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Economics

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    Director

     

    Prof. Andrés Erosa

     

    About the program

     

    Students from our  Master's Degree in Economic Analysis can apply for this program. The Academic Committee of the program assesses the admission of candidates based on their Master's academic record and the result of their exams for access to a doctorate in the three main areas (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Econometrics). This is an English-language, full-time program. 

    The main objective of the program is the training of high quality researchers in Economics, for which it equips students with the knowledge necessary to design, develop and present research articles, in collaboration with the different teachers linked to the program. In addition, students participate in weekly workshops related to the main areas of research (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Applied Economics and Econometrics). This training process is supervised as a whole by the thesis advisor.

    The doctoral theses resulting from this program are composed of articles suitable for publication in high-quality academic journals.

    Career opportunities for our PhDs include university teaching and research jobs in central banks, international institutions, or private sector corporations.

     

    • Program regulated by RD 99/2011, February 28

    Department

     

     

    Doctorado en Economía
  • ACCESS

    Student profile

     

    The academic background of applicants must include:

    • Master's Degree in Economic Analysis at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid or other research-oriented Master’s degree in Economics awarded by a notable institution;
    • Excellent academic record;
    • Solid training in economic, analytical and mathematical skills;
    • High English level (speaking, reading and writing);
    • Suitability of applicant's Ph.D. project to the lines of research of the Economics Department.

     

    Admission requirements

     

    As a general rule, applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and a research-oriented Master's degree in Economics awarded by a notable institution. Applications from former students of Master's Degree in Economic Analysis at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are given priority in the admission process.

    Students with other backgrounds may also be admitted, provided that they meet the requirements of current Spanish legislation to access Ph.D. level studies and that their previous training is deemed equivalent to that of the Master's Degree in Economic Analysis at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid by the Academic Committee. Students who do not meet this requirement are strongly encouraged to apply to said Master's Degree.

    Admission criteria

     

    Admission to the program will be determined according to the following criteria:

    • Passing grade of the final exam of the Master's Degree in Economic Analysis of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid with a satisfactory average grade
    • Passing grade of the qualification exams in the three areas (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics) of the Master's Degree in Economic Analysis of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

    Exceptionally, the Academic Committee may exempt students with a master's degree in Economic Analysis research awarded by a center of excellence from these requirements.

    For further details on the Economics graduate program, check the Student Guide 

     

  • FACULTY
    • Academic Committee

      Prof. Andrés Erosa
      Departament of Economics. Director of the Program

      Prof. Carlos Velasco Gómez
      Departament of Economics

      Prof. Ángel Hernando Veciana
      Departament of Economics

    • Faculty

      Economic Theory and econometrics

      • Marco Celentani
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Corchón Díaz, Luis Carlos
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Clots Figueras, Irma
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Delgado González, Miguel Ángel
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Fabra Portela, Natalia
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Ferreira, José Luis
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Gonzalo Muñoz, Jesús
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Hernando Veciana, Ángel
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Marhuenda, Francisco
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Moreno Ruiz, Diego
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Ortuño Ortín, Ignacio Isidro
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Taamouti, Abderrahim
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Velasco Gómez, Carlos
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

       

      Macroeconomics and Applied Economics​

      • Boldrin, Michele
        Washington University in St Louis
      • Cardoso-Marta Pinto-Machado, Matilde
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Clots Figueras, Irma
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Desmet, Klaus
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Díaz Giménez, Javier
        IESE (formerly Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
      • Díaz Rodríguez, Antonia
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Dolado Lobregad, Juan José
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Erosa Etchebehere, Andrés
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Escribano, Álvaro
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Fuster Pérez, María Luisa
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Kredler, Matthias
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Mora Villarrubia, Ricardo
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Seoane Bernadaz, Hernán Daniel
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Siotis, Georgios
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Stuhler, Jan Leonard
        Departament of Economics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

       

       

       

      Further details on the  Department of Economics website

  • TRAINING

    In addition to the elaboration of the doctoral thesis, students must undertake a number of activities focused on the improvement of their research skills and the scientific quality of their work. These activities are:

     

    Specific training

     

    • Mobility actions and doctoral meetings within the framework of the European Network for Training in Economics Research (Enter)

    The Ph.D. in Economics of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is a member of the European Network for Training in Economic Research (ENTER), an initiative carried out by eight Economics departments of European universities, all of them with excellent postgraduate programs: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ​​Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universität Mannheim, Stockholm (Stockholm School of Economics and University of Stockholm), Universiteit van Tilburg, University College London y Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

    The ENTER network promotes the exchange of doctoral students and organizes the annual 'ENTER Jamboree', a conference in which the doctoral students of the different universities present their research projects.

