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Library Science: Archives and Libraries in the Digital Environment

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    Profª. Mª Luisa Lascurain Sánchez

    About the program

    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.
    • Program regulated by RD 99/2011, January 28

    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 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 24 ECTS credits in a graduate program in the area of Library Science.


    Seats available for the academic year: 15



    Specific training 

    4 ECTS, 40 hours

    Specific training is focused on skills in the field of Archives and Libraries in the digital environment. This training is carried out during the doctoral training period and it is free-of-charge.

    This training is mandatory. It can be carried out either by seminars and conferences hosted by the PhD Program or by open credits or activities at other centers. In the latter case, a credit transfer is required.

    Whenever possible, the PhD Program will offer the activities listed below with the collaboration of the Faculty of the Department of Library and Information Science as well as professors or guest experts:

    • A general research seminar in the field of Library and Information Science (2 ECTS). The duration will be two-three days. The seminar will offer the opportunity to meet the faculty and their lines of research. Additionally, guest experts on specific topics of our research area will be featured. PhD candidates will get to present their doctoral thesis in ten minutes and get feedback from peers and professors.
    • Conferences from experts on topics related to the lines of research of the Program.
    • An online seminar on Digital Identity or similar topics (2 ECTS) on how to build one's personal visibility in the world of research
    • Other short seminars can also be offered on specific topics of interest for all PhD candidates. These seminars can be conducted in-person, online or in a blended format.


    Research skills training

    6 ECTS, 60 hours

    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 Lines

      Research Group 1

      • Scientific & Technological Systems
      • Planning & Management of Science
      • Scholarly Communication and social impact of Science
      • Research Evaluation
      • Bibliometrics/Scientometrics
      • Informetrics

      Research Group 2

      • 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
      • Libraries and citizen empowerment processes 
      • Collection management 
      • Training and profession

      Research Group 3

      • Systems, Representations and Knowledge Organization
      • Structures and semantics relationships in vocabularies
      • Linguistics
      • Information Technology
      • Information Retrieval Systems
      • Digital Libraries
      • Open Science
      • Linked Data
      • Digital Imaging
      • XML Standards
      • Human Computer Interaction


    • Scientific results

      This is a sample of relevant publications from doctoral theses over the last years:

