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Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Organization

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    Prof. María Beatriz Ramírez Berasategui


    About the program


    The program aims at providing comprehensive training in the areas of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Organization. For this purpose, it provides training in basic research tools commonly used in these areas, as well as specific training on skills connected to the lines of research developed by the different groups.

    The program also provides training in advanced competencies and skills required to elaborate research, development and innovative work in the differente areas: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Organization, Continuum Mechanics and Theory of Structures, and Thermal and Fluids Engineering. 


    • Program regulated by RD 99/2011, January 28






    Student profile


    Students must have prior training in the areas of the Ph.D. Program (Mechanical Engineering, Fluid and Thermal Engineering, Continuum Mechanics and Structural Theory, and Industrial Organization), particularly in the lines of research related to the topic of the thesis.

    Good English skills that enable the student to read international publications, write articles and attend international conferences is higly valued.


    Admission requirements


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

    • Affinitiy of previous academic background with the area of specialization of the program.
    • Curriculum vitae and its affinitiy with the area of specialization of the program
    • Academic transcript, area of specialization and prestige of the institution of previous studies
    • Motivation letter, statement of commitment to the program, and letters of recommendation from researchers from the areas of specialization of the program
    • As RD 99/2011 Regulations require the appointment of a thesis advisor for every candidate that is admitted, the Academic Committee will request, as a requirement for admission, an endorsement from a professor of the program stating their willingness to accept the advisorship (and/or tutorship) of the thesis proposed by the candidate. The Committee will take into consideration for their appointment the professor's availability, their affinity with the candidate's profile and their interest in the topic of the thesis.    

    The Academic Committee will determine the weight of the abovementioned criteria and the minimum score required for admission to the program. 

    The Academic Committee can require in their resolution of admission the completion of up to 12 ECTS of complementary training credits for candidates meeting the profile detailed above. Candidates from areas other than Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Organization can be required to complete up to 24 ECTS of complementary training.

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



    Admission criteria


    In accordance with Article 6 of Royal Decree 99/2011, that regulates Ph.D. Programs, the following and requirements for admission into the Ph.D. Program in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Organization are established:

    • To have a Spanish Bachelor's degree or equivalent and a Master’s Degree in in engineering with a specialization in one of the areas of the Ph.D. Program: Mechanical Engineering; Industrial Organization; Continuum Mechanics and Theory of Structures; and Engineering thermal and Fluids.
    • To have an official university degree from a country in the European Space of Higher Education that qualifies for admission into a Master’s degree in accordance with the provisions established in Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, to have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at the Master’s level in one of the areas of specialization in the Ph.D. Program.
    • To have an equivalent degree from foreign educational systems in one of the areas of specialization of the Ph.D. Program. No homologation is necessary provided that a level equivalent to that of the Spanish Master’s Degree is demonstrated and provided that the degree gives access to graduate studies in the home country. Admission does not imply homologation of the applicant’s degree or its recognition for purposes other than access to Ph.D. studies.
    • To hold a Ph.D.
    • To have official Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in physics, mathematics, engineering or architecture with specializations that make it possible to acquire the skills and competences expected in the Program. These degrees may be from Spain or foreign educational systems but it is required that they give access to Ph.D. Programs in their countries of origin. The Academic Committee will decide on the candidate’s admission to the program by analyzing the adequacy of the candidate’s training and will determine the additional training required in case of admission.


    Seats available for the academic year: 10






    In addition to the elaboration of the doctoral thesis, students must take some training aimed at improving their research skills and the scientific quality of their research work. This is structured in the following types of training.


    Specific training


    • Research seminars and / or conferences on relevant topics on Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Organization related to the research areas of the program. Speakers in these seminars or lectures are professors participating in the program and/or renowned guest speakers from other institutions.