     

    • UC3M research seminars in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Applied Economics and Econometrics by internal and external experts at the Department of Economics

    These seminars allow students to follow the frontier research in Economics, improve the ability to present their own research and help them expand their network of contacts.

    The program requires attendance at a weekly seminar and presentation of results at least once a year.

     

    Research skills training

     

    Research skills training is focused on abilities common to all disciplines for the development of scientific and educational skills and the improvement of the professional career. This training consists of different activities (short courses, seminars, etc.), which can be recommended by the Academic Committee of the program. 

     

    Further information:

  • RESEARCH
    • Research Lines

      Economic Theory and Econometrics​

      • Imperfect competition and regulation (Theory and experiments)
      • Price formation in markets with frictions and uncertainty
      • Political economy
      • Auction
      • Time series
      • Public economy

       

      Macroeconomics and Applied Economics​

      • Growth and innovation
      • Monetary and financial economics
      • Labour market and housing
      • Regional and urban economics
      • Applied macroeconomics
      • Applied microeconomics
    • Scientific results

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

      • Thesis: Essays on Macroeconomics and Housing
        Author: Luis Franjo
        Publication: "International Interest Rates, the Current Account and Housing Markets"
        Journal: Economic Modelling (2018, forthcoming)
      • Thesis: Essays on the Identification of Linear Rational Expectations Models
        Author: Mehdi Hamidisahneh (with F. Cánova)
        Publication: “Are Small-Scale SVARs Useful for Business Cycle Analysis? Revisiting Non-Fundamentalness”
        Journal: Journal of European Economic Association (2018, forthcoming)
      • Thesis: Essays in Political Economy
        Author: Christos Mavridis (with Ignacio Ortuño)
        Publication: “Polling in a Proportional Representation System”
        Journal: Social Choice and Welfare (2018, forthcoming)
      • Thesis: Essays on Formation and Dissolution of Households
        Author: Effrosyni Adamopoulou (with Ezgi Kaya)
        Publication: "Young Adults Living with their Parents and the Influence of Peers”
        Revista: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 80, Issue 3, 689-713 (2018)
      • Thesis: Essays on Microeconomics
        Author: Juan Beccuti (with Marc Möller)
        Publication: "Dynamic Adverse Selection with a Patient Seller"
        Journal: Journal of Economic Theory, vol, 173, 95-117 (2018)
      • Thesis: Essays on Public Policy, Children and Families
        Author: Eva García Morán
        Publication: "Differential Fecundity and Child Custody”
        Journal: Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol.90, Pages 156-170 (2018)
      • Thesis: Essays on Heterogeneous Agent Models
        Author: Omar Rachedi
        Publication: “Portfolio Rebalancing and Asset Pricing with Heterogeneous Inattention”
        Journal: International Economic Review, 58(2), 699-726 (2018)
      • Thesis: Essays on Nonparametric Econometrics
        Author: Xiaojun Song (with A. Taamouti)
        Publication: "Measuring Nonlinear Granger Causality in Mean"
        Journal: Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 36:2, 321-333 (2018)
      • Thesis: Specification and Casuality of Distribution Models
        Author: Victor Troster (with Shahbaz, M. and G. S. Uddin)
        Publication: “Renewable Energy, Oil Prices, and Economic Activity: A Granger-Causality in Quantiles Analysis”
        Journal: Energy Economics, 70, 440-452 (2018)
      • Thesis: Specification and Casuality of Distribution Models
        Author: Victor Troster
        Publication: "Testing for Granger-Causality in Quantiles"
        Journal: Econometric Reviews, 37, 850-866 (2018)
      • Thesis: On the Role of Imitation in Social Networks
        Author: Nikolaos Tsakas (with Emmanuel Petrakis)
        Publication: "The Effect of Entry on R&D Networks”
        Journal: The RAND Journal of Economics, 49(3), 706-750 (2018)
      • Thesis: Essays in Empirical Industrial Organization
