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Multimedia and Communication Interuniversity PhD Program

  • Inicio

    Director:

     

    Prof. Ángel Navia Vázquez

     

     

    About the program:

     

    It is an Interuniversity Ph.D. program, coordinated by Universidad Carlos III.

    Telecommunications is a backbone of modern societies and, therefore, communications technologies are one of the most active research areas in developed countries. Both Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos decided years ago to promote Telecommunication Engineering degree and set up Departments with astrong representation of Ph.D. faculty members in important areas of R&D in the field of Communications and Multimedia Processing. The main areas of research are:

    • Multimedia Personalization: which requires content labeling, which are increasingly multimedia, and intelligence insertion (machine learning) in networks/systems to be paired successfully with information applications;
    • Use of channels / networks / systems: which implies progress involving coding content (multimedia) and consideration therein of channel characteristics and also in management delayering and translayer networks; getting help from intelligent systems, particularly in distributed versions.

    This Ph.D. program aims to prepare professionals with a high level of scientific and technical training to be able to contribute and lead innovative and development projects, but also to train researchers to be able to enter into competitive research teams in the various disciplines taught in the program.

     

    Universities / Departments:

     

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
    Signal and Communications Theory

    Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
    Signal Theory and Communications

     

     

     

    Doctorado en Multimedia y Comunicaciones
  • ACCESS

    Student profile

     

    Students are expected to have a good background in mathematics and statistics, as well as extensive knowledge in the field of Signal Processing and Communications, particularly in the research related to their thesis topic. It is also desirable for them to have a good English level.

     

    Admission requirements

     

    In conformity with current regulations, applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of Telecommunications Engineering and a Master's degree or 60 credits of graduate training in Signal Processing and Communications.

     

    Exceptionally, applicants with degrees in different areas may be admitted, if they have demonstrable graduate training in Signal Processing and Communications, and if the Academic Committee find their profiles adequate.

     

     

     

    Admission criteria

     

    Selection will be based on the merit and ability of the candidates, for which the following criteria will be considered:

    • Academic record
    • Curriculum vitae of the candidate
    • Knowledge of English
    • Recommendation letters from instructors who can attest to the applicant’s capacity and competence
    • Commitment to act as thesis supervisor by a faculty member from the Program or from one of the participating universities together with a brief description of the thesis project.
  • FACULTY
    • Academic Committee

      Prof. Ángel Navia Vázquez
      Department Signal Theory and Communications. Director of the Program

      Profª. Inmaculada Mora Jiménez
      Department Signal Theory and Communications
      Unviersidad Rey Juan Carlos

      Prof. Víctor Gil Jiménez
      Department Signal Theory and Communications
      Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

    • Faculty

      UC3M: 

      • Antonio Artés Rodríguez, Catedrático de Universidad.
      • Jerónimo Arenas García, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Carlos Bousoño Calzón, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Ángel Bravo Santos, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Jesús Cid Sueiro, Catedrático de Universidad.
      • Fernando Díaz de María, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Mª Julia Fernández-Getino García, Profesora Titular de Universidad
      • Aníbal R. Figueiras Vidal, Catedrático de Universidad
      • Ascensión Gallardo Antolín, Profesora Titular de Universidad
      • Ana García Armada, Catedrática de Universidad.
      • Luís Emilio García Castillo, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Enrique García Muñoz, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Víctor Pedro Gil Jiménez, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Vanessa Gómez Verdejo, Profesora Titular de Universidad
      • Francisco J. González Serrano, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Luis Inclán Sánchez, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Miguel Lázaro Gredilla. Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Marcelino Lázaro Teja, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Manel Martínez Ramón, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Joaquín Míguez Arenas, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Ángel Navia Vázquez, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Emilio Parrado Hernández, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Carmen Peláez Moreno, Profesora Titular de Universidad
      • Fernando Pérez Cruz, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Eva Rajo Iglesias, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Magdalena Salazar Palma, Catedrática de Universidad.
      • Matilde Sánchez Fernández, Profesora Titular de Universidad
      • Daniel Segovia Vargas, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • José Luís Vázquez Roy, Profesor Titular de Universidad
         

       

      URJC (por orden alfabético según primer apellido):

      • Antonio Caamaño Fernández, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Antonio García Marqués, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Alicia Guerrero Curieses, Profesora Titular de Universidad
      • Andrés Martínez Fernández, Profesor Titular de Universidad
      • Inmaculada Mora Jiménez, Profesora Titular de Universidad
      • Francisco Javier Ramos López, Catedrático de Universidad
      • José Luis Rojo Álvarez, Profesor Titular de Universidad
  • TRAINING