    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: 

    • Grupos de investigación
      • Ingeniería de Organización
      • MAQLAB: Laboratorio de Máquinas
      • Mecánica Experimental, Cálculo y Transportes (MECATRAN)
      • Tecnologías de Fabricación y Diseño de Componentes Mecánicos y Biomecánicos
      • Grupo de Tecnologías Apropiadas para el Desarrollo Sostenible
      • Ingeniería de Sistemas Energéticos
      • Ingeniería Térmica, Energía y Atmósfera (ITEA)
      • Mecánica de Fluidos
      • Grupo de investigación en Mecánica de Materiales Avanzados
      • Dinámica y Fractura de Elementos Estructurales

    • Research Lines
      • Study and optimization of the basic processes in absorption machines
      • Solar energy applications
      • Use of low temperature residual energies
      • Experimental and numerical test of thermal machines and characterization of the internal and external processes
      • Energy and atmospheric impact optimization
      • Advance measurement techniques in processes of propulsive, energy and environmental interest
      • Renewable energies and energy efficiency
      • Heat and mass transfer
      • Energetics of building and transport. Urban and industrial energetics
      • Caracterization of multiphase flow of industrial interest. Solid fluidization.
      • Fluid Mechanics
      • Modelization of thermo-fluid systems
      • Thermo chemical conversion of biomass
      • New test methodologies for structural elements yield to impact 
      • Energy absorbing structures and impact protection
      • Constitutive models of materials at high-speed deformation
      • Fracture and damage mechanics
      • Trials for fracture under dynamic conditions
      • Damage tolerance of composite structural elements
      • Analysis and modelization of structures of composite materials (laminar and sandwich) subjected to high, medium and low speed impact
      • Experimental and numerical analysis of crack propagation in metallic structural elements subjected to cryogenic temperature
      • Analysis and modelization of composite materials (laminar and sandwich)
      • Analysis, modelization and numerical implementation of constitutive behaviour of metallic materials
      • Dynamic behaviour of non-linear elastic structures
      • Experimental methodology for the detection of mechanic damage in aeronautical structures
      • Smart structures
      • Generalized Mechanics of Continuous Media: non-local and gradient theories. Discrete models in solid mechanics.
      • Modelization of dynamic instabilities in metallic structures subjected to high speed deformation
      • Modelization and test of thermoplastic polymers for structural application
      • Repair in composite materials
      • Structural response of biocomposites
      • Product and process innovation
      • Kinematic and Dynamic Analysis and Synthesis of Machines and Mechanisms
      • Machine and Mechanism Modeling
      • Machine and Mechanism Optimization
      • Machine and Mechanism Vibration and Noise, Defect Detection
      • Measurement and Signal Processing Advanced Techniques in Machines and Mechanisms
      • Design, construction and testing of machines
      • Advanced measure and testing techniques. Industrial security and maintenance
      • Bio-mechanic   
      • Railways and automobiles. Intelligent vehicles. Transportation
      • Traffic Engineering. Accident reconstruction
      • Graphics engineering, simulation and virtual reality. Acoustic and vibrations.
      • Numerical modelling of mechanised process
      • Machinability testing
      • Ecological mechanised
      • Heuristic techniques application (neural networks, genetics algorithms) for manufacturing processes modeling. Neural networks, Genetics algorithms
      • Damage detection techniques, optimization techniques in mechanical engineering and inverse problems in mechanical engineering
      • Integral evaluation (social, technical and economical) ofdesign proposals for complex systems
      • Modelization and simulation in Industrial Engineering
      • Mechatronic
      • Numerical modelization of machining of aeronautical alloys
    • Scientific Results