        Author: Luis Aguiar (with Philippe Gagnepain)
        Publication: "European Cooperative R&D and Firm Performance: Evidence Based on Funding Differences in Key Actions"
        Journal: International Journal of Industrial Organization, 53: 1-31 (2017)
      • Thesis: Essay in Microeconomic Theory
        Authors: Peter Eccles and Nora Wegner
        Publication: “A Non-Cooperative Foundation for the Continuous Raiffa Solution”
        Journal: International Journal of Game Theory (2017)
      • Thesis: Panel Data Models with Long-Range Dependance
        Author: Emre Ermegen
        Publication: "System Estimation of Panel Data Models under Long-Range Dependence"
        Journal: Journal of Business and Economic Statistics (2017)
      • Thesis: Panel Data Models with Long-Range Dependance
        Author: Emre Ergemen (with Velasco, C.)
        Publication: "Estimation of Fractionally Integrated Panels with Fixed Effects and Cross-Section Dependence" (2017)
        Journal: Journal of Econometrics
      • Thesis: Essays on the Economic Theory of Organizations
        Author: Daniel García (with Coleff, J.)
        Publication: "Information provision in procurement auctions"
        Journal: Journal of Public Economic Theory, 19(2), 426-444 (2017)
      • Thesis: Essays on Public Policy, Children and Families
        Author: Eva García Morán
        Publication: "With Strings Attached: Grandparent-Provided Child Care and Female Labor Market Outcomes"
        Journal: Review of Economic Dynamics, 23, pp. 80-98 (2017)
      • Thesis: Frameworks for Evaluating Macroeconomic Policies
        Author: Robert Kirkby
        Publication: "Convergence of Discretized Value Function Iteration"
        Journal: Computational Economics (2017, prepub)
      • Thesis: Two Essays on the Macroeconomic Analysis of Government Policies and Entrepeneurship
        Author: Zoe Kuehn (with Eva M. García-Morán)
        Publication: "With Strings Attached: Grandparent-Provided Child Care and Female Labor Market Outcomes"
        Journal: Review of Economic Dynamics, 23, pp. 80-98 (2017)
      • Thesis: Essays on Duration and Count Data Models
        Author: Pedro Sant’Anna
        Publication: "Testing for Uncorrelated Residuals in Dynamic Count Models with an Application to Corporate Bankruptcy"
        Journal: Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, vol. 35 (3), 349-358 (2017)
      • Thesis: Essay on Contests and Voting
        Author: Marco Serena
        Publication: "Quality Contests"
        Journal: European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 15-25 (2017)
      • Thesis: Essay on Contests and Voting
        Author: Marco Serena
        Publication: "Sequential Contests Revisited"
        Journal: Public Choice, Springer, vol. 173(1), pages 131-144 (2017)
      • Thesis: On the Role of Imitation in Social Networks
        Author: Nikolaos Tsakas
        Publication: “Diffusion by Imitation: The Importance of Targeting Agents”
        Journal: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 139, 118-151 (2017)
      • Thesis: Essays on Labour Economics
        Author: Cecilia Vives
        Publication: "Human Capital and Market Size"
        Journal: Papers in Regional Science, 1–20 (2017)
      • Thesis: Essays on Conflicts and Contests
        Author: Anil Yildizparlak
        Publication: "An Application of Contest Success Functions for Draws on European Soccer"
        Journal: Journal of Sports Economics, 1527002517716973 (2017)
      • Thesis: Essays in Empirical Industrial Organization
        Author: Luis Aguiar (with Bertin Martens)
        Publication: "Digital Music Consumption on the Internet: Evidence from Clickstream Data”
        Journal: Information Economics and Policy, 34: 27-43 (2016)
      • Thesis: Essays in Industrial and Organizational Economics
        Author: Joaquín Coleff (with D. García)
        Publication: "Information Provision in Procurement Auctions"
        Journal: Journal of Public Economic Theory, 19(2), 426-444 (2016)
      • Thesis: Essays on Macroeconomics and Housing
        Author: Luis Franjo (with Antonia Díaz)
        Publication: "Capital Goods, Measured TFP and Growth: The Case of Spain"
        Journal: European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 83 (C), pages 19-39 (2016)
      • Thesis: Essays on the Economics of the Family
        Author: Georgi Korcharkov (with Jeremy Greenwood, Nezih Guner and Cezar Santos)
