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Biomedical Science and Technology

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    Director

     

    Prof. Manuel Desco Menéndez

     

     

    About the program

     

    In recent decades, the interdisciplinary field of bioengineering and biomedicine has experienced an explosive growth, accompanied by an unprecedented development of new technologies, many of which have originated from the interaction between engineers and biomedical professionals.

    This has led to the need for a multidisciplinary approach to the research, development and production of biomedical products, thus opening employment opportunities for new professionals, particularly those with a multidisciplinary doctoral training like the one mentioned above. Some examples are emerging fields such as tissue engineering, reagents and electronic devices for medical diagnosis, advanced biomedical imaging tools, 3D bio-printers, devices based on microfluidics and nanotechnologies, or the application of 'big data' or machine learning to solve biomedical problems.

    This Ph.D. program is a response to this need for specific training in the field of bioengineering and biomedicine. Specifically, the program aims at providing students with an adequate base in biomedical technologies that enables them to find innovative solutions to biomedical problems by combining experimental methodologies typical of life sciences with computational and technological methodologies specific to engineering.

    Graduates in this program can practice their profession in either public or private research centers, or in a wide variety of industries in the biomedical area (devices, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, pharmacy, etc.) and in electromedicine, as well as in through entrepreneurship and the creation of new companies.

    Given the marked multidisciplinary nature of the program, the profile of prospective students is very broad, and covers both master's degrees in engineering disciplines and biomedicine.

     

    • Ph.D. program under regulation RD 99/2011, January 28
  • ACCESS

    Student profile

     

    The program is addressed to graduates in the fields of science, health science and engineering. Specifically:

    • Holders of a UC3M master's degree in Management and Development of Biomedical Technologies or Clinical Engineering, both hosted by the same department of this Ph.D. program. 
    • Holders of a master's degree in biomedical engineering, clinical engineering or medical technologies engineering in general.
    • Holders of other master's degrees in engineering (industrial, electrical, electronic, computer, etc.) with an interest in biomedical research.
    • Holders of a master's degree in physics, mathematical, chemical or biological science, with an interest in applied biomedicine or bioengineering. 
    • Holders of a master's degree in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, molecular biomedicine, regenerative biomedicina, molecular biomedicine and oncology, genetics and genomics engineering, or any other master's degree in the health sciences field in general, with an interest in advanced biomedical technology.
    • Students from other Ph.D. programs (either at UC3M or other Spanish or foreign universities) requesting a transfer to this program for considering it more suitable for their line of research. 

     

    Access requirements

     

    As a general rule, candidates must hold an official Spanish Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in biomedical or clinical engineering (or an equivalent from other countries in the European Higher Education Area) with a total of at least 300 ECTS, 60 of which must be from the Master’s degree. Holders of degrees awarded by institutions from countries outside the EHEA can also access the program, with no homologation process required, if the title provides access to a training level that is equal to that of the official Spanish master's degrees listed above and provides access to Ph.D. studies in the country of origin as well.

    Admission criteria

     

    The selection and admission process follows the criteria established by the Academic Committee, as listed below. The Coordinator of the Committee will implement these and report to the Committee periodically. 

    Applicants must provide their bachelor's and master's degrees with academic transcripts, curriculum vitae, and a research project related to one or more of the lines of research of the program. 

    The Academic Committee will consider the following aspects:

    • English skills (minimum: B2)
    • Academic transcript (30%)
    • Suitability of academic background (subjects, grandes and language skills) for the lines of research of the program (30%)
    • Proof of research experience (publications, conferences, patents, etc.) (10%)
    • Motivation letter detailing the candidate's research interests and commitment to the program. Tha candidate can also provide recommendation letter(s) from researchers from any university or R&D center as additional proof of commitment (30%)
    • Endorsement letter for thesis project from a professor from the PhD program, indicating the project's connection to the lines of research of the program.

    The Academic Committee may request an interview with the candidate. This interview will not be considered part of the admission criteria but an additional element for assessment of the candidate's adequacy.

     

    Complementary training

    The Academic Committee can require up to 30 credits of complementary training in the field of biomedical engineering, mostly from subjects of the Master in Biomedical Technologies Management and Development Master in Clinical Engineering and further UC3M master's programs in bioengineering related to the line of research in which the candidate intends to develop their research project. These activities will not be considered as part of the Ph.D. program in any case.

     

    Seats available for the academic year: 10

     

     

  • FACULTY
    • Academic Committee

      Prof. Manuel Desco Menéndez
      Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering. Director of the Program.