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

      • Thesis: On the role of axial and transverse wall conduction in laminar counterflow parallel-plate heat exchangers with flat and corrugated plates
        Author: Alberto Emanuel Quintero Gámez
        Publication: Laminar counterflow parallel-plate heat exchangers: An exact solution including axial and transverse wall conduction effects. Quintero, A. E., & Vera, M.
        Journal: International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 104, 1229-1245 (2017)
        Area: Mechanics
        Ranking position in area in 2016 (last year available): 9/133 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: Scholar citations: 9. WOS citations: 7
      • Thesis: Análisis del comportamiento de fragmentos de carbono/epoxi en régimen de impacto
        Author: Alberto Mata Díaz
        Publication: Experimental analysis of high velocity impacts of composite fragments. A. Mata-Díaz, J. López-Puente, D. Varas, J. Pernas-Sánchez, J.A. Artero-Guerrero
        Journal: International Journal of Impact Engineering, Volume 103, Pages 231-240 (2017)
        Area: Mechanics
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 14/133 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: JCR 2,938. WOS citations: 1
      • Thesis: Heliostat field aiming strategies for solar central receivers
        Author: Alberto Sánchez González
        Publication: Aiming strategy model based on allowable flux densities for molten salt central receivers. Alberto Sánchez-González, María Reyes Rodríguez-Sánchez, Domingo Santana
        Journal: Solar Energy. Volume 157, Pages 1130-1144 (2017)
        Area: Energy & Fuels 3
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 21/92 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: JCR 4,018. WOS citations: 3
      • Thesis: Manufacturing, Characterization and Modelling of Biodegradable Composite Materials
        Author: Ángel Rubio López
        Publication: Compression after impact of flax/PLA biodegradable composites. Rubio-López, A., Artero-Guerrero, J., Pernas-Sánchez, J., & Santiuste, C.
        Journal: Polymer Testing, 59, 127-135 (2017)
        Area: Materials Science, Characterization and testing
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 6/33 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: JCR 2.464
      • Thesis: A continuum mechanics framework for hyperelastic materials: Connecting experiments and modelling
        Author: Daniel García González
        Publication: A hyperelastic-thermoviscoplastic constitutive model for semi-crystalline polymers: Application to PEEK under dynamic loading conditions. D. Garcia-Gonzalez, R. Zaera, A. Arias
        Journal: International Journal of Plasticity, 88, 27-52 (2017)
        Area: Mechanical Engineering
        Ranking position in área in 2017: 2/130 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: JCR 5.702. Google Scholar citations: 11. WOS citations: 8
      • Thesis: Experimental study of Cynara Cardunculus L. Gasification in bubbling fluidized bed
        Author: Daniel Serrano García
        Publication: Effect of sepiolite bed material on gas composition and tar mitigation during C. cardunculus L. gasification. Daniel Serrano, Sergio Sánchez-Delgado, Alen Horvat
        Journal: Chemical Engineering Journal, 317, 1037-1046 (2017)
        Area: Engineering, Environmental / Engineering, Chemical
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 3/49 (Q1) / 6/135 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: JCR 6.216
      • Thesis: Dynamic radial deformations of nonlinear elastic structures. On the influence of constitutive modeling
        Author: Francisco Damián Aranda Iglesias
        Publication: Oscillatory behaviour of compressible hyperelastic shells subjected to dynamic inflation: a numerical study. D. Aranda-Iglesias, G. Vadillo, J. A. Rodríguez-Martínez.
        Journal: Acta Mechanica, 228, 2187-2205 (2017)
        Area: Mechanics
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 54/133 (Q2)
        Impact Factors: JCR 1.851. Scopus citations: 3
      • Thesis: Continuum Models for the Dynamic behavior of 1D Nonlinear Structured Solids
        Author: Javier Vila Morán
        Publication: Nonlinear continuum models for the dynamic behavior of 1D microstructured solids. Vila, J., Fernández-Sáez, J., Zaera, R.
        Journal: International Journal of Solids and Structures, 117, 111-122 (2017)
        Area: Mechanics
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 20/133 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: JCR 2.760. Wos citations: 5
      • Thesis: On the design of solar external receivers
        Authora: María de los Reyes Rodríguez Sánchez
        Publication: Thermodynamic and economic assessment of a new generation of subcritical and supercritical solar power towers. M.R. Rodríguez-Sánchez, A. Sánchez-González, P.A. González-Gómez, C. Marugán-Cruz, D. Santana