        Publication: "Technology and the Changing Family: A Unified Model of Marriage, Divorce, Educational Attainment and Married Female Labor-Force Participation"
        Journal: American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 8(1), 1-41 (2016)
      • Thesis: Three Essays in Health Economics
        Author: Sebastian Panthöfer
        Publication: "Risk Selection under Public Health Insurance with Opt‐Out"
        Journal: Health Economics, 25 (9) (2016)
      • Thesis: Three Essays on Banking and Finance in China
        Author: Bing Xu (with Adrian van Rixtel b and Michiel van Leuvensteijn c)
        Publication: “Measuring Bank Competition Under Binding Interest Rate Regulation: the Case of China”
        Journal: Applied Economics (2016)
      • Thesis: Essays on Political Economy and Industrial Organization
        Author: Galina Zudenkova
        Publication: "Lobbying as a Guard Against Extremism”
        Journal: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 17(1), pp. (2016, retrieved 2018, from DOI:10.1515/bejeap-2016-0212)
      • Thesis: Essays in High Dimensional Factor Models
        Author: Liang Chen
        Publication: "Set Identification of Panel Data Models with Interactive Effects via Quantile Restrictions"
        Journal: Economics Letters (2015)
      • Thesis: Essays in High Dimensional Factor Models
        Author: Liang Chen
        Publication: "Estimating the Common Break Date in Large Factor Models"
        Journal: Economics Letters (2015)
      • Thesis: Essays in Industrial Organization
        Author: Ramiro de Elejalde (with David Giuliodori and Rodolfo Stucchi)
        Publication: "Employment and innovation: Firm level evidence from Argentina”
        Journal: Emerging Markets Finance and Trade (2015)
      • Thesis: Essays on Behavioral Economics
        Author: Joaquín Gómez Miñambres
        Publication: “Temptation, Horizontal Differentiation and Monopoly Pricing”
        Journal: Theory and Decision, 78(4), 549-573 (2015)
      • Thesis: The Choice to Become Self-Employed and the Decision to Hire Employees
        Author: Ana María Millán (with Millan, J., Roman, C. and van Stel, A.)
        Publication: "Unraveling the Relationship Between the Business Cycle and the Own-Account Worker's Decision to Hire Employees"
        Journal: International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 11(2), 321-342 (2015) DOI: 10.1007/s11365-014-0346-z
      • Thesis: Essays on structural change, growth and volatility
        Author: Alessio Moro (with Rodolfo Stucchi)
        Publication: "Heterogeneous Productivity Shocks, Elasticity of Substitution and Aggregate Fluctuations"
        Journal: Journal of Macroeconomics, Vol. 45, pp. 45–53 (2015)
      • Thesis: Essays on Structural Change, Growth and Volatility
        Author: Alessio Moro
        Publication: "Structural Change, Growth and Volatility"
        Journal: American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Vol. 7 (3), pp. 259-94 (2015)
      • Thesis: On the Role of Imitation in Social Networks
        Author: Nikolas Tsakas
        Publication: “Beatable Imitation in Symmetric Games with Perturbed Payoffs”
        Journal: Mathematical Social Sciences, 74, 34-40 (2015)
      • Thesis: Co-summability: from Linear to Non-linear Co-summability
        Author: Vanessa Berenguer (with Jesús Gonzalo)
        Publication: “Summability of Stochastic Processes: A Generalization of Integration for Non-linear Processes”
        Journal: Journal of Econometrics, 178, 331-341 (2014) (Codes and Data)
      • Thesis: Essays on Business Cycles and Stabilization Policy in a Small Commodity-Exporting Economy
        Author: Valery Charnavoki (with Juan J. Dolado)
        Publication: "The Effects of Global Shocks on Small Commodity-Exporting Economies. Lessons from Canada"
        Journal: American Economic Journal: Macro, 6(2): 207-237 (2014)
      • Thesis: Essays in High Dimensional Factor Models
        Author: Liang Chen (with J. J. Dolado and J. Gonzalo)
        Publication: "Detecting Big Structural Breaks in Large Factor Models"
        Journal: Journal of Econometrics (2014)
      • Thesis: Two Essays on the Macroeconomic Analysis of Government Policies and Entrepeneurship
        Author: Zoe Kuehn
        Publication: “Tax Rates, Governance, and the Informal Economy in High-Income Countries"
        Journal: Economic Inquiry, 52(1), pp. 405-430 (2014)