      • Thesis: Estudio de la velocidad de los subtítulos para sordos en España y sus consecuencias normativas
        Author: Mónica María Souto Rico
        Souto‐Rico, M., González‐Carrasco, I., López‐Cuadrado, J. L., & Ruíz‐ Mezcua, B. (2020). A new system for automatic analysis and quality adjustment in audiovisual subtitled‐based contents by means of genetic algorithms. Expert Systems, 37(6), e12512. o DOI:
        Souto-Rico, M., Moreiro, J.A., Ruiz-Mezcua, B. (2019). La velocidad media en la televisión española (2012-2017). Madrid. AMADIS 2018
        Souto-Rico, M., Ruiz-Mezcua, B., Moreiro, J.A. (2018). Subtitling Progression in Spain Television (2012-2017). Berlin, Germany. 03 - 05 October 2018. Languages & The Media 2018 12th International Conference on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media.
        Souto-Rico, M., Ruiz-Mezcua, B., Moreiro, J.A. (2018). Recommendation system based on collaborative intelligence for the representation of knowledge in people with visual disabilities. Madrid, Spain. 26 - 27 July 2018. 2nd Global Conference on Applied Physics, Mathematics and Computing
      • Thesis: Un nuevo entorno de la catalogación. La entidad ítem en el contexto de las RDA y del Modelo de Referencia Bibliotecaria de la IFLA
        Author: Elena Gili Sampol
        Cotoner, A., Gili, E., Hernández, L. (2017). El proceso de reconversión de registros bibliográficos a RDA de la colección cervantina de la Universitat de les Illes Balears. RUIDERAe: Revista de Unidades de Información, (12), 1-13.
        Cotoner, A., Gili, E., Hernández, L. y Martínez, E. (2017). Experiencia MOOC: Catalogación con RDA, 1a ed. Universitat de les Illes Balears y Miríada X (MOOC Experience: Cataloging Using RDA, 1a ed. Universitat de les lles Balears and MiriadaX). MOOC-MAKER 2017 International Conference MOOC-MAKER 2017 Proceedings of the International Conference MOOC-MAKER 2017 Antigua, Guatemala, November 16-17, 2017. Galileo University, GES Department.
        Cotoner, A., Gili, E., Hernández, L., Martínez, E. (2016). El proceso de implementación de RDA en el Servei de Biblioteca i Documentació de la Uninersitat de les Illes Balears [Informe]
        Gili, E. (2004). L’Europa de l’est. In A. Segura, J.M. Buades, E. Olivé, S. Serra (dirs.), La immigració, països emissors i les Illes Balears (pp.341-348). Edicions Cort.
        Gili, E. (2002). La immigració andalusa a les Illes Balears. In A.L. García (ed.). 20 anys del Grup d’estudi de la cultura, la societat i la política al món contemporani (pp. 188-193). Departament de Ciències històriques i Teoria de les Arts. Universitat de les Illes Balears.
        Gili, E., Jiménez, X., López, M.T., Martín, M., Ramis, X. (2005). Enquestes d’històries de vida de la immigració. In J. Pons, S. Serra (eds.), Història de la immigració de l’Estat Espanyol a les Illes Balears (pp. 43-54). Universitat de les Illes Balears
      • Thesis: Asociaciones de Víctimas del Terrorismo y medios de comunicación. El caso inédito de la Asociación Canaria de Víctimas del terrorismo, ACAVITE (2006-2021). Cambio de paradigma, visibilidad y relato histórico: desde el FRENTE POLISARIO, MPAIAC a ETA. Memoria y narrativa.
        Author: Lucía Encarnación Jiménez González
        Jiménez-González, L. (May 2017). El desafío de las víctimas españolas olvidadas del terrorismo perpetrado por el Frente Polisario ante la propaganda justificativa en medios de comunicación y sociedad. Prevención ante peligros de banalización e impunidad judicial. El papel de ACAVITE. [Comunicación en congreso]. Congresos de GKA, Congreso Internacional de Cultura Visual. Barcelona: Universidad CEU – Abat Oliva. [Consulta:12/07/2019].
        Jiménez-González, L. (2016). “Asociación Canaria de Víctimas del terrorismo, ACAVITE”, creación y fundación. [Comunicación en congreso]. III Jornadas de Terrorismo y Sociedad: Las víctimas desconocidas”, Barcelona: Asociación Catalana de Organizaciones Terroristas, [Consulta:23/06/2016].
        Jiménez-González, L. (2014). Revisión crítica del paradigma del olvido de víctimas del terrorismo españolas desconocidas, estudio de un caso: víctimas canarias del terrorismo árabe perpetrado por el grupo Frente Polisario. Papel de visibilidad audiovisual: ACAVITE [Comunicación en congreso]. Ubierna y Sierra. (coord.). Miscelánea sobre el entorno audiovisual en 2014 (75-96). Madrid: Editorial Fragua.
        Jiménez-González, L. (2010). Lo que el Frente Polisario calla y los familiares afectados. [Communicación en congreso]. “1º Jornadas de la Asociación Canaria de Víctimas del terrorismo, ACAVITE”, investigación. Maspalomas, Gran Canaria. YouTube, Radio Televisión Canaria, Informativos, RTVC, (27 de marzo de 2021),
        Jiménez-González, L. (2009). Periodismo, Sociedad, Victimología. El deber de informar ante la indiferencia en los medios de comunicación, el respeto al dolor y Víctimas del terrorismo desconocidas en España. [Comunicación en congreso]. Actas 1º Congreso Internacional Latina de Comunicación Social: La Laguna, Tenerife, 2009, Sociedad Latina de Comunicación Social. / ISBN: 978-84-9941-001-2.
        Jiménez-González, L. (2008). Las Víctimas del terrorismo ¿Invisibles o mediáticas?. [Comunicación en congreso]. 1º Congreso Internacional sobre Imagen, Cultura y Tecnología. La imagen como reflejo de la violencia y como control social”. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M. España, pp.1-6. ISBN: 978-84-691-9463-8. Madrid. España
      • Thesis: Historia y políticas de protección del patrimonio documental público en Chile (1536 - 2012)
        Author: María Elena Iduarte Cofré
        Iduarte, M.E. Dussaillant, J. M. (2019) Los Chicago Boys y la historia reciente de Chile: Archivo del Centro de Investigación y Documentación de la Universidad Finis Terrae. [Comunicación en congreso] XIII Congreso de Archivología del Mercosur. Montevideo, Uruguay. 2019.
        Iduarte Cofré M.E. (2015) Implementación de un Archivo Documental para un Sitio de Memoria y Derechos Humanos: El caso de la Corporación Parque por la Paz 5 Villa Grimaldi. Revista General de Información y Documentación Universidad Complutense de Madrid, (25, 1) 9 – 22.
        Iduarte Cofré M.E. (2015) Sobre Archivos y otros Temas Revista Inclusiones Universidad de Los Lagos, 2, 157-165.
        Iduarte Cofré, M.E. (2014) La Experiencia de los Archivos de Derechos humanos en Chile. Boletín ANABAD, (LXIV, 3).
        Iduarte Cofré, M. E. (2008) Evolución del Espacio Urbano de la Ciudad de Quillota. Archivum 9 Revista del Archivo Histórico Patrimonial de Viña del Mar, Chile 167 – 180. Oikos.
        Iduarte Cofré, M. E. (2006) La Importancia de los Archivos Públicos: Archivo Histórico de Quillota Archivum 7, Revista del Archivo Histórico Patrimonial de Viña del Mar, 305 – 311, Oikos.
      • Thesis: Unveiling the path towards sustainability: scientific interest at HEIs from a scientometric approach in the period 2008-2017.
        Author: Núria Bautista Puig
        Bautista-Puig N., Carlos García-Zorita C., Mauleón E. (2019). European Research Council: excellence and leadership over time from a gender perspective, Research Evaluation, Volume 28, Issue 4, October 2019, Pages 370–382,
        Bautista-Puig, N.; Dudek J. (2019). Can Twitter hashtags be used for field delineation? The case of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the 17th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI 2019), Rome (Italy), Volume II, ISBN 978-88-3381-118-5, p.2774-2775.
        Bautista-Puig, N.; Mauleón E. (2019). Unveiling the path towards sustainability: is there a research interest on sustainable goals? In the 17th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI 2019), Rome (Italy), Volume II, ISBN 978-88-3381-118-5, p.2770-2771.
        Bautista-Puig, N., Mauleón, E., & Sanz-Casado, E. (2019). The role of universities in sustainable development (SD): the Spanish Framework. In Higher Education and Sustainability (pp. 91–116). Taylor & Francis Group, 2020.: CRC Press.
        Bautista-Puig, N.; Mauleón E.; Sanz-Casado E. (2019). Analysis of Social, Environmental and Economic Sustainability Core: A Bibliometric Overview. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, ISSN: 1740-8830, In press.
        Bautista-Puig N., Pandiella A., Lascurain M.L. 2016. Dynamics and predictions with AR and ARMA models of patent applications on renewable energies in Spain from 1985 to 2014. National Congress of the Environment (Conama). December. Available at:
      • Thesis: Innovación tecnológica en bibliotecas públicas municipales de Lima: un estudio exploratorio, diagnóstico y propuesta de líneas estratégicas
        Author: Gabriela Alejandrina Quispe Farfán
        Quispe-Farfán, Gabriela A. (2018). Hacia la sociedad del conocimiento en el Perú, Cifras. Comunicación presentada en III Congreso Internacional Comunicación y Pensamiento. Comunicación móvil y Generación smartphone, retos y perspectivas, Sevilla, España.
