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Library Science: Archives and Libraries in the Digital Environment

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    Prof. Antonio Hernández Pérez


    About the program:


    • Conforming to Spanish Real Decreto 99/2011

    The Ph.D. Program is research-oriented in everything related to information management in libraries, archives and other information services and in particular metric information studies and evaluation of science; description and analysis of documents and digital objects; systems organization and classification of knowledge; content management and information skills; management and planning processes in information systems; definition and evaluation of information policies; processes for searching and retrieving digital information; use of information technology from the point of view of digital humanities, including archival studies, literature or historiographical techniques.

    The Ph.D. Program has the following objectives:

    • To promote understanding of the research process and the basis for academic research;
    • To train students to identify and raise relevant research issues;
    • To prepare students to competently undertake relevant research that contributes to new knowledge in this subject;
    • To train for relevant jobs and tasks in teaching or consulting, both in academic and non-academic environments.



    Library and Information Sciences



    Documeantacion: Archivos y Bibliotecas en el Entorno Digital

    Student profile


    The recommended profile for an applicant is a student with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field of library science or a Bachelor’s degree in library science and a Master’s degree in the area of interest of his Ph.D. thesis, preferably with a good level of English and research or professional experience of at least two years in the area of information management.


    Admission requirements


    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a Master's Degree.

    Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Program and its objectives, there are no strict constraints on the area of origin. In any case, it is necessary to have obtained at least 60 credits in official graduate programs or to have an official Master’s degree, having completed a minimum of 300 credits between undergraduate and graduate studies.







    Admission criteria


    In the applicant selection and admission process, the Academic Committee will keep into account the following:

    • Prior training in information and library science is favorably evaluated.
    • Professional experience of at least two years in the area is favorably evaluated.
    • Accreditation of a Master’s degree in the area of library science with at least 60 ECTS credits is required.

    Admissions will be considered based on the following criteria:

    • Graduate Record;
    • Publications;
    • Previous training;
    • Letters of reference;
    • Research interests and project feasibility;
    • Languages;
    • Professional experience.

    The Academic Committee may require complementary training of up to 18 ECTS credits in a graduate program in the area of Library Science.

    • Academic Committee


      Prof. Antonio Hernández
      Department of Library and Information Scicence. Director of the Program

      Prof. Miguel Angel Marzal García-Quismondo
      Department of Library and Information Science

      Prof. Carlos Olmeda Gómez
      Department of Library and Information Science



    • Faculty


      • María, Bordons Gangas CSIC
      • Luis Plaza Gómez CSIC
      • Begoña Granadino Goenechea CSIC
      • Maria Paz Martin-Pozuelo Campillos UC3M
      • Elea Giménez Toledo CSIC
      • Elias Sanz Casado UC3M
      • Carlos Olmeda Gómez, UC3M
      • José Carlos Garcia Zorita,  UC3M
      • Maria Luisa Lascurain Sánchez, UC3M
      • Maria Carmen Martin Moreno,  UC3M
      • Mercedes Caridad Sebastián, UC3M
      • Ana Reyes Pacios Lozano, UC3M
      • José Ramón Cruz Mundet, UC3M
      • Miguel A. Marzal Garcia-Quismondo, UC3M
      • Ana Maria Morales Garcia, UC3M
      • Diego Navarro Bonilla, UC3M
      • Mirella Romero Recio, UC3M
      • Jose Antonio Moreiro Gonzalez, UC3M
      • Antonio Hernández Pérez, UC3M
      • Rosa San Segundo Manuel, UC3M
      • Eva Maria Méndez Rodríguez, UC3M
      • Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jiménez, UC3M
      • Arturo Martín Vega, UC3M



    Specific training 


    • Research Seminars in Library Science and Information:

      These are seminars lasting between three and five days in which research lines, methodologies and results of innovative research on a specific topic are discussed.

      In addition to presentations by invited speakers, Ph.D. students must participate by making a presentation of their research project and participate in reviews from peers, faculty or invited lecturers.
    • High-level conference on the lines of research of the Ph.D. Program in Library Science: Attendance and possible participation of Ph.D. students.
    • Advanced Research Workshops:

      These are short courses, taught by Universidad Carlos III faculty or guest speakers that address specific aspects of the research. They usually concern practical aspects of methodologies regarding the capture, treatment, management or representation of data and information (information visualization workshops, content analysis workshops, workshops treating large volumes of data, etc.)


    Professional and Career Development


    Doctoral students are required to take Professional and Career Development courses totaling 6 ECTS credits. These activities are meant to broaden their research horizons, improve their employability, and develop skills for research or teaching. To fulfill this requirements students can take classes in UC3M’s Master’s Programs in areas different from his own, take classes in other Universities, take online classes or participate in the Professional and career development courses offered by the Doctoral School and that are open to students in all Ph.D. Programs.