      • Thesis: Estimating Non-linear Models with Applications to Health, Labor and Education Economics
        Author: Alejandra Traferri (with Jesús Carro)
        Publication: "State Dependence and Heterogeneity in Health Using a Bias Corrected Fixed Effects Estimator"
        Journal: Journal of Applied Econometrics, 29 (2) 181-207 (2014)
      • Thesis: Essays on Public Policy and Human Capital
        Author: Lucila Berniell (with D. De la Mata and Nieves Valdés)
        Publication: "Spillovers Of Health Education At School On Parents' Physical Activity"
        Journal: Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(9), pages 1004-1020 (2013)
      • Thesis: Essays in Industrial Organization
        Author: Ramiro de Elejalde (with Gastón Llanes)
        Publication: "Industry Equilibrium with Open Source and Proprietary Firms"
        Journal: International Journal of Industrial Organization (2013)
      • Thesis: Essays on the Economics of Innovation
        Author: Gastón Llanes (with Ramiro de Elejalde)
        Publication: "Industry Equilibrium with Open-Source and Proprietary Firms"
        Journal: International Journal of Industrial Organization, 31(1) 36-49 (2013)
      • Thesis: Essays in Applied Health Economics
        Author: Dolores de la Mata (with Lucila Berniell and Nieves Valdés)
        Publication: “Spillovers Of Health Education At School On Parents' Physical Activity”
        Journal: Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(9), pages 1004-1020 (2013)
      • Thesis: The Choice to Become Self-Employed and the Decision to Hire Employees
        Author: Ana María Millán (with Millan, J., Roman, C. and van Stel, A.)
        Publication: "How Does Employment Protection Legislation Influence Hiring and Firing Decisions by the Smallest Firms?"
        Journal: Economics Letters, 121(3), 444-448 (2013)
      • Thesis: On the Role of Imitation in Social Networks
        Author: Nikolaos Tsakas
        Publication: “Imitating the Most Successful Neighbor in Social Networks”
        Journal: Review of Network Economics, 12(4), 403-435 (2013)
      • Thesis: Model and Estimation of Policy Effects on Poor Girl Schooling Decision
        Author: Nieves Valdés (with Lucila Berniell and Dolores Mata)
        Publication: "Spillovers Of Health Education At School On Parents' Physical Activity"
        Journal: Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(9), pages 1004-1020 (2013)
      • Thesis: Essays on Conflicts and Contests
        Author: Anil Yildizparlak (with Corchón, L. C.)
        Publication: "Give Peace a Chance: The Effect of Ownership and Asymmetric Information on Peace"
        Journal: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 92, 116-126 (2013)
      • Thesis: Essays on Behavioral Economics
        Author: Joaquín Gómez Miñambres
        Publication: "Motivation Through Goal Setting”
        Journal: Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(6), 1223-1239 (2012)
      • Thesis: Essays on the Economics of Innovation
        Author: Gastón Llanes (with Stefano Trento)
        Publication: "Patent Policy, Patent Pools, and the Accumulation of Claims in Sequential Innovation"
        Journal: Economic Theory, 50(3) 703-725 (2012)
      • Thesis: Essays in Applied Health Economics
        Author: Dolores de la Mata
        Publication: "The Effect Of Medicaid Eligibility On Coverage, Utilization, And Children's Health"
        Journal: Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(9), pages 1061-1079 (2012)
      • Thesis: Essays on Structural Change, Growth and Volatility
        Author: Alessio Moro
        Publication: "The Structural Transformation Between Manufacturing and Services and the Decline in the US GDP Volatility"
        Journal: Review of Economic Dynamics Vol. 12 (3), pp. 402-415 (2012)
      • Thesis: Co-summability: from Linear to Non-Linear Co-summability
        Author: Vanessa Berenguer (with Josep Lluís Carrión-i-Silvestre)
        Publication: “Regime Shifts in Stock-Flow I(2)-I(1) Systems: The Case of US fiscal Sustainability”
        Journal: Journal of Applied Econometrics, 26, 298-321 (2011)
      • Thesis: Essays on the Economics of Innovation
        Author: Gastón Llanes (with Stefano Trento)
        Publication: "Anticommons and Optimal Patent Policy in a Model of Sequential Innovation"
        Journal: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 11(1) 46 (2011)