      Prof. Juan José Vaquero López
      Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

      Prof. José Luis Jorcano Noval
      Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

      Prof. Marcela del Río Nechaevsky
      Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

      Prof. Mónica Abella García
      Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

    • Profesores

      Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging

      • Abella García, Mónica
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Artés Rodríguez, Antonio
        Department of Signal Theory and Communications
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Carmona Cañabate, Susana
        External Professor
      • Carretero Pérez, Jesús
        Department of Computer Science and Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Desco Menéndez, Manuel
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Díaz de María, Fernando
        Department of Signal Theory and Communications
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Miguélez Garrido, Mª Henar
        Department of Mechanical Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Muñoz Barrutia, Arrate
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Pascau González-Garzón, Javier
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Ripoll Lorenzo, Jorge
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Sánchez Pena, José Manuel
        Department of Electronic Technology
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Segovia Vargas, Daniel
        Department of Signal Theory and Communications
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • de Toledo Heras, Paula
        Department of Computer Science and Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Vázquez García, Carmen
        Department of Electronic Technology
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Vaquero López, Juan José
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

       

      Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

      • Acedo Gallardo, Pablo
        Department of Electronic Technology
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Conti, Claudio Jorge
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Escamez Toledano, María José
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • García Diez, Marta
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • García Prada, Juan Carlos
        Department of Mechanical Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Guerrero Aspizua, Sara
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Jorcano Noval, José Luis
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Larcher Laguzzi, Fernando
        Departamento de Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • León Canseco, Carlos
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Martínez Santamaría, Lucía
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Moreno Pelayo, Miguel Angel
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • del Río Nechaevsky, Marcela
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Rodríguez Rodríguez, Javier
        Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Ruiz Mezcua, Belén
        Department of Computer Science and Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Ruiz Navas, Elisa María
        Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Sánchez Sánchez, Angel
        Department of Mathematics
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Várez Álvarez, Alejandro
        Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      • Velasco Bayón, Diego
        Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
        Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • TRAINING

    Specific training

     

    • Doctoral meetings

    Workshop-format sessions in which Ph.D. candidates present the status of their research before other PhD candidates, their tutors or advisors, and other professors of the program from the university. These meetings are conducted in English or Spanish.

    This training is mandatory: 20 hours per academic year (including 6 hours of in-person sessions).

    For assessment purposes, the Ph.D. candidate will provide proof of attendance and a report supervised by the thesis advisor detailing the conclusions and possible impact of the discussion on their research project. 

     

    • Conferences or presentations by the PhD candidate

    Presentations of variable duration before a qualified audience: congresses, meetings, masterclasses, etc. Students who cannot attend these forums can do these presentations in the context of the abovementioned doctoral meetings as an additional activity. These conferences or presentations are conducted in English or Spanish. 

    This training is mandatory: 7 hours per academic year (6 hours of preparation and 1 hour of presentation).

    For assessment purposes, the Ph.D. candidate will provide proof of attendance and a report supervised by the thesis advisor detailing the conclusions and possible impact of the discussion on their research project. 

     

    • Specific seminars

    Seminars, conferences or courses of variable duration hosted by this Ph.D. program or others from the Escuela Politécnica Superior, by departments, academic units, university institutes, health research institutes or hospitals from the Spanish healthcare system, or by other universities or research centers (national or regional). These seminars are conducted in English or Spanish. 

    This activity is not mandatory. However, the Academic Committee of the program may require 20 to 60 hours of this activity throughout the doctoral training, according to the training and former research or career experience of the Ph.D. candidate.

    For assessment purposes, the Ph.D. candidate will provide proof of attendance and a report supervised by the thesis advisor detailing the contents of the activity in relation to the subject of their research project. The Academic Committee has authority to validate or not the seminars hosted by institutions outside UC3M.

     

    • Specialized courses

    Short courses on the subjects listed below, with contents adapted to the different areas of the program. These courses are conducted in English and Spanish:

    • Tools and technology for biomedical research
    • Introduction to use of animals in research
    • Use of o de radiaciones ionizantes en investigación biomédica
    • Weekly seminars approved by the Committee of Continuing Education Activities of Comunidad de Madrid
    • Research seminars of IiSGM (Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón)
    • Research seminars of CIEMAT
    • Monthly seminars on biomedical research updates at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sanitarias-FJD
    • Introduction of molecule imaging

    This activity is not mandatory. However, the Academic Committee of the program may require 20 to 60 hours of this activity throughout the doctoral training, according to the training and former research or career experience of the Ph.D. candidate.