        Quispe-Farfán, Gabriela A. (2019). Uso de tecnología móvil en bibliotecas públicas peruanas: ¿cómo vamos? BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentació, (43). Recuperado de [Consulta: 14-12-2019]:
        Quispe-Farfán, Gabriela A. Situación actual de las bibliotecas públicas municipales de Lima (Perú): Un análisis basado en aplicación de estándares de calidad. Investigación bibliotecológica.
      • Thesis: Exploring current practices and Greek and Spanish academic library stakeholder perceptions towards reconceptualizing in-library use data collection ecosystem
        Author: Stavroula Sant Geronikolou
        Sant-Geronikolou, S. (2018). Understanding in-library use data lifecycle within Greek and Spanish higher education ecosystems. Library Hi Tech News, 35(7), 13-17. DOI:​/10.1108/lhtn-10-2017-0077
        Library and Information Studies, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece Sant-Geronikolou, S., Koulouris, A. & Kouis, D. (2018). Towards Reinvigorating Academic Library Use Data Capabilities: a Library and Information Science Senior Student Workshop Experience. Journal of Integrated Information Management, 3(1):7-13. DOI:​/10.18780/jiim.v3i1.4265
        Sant-Geronikolou, S., Martínez-Ávila, D., & Koulouris, A. (2018). A. Academic libraries on the creative Industries track: The perception of Spanish and Brazilian professionals. Education for Information, 35 (4), 377-398. DOI:​/10.3233/EFI-180203. El artículo está incluido totalmente en la tesis en las páginas 43-49, 74-75, 105-110.
        Sant-Geronikolou, S., Kouis, D. & Koulouris, A. (2019). Capitalizing on new forms of academic library’s intellectual assets: a new library mobile application proposition. Education and Information Technologies, 24 (6), 3707-3730. 019-09944-w
        Sant-Geronikolou, S., Koulouris, A., & Kouis, D. (2019). Greek and Spanish undergraduates’ perspective on academic librarianship within and beyond library science curricula. Bilgi Dünyasi, 20 (2), 183-215. DOI:​/10.15612/BD.2019.751
        Sant-Geronikolou, S. & Martínez-Ávila, D. (2019). Canvassing Greek academic librarians’ opinion of their organizations’ position on the library evolution continuum, Journal of Integrated Information Management, 4 (1), 7-17. DOI:​/10.26265/jiim.v4i1.4392
        Sant-Geronikolou, S. & Martínez-Ávila, D. (2019). Examining the prospects of library use data integration in university information systems: the Spanish and Greek library stakeholder's perspective.BiD: textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentació, 43 (December). DOI:
        Sant-Geronikolou, S. & Martínez-Ávila, D. (2019). Prospects of library use data integration in campus information systems: A glocalized perspective. El profesional de la información, 28(4). DOI:
      • Thesis: Estudio de la generación y transmisión del conocimiento mediante el análisis estadístico y topológico de documentación científica y tecnológica: Aplicación al campo de energía fotoeléctrica
        Author: Javier Pose Rodríguez
        Pose-Rodriguez, J. (2013). Encoding Patent Bibliographic References. Recuperado el 12 de noviembre de 2018, de
      • Thesis: Centro de recursos para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje en una educación basada en competencias digitales: gaming y videojuegos para las alfabetizaciones múltiples y la formación del profesional de la información
        Author: Eduardo de la Cruz Palacios
        Cruz-Palacios, E. (2014). Desarrollo de la Biblioteca Escolar del CEIP José Ortiz Echagüe a través de un Web/Blog (Trabajo Fin de Grado, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). Recuperado de [consulta 31-10-2018]:
        Cruz-Palacios, E. (2014). Biblioteca Escolar CEIP José Ortiz Echagüe. Recuperado de [consulta 31-10-2018]:
        Cruz-Palacios, E. (2015). Sedes web de las bibliotecas escolares de España: evaluación, análisis y heurística (Trabajo Fin de Máster, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). Recuperado de [consulta 31-10-2018]:
        Cruz-Palacios, E. (2017). Más allá del libro… Dinamización de la Biblioteca Escolar a través de la Web. Mi biblioteca: La revista del mundo bibliotecario, 13(50), pp.52-55. Recuperado de [consulta 31-10-2018]:
        Cruz-Palacios, E. y Marzal García-Quismondo, M.A. (2017). Gaming como medio didáctico para las alfabetizaciones múltiples: Videojuegos en la educación del siglo XXI. Comunicación presentada en V Congreso Internacional de Videojuegos y Educación, Puerto de la Cruz (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, España). Recuperado de [consulta 31-10-2018]:
      • Thesis: Análisis bibliométrico de la producción científica colombiana en Scopus 2003-2015
        Author: Estefanía Herrán Páez
        Herrán- Páez, E., & Olmeda-Gómez, C. (Mayo, 2017). Esbozo sobre actividades de publicación científica en ciencias sociales y humanidades en Colombia 2003-2014. Paper presented at the 7ª Conferencia Internacional Sobre Revistas De Ciencias Sociales Y Humanidades, Retrieved from
        Moya-Anegón, F., Herrán-Páez, E., Bustos-González, A., Corera-Álvarez, E., & Tibaná-Herrera, G. (2017). Ranking iberoamericano de instituciones de educación superior. SIR IBER 2017 (1st ed.). Barcelona: Ediciones Profesionales de la Información SL. Retrieved from
        Herrán- Páez, E., & Olmeda-Gómez, C. (Noviembre, 2013). Impacto normalizado de la producción científica colombiana según tipo de colaboración. Paper presented at the La colaboración científica: una aproximación multidisciplinar. Valencia.
        Moya-Anegón, F., Herrán-Páez, E., Bustos-González, A., Corera-Álvarez, E., & Tibaná-Herrera, G. (2018). Ranking iberoamericano de instituciones de educación superior. SIR IBER 2018 (1st ed.). Barcelona: Ediciones Profesionales de la Información SL. Retrieved from
      • Thesis: Fundamentación de centro de archivo de memoria del movimiento feminista
        Author: María Adelina Codina Canet
        Codina-Canet, M.ª Adelina y San Segundo Manuel, Rosa. (2015). Fuentes documentales y archivo de la Residencia de Señoritas de Madrid (1915-1936). Revista General de Información y Documentación, 25(2), 495-515.
        Codina-Canet, M.ª Adelina y San Segundo, Rosa. (2015). Centro de Archivo para la Memoria del Feminismo un proyecto pendiente. En Javier González Cachafeiro, 8 Jornadas Archivando: valor, sociedad y archivos: León, 5 y 6 de noviembre, 2015: Actas de las Jornadas (pp. 227- 241). Recuperado de Contribución incluida parcialmente en la tesis.
        Codina-Canet, M.ª Adelina. (2016). La memoria del feminismo: una apuesta de futuro. En Marian Blanco y Rosa San Segundo, Investigación joven con perspectiva de género, Actas del I Congreso de jóvenes investigadorxs con perspectiva de género (pp. 135-152). Getafe: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Instituto de Estudios de Género. Recuperado de
        Codina-Canet, M.ª Adelina y San Segundo, Rosa. (2016). Propuesta de un centro de archivo del feminismo tras el análisis de los fondos documentales del movimiento feminista. Revista Española de Documentación Científica, 39 (1:e117).
        Codina Canet, María Adelina y Díaz, Elena. (2018). La memoria del movimiento ecologista no se pierde. Ecologista, 97, pp. 44-45.
      • Thesis: Impacto de las políticas brasileñas de Ciencia y Tecnología en la actividad investigadora de las universidades federales: Un estudio cienciométrico del período 2003-2015.
        Author: Claudia Daniele de Souza
        Souza, C. D.; De Filippo, D.; Sanz Casado (2015), E. Perfiles de especialización de la producción científica de las universidades de Brasil y España. In: Desafíos y oportunidades de las Ciencias de la Información y la Documentación en la era digital: actas del VII Encuentro Ibérico EDICIC Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
      • Thesis: Formas de experimentar la alfabetización en información: la fenomenografía como herramienta para evaluar el impacto después de los estudios de postgrado
        Author: Eduardo Ruvalcaba Burgoa
        Rubalcava, E.; Marzal, M.A.; Borges, J. (2016). “Information Literacy and Metaliteracy as key factor in academic excellence in Higher Education”. En: Knecevic, R. et al. (eds.): Proceedings Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference. Information Literacy in Digital World. Bihac (Boscia-H) 8-11 June 2016. Limerick Institute of Technology (Irlanda), p. 35-42, ISBN 978-0-9541582-5-5
        Marzal, M.A.; Calzada. F.J.; Rubalcava, E. (2015). “Objetos de Aprendizaje como recursos educativos en programas de alfabetización en información para educación superior de posgrado competencial”. Revista de Investigación Bibliotecológica, 29 (66), p. 139-168. ISSN: 0187-358X.