        Journal: Energy, 118, 534-544 (2017)
        Area: Thermodynamics / Energy & Fuels
        Ranking position in areas in 2016: 3/50 (Q1) / 17/92
        Impact Factors: JCR 4.520. 3 citations
      • Thesis: Análisis experimental y numérico de la fractura de fémur humano
        Author: Miguel Marco Esteban
        Publication: Numerical Modelling of Femur Fracture and Experimental Validation Using Bone Simulant. Marco, M., Giner, E., Larraínzar-Garijo, R. et al.
        Journal: Ann Biomed Eng, 45, 2395 (2017).
        Area: Engineering, Biomedical
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 18/77 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: JCR 3.221. WOS citations: 1
      • Thesis: Análisis experimental y numérico del proceso de taladrado de materiales compuestos de fibra de carbono
        Author: Norberto Feito Sánchez
        Publication: Experimental and numerical analysis of step drill bit performance when drilling woven CFRPs. N. Feito, J. Díaz-Álvarez, J. López-Puente, H. Miguelez
        Journal: Composite Structures, 184, 1147-1155 (2017)
        Area: Materials Science, Composites
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 5/25 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: JCR 3.858
      • Thesis: Modelling and experimental investigation on the processes involved in the indirect solar drying of Granny Smith apples
        Author: Lucía Blanco Cano
        Publication: Modeling the thin-layer drying process of Granny Smith apples: Application in an indirect solar dryer. L. Blanco-Cano, A. Soria-Verdugo, L.M. García-Gutiérrez, U. Ruiz-Rivas
        Journal: Applied Thermal Engineering 108, 1086-1094 (2016)
        Area: Thermodynamics / Energy & Fuels / Engineering Mechanical / Mechanics
        Ranking position in areas in 2016: 8/58 (Q1) / 29/92 (Q2) / 12/130 (Q1) / 10/130 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: JCR 3.444. WOS citations: 9
      • Thesis: Análisis de la evolución del daño en laminados con agujero empleando la mecánica del daño discreto
        Author: Marta María Moure Cuadrado
        Publication: Influence of ply cluster thickness and location on matrix cracking evolution in open-hole composite laminates. Moure, M.M., García-Castillo, S.K., Sánchez-Sáez, S., Barbero, E., Barbero, E.J.
        Journal: Composites Part B: Engineering, 95, 40-47 (2016)
        Area: Engineering, Multidisciplinary / Materials Science, Composites
        Ranking position in areas in 2016: 3/85 (Q1) / 2/25 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: JCR 4.727. WOS citations: 6
      • Thesis: Fundamental Studies of Vibrated Fluidized Beds
        Author: Eduardo Cano Pleite
        Publication: Compressible-gas two-fluid modeling of isolated bubbles in a vertically vibrated fluidized bed and comparison with experiments. E. Cano-Pleite, F. Hernández-Jiménez, A. Acosta-Iborra
        Journal: Chemical Engineering Journal, 271, 287-299 (2015)
        Area: Engineering, Environmental / Engineering, Mechanical
        Ranking position in area in 2015: 4/50 / 8/135 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: JCR 4.591. WOS citations: 9
      • Thesis: Metodología para la determinación del factor de seguridad probabilístico basado en la validación del modelo teórico
        Author: Ramón Alberto Gutiérrez Moizant
        Publication: Practical case application for stress model validation and enhancement by means of metrological tools. R. Gutierrez, M. Ramírez, E. Olmeda and V. Díaz. Strain.
        Journal: International Journal for Experimental. Vol. 51 (5), 379–390 (2015)
        Area: Materials Science, Characterization & Testing
        Ranking position in area in 2015: 9/33 (Q2, T1)
        Impact Factor: JCR 1.522
      • Thesis: Desarrollo de modelos predictivos de comportamiento de uniones mecánicas de material compuesto
        Author: Álvaro Olmedo Marcos
        Publication: An analytical model for predicting the stiffness and strength of pinned-joint composite laminates Olmedo, A., Santiuste, C., Barbero, E.
        Journal: Composites Science and Technology 90, pp. 67-73 (2014)
        Area: Materials Science, Composites
        Ranking position in area in 2014: 1/25 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: WOS citations: 10
      • Thesis: Desarrollo e implementación de modelos discretos aplicados a problemas de fractura cuasi-frágil
        Author: Matías Nicolás Braun
        Publication: A new 2D discrete model applied to dynamic crack propagation in brittle materials. Braun, M., Fernández-Sáez, J.
        Journal: International Journal of Solids and Structures, 51(21-22), 3787-3797 (2014)
        Area: Mechanics
        Ranking position in area in 2014: 20/137 (Q1)
        Impact Factors: JCR 2.214. WOS citations: 6