    Professional and Career Development

     

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

     

  • RESEARCH
    • Research Lines
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      • Biometrics and Security
      • Video Coding
      • Computer vision
      • Indexing and Retrieval of Multimedia Content
      • Machines for decission support and their applications
      • Data and Multimedia Mining
      • Emerging Optimization
      • Sensors and Networks.
      • Multimodal Human-Machine Interfaces
      • Learning Methods for Signal Processing
      • Tools for Diagnostic Assistance Telemedicine
      • Broadband Access
      • 4G Mobile Communications
      • Telecommunications Network Planning
      • High Frequency Technology
      • Techniques of Simulation for Design of Communications Systems and Networks
      • Optimization and Processing in Distributed Networks.
      • Ad-hoc Wireless Networks
      • Resource Allocation in Cognitive Wireless Networks

       

    • Scientific results

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

       

      • R. Arroyo-Valles, A. García-Marqués, J. Cid-Sueiro. Optimal Selective Transmission under Energy Constraints in Sensor Networks. IEEE. Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 30, No. 11, pp. 1524-1538, Nov. 2009
         
      • Darío García-García, Emilio Parrado-Hernández and F. Díaz-de-María, “A New Distance Measure for Model-Based Sequence Clustering”, IEEE. Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 31, Nº 7, pp. 1325-1331, Oct. 2009
         
      • V. Gómez-Verdejo, J. Arenas-García and A. R. Figueiras-Vidal, “A Dynamically Adjusted Mixed Emphasis Method for Building Boosting. Ensembles,” IEEE Trans. on Neural Networks, vol. 19, nº 1, pp.3-17, 2008.
         
      • M. Lázaro-Gredilla, J. Quiñonero-Candela, C.E. Rasmussen, and A.R. Figueiras-Vidal (2010). Sparse Spectrum Gaussian Process Regression. Journal of Machine Learning Research, 11(Jun):1865-1881, 2010.
         
      • J. M. Leiva, A. Artés, Maximazation of Mutual Information for Supervised Feature Extraction, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks 18 (5), 1433- 1441, 2007
         
      • A. G. Marques, G. B. Giannakis, F. F. Digham, and F. J. Ramos, "Power Efficient Wireless OFDMA using Limited-Rate Feedback", IEEE Trans. On Wireless Commun., vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 685-696, Feb. 2008.
         
      • Ó. García Pérez, A. García Lampérez, V. González Posadas, M. Salazar Palma, D. Segovia Vargas, "Dual-band recursive active filters with composite right/left-handed transmission lines", IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 57, no. 5, pp. 1180-1187, May 2009
         
      • Herraiz-Martinez, F.J.; Gonzalez-Posadas, V.; Garcia-Munoz, L.E.; Segovia-Vargas, D. Multifrequency and Dual-Mode Patch Antennas Partially Filled With Left-Handed Structures. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. Volume: 56 Issue:8 pp. 2527 - 2539, Aug. 2008
         
      • Lera Acedo, E. ; Razavi-Ghods, N. ; Garcia, L.E. ; Duffett-Smith, P. ; Alexander, P. . Ultra-Wideband Aperture Array Element Design for Low Frequency Radio Astronomy. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. Volume : 59 , Issue:6, pp. 1808 - 1816, 2011.
         
      • I. González-Díaz, F. Díaz-de-María.Adaptive Multipattern Fast Block- Matching Algorithm Based on Motion Classification Techniques. In IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol.18, no.10, pp.1369-1382, Oct. 2008
    • Scientific publications

      Sample of relevant faculty publications:
       

      • M. Fresia, F. Pérez-Cruz, H. V. Poor y S. Verdu (2010). “Joint Source/Channel Coding with Low Density Parity Check Matrices.” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Noviembre.

        Factor de impacto: 6.0
        Posición relativa: 1 de 246 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • M. Martínez-Ramón, V. Koltchinskii, G. L. Heileman, S. Posse, “fMRI Pattern Classification using Neuroanatomically Constrained Boosting”, Neuroimage, Vol. 31, No 3, pp. 1129-1141, July 2006.

        Factor de impacto: 5.739.
        Posición relativa: 1 de 13 (Neuroimaging)
         
      • Darío García-García, Emilio Parrado-Hernández and F. Díaz-de-María, “A New Distance Measure for Model-Based Sequence Clustering”, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 31, Nº 7, pp. 1325-1331, Oct. 2009.