    • Scientific publications

      This is a sample of the most relevant publications of the PhD faculty:


      Doc - 03 Scholarly Communication and Social Impact of Science

      ALONSO, F.J.; FILIPPO, DANIELA ALEJANDRA DE; SERRANO-LOPEZ, A.E.; MORENO, C. Contribución de la comunicación institucional de la investigación a su impacto y visibilidad. Caso de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Profesional de la Información, Vol. 29, Núm. 6, 2020, ESPAÑA.

      FILIPPO, DANIELA ALEJANDRA DE; ALEIXANDRE, R.; SANZ, E. Toward a classification of Spanish scholarly journals in social sciences and humanities considering their impact and visibility, SCIENTOMETRICS, Núm. 125, 2020, pp. 1709-1732, HOLANDA - PAISES BAJOS.

      FILIPPO, DANIELA ALEJANDRA DE; GORRAIZ, J. Is the Emerging Source Citation Index an aid to assess the citation impact in social science and humanities?, Journal of Informetrics, Vol. 14, Núm. 4, 2020, pp. 101088-, HOLANDA - PAISES BAJOS.

      FILIPPO, DANIELA ALEJANDRA DE; MAÑANA, J. Open access initiatives in European universities: analysis of their implementation and the visibility of publications in the YERUN network, SCIENTOMETRICS, Vol. 125, Núm. 3, 2020, pp. 2667-2694 , HOLANDA - PAISES BAJOS.