    • Research Lines
      • Scientific & Technological Systems
      • Planning & Management of Science
      • Scholarly Communication and social impact of Science
      • Research Evaluation
      • Bibliometrics/Scientometrics
      • Informetrics
      • Digital Humanities
      • Print/Written Culture: Books and Documents through the History
      • Archival Science & Record Management
      • Historiography
      • Diplomatics, conservation, restoration and preservation
      • Information Sources and Bibliography
      • Information Systems and Information Policy
      • Planning & Management of Libraries & Information Centers
      • Information Management in Intelligence Units
      • Knowledge Society metrics
      • Digital Divide
      • Information Literacy
      • Learning Resources Centres
      • Networking and educational virtual content
      • Systems, Representations and Knowledge Organization
      • Structures and semantics relationships in vocabularies
      • Linguistics
      • Information Technology
      • Information Retrieval Systems
      • Digital Libraries
      • Open Data
      • Linked Data
      • Digital Imaging
      • XML Standards
      • Human Computer Interaction
    • Scientific results

      Sample of relevant publications derived from the work in doctoral thesis over the last five years:



      “Detecting, identifying and visualizing research groups in co-authorship networks.”
      Perianes-Rodríguez, A., Olmeda-Gómez, C., & Moya-Anegón, F. (2010).
      Scientometrics, 82(2), 307-319.


      “Study on the use of metadata for digital learning objects in university institutional repositories”
      Bueno-De-La-Fuente, G., Hernández-Pérez, T., Rodríguez-Mateos, D.,
      Méndez-Rodríguez, E. M., & Martín-Galán, B. (2009)(MODERI). Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, 47(3-4), 262-285.


      Repositorios, bibliotecas digitales y CRAI: los objetos de aprendizaje en la Educación Superior. Calzada Prado, F.J. (2010). Buenos Aires: Alfagrama.ISBN 9789871305575


      Una aproximación al análisis de redes egocéntricas de colaboración interinstitucional.
      Ovalle Perandones MA, Olmeda Gómez A, Perianes Rodríguez A. (2010) .: Redes. Revista Hispana para el análisis de redes sociales, vol. 19, n. 8. ISSN 1579-0185

      Tesauros: Estándares y recomendaciones.
      Sánchez-Cuadrado, S., Colmenero-Ruiz, M. -., & Moreiro, J. -. (2012).Profesional De La Informacion,21(3), 229-235.


      Quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of mobility and scientific performance: A case study of a spanish university. de Filippo, D., Casado, E. S., & Gómez, I. (2009). Research Evaluation, 18(3), 191-200.

      An ontological method for evaluating the spanish labour market in library and information science. [Desarrollo de una aplicación ontológica para evaluar el mercado de trabajo español en Biblioteconomía y Documentación]
      Moreiro, J. A., Sánchez-Cuadrado, S., Morato, J., & Moreno, V. (2009). Revista Española De Documentación Científica, 32(1), 81-98.


      Scientometric analysis of a sample of physics related research output held in the institutional repository strathprints.
      Bonilla-Calero, A. (2008).(2000-2005). Library Review, 57(9), 700-721.


      And suddenly, everybody is talking about ontologies? [De repente, ¿todos hablamos de ontologías?]
      Sánchez-Cuadrado, S., Morato-Lara, J., Palacios-Madrid, V., Llorens-Morillo,J., & Moreiro-González, J. A. (2007). Profesional De La Informacion, 16(6), 562-568.


      Producción científica en el estado de chihuahua, 1999-2008: Análisis de las publicaciones registradas por el ISI web of knowledge.
      Moreno Ceja, F., Zumaya-Leal, M. R., & Cortéz-Vera, J. J. (2012).Investigación Bibliotecológica, 25(55)

    • Scientific publications

      Sample of relevant faculty publications:


      Título: Renewable energy research 1995–2009: a case study of wind power research in EU, Spain, Germany and Denmark
      Autores: Elias Sanz-Casado, J Carlos Garcia-Zorita, Antonio Eleazar Serrano-López, Birger Larsen, Peter Ingwersen
      Editores: Springer Science+Business Media
      Localización: Scientometrics, Doi: 10.1007/s11192-012-0825-3
      Año de publicación: 2013
      País: Germany
      Idioma: English
      ISSN: 1588-2861 (electronic version)

      Título: “Visibility in international rankings. Strategies for enhancing the competitiveness of Spanish universities”.
      Autores: De Filippo, D; Sanz-Casado, E; Casani, F; García-Zorita, C; Efraín-García, P
      Editores: Springer Science+Business Media
      Localización: Scientometrics, 93, (3), 949-966
      Año de publicación: 2012
      País: Germany
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 1588-2861 (electronic version)

      Título: The Contribution of FRBR to the Identification of Bibliographic Relationships: The New RDA-based Ways of Representing Relationships in Catalogs
      Autores: Pico, P., Ortiz Repiso, V.
      Editores: Taylor & Francis, Inc
      Localización: Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, vol. 50, no 5-7, pp. 622-640
      Año de publicación: 2012
      País: USA
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 0163-9374

      Título: “Ofertas de trabalho na Web para os profissionais brasileiros da informação-documentação: análise das competências e habilidades exigidas pelas empresas e instituições”
      Autores: Moreiro González, José Antonio; Vergueiro, Waldomiro
      Editores: Perspectivas em Ciência da Informação
      Localización: Volumen: 17 Número: 1 Páginas, inicial: 231 final: 250
      Año de publicación: 2012
      País: Brasil
      Idioma: Portugués
      ISSN: 14139936

      Título: “Un método para la transformación de la biblioteca escolar en Centro de Recursos de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje (CREA): estudio de caso”
      Autores: Marzal, M.A.; Díaz, M.J.; Calzada, F.J.
      Editores: Revista Transinformaçao, vol. 24, nº 3, p. 165-178. Universida de Campinas.
      Localización: Indexação: Social Science Citation Index, Web of Science, Latindex, CLASE
      Año de publicación: 2012
      País: Brasil
      Idioma: Español
      ISSN: 0103-3786