       

      Forthcoming

      • Thesis: Frameworks for Evaluating Macroeconomic Policies
        Author: Robert Kirkby
        Publication: "Bewley-Huggett-Aiyagari Models: Computation, Simulation, and Uniqueness of General Equilibrium"
        Journal: Macroeconomic Dynamics
      • Thesis: Essays on Nonparametric Econometrics
        Author: Xiaojun Song (with Qiang Chen and Meidi Hu)
        Publication: "A Nonparametric Specification Test for the Volatility Functions of Diffusion Processes"
        Journal: Econometric Reviews. DOI: 10.1080/07474938.2017.1365428
      • Thesis: Essays on Nonparametric Econometrics
        Author: Xiaojun Song (with M. Delgado)
        Publication: "Nonparametric Tests for Conditional Symmetry"
        Journal: Journal of Econometrics. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2018.06.010

       

    • Scientific publications

      This is a sample of relevant faculty publications:

       

      M. Belén Jerez:

      • Jerez, M.B. “Competitive Search Equilibrium with Multidimensional Heterogeneity and Two-Sided Ex-ante Investments”. Journal of Economic Theory , 172. 2017
      • Díaz, A. and Jerez, B. "House Prices, Sales, And Time On The Market: A Search‐Theoretic Framework," International Economic Review, 54, 837-872. 2013
      • Gottardi, P, and Jerez, M. B. “Comment on `Bertrand and Walras Equilibria under Moral Hazard’” Journal of Political Economy 115. 2007

      Irma Clots Figueras:

      • Bhalotra, S., Clots-Figueras, I., and Iyer, L. ‘’Path-Breakers: How Does Women's Political Participation Respond to Electoral Success?’’, The Economic Journal. Forthcoming
      • Avitabile, C., Clots-Figueras, I., and Masella, P. "Citizenship, Fertility and Parental Investments", American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6(4), 35-65. 2014.
      • Clots-Figueras, I., and Masella.  ‘’Education, Language and Identity’’,  The Economic Journal, 123(570), F332-F357. 2013.

      Luis Corchón:

      Miguel Ángel Delgado:

      • Delgado, M.A., and  Song, X. "Non parametric test for conditional symmetry" Journal of Econometrics, 206, 447-471. 2018
      • Delgado, M.A., and Escanciano, J.C. "Distribution-free tests of conditional moment inequalities" Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference 173, 99-108. 2016
      • Delgado, M., and Robinson, P. "Non-nested testing of spatial autocorrelation." Journal of Econometrics ,187, 385-401. 2015

      Antonia Díaz:

      Juan José Dolado:

      • Charanvoski, V. and J.J. Dolado. "The Effects of Global Shocks on Small Commodity-Exporting Economies. Lessons from Canada”. American Economic Journal-Macroeconomics, 6(2), 207-237. 2014
      • Chen, L., Dolado, J.J. and J. Gonzalo. "Detecting Big Structural Breaks in Large Factor Models", Journal of Econometrics, 180, 30-48. 2014

      Andrés Erosa:

      • Erosa, A., Fuster, L., and Kambourv, G. “Towards a Micro-Founded Theory of Aggregate Labor Supply". Review of Economic Studies, 83(3), 1001-1039. 2016
      • Erosa, A., Fuster, L., and Kambourv, G. “Labor Supply and Government Programs: A Cross Country Analysis,” Journal of Monetary Economics, 59(1), pp 84-107. 2012 
      • Erosa, A.,  T. Koreshcova, and D. Restuccia. “How Important is Human Capital? A Quantitative Theory of World Income Distribution,” Review of Economic Studies. 77, 1421-1449. 2010

      Juan Carlos Escanciano:

      • Escanciano, J.C., and  Goh, C.. “Quantile-Regression Inference With Adaptive Control of Size”, Journal of the American Statistical Association. Forthcoming
      • Escanciano, J.C., Pardo-Fernandez J.C., and Van Keilegom, I. “Asymptotic distribution-free tests for semiparametric regressions with dependent data”, Annals of Statistics, 46, 1167-1196. 2018
      • Escanciano, J.C. “Goodness-of-fit Tests for Linear and Nonlinear Time Series Models”, Journal of the American Statistical Association, 101, 531-541. 2006