      OLMEDA-GÓMEZ, C. ; ROMA, C.; OVALLE-PERANDONES, M.A. Overview of trends in global epigenetic research (2009-2017), SCIENTOMETRICS, Vol. 119, Núm. 3, 2019, pp. 1545-1574, HOLANDA - PAISES BAJOS.

      PANDIELLA DOMINIQUE, ANDRÉS; GARCIA-ZORITA, C. ; SANZ, E. Análisis de la internacionalización de la Revista Española de Documentación Científica: 2010-2015, Revista Española de Documentacion Cientifica, Vol. 42, Núm. 1, 2019, ESPAÑA.


      Doc - 04 Research Evaluation

      BAUTISTA PUIG, NURIA; MORENO LORENTE, LUIS ENRIQUE; SANZ, E. Proposed methodology for measuring the effectiveness of policies designed to further research, RESEARCH EVALUATION, Vol. 2020, pp. 1-15, REINO UNIDO.

      LASCURAIN, M. L. ; FILIPPO, DANIELA ALEJANDRA DE; SANZ, E.; PANDIELLA DOMINIQUE, ANDRÉS. Scientometric Analysis of Research in Energy Efficiency and Citizen Science Through Projects and Publications, Sustainability (Sustainability), Vol. 12, Núm. 12, 2020, SUIZA.


      Doc - 05 Bibliometrics/Scientometrics

      CATIVELLI, A.S.; PINTO, A.L.; LASCURAIN, M. L. Patent value index: Measuring Brazilian green patents based on family size, grant, and backward citation., Iberoamerican Journal of Science Measurement and Communication, Vol. 1, Núm. 1, 2020, pp. 1-17, ESPAÑA.

      OLMEDA-GÓMEZ, C. ; PERIANES-RODRIGUEZ, A. Altmetrics as a research specialty (Dimensions, 2005-2018)=Altmetría como especialidad de investigación (Dimensions, 2005-2018), Profesional de la Informacion, Vol. 28, Núm. 6, 2019, pp. 1-18, ESPAÑA.


      Doc - 06 Informetrics

      FILIPPO, DANIELA ALEJANDRA DE; SANZ, E.; BERTENI, F.; BARISANI, F.; BAUTISTA PUIG, NURIA; GROSSI, G. Assessing citizen science methods in IWRM for a new science shop: a bibliometric approach, HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES JOURNAL-JOURNAL DES SCIENCES HYDROLOGIQUES, Vol. 66, Núm. 2, 2020, pp. 179-192, REINO UNIDO.

      K.M.; GARCIA-ZORITA, C. ; Marugán-Lázaro, S; PERIT, M.; SANZ, E. Mapping and clustering analysis on neuroscience literature in Turkey: a bibliometric analysis from 2000 to 2017, SCIENTOMETRICS, Vol. 121, 2019, pp. 1339-1366, HOLANDA - PAISES BAJOS.


      Doc - 07 Digital Humanities

      GARCIA MORENO, MARIA ANTONIA; HERNANDEZ, A. Patrimonio cultural europeo digitalizado: Europeana, PragMATIZES ¿Revista Latino-Americana de Estudos em Cultura, Vol. 9, Núm. 16, 2019, pp. 140-155.


      Doc - 08 Print/Written Culture: Books and Documents through the History

      JUÁREZ VALERO, EDUARDO. En torno al terrorismo. Evolución histórica de un concepto gastado, en: El conflicto y su situación actual. Del terrorismo a la amenaza híbrida, (1), ARANZADI THOMSON REUTERS, ESPAÑA, pp. 71-90, 2019.

      JUÁREZ VALERO, EDUARDO. Protección del conocimiento empírico en el Medievo. Libros secretos y encriptados en la Europa Medieval, en: Los nuevos escenarios en las relaciones internacionales. Retos, amenazas y oportunidades, (1), ARANZADI THOMSON REUTERS, ESPAÑA, pp. 679-693, 2019.


      Doc - 09 Archival Science & Record Management

      DE CASTRO LEAL, LETICIA; JORGE, M.C. El Archivo Histórico Fotográfico de Repsol: Creación y Acceso al material fotográfico, Documentación de las Ciencias de la Información, Vol. 42, Núm. 4, 2019, pp. 117-131, ESPAÑA.

      PACIOS, A.R.; MARTÍNEZ CARDAMA, SARA. Active disclosure of Spanish historic archives' economic-financial information., Archives and Records, Vol. 42, Núm. 2, 2020, pp. 183-200.


      Doc - 11 Diplomatics, conservation, restoration and preservation

      JUÁREZ VALERO, EDUARDO Orígenes del poblamiento en el valle de San Ildefonso: el Pastoreo en la sierra del Guadarrama y las tipologías arqueológicas en la Nava de San Ildefonso, Boletín del Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Núm. 39, 2020, pp. 103-120, ESPAÑA.

      NAVARRO BONILLA, DIEGO. Ductus Generator: Herramienta de integración paleográfico/caligráfica, Archivamos: Boletín ACAL, Núm. 114, 2020, pp. 29-31, ESPAÑA.


      Doc - 13 Information Systems and Information Policy

      PACIOS, A.R.; GARCIA, F. ; MORALES GARCÍA, ANA. MARÍA. Evaluación de la transparencia en las Bibliotecas Públicas del Estado = Assessment of transparency in national public libraries, Métodos de información, Vol. 12, Núm. 22, 2021, pp. 58-85, ESPAÑA.