      Título: "Archivística : gestión de documentos y administración de archivos”
      Autores: Cruz Mundet, J.R
      Editores: Alianza editorial
      Localización: Madrid: Alianza editorial, 359 p.
      Año de publicación: 2012
      País: España
      Idioma. Español
      ISBN: 9788420609522

      Título: Between Commodification and Engagement: On the Double-Edged Impact of User-Generated Metadata within the Cultural Heritage Sector
      Autores: Van Holland, S., Méndez, E., Boydens, I
      Localización: Library Trends, v. 59, n.4, pp. 707-720
      Año de publicación: 2011
      Idioma: English
      ISSN: 0024-2594

      Título: “La medición de impacto y evaluación de programas de alfabetización en información para bibliotecas escolares”
      Autores: Marzal, M.A.; Parra, P.; Colmenero, M.J.
      Editores: CSIC.
      Localización: Revista Española de Documentación Científica 34, 2, abril-junio,
      Año de publicación: 2011
      País: España
      Idioma: Español
      ISSN: 0210-0614. Doi: 10.3989/redc.2011.2.780



      Título: ISO 15489 and other standardized management systems: analogies and synergies

      Autores: Maria-Manuela Moro Cabero, Maria-Paz Martín-Pozuelo, José Luís Bonal Zazo
      Localización: Records Management Journal, Vol. 21 Iss: 2, pp.104 - 121
      Año de publicación: 2011
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 09565698

      Título: Documentación audiovisual: nuevas tendencias en el entorno digital.
      Autores: Caridad, Mercedes; Hernández, Tony; Rodríguez, David y Pérez, Belén
      Editores: Síntesis
      Año de publicación: 2011
      País: España
      Idioma: español
      ISBN: 978-84-975674-6-6

      Título: “Detecting, identifying and visualizing research groups in co-authorship networks”.
      Autores: Perianes Rodríguez, A. ; Olmeda- Gómez, Moya-Anegón, F. de
      Editores: Springer Science+Business Media
      Localización: Scientometrics, 82 (2), 307-319.
      Año de publicación: 2010
      País: Germany
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 1588-2861 (electronic version)

      Título: “A study of labor market information needs through employers' seeking behaviour”
      Autores: Moreiro, J.A.; Sánchez-Cuadrado, S.; Morato, J.; Andreadakis, Y.;
      Editores: T.D. Wilson
      Localización: Information Research Volumen: 5 Nº 4 Paper 441 [Available at]
      Año de publicación: 2010
      País: Reino Unido        Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 1368-1613

      Título: Integrating the hospital library with patient care, teaching and research: model and Web 2.0 tools to create a social and collaborative 46 community of clinical research in a hospital setting Health
      Autores: Blanca Sanjosé Montano, Rafael Garcia Carretero, Manuel Varela Entrecanales, Paz Martin Pozuelo
      Editores: Blackwell Publishing
      Localización: Health Information and Libraries Journal. Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 217-226
      Año de publicación: 2010
      País: Reino Unido
      Idioma: Inglés

      Título: Libraries in the Strategic Plans of Spanish Universities.
      Autores: PACIOS LOZANO, Ana R. y ORTIZ-REPISO, V.
      Editores: K.G. Saur Verlag
      Localización: Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services v. 60, n. 4, p. 352-360.
      Año de publicación: 2010,
      País: Alemania
      Idioma: inglés

      Título: “Synthetic hybrid indicators based on scientific collaboration to quantify and evaluate individual research results”
      Autores: Perianes-Rodriguez, A., Chinchilla-Rodríguez, Z., Vargas-Quesada, B., Olmeda-Gómez, C., Moya-Anegón,F. de
      Editores: Elsevier
      Localización: Journal of Informetric, 3 (2),p. 91-101
      Año de publicación: 2009
      País: Netherlands
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 17511577

      Título: “Are Multi-Authorship and visibility related? Study of ten research areas at Carlos III University of Madrid”.
      Autores: Iribarren-Maestro, I., Lascurain Sánchez, M.L.; Sanz Casado, E
      Editores: Springer Science+Business Media
      Localización: Scientometrics,79 (1), 191-200
      Año de publicación: 2009
      País: Germany
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 1588-2861 (electronic version)

      Título: “Multi-authorship and its impact on the visibility of research from Puerto Rico”.
      Autores: C Suárez-Balseiro, C García-Zorita, E Sanz-Casado
      Editores: Elsevier
      Localización: Information Processing & Management, 45(4): 469-476
      Año de publicación: 2009
      País: UK   Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 0306-4573

      Título: “Quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of mobility and scientific performance: a case study of a Spanish university”.
      Autores: De Filippo, D., Sanz-Casado, E., Gómez, I.
      Editores: Oxford Journals
      Localización: Research Evaluation, 18 (3),191-200
      Año de publicación: 2009
      País: UK
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 09582029

      Título: “Spanish telecenters: resources, services and proposed indicators for its evaluation. / Los telecentros españoles: recursos, servicios y propuesta de indicadores para su evaluación”
      Autores: Morales García, Ana María; Caridad Sebastián, Mercedes; García López, Fátima
      Editores: T.D Wilson
      Localización: Information Reseach. An International Electronic Journal V. 14, N.4, Diciembre Accesible:
      Año de publicación: 2009
      País: Reino Unido
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 1368-1613