    For assessment purposes, the Ph.D. candidate will provide proof of attendance and a report supervised by the thesis advisor detailing the contents of the activity in relation to the subject of their research project. The Academic Committee has authority to validate or not the seminars hosted by institutions outside UC3M.

     

    • Research visits in clinical centers, hospitals or research centers of national or foreign reference

    The program promotes the mobility of students with training activities and research visits in hospitals or research centers of reference either in Spain or abroad.

    These visits are recommended but not mandatory. The duration of the visit must be one month at least. They can be carried out throughout the doctoral training period, although they are recommended during the second or third year. Research visits at foreign centers qualify as a requirement for the Doctorado Internacional distinction. 

    Ph.D. candidates can attend courses and seminars organized by the host institution during the visit. This training can be considered as one of the requirements of the abovementioned activities (specific seminars, specialized courses, etc.).

    Once the visit has concluded, the Ph.D. candidate will provide a report detailing all activities, courses and seminars, as well as the progress on the thesis research made during the visit. This report has to be submitted to the Academic Comittee along with a certificate from the host company as proof of visit completion.

     

     

    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 activity is not mandatory. However, the Academic Committee of the program may require 20 to 60 hours of this activity throughout the doctoral training, according to the training and former research or career experience of the Ph.D. candidate.

    This training consists of different activities (short courses, seminars, etc.), which can be recommended by the Academic Committee of the program.

     

    Further information:

  • RESEARCH
    • Lines of research

      Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging Group

      • Advances on X-ray imaging: Research on all the stages of image formation in X-ray systems, from the data acquisition to the image quantification, including calibration, image processing and tomographic reconstruction.
      • Technologies for Molecular Imaging: development of molecular imaging instrumentation (nuclear, magnetic resonance, etc.); analysis and quantitative processing of biomarkers in signals and images.
      • Molecular probes: synthesis of new imaging agents (radiotracers and nanoparticles) and their evaluation as specific molecular probes in biomedical applications.
      • Preclinical research: biomedical research lines, own or through external collaborations, using molecular imaging equipment (MRI, CT, PET, SPECT and optics). Main areas: Neuroimaging, Oncology, Cardiological Imaging, and Infection and Inflammation.
      • Technological development in optical imaging and biological applications: optical design, reconstruction and quantification methods for optical imaging systems, both for macroscopy and microscopy applications (optical fluorescence tomography, light sheet microscopy, confocal microscopy). Applications of light sheet microscopy and ultramicroscopy to obtain fast high-resolution images of three-dimensional specimens.
      • Image-guided Treatments: simulation, planning, guidance and evaluation of surgical interventions and therapeutic treatments with image component (TAC, US, RM ...) using different positioning systems and advanced processing algorithms.
      • Neuroimaging: development and clinical application of multimodal neuroimaging processing techniques by MRI, including structural imaging, spectroscopy, diffusion and functional for the study of normal and pathological brain.

       

      Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

      • Search for biomarkers in rare skin diseases
      • Nanorobots in dermatology
      • Basic and preclinical research in advanced therapies: cell therapy and gene therapy. Bioengineering of tissues/organs and regeneration
      • Design and development by bioengineering of humanized animal models of dermatological diseases of high and low prevalence
      • Clinical research of advanced therapies
      • Role of physical forces in the formation, physiology and pathology of human tissues
      • Development of new techniques of micro- and nano-fabrication and microfluidics for the generation of cellular and tissue-scale structures: multi-organ-chip-technologies for the development of new drugs and lab-on-a-chip technologies for the analysis of cellular and tissue behavior
      • 3-D bioprinting of tissues and organs
      • Development of advanced and adaptable biomaterials for the modeling, diagnosis and treatment of diseases
    • Scientific results

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

       

      Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging

      • Thesis: Advanced Capabilities for planar X-ray Systems.
        Author: Claudia de Molina Gómez
        Publication:  GPU-accelerated iterative reconstruction for limited-data tomography in CBCT systems. de Molina, C, Serrano E, García-Blas, J, Carretero, J, Desco, M, and Abella, M
        Journal: BMC Bioinformatics, 19: 171 (2018)
        JCR: Area: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence; Q1; Impact Factor: 2.448
      • Thesis: Structural and functional neuroimaging in mathematically gifted adolescents
        Author: Francisco Javier Navas Sánchez
        Publication: Carmona, S., Hoekzema, E., Castellanos, F.X., García-García, D., Lage-Castellanos, A., Van Dijk, K.R.A., Navas-Sánchez, F.J., Martínez, K., Desco, M., Sepulcre, J. ‘Sensation-to-cognition cortical streams in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder’
        Journal: Hum Brain Mapp, 36(7): 2544-2557 (2015)
        JCR: Area: Neuroimaging; Q1. D1; Impact Factor: 4.53
      • Thesis: Estudios funcionales mediante resonancia magnética en pequeños animales
        Author: Cristina Chavarrías Navas
        Publication: Chavarrías, C., Abascal, J.F.P.J., Montesinos, P., Desco, M. ‘Exploitation of temporal redundancy in compressed sensing reconstruction of fMRI studies with a prior-based algorithm (PICCS)’
        Journal: Med Phys, 42(7): 3814-3821 (2015)
        JCR: Area: Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging; Q2. D3; Impact Factor: 2,62
      • Thesis: Advanced Acquisition and Reconstruction Techniques in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
        Author: Paula Montesinos Suárez de la Vega
        Publication: Abascal, J.F.P.J., Montesinos, P., Marinetto, E., Pascau, J., Desco, M. ‘Comparison of Total Variation with a Motion Estimation Based Compressed Sensing Approach for Self-Gated Cardiac Cine MRI in Small Animal Studies’
        Journal: PLoS One, 9(10): e110594 (10 pp.) (2014)
        JCR: Area: Multidisciplinary Sciences; Q1. D2; Impact Factor: 3.06
      • Thesis: Estudio de las alteraciones hemodinámicas en fases tempranas de la enfermedad de alzheimer mediante imagen por resonancia magnética multimodal: estructural, perfusión y difusión
        Author: María La Calle Aurioles
        Publication: Lacalle-Aurioles,M., Mateos-Pérez, J.M., Guzmán de Villoria, Olazarán, J., Cruz, I., Alemán-Gómez, Y., Martino, E., Desco, M. ‘Cerebral blood flow is an earlier indicator of perfusion abnormalities than cerebral blood volume in Alzheimer's disease’
        Journal: J Cereb Blood Flow Met, 34(4): 654-659 (2014)
        JCR: Area: Neurosciences; Q1. D2.; Impact Factor 2014: 4.93
      • Thesis: Advantages and Applications of Quantitative Molecular Imaging
        Author: Lorena Cussó Mula
        Publication: Cussó, L., Vaquero, J.J., Bacharach, S. and Desco, M. ‘Comparison of treatments to reduce myocardial 18F-FDG uptake in preclinical models: calcium channel Blockers versus high-fat diets’
        Journal: PLoS ONE 9(9): e107999 (6pp) (2014)
        JCR: Area: Multidisciplinary Sciences; Q1. D2.; Impact Factor 2014: 3.06
      • Thesis: Contributions to the quantitative analysis of dynamic PET studies using clustering approaches
        Author: José María Mateos Pérez
        Publication: Mateos-Pérez, J.M., García-Villalba, C., Pascau, J., Desco, M., and J. J. Vaquero. ‘jClustering, an Open Framework for the Development of 4D ClusteringAlgorithms’
        Journal: PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 8, p. e70797 (2013)
        JCR: Area: Multidisciplinary Sciences; Q1. D2; Impact Factor 2013: 3,23
      • Thesis: Contributions to the improvement of image quality in CBCT and CBµCT and application in the development of a CBµCT system
        Author: Alejandro Sisniega Crespo
        Publication: Sisniega, A., Zbijewski, W., Badal, A., Kyprianou, I.S., Stayman, J.W., Vaquero, J.J., and Siewerdsen, J.H. ‘Monte Carlo study of the effects of system geometry and antiscatter grids on cone-beam CT scatter distributions’
        Journal: Med Phys, 40, 051915, (19pp) (2013)
        JCR: Area: Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging; Q2. D4; Impact Factor 2013: 2.64
      • Thesis: Using state-of-the-art inverse problem techniques to develop reconstruction methods for fluorescence diffuse optical tomography
        Author: Judit Chamorro Servent
        Publication: Chamorro-Servent, J., Pérez-Juste Abascal, J.F., Aguirre, J., Arridge, S., Correia, T., Ripoll, J., Desco, M., Vaquero, J.J. ‘Use of Split Bregman denoising for iterative reconstruction in fluorescence diffuse optical tomography’
        Journal: J. Biomed. Opt., 18 (7): 076016 (2013)
        JCR: Area: Optics; Q1. D2; Impact Factor 2013: 2.86
      • Thesis: Advanced morphometric techniques applied to the study of human brain anatomy
        Author: Yasser Alemán Gómez
        Publication: Janssen, J., Alemán-Gómez, Y., Reig, S., Schnack, H.G., Parellada, M., Graell, M., Moreno, C., Moreno, D., Mateos-Pérez, J.M., Udías, J.M., Arango, C., Desco, M. ‘Regional specificity of thalamic volume deficits in male adolescents with early-onset psychosis’
        Journal: Brit J Psychiat, 200(1): 30-36 (2012)
        JCR: Area: Psychiatry (SSCI edition); Q1. D1; Impact Factor 2012: 7.34