      Doc - 14 Planning & Management of Libraries & Information Centers

      PACIOS, A.R.; FERNÁNDEZ Y, P. Publication of the values of Spanish university libraries on their websites, Profesional de la Informacion, Vol. 28, Núm. 5, 2019, pp. e280508-, ESPAÑA.

      PACIOS, A.R.; MARTÍNEZ CARDAMA, SARA. European National Libraries Strategy, Library Philosophy and Practice, Núm. 2630, 2019, pp. 1-23.

      PACIOS, A.R.; P.P.M.P. Evaluating national library mission statements in Ibero-America, Library Management (Library Management), Vol. 40, Núm. 5, 2019, pp. 274-293, REINO UNIDO.

      PACIOS, A.R.; SERNA, I. The Annual Report, Indicator of Library Transparency, International Information and Library Review, Vol. 52, Núm. 4, 2020, pp. 253-262, REINO UNIDO.

      REY MARTIN, CARINA; RODRIGUEZ, C.; PACIOS, A.R.; VIANELLO, M. ; RODRÍGUEZ, B. Transparency in the management of Spanish public university libraries through the internet, LIBRI-International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies, Vol. 70, Núm. 3, 2020, pp. 239-250, ALEMANIA.


      Doc - 16 Knowledge Society Metrics

      HERNANDEZ, A. ; MOREIRO, J. A. La Transformación de los Estudios en Biblioteconomía y Documentación en España: el Caso de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Revista Prisma.Com, Núm. 39, 2019, pp. 3-13, PORTUGAL.

      PALETTA, F.; MOREIRO, J. A. ; CASTRO SANTOS VERGUEIRO, WALDOMIRO. A Ciência da informação e o mercado de trabalho na era digital. Desafios na Formação do Profissional da Informação, en: Ciência da Informação: visões e tendências, Imprensa da Universidade de


      Doc - 17 Digital Divide

      PALETTA, F.C.; PASTOR, J.A.; MOREIRO, J. A. Competências e habilidades digitais requeridas aos profissionais da informação nos anúncios brasileiros de emprego na web, Profesional de la Informacion, Vol. 30, Núm. 1, 2021, pp. e300108-, ESPAÑA.


      Doc - 18 Information Literacy

      MARZAL GARCÍA-QUISMONDO, MIGUEL ÁNGEL; CRUZ PALACIOS, EDUARDO DE LA; CASTRO MORALES, F. A didactic innovation project in Higher Education through a Visual and Academic Literacy competence-based program, Education for Information, Vol. 35, Núm. 3, 2019, pp.

      SOLIMINE, G.; MARZAL GARCÍA-QUISMONDO, MIGUEL ÁNGEL. Proposal of Visual Literacy Indicators for competencies courses. An academic literacy perspective for academic excellence,, Vol. 11, Núm. 1, 2020, pp. 17-35.


      Doc - 19 Learning Resources Centres

      FILIPPO, DANIELA ALEJANDRA DE; SANDOVAL HAMON, ANGELICA; FERNANDO CASANI FERNANDEZ NAVARRETE; SANZ, E. Spanish universities sustainability performance and sustainability-related R&D+I, Sustainability (Sustainability), Vol. 11, Núm. 20, 2019, pp. 5570-1-5570-21, SUIZA.

      PACIOS, A.R. Knowledge management and innovation: two explicit intentions pursued by Spanish university libraries, IFLA Journal (IFLA Journal), Vol. 46, Núm. 3, 2020, pp. 224-233, REINO UNIDO.


      Doc - 20 Networking and Educational Virtual Content

      CALZADA-PRADO, FRANCISCO-JAVIER. Avanzar en el aprendizaje autónomo y social: integración de autoevaluación y evaluación por pares como herramientas de evaluación formativa, en: Innovación docente e investigación en educación , DYKINSON, S.L., ESPAÑA, pp. 211-219, 2020.

      CALZADA-PRADO, FRANCISCO-JAVIER; C. Jorge. Generación y evaluación de contenidos audiovisuales en Twitter como estrategia para mejorar el engagement de los estudiantes: proyecto #studyandtell, en: Innovación docente e investigación en Educación y Ciencias Sociales: avanzando en el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje, DYKINSON, S.L., ESPAÑA, pp. 707-716, 2020.


      Doc - 21 Systems, Representations and Knowledge Organization

      ARRAIS, F.; HERBERT, L.F.; DA SILVA, R.; ASSIS, F.; MARTINEZ AVILA, DANIEL. Autonomeação e autoclassificação das homossexualidades masculinas e sexualidades alternativas no Brasil = Autodenominación y autoclasificación de la homosexualidad masculina y las sexualidades alternativas en Brasil = Self-naming and self-classification of gay men and alternative sexualities in Brazil, Investigacion Bibliotecologica, Vol. 34, Núm. 84, 2020, pp. 151-168, MEXICO.


      Doc - 22 Structures and semantics relationships in vocabularies

      MARZAL GARCÍA-QUISMONDO, MIGUEL ÁNGEL. A taxonomic proposal for multiliteracies and their competences, Profesional de la Informacion, Vol. 29, Núm. 4, 2020, ESPAÑA.

      MARZAL GARCÍA-QUISMONDO, MIGUEL ÁNGEL; MARTÍNEZ CARDAMA, SARA. Clasificación de la investigación académica en Metaliteracy, Revista Espanola de Documentacion Cientifica, Vol. 43, Núm. 4, 2020, pp. 1-17, ESPAÑA.


      Doc - 24 Information Technology

      EITO, R. Terminology as the basis for building engineering feature-based models, Terminologija, Vol. 2020, Núm. 27, 2020, pp. 186-200.