      Título: El uso de metadatos en la administración electrónica española: los retos de la interoperabilidad
      Autores: Hernández-Pérez, Tony; David Rodríguez-Mateos; Martín-Galán, María Antonia, Bonifacio y García-Moreno, M.A
      Editores: CSIC
      Localización: Revista Española de Documentación Científica 32 (4) pp.67-91
      Año de publicación: 2009
      País: España
      Idioma: español
      ISSN: 0210-0614

      Título: Study on the use of Metadata for Digital Learning Objects in University Institutional Repositories (MODERI).
      Autores: Gema Bueno-de-la-Fuente; Tony Hernández-Pérez; David Rodríguez- Mateos; Eva M. Méndez-Rodríguez, y Bonifacio Martín-Galán
      Editores: Routledge
      Localización: Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, vol.47 (3-4)
      Año de publicación: 2009
      País: EE.UU
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 0163-9374

      Título: “Impact of Health Science research on the Spanish Health System, based on bibliometric heathcare indicators”.
      Autores: Lascurain Sánchez, M.L.; García Zorita, C.; Martín Moreno, C.; Suárez Balseiro, C.; Sanz Casado, E.
      Editores: Springer Science+Business Media
      Localización: Scientometrics, 77 (1)
      Año de publicación: 2008
      País: Germany
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 1588-2861 (electronic version)

      Título: ” Comparative analysis of university-government-enterprise coauthorship networks in three scientific domains in the region of Madrid”
      Autores: Olmeda-Gómez, C., Perianes-Rodríguez, A., Ovalle-Perandones, Mª Antonia, Moya-Anegón, F. de
      Editores T.D Wilson
      Localización: : Information Research. 13 (3), paper 352
      Año de publicación: 2008
      País: UK
      Idioma: Inglés
      ISSN: 1368-1613

      Título: An approaching to evaluating Latin American university libraries
      Autores: PACIOS LOZANO, Ana R. y LUBISCO, Nidia. M.L.
      Editores: Emerald
      Localización: Performance Measurement and Metrics: The International Journal for Library and Information Services, v. 9, n. 2, p. 94-109
      Año de publicación: 2008
      País: U.K.
      Idioma: inglés
      ISSN: 1467-8047

      Título: Library cards for the 21st Century
      Autores: McCathieNevile, C., Méndez, E.
      Editores: E. Greenberg, J. and Méndez, E. (eds). Haworth Press (Routeledge)
      Localización: Knitting the Semantic Web. West Hazleton: Haworth Press, 2007, pp. 21-45
      Año de publicación: 2007
      País: Reino Unido
      Idioma: English
      ISBN: 978-0-7890-3591-2



    Completed Ph.D. theses 



    Ph.D. thesis defense and evaluation


    A Ph.D. thesis is a piece of original research in the field of the Program and is meant to prepare the candidate to do independent work in R&D.

    The Doctoral School implements follow up procedures for quality assurance in training, supervision and thesis evaluation



    *If you started your Ph.D. before February 11, 2011, the final deadline for presentation and defense of a Ph.D. thesis is February 11, 2016 (see Real Decreto 99/2011)


    Requirements for the defense of the Ph.D. thesis in LIbrary Science: Archives and Libraries in the Digital Environment


    In order to submit a presentation and defense proposal, the thesis has to be backed up by at least one clear relevant contribution. The Ph.D. candidate must have clearly contributed to this and it must be a direct result of his thesis.


    To defend the thesis, it will be necessary to:


    • Have the approval of supervisor and the academic committee;
    • Have completed the additional training, if required;
    • Have attended at least two seminars and two workshops;
    • Have made a visit of at least four weeks in one of the national or international centers with which the Program has agreements or partnerships;
    • Have published or have obtained an acceptance for publication of at least one conference proceeding and one journal article. The publications have to be on issues related to the thesis topic and must be in outlets that satisfy quality criteria. To demonstrate a sufficient contribution the candidate’s name must be one of the first three in the publication.


    The following contributions will be considered relevant:


    • An article published or accepted for publication in a journal listed in any of the following international databases of scientific publications: Journal of Citation Reports or Scimago Journal Ranking, or in a journal in the first or second quartile of the Índice de Impacto Revistas Españolas de Ciencias Sociales IN-RECS.
    • A publication in a professional conference related to the proper areas of the discipline.
    • A book or book chapter in one of the top 10 publishers in the SPI ranking.
    • You should know
      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. 



      Academic year calendar: October 1 - September 30


        Period Dates


      Open all year Deadline: March 1st for each academic year

      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 
      • Students starting second semester: March 1 to March 31  

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

      • October 1 to October 30 
      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  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. 

      Thesis defense approval - Calendar


    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Program

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

      It is the period of training and acquisition of skills and competencies that will enable the invidividual to carry out independently and to a high quality standard. To this end, the doctoral training has been organized into programs led by expert in their fields who have a proven track of supervising research and technical projects and theses that have advanced knowledge in their respective fields. Ph.D. students will be part of one of these programs, in which they will develop their doctoral thesis.

      How do I choose a Ph.D. program?

      Each Ph.D. program focuses on a research area, within which the doctoral research projects must be framed. Therefore, when choosing a doctoral program you should carefully consider whether the research area suits your interests, who are the experts involved in the program, as well as the research quality of the doctoral program under consideration. You may want to take a look at recently approved therese and publications by staff and Ph.D. researchers to give you a better idea of the research topics and the quality of the program.

