a written dissertation according to the quality, content and format guidelines set by the Ph.D. program for its public defense.

      Tutor. Supervisor in charge of tracking the training progress of the Ph.D. candidate and serving as a communication link between the researcher and the Academic Committee. Tutors must be attached to uc3m faculty with a proven research track record. Tutors are appointed upon approval of admission by the Academic Committee.

      Thesis advisor. Supervisor in charge of tracking the training progress of the Ph.D. candidate. Advisors are experts in the field of the Ph.D. candidate's research, not necessarily attached to uc3m faculty (if they are, they can also be appointed as tutors). Advisors are appointed within the first three months of the student's Ph.D. training period. A student may have more than one advisor.

      Specific training. Specific activities pertaining to the field of research of each Ph.D., designed to provide students with the knowleddge and opportunity for debate required for the development of their research work: seminars, meetings, conferences/dissertations, international research visits, etc.

      Research Skills training. Training activities oriented to the acquisition of skills common to all disciplines. All students are required to earn at least 6 credits (60 hours) throughout their doctoral training period. Enrollment on these courses is performed separately from their regular doctoral training.

      Complementary training. Maximum 40 ECTS credits. Training that the Academic Committee may deem necessary in their admission resoluction in order to complement the Ph.D. candidate's previous academic background. Enrollment on these credits will be required in addition to the student's regular doctoral training. These credits are usually earned during the first Ph.D. year. 

      Research plan. Document to be drafted within the first six months of Ph.D. training detailing the student’s research project to be subjected to annual evaluation every month of June. It must be approved by the tutor, the thesis advisor and the Academic Committee. This plan must be updated and submitted for review and evaluation purposes on a yearly basis.

      Ph.D. Activity report. A registration account of all training activities pertaining to the Ph.D. student's research. The tutor and thesis advisor must endorse these activities for them to be submitted to the Academic Committee for annual evaluation in June. 

      Student record. Academic details of every Ph.D. student as registered in uc3m databases, including activities and credits completed. This information is to be attached to the thesis in the final stages of defense approval.

      Academic transcript. Official document signed by the Head of Doctoral Studies certifying a student's academic record.

      Monitoring and assessment. Annual process by which the research progress and activities of a Ph.D. candidate are subjected to evaluation by the Academic Committee.

      Written Agreement. Document signed by all parties involved in a thesis research project (Ph.D. student, tutor, advisor/s, and Academic Committee) stating their roles and specific conditions pertaining to confidentiality agreements, copyright or use and distribution of research outcomes, where applicable, as well as conflict resolution procedures.

      Thesis public review. Procedure required to allow the academic community to review the student's thesis and issue comments and observations prior to the defense. The thesis is usually deposited at the university's intranet.

      Thesis defense. Academic event open to the public in which Ph.D. candidates defend their research work before a committee of experts in their field. The defense is followed by a question and answer session led by the defense committee in order for it to give their assessment.

      Defense committee. Committee consisting of three experts with proven track records of research in the field of the thesis, most of which must be based outside uc3m. The committee gives their assessment of the thesis and awards the cum laude distinction and the Outstanding Thesis Award candidacy, where applicable.

    • Itinerary
      Itinerario Estudiante de Doctorado
    • Regulations
    • Quality

      GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PH.D.

      Implementation Year: 2012-2013

      QUALITY ASSURANCE

      The Academic Committee of the Ph.D. complies with the SGIC-UC3M. It is responsible for the quality analysis of the program and produces the Degree Reports ("Memoria Académica de Titulación").

      QUALITY INDICATORS

      • Ph.D. degree's indicators

      COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS

       

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