      EITO, R.; CALLEJA, C. La gestión documental en los modelos de gobernanza TIC: presencia y visibilidad de la normativa internacional en el modelo de referencia COBIT, Revista Espanola de Documentacion Cientifica, Vol. 43, Núm. 3, 2020, ESPAÑA.


      Doc - 25 Information Retrieval Systems

      PALETTA, F.C.; MOREIRO, J. A. Modelos de busca, acesso, recuperação e apropriação da informação na web de dados, Informaçao e informaçao, Vol. 24, Núm. 2, 2019, pp. 182-210, BRASIL.


      Doc - 26 Digital Libraries

      GARCIA, F. ; MARTÍNEZ CARDAMA, SARA. Strategies for preserving memes as artefacts of digital culture, JOURNAL OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION SCIENCE, Vol. 52, Núm. 3, 2020, pp. 895-904, REINO UNIDO.


      Doc - 27 Open Science

      PERIANES-RODRIGUEZ, A. ; OLMEDA-GÓMEZ, C. Effect of policies promoting open access in the scientific ecosystem: case study of ERC grantee publication practice, SCIENTOMETRICS, Vol. 126, Núm. 8, 2021, HOLANDA - PAISES BAJOS.

      WOUTERSEN-WINDHOUWER, S.; Méndez, Eva; SONDERVAN, J.; OORT, F.J. UNIVERSITY JOURNALS. Consolidating institutional repositories in a digital, free, open access publication platform for all scholarly output, LIBER Quarterly, Vol. 30, Núm. 1, 2020, pp. 1-15.


      Doc - 28 Linked Data 

      MOCHÓN, G.; Méndez, Eva; BUENO-DE-LA-FUENTE, G. Conversión normalizada (SKOS) de sistemas de organización del conocimiento interoperables en la web, Investigacion Bibliotecologica, Vol. 34, Núm. 82, 2019, pp. 53-86, MEXICO.


      Doc - 29 Digital Imaging

      ROBLEDANO, J. ; NAVARRO BONILLA, DIEGO; CERDÁ DÍAZ, JULIO. Application of Linked Open Data to the coding and dissemination of Spanish Civil War photographic archives, JOURNAL OF DOCUMENTATION, Vol. 76, Núm. 1, 2019, pp. 67-95, REINO UNIDO.


      Doc. 30 Libraries and Citizen Empowerment

      MARTÍNEZ CARDAMA, SARA; PACIOS, A.R. Comunicación de bibliotecas universitarias en Twitter ante la Covid-19 = Twitter Communication of University Libraries in the Face of Covid-19, Profesional de la Informacion, Vol. 29, Núm. 6, 2020, ESPAÑA.



      Further information:



    Thesis defense


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

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


    Further information:



    Requirements for thesis defense in Library Science: Archives and Libraries in the Digital Environment


    To defend the thesis it is required to:

    • Have the approval of the PhD supervisor and the Academic Committee;
    • Have completed the complementary training, if required;
    • Have completed the specific training (4 ECTS) and the research skills training (2 ECTS);
    • Have published (or accepted for publication) at least a conference communication and a journal article based on research work. These have to meet the requirements listed below:

    -Candidate listed as one of the first three authors of the publication.
    -An article published or accepted for publication in a journal indexed in the Journal of Citation Reports or Scimago Journal Ranking, or in an indexed journal with a FECYT-quality seal journal or listed in the Latindex catalog.
    -A publication in a professional conference related to the areas of the field.
    -A book or book chapter published by one of the top 10 publishers in the SPI ranking.

    • 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.


      Doctoral training calendar 

      Duration of the academic year: October 1st through September 30th

      Process Period
      Admission According to the start semester of the PhD:

      Second semester of the 23/24 academic year
      Admission application deadline: September 1st 2023 through January 31st 2024 (23:59 h., CET) 
      PhD start date: March 30th 2024

      First semester of the 24/25 academic year
      Admission application deadline: February 1st through August 31st 2024 (23:59 h., CET) 
      PhD start date: November 15th 2024
      Enrollment According to the start semester of the PhD:

      Enrollment period for new students
      First semester: July 24th through 30th and September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., CET) of the current academic year
      Second semester: March 1st through 30th (23:59 h., CET) of the current academic year

      Enrollment period for continuing students
      September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., CET) of the current academic year
      Annual Assessment  June
      All PhD candidates are subject to annual evaluation.

      Only students whose June evaluation was unfavorable are subject to evaluation. 

      In both cases the evaluation is based on the progress of the thesis project (Reseach Plan) and the doctoral activities carried out during the academic year.
      Thesis Defense Thesis defense can be carried out throughout the academic year.
    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Studies

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

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

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

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

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

      Shat is the duration of a Ph.D.?

      The regular duration of a full-time Ph.D. program is 4 years. This period can be extended up to 5 years.

      The regular duration of a part-time Ph.D. program is 7 years. This period can be extended up to 8 years. 

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

      Can I do my Ph.D. entirely online?

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

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

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

      If you are the recipient of a pre-doctoral contract with the UC3M, you must be a full-time student for the entire duration of the contract in application of article 21 of Law 14/2011, of  the1st of June, on Science, Technology and Innovation.

      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.

      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.


      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?

      Applications for admission for the first semester of the 24/25 academic year with start date on the 15th of November 2024 can be submitted from February 1st through August 31st 2024 (Spanish peninsular time, CET)*

      Applications for admission for the second semester of the 24/25 academic year with start date on the 30th of March 2025 can be submitted from September 1st 2024 through January 31st 2025 (Spanish peninsular time, CET)*.