      What are the requirements to apply?

      To apply for entry you must hold a Bachelor's degree and a Master's-level degree. Together, they must be worth at least 300 ECTS credits.

      Further information on specific entry requirements, student profiles and program requirements may be found on the program's website. Please refer to this information before applying.

      How long does a Ph.D. take?

      Full-time Ph.D. candidates have a maximum of 3 years to complete their thesis. Throughout this period, Ph.D. candidates must engage in doctoral training activities under the supervision and guidance of a tutor and a thesis advisor (taking part in research seminars, meetings, attending conferences, etc.) and carry out their research activity as part of their thesis project. An extension may be granted in certain circumstances, up to a maximum of 5 years.

      Is it necessary to take some taught courses?

      Each Ph.D. program may require: taking complementary training credits, specific training (seminars, conferences, meetings, research fellowships; etc). Additionally, all programs require up to 60 hours of training in professional an career development activities.

      What are the fees for Ph.D. programs?

      For full-time enrollment in the autumn term, the following may serve as a guideline:

      • First year tuition: 431€
      • Subsequen years: 398€
      • Professional and career development activities: up to 336€ throughout the length of the program. 
      • Complementary training: if the Ph.D. program requires taking additional credits, fees for those are between 56 and 77 euros per credit depending on whether the subject is laboratory based or not.
      • Thesis defense fee: 143€
      • Degree certificate fee: 230€

      Failure to pay any of there fees will result in dismissal from the program.

      What is the outcome of a Ph.D. degree?

      The outcome of a Ph.D. is a "doctoral thesis", which is the researcher's original contribution to the scientific community. The thesis will be presented as a written dissertation in a format that must compy with the guidelines set by the academic committee and contain all graphic, textual and bibliographic material, as well as arguments, demonstrations and other elements that the academic committee may request. The thesis will also be defended orally at a public event and will be assessed by your dissertation defense committee.

      What qualification will I obtain?

      The approval of the doctoral thesis will allow the indivdual to gain the title Doctor of Philosophy awarded by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, a qualification that is officially recognized and issued by the Spanish authorities. Candidates may obtain an "International Doctor Mention" to their qualification by adding the required extra activities and merits.

      What is a joint Ph.D. program?

      Exisisting partnerships between universities (Spanish and/or from other countries) allow for joint Ph.D. programs that bring together staff expertise and unite research efforts. The outcome of these programs is a single joint qualification, not multiple ones.


      Application process and entry requirements


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

      Applications must be submitted through the online system of the university.

      There are several guides to help you in the application process. All documentation must be uploaded for the application to be processed by the system. All information provided will be reviewed by members of our administrative and academic staff.

      What supporting documentation do I need to submit?

      The following documentation must be provided for al Ph.D. programs:

      • Copy of passport / National Identity Card
      • Academic transcripts
      • Copy of Master's-level degree certificate
      • CV
      • Research proposal
      • Letter of support from an academic member of staff at uc3m

      Certain programs may require other documentation, such as:

      • Letters of support from experts in the field
      • Evidence of language competence


      What additional documentation do I need to submit if my previous qualifications are from a foreign institution?

      Besides all the documentation mentioned above, you will need to attach an official letter from your home institution stating that the qualification achieved gives access to a Ph.D. in that country.

      I am currently studying a Master's degree. Can I apply?

      Yes, you can. However, you may only receive a conditional offer of admission to a Ph.D. degree program pending results from your Master's program.

      I am applying for financial aid to fund my doctoral studies, what should I do?

      Institutions offering financial aid normally require applicants to provide evidence of their admission to a Ph.D. program. Therefore, we strongly suggest you apply to the program of your choice prior to applying for financial aid.

      What is the application deadline for the Ph.D. programs?

      You can apply at any time. At certain times, application for both the current academic year and the next will be open. However, applications for admission during the current academic year will close on the 1st of March each year, after which date and for a period of time only applications for the following academic year will be accepted.

      By whom and how are applications reviewed?

      Your application and supporting documentation will be carefully reviewed to determine whether they meet all the entry requirements. Afterwards, the academic committee will review the eligible applications according to the selection criteria to decide whether an offer will be made.

      What steps should I follow if I'm admitted to a Ph. program?

      Candidates must submit originals or official copies of all supporting documentation, follow the enrollment instructions and pay the applicable fees. Upon enrolling on the program, candidates must choose a start date for their Ph.D. program: in the first semester (November) or in the second semester (March). The duration of the program will be calculated from that date onwards. Failure to follow this procedure and enroll on the program will result in withdrawal of your offer.



      Doctoral training scholarships

      Campus Getafe

      What aid is available?

      There is a wide range of pre-doctoral scholarships that cover tuition fees (part or all of them) and may on occasion allow uc3m to offer the candidate a work contract as a research assisstant.

      Who offers financial aid for Ph.D. programs?

      The following is a list of the most common pre-doctoral scholarships:

      • Research scholarships awarded by the Ministry of Innovation, formerly known as FPI scholarships: ("Formación de Investigadores del Ministerio de Innovación")
      • Research staff training program, scholarships awarded by the Ministry of Education, formerly known as FPU scholarships: ("Formación de Profesorado Universitario del Ministerio de Educación)
      • Uc3m research scholarships: awarded by individual departments within the university.
      • La Caixa scholarships: pre-doctoral scholarships awarded by La Caixa bank.
      • Regional Schemes: Scholarships awarded by regional authorities in Spain.
      • Fundación Carolina scholarships (for LATAM students)
      • Other

      How and when should I apply?