      • Thesis: Estudio numérico y experimental de un eje giratorio fisurado. Determinación del Factor de Intensidad de Tensiones
        Author: Laura Montero García
        Publication: Determination of the critical speed of a cracked shaft from experimental data. L. Montero; L. Rubio; P. Rubio; B. Muñoz Abella (2018, en proceso)
        Journal: Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing
        Area: Engineering, Mechanical
      • Ranking position in area in 2016: 4/130 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: JCR 4.116
      • Thesis: Contribución de la rigidez torsional de un autobús en su dinámica lateral cuando éste circula por carretera
        Author: Ana María Gómez Amador
        Pending publication
      • Thesis: Modelo de frenado del neumático de un vehículo turismo en un frenómetro de rodillos
        Author: Susana Sanz Sánchez
        Pending publication
    • Scientific publications

      This is a sample of relevant faculty publications:

      • Calvo José A., Álvarez-Caldas Carolina, Santos Silvia, Gutierrez, Ramón (2018). Influence of anodized depth on fatigue life for bicycle cranks. Engineering Failure Analysis.  Vol: 90, Page: 82-89. doi: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2018.03.021.
      • Cantero, J.L.; Díaz-Álvarez, J.; Infante-García, D.; Rodríguez, M.; Criado, V. (2018). High speed finish turning of Inconel 718 using PCBN tools under dry conditionsMetals. 8 (3). Art. no. 192. doi: 10.3390/met8030192.
      • María Jesús Gómez, Eduardo Corral, Cristina Castejón and Juan Carlos García-Prada (2018). Effective Crack Detection in Railway Axles Using Vibration Signals and WPT Energy. Sensors,  Vol. 18 (5), 1603. doi: 10.3390/s18051603.
      • B.L. Boada, M.J.L. Boada and V. Diaz (2018). A robust observer based on energy-to-peak filtering in combination with neural networks for parameter varying systems and its application to vehicle roll angle estimationMechatronics. 50. pp 196-204. doi: 10.1016/j.mechatronics.2018.02.008.
      • Durán, A.; García, I; Castilla, G. (2018). Comparison of Iterative Proportional Fitting and Simulated Annealing as synthetic population generation techniques: Importance of the rounding methodComputers, Environment and Urban Systems, Vol. 68, 78-88. doi: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2017.11.001.
      • Luis Alonso, Carlos Navarro, Shirley K. García-Castillo (2018). Analytical models for the perforation of thick and thin thickness woven-laminates subjected to high-velocity impact. Composites Part B: Engineering. Volume 143, Pages 292-300. doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.01.030.
      • D. Garcia-Pozuelo, J. Yunta, V. Diaz and O. Olatunbosun (2018). A Strain-Based Method to Detect Tires’ Loss of Grip and Estimate Lateral Friction Coefficient from Experimental Data by Fuzzy Logic for Intelligent Tire DevelopmentSensors. 18 (2). 490. doi: 10.3390/s18020490. 
      • J. Gómez-Hernández, P.A. González-Gómez, J.V. Briongos, D. Santana (2018). Influence of the steam generator on the exergetic and exergoeconomic analysis of solar tower plants. Energy, Volume 145, Pages 313-328. doi: 10.1016/
      • R. López, A. Lecuona, R. Ventas and J. Nogueira (2018).  1-D Transient Numerical Modelling of Counter-Current Two-Phase Stratified Flow inside a Medium Temperature Solar Linear Collector. Energy Conversion and Management. Volume 155, Pages 218-229. doi: 10.1016/j.enconman.2017.10.066.
      • B.L. Boada, M.J.L. Boada, L. Vargas-Melendez and V.Diaz (2018). A robust observer based on H-infinity filtering with parameter uncertainties combined with Neural Networks for estimation of vehicle roll angle. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. Vol. 99C, pp. 611-623. doi: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2017.06.044.
      • J. Pernas-Sánchez, J. A. Artero-Guerrero, J. López-Puente, D. Varas (2018). Numerical methodology to analyze the ice impact threat: Application to composite structures. Materials & Design, Volume 141, Pages 350-360. doi: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.12.044.
      • R. Gutiérrez Moizant, M. Ramírez Berasategui, S. Santos Cuadros and C. García Fernández (2018). Computational verification of the optimum boundary condition of the Brazilian Tensile Test. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. doi: 10.1007/s00603-018-1553-7.
      • K. E. N’souglo, A. Srivastava, S. Osovski, J. A. Rodríguez-Martínez (2018). Random distributions of material defects trigger regular necking patterns at high strain rates. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences; 474: 20170575. doi: 10.1098/rspa.2017.0575.
      • Morato-Godino A.,   Sánchez-Delgado S.,  García-Hernando N.,  Soria-Verdugo A. (2018) Pyrolysis of Cynara cardunculus L. samples – Effect of operating conditions and bed stage on the evolution of the conversion. Chemical Engineering Journal. Vol. 351 (1), pp. 371-381. doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.06.114.
      • Sánchez-González, A., Rodríguez-Sánchez, M.R., Santana, D. (2018). Aiming factor to flatten the flux distribution on cylindrical receivers. Energy, 153, pp. 113-125. doi: 10.1016/