      *Except where noted in the details of each Ph.D. Program.

      The PhD academic year begins on October 1st and ends on September 30th. 

      What documents do I need to submit?

      Scan in advance, in pdf format, 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. 
      • Academic transcript of previous degree (Bachelor's and Master’s degree or equivalent), including grades
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Authorization of disclosure of educational and employment information
      • Ph.D. research proposal
      • Endorsement for thesis project

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

      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

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

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

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

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

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

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

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

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

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

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

      Doctoral training scholarships. Exemptions

      Campus Getafe

      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

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

      Who are the awarding bodies?

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

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

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships

      When and how can I apply for these?

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


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

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


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

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


      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.


      How to enroll

      Our Ph.D. Management platform allows to process your enrollment online. To access the platform, enter your UC3M username and password.

      When to enroll               

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

      Students starting first semester:

      • Enrollment period: July 24 through 30 and September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Start date of Ph.D. training: November 15 

      Students starting second semester*:

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

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

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

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

      What modules should I register on my application?

      You must select the following modules of your enrollment application:

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

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

      • Complementary credits.

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

      Other activities of your doctoral training may not require enrollment. If so, our Doctoral School Office is in charge of the registration process:

      • Specific training: Activities included in the curriculum of your Ph.D. program. 
      • Research Skills training: Only required for students of some Ph.D. programs.  

      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.

      Training credits

      • Complementary training (only for students who are required to take these credits as established in their resolution of admission). If the subjects are the same as subjects from an official degree, the price will be the same as in the original degree. The prices range from € 45,02 to € 80-150 €, depending on the master's program and the doctoral year of enrollment (first, second or subsequent).
      • Research Skills training courses. 45,02 € per credit. Credits from other institutions also require an enrollment at UC3M . A reduced 25% fee will apply in these cases (11,25 € per credit).

      Thesis defense. 143,15 €

      Ph.D. Degree Certificate. 229,86 €

      1. Administrative fees
      • Registrar’s Office expenses. 6,11 €
      • Academic record proceedings (first-year students only). 27,54 €
      1. School insurance. 1, 12 €. Applicable to Spanish or international students (legal residents) under 28 years of age.

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

      Further information:  Tuition fees

      How do I validate my first-year enrollment?

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


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

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

      2. If your access degree for Ph.D. was issued by a University from Spain or a European Union country, or a state of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, it is required to provide the following original documents: 

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

      3. If your access degree for Ph.D. was issued by a University from a country other than the ones indicated above, it is required to provide the following legalized documents:

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

      There are different ways to have your documents legalized. Find which legalization procedure applies in your case:  Legalization of Foreign Degrees

      Please note that the legalization procedure must be carried out from the home country. It is strongly recommended to do it in advance. 

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

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

      The submission period will be notified by e-mail within a month after the end of the enrollment period.

      What are my rights and obligations as a uc3m student?

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

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

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

      Further information:  Rules and Regulations

      Ph.D. Studies: Monitoring and Development

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      How are my Ph.D. supervisors appointed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

      • Complementary training. Maximum: 40 ECTS credits. Applicable only to students whose terms of admission state this training as required. The Academic Committee will determine the credit-based courses or subjects in the admission resolution. As a general rule, this training must be taken during the first year.
      • Specific training. Students are also expected to participate in a number of activities relevant to their field of research: seminars, meetings, conferences, courses, etc. These activities may require prior enrollment at uc3m. Your tutor or advisor will confirm the contents of your specific training program.
      • Research Skills training. Some Ph.D. programs at uc3m require training in research skills 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.


      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 and presented in one of the languages used for scientific dissemination in your field of research (different from any of Spain’s official languages). Prior approval by your tutor/advisor and the Academic Committee of your program is required. The Committee will evaluate your visiting research reports and, if approved, submit your candidacy for the Doctorado Internacional distinction to the Doctoral School Board.

      Thesis defense

      Biblioteca Carmen Martin Gaite

      What is a Ph.D. thesis?

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

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

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

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

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

      What is the plagiarism management procedure?

      To ensure compliance with the principles established in the Code of Good Practice for Managing Plagiarism of Ph.D. Theses of the Doctoral School, all theses must be subjected to a plagiarism management procedure prior to the authorization of the defense.

      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.

      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 UC3M professors 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 approves the defense?

      Once your thesis has successfully passed both stages, the Academic Committee of the program will elaborate their proposal for thesis defense, providing details of the proposed members of the Thesis Committee on the Authorization of thesis defense and appointment of Thesis Committee. Eligibility for “Doctorado Internacional”, “Doctorado Industrial” or International Cotutelle must be indicated, where applicable.

      This proposal will be submitted for the Dean of the Doctoral School's approval of the thesis defense and the appointment of Thesis Committee members.

      Who can be a member of the Thesis Committee?

      The Thesis Committee consists of three members (President, Secretary, and a spokesperson) and a substitute. All of them must hold a Ph.D. degree and a proven track record in research. In all cases, the Committee will be formed by a majority of members external to the University and to the institutions collaborating with the School or the Ph.D. Program.

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

      How is the thesis defense organized?

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

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

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

      Do I have to pay any fees before the defense?

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

      How is my thesis assessed?

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

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

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

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

      Your application for the official Ph.D. degree certificate and the payment of the corresponding fees is done online.

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

      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

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

      Glossary of terms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Itinerary
      Itinerario Estudiante de Doctorado
    • Regulations
    • Quality


      Implementation Year: 2013-2014


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



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