      Each awarding body has its own deadlines, application process and selection criteria. 
      Besides applying for financial aid, you must submit an application to the uc3m Ph.D. program of your choice, since awarding bodies will require you to provide proof of acceptance to a Ph.D. program during the application process.

      Do I need to hold an offer of admission from a university to apply?

      It is not a initially necessary for most of the examples of scholarships listed above, but you must apply to a program (check with uc3m and/or the awarding body on how to proceed) later on in the application process. If you are offered financial help, you will be required to have been admitted and enrolled in a program in order to accept the scholarship and formalize the research assisstant contract at uc3m.

      Where will I conduct my research if I am successful?

      It will be carried out as part of the Ph.D. program in which you enroll, under the supervision of the tutor and advisor who will be assigned to you. You will conduct your research and teaching activity at the department or institute where your contract is bases.

      Who will manage the scholarship if I am successful?

      Scholarships and grants are normally managed by uc3m even if awarded by an independent  body. Uc3m will follow the guidelines of the awarding body as well as its own.

      If I am successful, to whom should I communicte the results of my work to justify my doctoral research?

      All Ph.D. candidates at uc3m are required to report back annually to their academic committee about their research actitivity. The report will form the basis for assessing the progress made by the researcher each year. Additionally, Ph.D. candidates in receipt of a grant or scholarship will also have to report back to the awarding body on their research activity.


      Further information about  Doctoral Training Scholarships


      When should I enroll?

      During your first year, the enrollment period is September 1st to October 30th (or March 1st to March 31st if you've chosen to begin your program in the second semester). In subsequent academic years, you must re-enroll from October 1st to October 30th.

      What courses/credits should I enroll in?

      If your offer of admission was conditional to taking some complementary training, you must enroll in those modules.
      Additionally, you must complete, throughout the length of the program, 60 hours of training in professional and career development, for which you must enroll in suitable modules. You must also folow any guidelines in your doctoral program that may require to undertake specific training,

      What are my rights and obligations once I have enrolled?

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

      • The Student Statue of the Region of Madrid ("Estatuto del estudiante e la Comunidad de Madrid")
      • The University's Rights and Obligations of Students ("Carta de los derechos y deberes del estudiante en la Uc3m")
      • The Doctoral School's Academic Regulations ("Reglamento de la Escuela de Doctorado de la Uc3m")
      • The Doctoral School's Code of Conduct ("Código de buenas prácticas de la Escuela de Doctorado de la Uc3m")

      You will have access to the university's student and researcher's support services.

      When does my Ph.D. program officially start?

      Upon enrollment, you will be asked to choose to start your doctoral program either in the first semester (November) or in the second semester (March). This date will be used to set the assessment  periods throughout the duration of the course, as well as the dealine for completing your studies.
      If you choose to begin your doctoral training  int the second semester, you will be entitled to pay a reduced fee for that academic year.

      Is the program full-time or part-time?

      In general, Ph.D. candidates will work full time towards their degree. Under certain circumstances, the academic committee may authorize a part-time basis upon making an offer to a candidate or during the course of the program due to unforseen circumstances. A reduction of tuition frees will also be applied in these cases.

      The Program of Studies

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      What is the role of my tutor and my thesis advisor?

      Once the department has offered you a place in their program, you will be assigned a tutor (a lecturer at Uc3m with ties to your program), who will support you in your academic progress and serve as a link to the academic committee. Within six months of the start of the doctoral program you will be assigned a thesis advisor (or advisors), who may not be the same person as your tutor and may not be a member of the academic community at Uc3m. Both your tutor and thesis advisor will be well-established researchers with a long track of research experience. They will keep up to date with the progress of your thesis and training activity, and they will take part in the annual assestment of your academic progress.

      What is the Written Agreement?

      At the start of your doctoral training, you and all the parties involved in your Ph.D. thesis supervision (tutor, advisor, director and academic committe) will be asked to sign a document declarng that they have read and understood the necessary information concerning the monitoring and assessment of doctoral research, as well as detailing specific aspects that may exist pertaining the execution of the doctoral research, such as confidentiality requirements or the interllectual/industrial property management of the results.

      How long should a Ph.D. last?

      The maximum length of Ph.D. studies will be three years on a full-time basis. The academic committee may grant an extension for up to another two years. Part-time students will have five years to complete their doctoral studies, which may be extended by another three in certain cases.

      Research plan and thesis project

      You will have submitted a "research proporal" in order to gain entry to a program. However, once you have enrolled, started your training and before the end of your first year, you must draw up an Initial Research Plan for your thesis project. This plan will have to be approved by your tutor, thesis advisor and the academic committee within that first year. Each academic year, you will be required to provide an update on your research plan with the objective that all parties involved may know of and be able to assess your progress.

      How should the results and progress of my doctoral research be formally presented each academic year?

      At specific times during each academic year, you will have to submit reports covering the progress of your research project, the actitivities undertaken and the results obtained in your research. This information will be reviewed and assessed by the academic committee, who will eventually issue an assessment report on your research progress (using the knowledge of your tutor and advisor's prior assessment).