        Factor de impacto: 4.378
        Posición relativa: 4 de 246 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • A. Arenal, M. Ortiz, R. Peinado, J.L. Merino, A. Quesada, F. Atienza, A. García, J. Ormaetxe, E. Castellanos, J.C. Rodríguez, N. Pérez, J. García, L. Boluda, M. de Prado, A. Artés. Differentiation of ventricular and supraventricular tachycardias based on the analysis of the first postpacing interval after sequential anti-tachycardia pacing in implantable cardioverter-defibrillator patients. Heart Rhythm Vol. 4, Páginas, 316 – 322, 2007.

        Factor de impacto: 4.203
        Posición relativa: 10 de 75 (CARDIAC & CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS)
         
      • Miroslav Janošov, Miroslav Husák, Peter Farkaš, Ana Garcia Armada. New [47,15,16] Linear Binary Block Code. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. Vol. 54, no. 1 pp. 423-424, 2008.

        Factor de impacto: 3.793
        Posición relativa: 8 de 229 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • V. Gómez-Verdejo, J. Arenas-García, A.R. Figueiras-Vidal. “A dynamically adjusted mixed emphasis method for building boosting ensembles”; IEEE Trans.Neural Networks 19, 3-17; 2008

        Factor de impacto: 3.726
        Posición relativa: 10 de 229 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • Carlos Figuera, Inmaculada Mora-Jiménez, Alicia Guerrero-Curieses, José Luis Rojo-Álvarez, Estrella Everss, Mark Wilby and Javier Ramos-López, “Nonparametric Model Comparison and Uncertainty Evaluation for Signal Strength Indoor Location”; IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 8, no.9, pp. 1250 - 1264, Septiembre 2009

        Factor de impacto: 3.352
        Posición relativa: 6 de 99 ( Computer Science, Information Systems)
         
      • M. Martínez-Ramón, A. Gallardo-Antolín, J. Cid-Sueiro, G.L. Heileman, K.-T. Yung, W. Zheng, C. Zhao, S. Posse. Automatic Placement of Outer Volume Suppression Slices in MR Spectroscopic Imaging of the Human Brain . Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Vol. 63, Issue 3, pp 592 – 600, Mar. 2010.

        Factor de impacto: 3.225
        Posición relativa: 17 de 104 (Radiology, Nuclear Med. & Medical Imaging)
         
      • Anelia Mitseva, Petia Todorova, Ramon Aguero, Ana Garcia Armada, Christos Panayiotou, Andreas Timm-Giel, Leonardo Maccari,, Neeli R. Prasad. CRUISE research activities towards Ubiquitous Intelligent Sensing Environments. IEEE Wireless Communications. Volumen: 15, no. 4, pp. 52- 60, 2008

        Factor de impacto: 3.180
        Posición relativa: 4 de 67 (TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
         
      • Iván González-Díaz and F. Díaz-de-María, “Adaptive Multi-Pattern Fast Block-Matching Algorithm Based on Motion Classification Techniques” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Vol. 18, Nº 10, pp. 1369-1382, Oct. 2008.

        Factor de impacto: 2.951
        Posición relativa: 24 de 229 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • M. Lázaro-Gredilla, L. Azpicueta-Ruiz, A.R. Figueiras-Vidal, J. Arenas-García: “Adaptively biasing the weights of adaptive filters”, IEEE Trans. Signal Proc., 58, 3890-3895; 2010.

        Factor de impacto: 2.889
        Posición relativa: 17 de 246 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • J.M. Leiva, A. Artés. “Maximization of Mutual Information for Supervised Linear Feature Extraction” IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Volumen: 18 Páginas: 1433 – 1441. 2007. Impacto de la revista : Posición relativa en su ámbito: Ranking

        Factor de impacto: 2.769
        Posición relativa: 7 de 227 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • R. Alaiz-Rodríguez, A. Guerrero-Curieses, J. Cid-Sueiro. Minimax Regret Classifier for Imprecise Class Distributions. Journal of Machine Learning Research, Vol. 8, pp 103-130, Jan. 2007.

        Factor de impacto: 2,682
        Posición relativa: 8 de 93 (Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence)
         
      • A. Navia-Vázquez, J. Arenas-García. Combination of Recursive Least p-Norm Algorithms for Robust Adaptive Filtering in Alpha-Stable Noise. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. En prensa. nov 2011.

        Factor de impacto: 2.651
        Posición relativa: 20 de 247 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • V. Gómez-Verdejo, J. Arenas-García, M. Lázaro-Gredilla, A. Navia-Vázquez, Adaptive One-Class Support Vector Machine for On-Line Novelty Detection. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. Vol 59, no. 6. Pp. 2975 – 2981, 2011.