      Natalia Fabra:

      • Fabra, N., and Reguant, M. “Pass-through of Emissions Costs in Electricity Markets”. American Economic Review. 2014
      • De Frutos, M-A, and Fabra, N. “How to Allocate Forward Contracts: the case of electricity markets”. European Economic Review. 2012
      • De Frutos, M-A, Fabra, N., and Von der Ferh, N-H. “Market Design and Investment Incentives”. The Economic Journal. 2011

      William Fuchs:

      • Asriyan, V., W. Fuchs, and B. Green. ‘Information Spillovers in Asset Markets with Correlated Values’ . American Economic Review. 2017
      • Fuchs, W. B. Green, and D. Papanikolaou. ‘Adverse Selection, Slow Moving Capital and Misallocation’ . Journal of Financial Economics. 2016
      • Fuchs, W. and Skrzypacz. ‘Bargaining with Arrival of New Traders’. American Economic Review, 100 (3). 2010

      Jesús Gonzalo:

      Angel Hernando-Veciana:

      • Hernándo Á., and Michelucci, F. "Inefficient Rushes in Auctions". Theoretical Economics. Forthcoming
      • Beker, P, and Hernándo Á. “The Dynamics of Bidding Markets with Financial Constraints”. Journal of Economic Theory. 2015

      Matthias Kredler:

      Antoine Loeper:

      • Dziuda, Wiola, and Loeper, A. "Dynamic Pivotal Politics" American Political Science Review. Forthcoming
      • Dziuda, W., and Loeper, A. "Dynamic Collective Choice with Endogenous Status quo". Journal of Political Economy. 2016
      • Loeper, A., Steiner, J., and Stewart, C. "Influential Opinion Leaders". The Economic Journal. 2014

      Matilde Machado:

      • Berniell, I., De La Mata, D., and Machado, M. "The Impact of a Permanent Income Shock on the Situation of Women in the Household: the case of a pension reform in Argentina" Economic Development and Cultural Change. Forthcoming
      • Machado, M., Mora, R., and Romero-Medina, A. "Can We Infer Hospital Quality from Medical Graduates’ Residency Choices?" Journal of the European Economic Association, 10-6. 2012

      Ricardo Mora:

      Diego Moreno:

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      • Moreno, D., and Wooders, J. "Auctions with heterogeneous entry costs". RAND Journal of Economics. 2011

      Ignacio Ortuño:

      • Desmet, K., Ortuño, I., and Wacziarg, R. "Culture, Ethnicity and Diversity". American Economic Review. 2017
      • Gomberg, Andrei, Marhuenda, F. and Ortuño, I. "Endogenous party platforms: "stochastic" membership". Economic Theory. 2016

      Evi Pappa:

      • Ben Zeev, N., Pappa, E., and Vicondoa, A. " Emerging economies business cycles: The role of commodity terms of trade news " Journal of International Economics, 108, 368-376. 2017
      • Ben Zeev, N., and Pappa, E. "Chronicle of a War Foretold: The Macroeconomic Effects of Anticipated Defense Spending Shocks" Economic Journal, 127, 1568–1597. 2017
      • Gnocchi, S., Hauser, D., and Pappa, E. “Housework and Fiscal Expansions”, Journal of Monetary Economics, 79, Pages 94–108. 2016

      Hernán Seoane:

      • Seoane, H. "Time-varying volatility, default and the sovereign risk premium". Accepted, International Economic Review. 2018
      • Seoane, H. "Markups and the real effects of volatility shocks". International Economic Review, vol 58 (3). 2017

      Georgios Siotis:

      • Claici, A., Chatterjee, O, Siotis, Georges, and Stehman, O. "The Market Economy Investor Principal: Lessons Learned from the Ciudad de la Luz Case", Journal of Competition Law and Economics,  Oxford University Press. 2016
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      Jan Stuhler:

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      Abderrahim Taamouti:

      Carlos Velasco:

      Emircan Yurdagul:

  • THESIS

    Thesis defense

     

    The purpose of the PhD program in Economics is the advanced training of students in research techniques, which is articulated around the preparation and defense of the thesis, namely a collection of original research papers in Economics suitable for publication in academic journals.