      You will be specifically asked to provide the following information in an appopiate format:

      • Research Plan (initial or revised): to be uploaded onto the doctoral management intranet.
      • Research activity and results in the last 12 months (unless in the first year, when only 7 months will have gone by): you eill register and document on the doctoral management intranet each activity carried out, so that they may be reviewed and considered by your tutor, director and the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. Program.

      This information will become part of your doctoral student record on Uc3m's intranet, to which only you, your tutor, advisor and the academic committee will have access.

      I want to apply for a doctoral stay abroad. What should I do? How can I obtain financial aid? How will the stay be considered as part of my doctoral training?

      You will need to plan your research fellowship abroad together with your tutor and advisor, as well as requesting the approval of the academic committee. You will need to provide details on the length of the stay, the person in charge or tutor, at the host institution and your intended plan of work. Upon your return, you will have to write a report on the results obtained, which must be approved by your tutor/advisor at the host institution. Your tutor, thesis advisor, and the academic committee will then assess the report as part of your doctoral training.

      A doctoral stay of at least 3 months in duration at a research center relevant to your doctoral program may enable you to add an "International Doctor Mention" to your title. If your require financial aid to support yourself during the stay, you may apply for a grant within your program at Uc3m. The Ministry of Education also awards grants under its "short-stay research fellowship program" ("Programa de estancias breves de investigación").

      The Thesis

      Biblioteca Carmen Martin Gaite

      I'm almost ready to submit my dissertation. What steps do I need to follow?

      Your dissertation is the written result of your doctoral research. It should detail all research undertaken, results obtained and conclusions arrived at. Your tutor and thesis advisor must approve the dissertation prior to initiating the submission and thesis defense procedures. 
      Once the tutor and thesis advisor have given their approval, the thesis will normally be submitted for approval by the academic committee, which may require further criteria to be met, such as providing reports by reviewers, evidence of having presented at research seminars or complicance of research quality to international standards. Once the academic committee issues a favorable report on the thesis, arrangements for the thesis defense a a public examination presided over by the dissertation defense committee (examiners will normally be external to Uc3m) will be made.

      I have received approval for public defense of my thesis. What deadlines and steps to follow do I need to take into account?

      Once your tutor, thesis advisor and the academic committee have approved the thesis for its defense at a public oral examination, a period of at least 8 weeks (as long as it does not overlap with the university's holiday perior) will ensue before the final thesis defense at the public examination. The following steps will take place during this period:

      1. Submission of the dissertation (thesis deposit) for public review by the academic community at Uc3m (three weeks).
      2. Authorization for thesis defense and appointment of dissertation defense committee = by the Dean of the Doctoral School (two weeks).
      3. Arrangements for the viva (three weeks):
      4. Thesis defense.


      What is the thesis deposit?

      Every dissertation must be electronically deposited on the university's intranet (closed source). This step facilitates Uc3m academic members of staff within the research area of the topic of the dissertation access to it so they may review and comment on it. This is a measure implemented to increase tranparecny within the academic community. The dissertation will be publicly available on the university's intranet for 15 natural days, excluding the month of August. After this period, any comments received will be fowarded to the Ph.D. candidate and to the academic committee.

      Who determines the outcome of my thesis defense and who will assess my doctoral thesis?

      Once the dissertation has been publicly available for scrutiny by the academic community at the university, the academic committee, with the approval of the tutor and the thesis advisor, will forward the recommendation to the Dean of the Doctoral School, alongside a list of proposed names for the dissertation defense committee. Finally, three experts in the research area (the dissertation defense committee) will assess the doctoral thesis. At least two of these three experts will be external to the academic community of uc3m.

      What do I need to present at the start of the thesis defense process?

      You must have the following ready:

      • Dissertation (electronic and hard copies) + Title Page
      • CV
      • Electronic publishing agreement (e-archivo_uc3m file)
      • TESEO index card. Details published in the databases of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MECD)
      • Electronic dDeposit and aAccess dDeclaration fForm (for dissertation public access by members of the academic community at Uc3m). 

      Once the 15-day deposit period is over, you must obtain approval from your tutor and thesis supervisoradvisor to proceed to the thesis defense, as well as a list of proposed members of the dissertation defense committee. This list will need to be approved by the academic committee and the Dean of the Doctoral School, and must be accompanied by:

      • CVs of the proposed examiners.
      • A complete report detailing all activity pertaining to the candidate’s doctoral research activity and a copy of his student record (obtained from the university’s doctoral intranet).

      If you wish to obtain the ‘International Honorable Doctor Mention’, you will need to present relevant documentation for justification.

      Do I need to pay a fee and be enrolled at the university for the viva examination?

      You must pay the thesis defense fee and be enrolled at the university in the academic year in which the public defense of the thesis will take place.

      Who and how is the thesis defense organized?

      Once you have received all the required approvals and an dissertation defense committee has been appointed, the Secretary of the Committee will set a date for the public defense of the thesis. Uc3m will be responsible for managing the logistics of the event (booking a lecture theatre, preparing material and equipment, etc.), as well as making travel and accommodation arrangements for the members of the dissertation defense committee.

      How does the dissertation defense committee assess the thesis?

      The Examiners will receive a copy of the dissertation 15 days prior to the viva examination.

      After the candidate has presented his thesis to the public, the dissertation defense committee will have some time to make comments and ask the candidate questions.

      The dissertation defense committee will complete a joint report and make a recommendation.