        Factor de impacto: 2.651
        Posición relativa: 20 de 247 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • R. Arroyo-Valles, A. García-Marqués, J. Cid-Sueiro. Optimal Selective Transmission under Energy Constraints in Sensor Networks. IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 30, No. 11, pp. 1524-1538, Nov. 2009

        Factor de impacto: 2.647
        Posición relativa: 4 de 76 (Telecommunications)
         
      • Santiago-Mozos Ricardo; Perez-Cruz Fernando; Artes-Rodriguez Antonio Extended Input Space Support Vector Machine IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL NETWORKS Volume: 22 Issue: 1 Pages: 158-163 JAN 2011

        Factor de impacto: 2.633
        Posición relativa: 22 de 247 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • A. Navia-Vázquez, D. Gutiérrez-González, E. Parrado-Hernández, J.J Navarro-Abellán, Distributed Support Vector Machines. IEEE Tr. Neural Networks, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 1091-1097, 2006.

        Factor de impacto: 2.62
        Posición relativa: 13 de 206 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • M. Martínez-Ramón, J.L. Rojo-Alvarez, G. Camps-Valls, J. Muñoz-Marín A. Navia-Vazquez, E. Soria-Olivas, A.R. Figueiras-Vidal, Support Vector Machines for Nonlinear Kernel ARMA System Identification, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Vol. 17, No 6, pp. 1617 – 1622, Nov. 2006.

        Factor de impacto: 2.62
        Posición relativa: 13 de 206 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • F. Pérez-Cruz, C. Bousoño-Calzón and A. Artés-Rodríguez, (2005). Convergence of the IRWLS procedure to the support vector machine solution. Neural Computation , 17(1):7-18, January.

        Factor de impacto: 2.591
        Posición relativa: 9 de 79 (COMPUTER SCIENCE & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE)
         
      • Sergio Sanz-Rodríguez, Óscar del-Ama-Esteban, Manuel de-Frutos-López, Fernando Díaz-de-María, “Cauchy-Density-Based Basic Unit Layer Rate Controller for H.264/AVC,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Vol. 20, No. 8, pp. 1139-1143, Aug. 2010.

        Factor de impacto: 2.548
        Posición relativa: 24 de 246 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • F. Pérez-Cruz, M. Rodrigues y S. Verdu (2010). “MIMO Gaussian Channels with Arbitrary Inputs: Optimal Precoding and Power Allocation.” IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 56(3):1070-1084. Marzo.

        Factor de impacto: 2.357
        Posición relativa: 28 de 246 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • J. Arenas-García, G. Camps-Valls, “Efficient Kernel Orthonormalized PLS for Remote Sensing Applications,” IEEE Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 46, pp. 2872-2881, 2008

        Factor de impacto: 2.234
        Posición relativa: 34 de 246 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • F. Pérez-Cruz, J. J. Murillo-Fuentes and S. Caro, (2008). Nonlinear Channel Equalization with Gaussian Processes for Regression. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 56(10-2):5283-5286, October.

        Factor de impacto: 2,33
        Posición relativa: 39 de 229 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)
         
      • P. M. Olmos, J. J. Murillo-Fuentes and F. Pérez-Cruz, (2010). “Joint Nonlinear Channel Equalization and Soft LDPC Decoding with Gaussian Processes.” IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 58(3):1183-1192. Marzo.

        Factor de impacto: 2.212
        Posición relativa: 35 de 246 (ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC)

       

  • THESIS

    Completed Ph.D. theses

     

     

    Ph.D Thesis defense and evaluation

     

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

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

     

     

    Requirements for Ph.D. thesis defense in the Multimedia and Communications Ph.D. Program:

     

    • At least one paper (published or accepted for publication) in a journal listed on the Journal Citation Report, with obvious involvement of the student and content directly related to the Thesis.

     

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

  • USEFUL INFORMATION
    • 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. 

       

       

      Academic year calendar: October 1 - September 30

       

        Period Dates

      Admission

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

      New students can choose when to start their Ph.D. training: 

      • First semester's start date: November 15
      • Second semester's start date: March 30

      Continuing students (second and subsequent years) must obligatorily enroll at the first semester of each academic year.

      Enrollment period for new students:

      • Students starting first semester: September 1 to October 30 
      • Students starting second semester: March 1 to March 31  

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

      • October 1 to October 30 
      Monitoring and annual assessment

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

      Further information on  Monitoring and annual assessment

      June: All Ph.D. students 

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

      Thesis defense

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

      Official enrollment at the time of thesis defense is required. 

      Calendar of thesis defense approval

       

    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Studies

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

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

       

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

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

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


      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

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

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

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

       

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

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

       

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

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

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

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


      What is the outcome of a Ph.D.?