      • Reboul, J.,  Vadillo, G. (2018). Homogenized Gurson-type behavior equations for strain rate sensitive materials. Acta Mechanica, 1-20. doi: 10.1007/s00707-018-2189-0.
      • Artero-Guerrero, J.A., Varas, D., Pernas-Sánchez, J., López-Puente, J. (2018). Experimental analysis of an attenuation method for Hydrodynamic Ram effects. Materials and Design, Vol. 155, pp. 451-462. doi: 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.06.020.
      • D. Garcia-Gonzalez, R. Zaera, A. Arias (2017). A hyperelastic-thermoviscoplastic constitutive model for semi-crystalline polymers: Application to PEEK under dynamic loading conditions, International Journal of Plasticity. Volume 88, Pages 27-52. 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.ijplas.2016.09.011.
      • J. Artero-Guerrero, J. Pernas-Sánchez, F. Teixeira-Dias (2017). Blast wave dynamics: The influence of the shape of the explosive. Journal of Hazardous Materials, Volume 331, Pages 189-199. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2017.02.035.
      • Tirillo, J.,  Ferrante, L., Sarasini, F.,  Lampani, L.,  Barbero, E.,  Sanchez-Saez, S., Valente, T.,  Gaudenzi, P. (2017). High velocity impact behaviour of hybrid basalt-carbon/epoxy composites. Composite Structures. Volume 168, Pages 305-312. doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.02.039.
      • Díaz-Álvarez J, Tapetado A, Vázquez C, Miguélez H. (2017). Temperature Measurement and Numerical Prediction in Machining Inconel 718. Sensors. 17(7):1531.  doi:10.3390/s17071531
      • J. Fernández-Sáez, R. Zaera (2017). Vibrations of Bernoulli-Euler beams using the two-phase nonlocal elasticity theoryInternational Journal of Engineering Science, Vol. 119, pp. 232–248. doi: 10.1016/j.ijengsci.2017.06.021.
      • Pedro Galvez, Alejandro Quesada, Miguel Angel Martinez, Juana Abenojar, Maria Jesus L. Boada and Vicente Diaz (2017). Study of the behaviour of adhesive joints of steel with CFRP for its application in bus structures. Composites Part B: Engineering. Vol. 129. pp. 41-46. doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.07.018.
      • Mata-Díaz, A., López-Puente, J., Varas, D., Pernas-Sánchez, J., Artero-Guerrero, J.A. (2017).  Experimental analysis of high velocity impacts of composite fragments.    International Journal of Impact Engineering  103, pp. 231-240. doi: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2017.01.013.
      • A. Morassi, J. Fernández-Sáez, R. Zaera, J.A. Loya (2017). Resonator-based detection in nanorods. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Volume 93, Pages 645-660. doi: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2017.02.019.
      • J.Meneses, J.C. García-Prada, C. Castejón, H. Rubio, E. Corral (2017). The kinematics of the rotary into helical gear transmission. Mechanism and Machine Theory. Vol. 108 110-122. doi: 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2016.10.017.
      • Rubio, P., Muñoz-Abella, B., Rubio, L. (2017). Neural approach to estimate the stress intensity factor of semi-elliptical cracks in rotating cracked shafts in bendingFatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, 41(3), pp. 539-550. doi: 10.1111/ffe.12717.
      • M. Rodriguez-Millan , L.B. Tan, K.M Tse, H.P. Lee, M.H. Miguélez (2017). Effect of full helmet systems on human head responses under blast loading. Materials and Design. Vol.  117, pp.58-71. doi: 10.1016/j.matdes.2016.12.081.
      • Rubio, P., Rubio, L., Muñoz-Abella, B. (2017). Propagation of surface breathing cracks in shafts under quasi-static rotary bendingNonlinear Dynamics 90 (3), pp. 1987-2000. doi: 10.1007/s11071-017-3775-8.
      • Fernández-Torrijos M., Sobrino C., Almendros-Ibáñez J.A. (2017). Simplified model of a dual-media molten-salt thermocline tank with a multiple layer wallSolar Energy, 151, 146-161. doi: 10.1016/j.solener.2017.04.072.
      • A. Soria-Verdugo, E. Goos, A. Morato-Godino, N. García-Hernando, U. Riedel (2017). Pyrolysis of biofuels of the future: Sewage sludge and microalgae –Thermogravimetric analysis and modelling of the pyrolysis under different temperature conditions. Energy Conversion and Management, Vol. 138, pp. 261-272. doi: 10.1016/j.enconman.2017.01.059.
      • Quintero, A. E., & Vera, M. (2017). Laminar counterflow parallel-plate heat exchangers: An exact solution including axial and transverse wall conduction effects. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 104, pp. 1229-1245. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2016.09.025.
      • Blanco-Cano, L., Soria-Verdugo, A., Garcia-Gutierrez, L.M. and Ruiz-Rivas, U. (2016). Modeling the thin-layer drying process of Granny Smith apples: Application in an indirect solar dryer. Applied Thermal Engineering. Vol.108, pp. 1086-1094. doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2016.08.001.
      • M. Venegas, M. de Vega, N. García-Hernando, U. Ruiz-Rivas (2016). A simple model to predict the performance of H2O-LiBr absorber operating with a microporous membrane. Energy, Vol. 96, 383-393. doi: 10.1016/ 
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    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 Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Organization