      Finally, the dissertation defense committee will individually and secretly record their recommendation for cum-laude honor.

      How do I obtain my degree certificate?

      Degree certificates are issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. You will need to request your certificate from the Ministry and pay the corresponding fee at uc3m.

      The official award of the title of Doctor at uc3m may take between 18 and 24 months from the thesis defense to be issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. However, you may obtain a certificate that you have successfully completed your doctoral training once you have completed the thesis defense.

      Where are dissertations published?

      An open source electronic version of all theses will be published on uc3m’s website, Copies will also be available on the thesis repository of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, If your dissertation is affected by partial and/or temporary restrictions on some or all of the material to be published, you must supply documentary evidence to support your case and request that an edited version of your dissertation be published or that access to your dissertation be restricted temporarily.

      Glossary of terms

      Doctoral program

      This refers to the array of training and research activities designed to help you gain the necessary skills and competencies required to be a Doctor of Philosophy. The aim of each program will be to help develop the Ph.D. researcher’s skills in the various training areas of expertise. It will also establish the research areas and methodological procedures under which the doctoral theses will be developed.

      Academic Committee

      The convener/director of the program and two other members of academic staff will constitute the academic committee, which is the body responsible for the various training areas within the program, as well as research progress. It also authorizes thesis submission and defense of each of the Ph.D. candidates in the program.

      Doctoral School

      The academic body that manages all Ph.D. programs across the university.


      An original piece of research carried out by a Ph.D. candidate in any area of knowledge. It is presented as a written dissertation that will follow the format and content guidelines set by each individual doctoral program. It will also meet the quality standards required by the program for its defense at the public oral examination.


      Upon admission to a doctoral program a tutor will be appointed, who will be responsible for ensuring the candidate’s training progress, as well as serving as a communication link between the researcher and the academic committee. He or she will be an academic member of staff at Uc3m with a proven track record of research.

      Thesis advisor

      He or she will be an expert in the field, not necessarily attached to Uc3m and will be responsible for ensuring the candidate’s progress of his doctoral research. The advisor is appointed within the first six months of the program. There may be more than one advisor. A thesis advisor attached to Uc3m may also take the role of tutor.

      Specific training

      This refers to the collection of subject specific activities designed, offered and required by each doctoral program within its research area (seminars, postgraduate conferences, conferences/dissertations, student mobility, etc.) with the objective of equipping the Ph.D. researcher with the knowledge, advice and necessary opportunity for debate to aid and support his doctoral research.

      Professional and career development

      This refers to the collection of core training activities common to all doctoral programs that are designed to help students acquire a range of transferable research skills that will help them progress in their doctoral research and teaching activity. Students are required to engage in at least 60 hours of training in these skills throughout their program. The student will need to enroll in these courses separately.

      Complementary training

      When the academic committee makes an offer of admission to a program they may deem it necessary that the student takes complementary course credits (no more than 40 ECTS) to supplement their qualifications. Enrollmentin these credits will be required on top of enrollment in a Ph.D. program.

      Research plan

      This is a document detailing the student’s research project plan for completing his doctoral thesis that must be drafted within the first six months of training and must be approved by tutor, thesis advisor and the academic committee. The research plan must be revised annually and any developments communicated for monitoring and assessment purposes.

      Annual Ph.D. Activity report

      A document to be drafted annually, in which the student summarizes all relevant training activities undertaken and any preliminary results obtained. The tutor and the thesis advisor, as well as the Academic Committee must approve the updated version of the report annually. Finally, the student must keep a record of his training activity and the results of his research on the university’s intranet.

      Student record

      Uc3m keeps a record of all academic activity undertaken by the student. This includes any academic activities the student has participated in, as well as any courses the student has taken and that have been assessed by Uc3m. The record will be considered in conjunction with the thesis during the examination process at the end of the program.

      Academic transcript

      An official document signed by the Registrar at the Doctoral School that certifies all the information contained in the student’s record.

      Follow up and assessment

      Ph.D. candidates must submit a written report to Uc3m annually outlining their progress during the preceding year. The report should cover both work completed and training undertaken during the year. Students will be assessed by the academic committee on the basis of these reports.

      Written Agreement

      At the start of the doctoral training period, the Ph.D. candidate and all the parties involved in his/her thesis supervision (tutor, advisor(s), and Academic Committee must sign this document.. The written agreement details the roles of all parties involved (student, tutor, advisors and the academic committee) and sets any specific regulations that may affect each program, including issues pertaining to confidentiality agreements, copyright or use and distribution of the results obtained in your research, as well as conflict resolution procedures.

      Thesis deposit

      The university has established an electronic thesis deposit system to facilitate public access to theses produced by students, especially from individuals in the academic world, with the aim that others may comment on them and they may provide opportunities for further research. All research students are required to deposit their theses, normally through the university’s intranet.

      Thesis defense / viva (“viva voce”) examination

      The viva is a public event at which the doctoral candidate will present his research for assessment by the dissertation defense committee. The candidate will present his work, followed by a question and answer session led by the dissertation defense committee.

      The Dissertation Defense Committee

      The dissertation defense committee consists of three experts with proven track records of research in the field of the thesis, and who will preside over the thesis defense. In most cases, they will be external to Uc3m. The committee will make a decision on the grade to be given the thesis and whether to award the cum-laude qualification.

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      Itinerario Estudiante de Doctorado
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