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Library Science: Archives and Libraries in the Digital Environment

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    Profª. Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jiménez


    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



    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 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


      Profª. Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jiménez
      Department of Library and Information Science. Director of the Program

      Prof. José Antonio Moreiro González
      Department of Library and Information Science

      Prof. José Carlos García Zorita
      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
      • 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.)


    Research skills training


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

    Students must take 6 credits (60 hours approximately) throughout the doctoral training period.


    Further information:

    • 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



    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


    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


      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. 



      *Applications for admission to the Ph.D. program in Humanities received after October 15th will be considered for enrollment on the second semester, and applications received after February 28th will be considered for the next academic year. 

      Calendar of the Academic Year: October 1 - September 30

        Period Dates


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

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

      • October 1 to October 30 (23:59 h. Peninsular Spanish time)
      Monitoring and annual assessment

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

      Further information on  Ph.D. monitoring and annual assessment

      June: All Ph.D. students 

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

      Thesis defense

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

      Official enrollment at the time of thesis defense is required. 

      Calendar of thesis defense approval


    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Studies

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

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


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

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

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

      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

      What is the outcome of a Ph.D.?

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

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

      What is an Interuniversity Ph.D.?

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




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

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


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

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


      When can I apply for admission?

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


      What documents do I need to submit?

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

      • National Identity Document: DNI, NIE, or passport
      • Previous degree certificate or diploma (Master’s degree or equivalent), or proof of payment of issuance fees. Not required for former uc3m students
      • Academic transcript of previous degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), including grades. Not required for former uc3m students
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Ph.D. Thesis Research Proposal
      • Endorsement letter by a Ph.D. professor of uc3m faculty

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

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

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


      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

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


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

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

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


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

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

      • Administrative validation. Our Postgraduate Office administrators will review your application and the documentation attached to check that they meet all requirements. You will be contacted if necessary.
      • Academic evaluation. If your application has succesfully passed the previous stage, it will be forwarded to the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. program for review. You will be notified of the Committee's decision by certified mail sent to the postal address provided in your application.

      This process may take up to one-two months. You will receive proper notification of the Committee’s decision via certified mail at the postal address provided in your application.


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

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

      Doctoral training scholarships. Exemptions

      Campus Getafe

      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

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

      Who are the awarding bodies?

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

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

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships

      When and how can I apply for these?

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


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

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


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

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


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


      When to enroll               

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

      • First semester:

      Start date: November 15

      Enrollment period: September 1 to October 30


      • Second semester*:

      Start date: March 30

      Enrollment period: March 1 to March 31


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

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

      As a continuing student, enrollment period is October 1 to October 30 in all cases.


      What modules should I register on my application?

      You must select the following modules of your enrollment application:

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

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

      • Complementary credits.

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

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

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

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


      What are the costs of tuition fees?

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


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

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

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

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

                  *Full fees will apply in subsequent years.


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


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


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


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


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

      Further information:  Tuition fees


      How do I validate my first-year enrollment?

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

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

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

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

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

      What are my rights and obligations as a uc3m student?

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

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

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

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

      Ph.D. Studies: Monitoring and Development

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      How are my Ph.D. supervisors appointed?

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


      How is the progress of my research evaluated?

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

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

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

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

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



      Can I join an international research visit program?

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

      Thesis defense

      Biblioteca Carmen Martin Gaite

      What is a Ph.D. thesis?

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

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


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

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

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


      What is the plagiarism management procedure?

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

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

      Further information:  Plagiarism management


      What is the thesis deposit?

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

      Further information:  Thesis deposit


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

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

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

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members


      How are defense logistics managed?

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

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

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members


      Do I have to pay any fees before the defense?

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


      How is my thesis assessed?

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

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

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


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

      Your application for the official Ph.D. degree certificate, issued by the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte of Spain, and the payment of the corresponding fees is managed by the university’s administration.

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


      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

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

      Glossary of terms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Itinerary
      Itinerario Estudiante de Doctorado
    • Contact
      Bienvenida Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


      • Getafe Campus Postgraduate Information Office:

                    Edificio Carmen Martín Gaite, Despacho 18.0.A15
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    • Regulations



    • Quality


      Implantation Year: 2013-2014


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


      • Ph.D. degree's indicators