    The Ph.D. thesis must demonstrate sufficient scientific quality to be defended. This quality must be corroborated by its scientific and technical contributions, by articles in journals indexed in the ISI JCR, patents granted and possibly under exploitation, presentations in national and international conferences, international/national competitive awards, publications, book chapters, technology transfer to industry, etc. 

    The Ph.D. Program’s Academic Committee sets the specific requirements to be met for the thesis’ presentation in accordance with the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Thermal and Fluid Engineering and Continuum Mechanics and Theory of Structures.

    The committees that assess submitted thesis are organized by areas of scientific knowledge.

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


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

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

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



      Calendar of the Academic Year: October 1 - September 30

        Period Dates


      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  Ph.D. Programs into consideration, as well as its lines of research, profiles of the scholars involved and final results (theses and scientific publications) as proof of the program’s quality and specialization.

      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

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

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

      You may apply, for justified reasons, for either an extension or a leave of absence from your Ph.D. training period to the Academic Committee of your program. Your request must be endorsed by your tutor/advisor. Further information:  Duration of Ph.D. 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
      • Authorization of disclosure of educational and employment information
      • Ph.D. research proposal
      • Endorsement for thesis project

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

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

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


      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

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


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

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

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


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

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

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

      This process may take up to one-two months. You will 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 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 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 Doctoral School Office on campus, 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 the Doctoral School 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

      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:

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


      What is the plagiarism management procedure?

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

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

      Further information:  Plagiarism management


      What is the thesis deposit?

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

      Further information:  Thesis deposit


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

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

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

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members


      How are defense logistics managed?

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

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

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members


      Do I have to pay any fees before the defense?

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


      How is my thesis assessed?

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

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

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


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

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

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


      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

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

      Glossary of terms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Itinerary
      Itinerario Estudiante de Doctorado
    • Regulations
    • Quality


      Implementation Year: 2012-2013


      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").


      • Ph.D. degree's indicators



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