    The Carlos III University of Madrid, through its 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

    The Ph.D. program in Economics establishes the following:

    • When the thesis director and the doctoral student consider that the thesis is ready to be defended, it is presented previously to a committee formed by three professors appointed by the director, who evaluate its suitability.
    • At least two of the three chapters of the thesis must be suitable for publication in an indexed JCR journal (Journal Citation Report) of Economics. If this requirement is not met, the committee will formulate a series of recommendations to be addressed. 
    • After approval by the Academic Committee, the student must present his/her thesis in a seminar at the Department of Economics, which must be attended by at least ten doctors. At the end of the seminar, the decision on the suitability and final quality of the thesis will be taken in order to proceed to the defense at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • USEFUL INFORMATION
    • 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. 

       

      • For further information on the Economics graduate program, check the Student Guide

       

      Calendar of the Academic Year: October 1 - September 30

        Period Dates

      Admission

      Open all year Application Deadline: February 28th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time) for the current academic year
      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 1 to October 30 (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Students starting second semester: March 1 to March 31 (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

      • October 1 to October 30 (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  specific terms of access for each Ph.D. program 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. 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:  Time commitment to the program (Enrollment status)

       

      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
      • Ph.D. Thesis Research Proposal
      • Endorsement letter by a Ph.D. professor of uc3m faculty

      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. Our Postgraduate Office administrators will review your application and the documentation attached to check that they meet all 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 receive proper notification of the Committee’s decision via certified mail at the postal address provided in your application.

       

      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 your Postgraduate Office, either in person or by e-mail at información@doctorado.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               

      As a new student, you can choose when to start your Ph.D. training period. Enrollment periods vary according to your starting semester:

      • First semester:

      Start date: November 15

      Enrollment period: September 1 to October 30

                     

      • Second semester*:

      Start date: March 30

      Enrollment period: March 1 to March 31

       

      *These 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, enrollment period is October 1 to October 30 in all cases.

       

      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?

      After submitting your enrollment form, you must fulfill the payment of tuition fees and submit to the Postgraduate Office, either in person or through regular postal mail, certified copies of the following documents (the first two were already attached to your online application for admission). If you cannot certify any document in advance, provide your copy along with the original at the Office and we will certify it for free.

      Submission Deadline for students starting in the first semester: November 30.

      • Certified copy of your previous degree certificate (Master’s or equivalent), or issuance receipt. Not required for former uc3m students.
      • Certified copy of academic transcript of your previous degree (Master’s or equivalent) with grades. Not required for former uc3m students.

      Degrees from international institutions and related documents must be provided in English (original or translation).  

      • Certified copy of documents stating your exemption from tuition fees, when applicable. For instance, proof of financial aid programs or other deductions recognized by the Spanish Administration: Large Family status card, Disabled Identification Card, 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.
      • Ph.D. Written Agreement, a document approved by all parties involved in the development of your thesis project (tutor, advisor, Academic Committee, and yourself) stating the fundamental rights and responsibilities within the framework of your project as well as any specific terms (such as confidentiality or copyright clauses, use of research results, conflict-resolution procedures, etc.), that may be relevant for the correct execution of your research. Subsequent annexes may be attached to the original document throughout your doctoral training period if necessary. Document template available only at our Postgraduate Information Office.


      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 supporting services to students and researchers.

      Further information:  Rules and Regulations for Ph.D. Studies at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

      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:

      • Plagiarism management procedure
      1. Thesis deposit. Three weeks.
      2. Approval of thesis defense and appointment of Thesis Committee by the Dean of Doctoral School. One week.
      3. Defense session logistics. Three weeks.
      4. 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 Postgraduate 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 Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte of Spain, and the payment of the corresponding fees is managed by the university’s administration.

      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 Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. 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
    • Contact
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      • Getafe Campus Postgraduate Information Office:

                    Edificio Carmen Martín Gaite, Despacho 18.0.A15
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    • Quality

      GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PH.D.

      Implantation Year: 2012-2013

      QUALITY ASSURANCE

      The Academic Committee of the Ph.D. complies with the SGIC of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid  . 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