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

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


      What is an Interuniversity Ph.D.?

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

       

      Admission

       

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

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

       

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

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

       

      When can I apply for admission?

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

       

      What documents do I need to submit?

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

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

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

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

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

       

      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

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

       

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

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

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

       

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

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

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

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

       

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

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

      Doctoral training scholarships. Exemptions

      Campus Getafe

      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

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

      Who are the awarding bodies?

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

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

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships


      When and how can I apply for these?

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

       

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

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

       

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

      Yes. As a recipient of any financial aids, it is recommended to notify the university for these to be applied upon enrollment. If your scholarship status is not registered in your self-enrollment application, please contact your Postgraduate Office, either in person or by e-mail at información@doctorado.uc3m.es

       

      Where will I undertake my Ph.D. research work?

      Your research and teaching activities (when applicable) will be carried out at the department or Institute stated in your contract within the framework of your Ph.D. program under the supervision of the tutor and advisor(s) appointed by the Academic Committee.


      Who is in charge of managing my scholarship or financial aid program?

      Granting institutions usually delegate on uc3m the management of these aids according to the terms originally established by those and our own rules and regulations.

       

      Who is to evaluate the progress and outcomes of my research work?

      All our Ph.D. students must submit the progress of their research work for evaluation by the Academic Committee of their Ph.D. program. Recipients of any financial aid program must also provide this information to the granting body.

       

      Are there any other tuition fees exemptions?

      Yes. As a new student, if you are eligible for any of the following exemptions or discounts recognized by the Spanish administration, you must submit certified copies of the pertinent documents to the Postgraduate Office on campus before enrollment proceedings so that these exemptions apply upon enrollment.

      • Large Family status: Certified copy of the Large Family status card (general or special)
      • Disability: Certified copy of Disability Identification card (minimum 33% disability)
      • Other: Certified copy of proof of exemption for victims of terrorist attacks (including their spouses and children) or children of civil and military servants who perished in the line of duty.

      These documents must be valid for the academic year for which the exemption is requested.

      Enrollment

      How to enroll

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

       

      When to enroll               

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

      • First semester:

      Start date: November 15

      Enrollment period: September 1 to October 30

                     

      • Second semester*:

      Start date: March 30

      Enrollment period: March 1 to March 31

       

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

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

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

       

      What modules should I register on my application?

      You must select the following modules of your enrollment application:

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

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

      • Complementary credits.

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

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

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


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

       

      What are the costs of tuition fees?

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

        

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

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

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

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

                  *Full fees will apply in subsequent years.

       

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

       

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

       

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

       

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

       

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

      Further information:  Tuition fees

       

      How do I validate my first-year enrollment?

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

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

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

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

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


      What are my rights and obligations as a uc3m student?

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

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

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

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

      Ph.D. Studies: Monitoring and Development

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      How are my Ph.D. supervisors appointed?

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

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

       

      How is the progress of my research evaluated?

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

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

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

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

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

      TWO CONSECUTIVE UNFAVORABLE ASSESSMENTS (JUNE AND DECEMBER) WILL RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF YOUR ENROLLMENT AS A Ph.D. STUDENT

       

      Can I join an international research visit program?

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

      Thesis defense

      Biblioteca Carmen Martin Gaite

      What is a Ph.D. thesis?

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

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

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

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

            1. Public review of thesis (deposit). Three weeks.

            2. Approval of thesis defense and evaluation committee by the Dean of Doctoral Studies. Two weeks.

            3. Dissertation event logistics. Three weeks.

            4. Thesis defense.

                     

      What is the public review of the thesis?

      The public review (or deposit) of your thesis enables doctors and scholars of your field to review your work before the defense. The period for public review 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:  Public thesis review

       

      Who is in charge of approving the defense? Who can be a member of the evaluation committee?

      Once the process of public review is completed, the Academic Committee of the program, upon favorable assessment by the tutor/advisor, will submit their proposal for defense and appointment of evaluation committee members to the Dean of Doctoral Studies.

      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:  Dissertation event logistics. 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.

      Further information:  Dissertation event logistics. Appointment of Committee members

       

      Do I have to pay any fees prior to the defense?

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

       

      How is my thesis assessed?

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

       

      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

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

      Glossary of terms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Itinerary
      Itinerario Estudiante de Doctorado
    • Contact
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      For further information:

       

      • Leganés Campus Graduate Information Office:

                  Edificio Rey Pastor, Despacho 3.0.B.08
                  Telf: 91 624 60 27
                  Avenida de la Universidad, 30
                  28911 Leganés - Madrid

             email: oficinaleg@doctorado.uc3m.es