       

       

      Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

      • Thesis: Desarrollo de protocolos bioseguros de edición génica para la corrección de la epidermolisis bullosa distrófica recesiva
        Author: Cristina Chamorro Poyo
        Publication: Chamorro, C., Mencía, A., Almarza, D., Duarte, B., Büning, H., Sallach, J., Hausser, I., Del Río, M., Larcher, F., Murillas, R. ‘Gene Editing for the Efficient Correction of a Recurrent COL7A1 Mutation in Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Keratinocytes’
        Journal: Mol Ther Nucleic Acids, 5:e307 (2016)
        JCR: Area: Medicine, Research & Experimental; Q1; Impact Factor 2016: 6.392
      • Thesis: Terapia génica y celular para la corrección de la Lipodistrofia congénita generalizada
        Author: Rosa María Moro Muñoz
        Publication: Chamorro, C., Almarza, D., Duarte, B., Llames, S.G., Murillas, R., García, M., Cigudosa, J.C., Espinosa-Hevia, L., Escámez, M.J., Mencía, A., Meana, A., García-Escudero, R., Moro, R., Conti, C.J., Del Río, M., Larcher, F. ‘Keratinocyte cell lines derived from severe generalized recessive epidermolysis bullosa patients carrying a highly recurrent COL7A1 homozygous mutation: models to assess cell and gene therapies in vitro and in vivo’
        Journal: Exp Dermatol, (9):601-3. PMID: 23947675 (2013)
        JCR: Area: Dermatology; Q1; Impact Factor 2013: 4.115
      • Thesis: Estrés oxidativo y disfunción mitocondrial en la patogenia del Síndrome de Kindler
        Author: Elisabet Zapatero Solana
        Publication: Zapatero-Solana, E., García-Giménez, J.L., Guerrero-Aspizua, S., García, M., Toll, A., Baselga, E., Durán-Moreno, M., Markovic, J., García-Verdugo, J.M., Conti, C.J., Has, C., Larcher, F., Pallardó, F.V., Del Rio, M. ‘Oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in Kindler syndrome’
        Journal: Orphanet J Rare Dis, 9:211. PMID: 25528446 (2014)
        JCR: Area: Genetics & Heredity; Medicine, Research & Experimental; Q2; Impact Factor 2014: 3.358
      • Thesis: Epidermolisis bullosa distrófica en población española: efecto fundador y datación de la mutación "c.6527insC" en el gen "COL7A1"
        Author: Carolina Sánchez Jimeno
        Publication: Sánchez-Jimeno, C., Cuadrado-Corrales, N., Aller, E., García, M., Escámez, M.J., Illera, N., Trujillo-Tiebas, M.J., Ayuso, C., Millán, J.M., Del Río, M. ‘Recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa: the origin of the c.6527insC mutation in the Spanish population’
        Journal: Br J Dermatol, 168(1):226-9. PMID: 22757647 (2013)
        JCR: Area: Dermatology; Q1; Impact Factor 2013: 4.100
    • Scientific publications

      This is a sample of relevant faculty publications:

      • Gordaliza, P. M., Muñoz-Barrutia, A., Via, L. E., Sharpe, S., Desco, M., & Vaquero, J. J. Computed Tomography-Based Biomarker for Longitudinal Assessment of Disease Burden in Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Molecular Imaging and Biology, 1-6, 2018. Q1.
      • M. Abella, C. de Molina, N. Ballesteros, A. García-Santos, A. Martínez, I. García, M. Desco. Enabling tomography with low-cost C-arm systems, Plos One 13(9): e0203817, 2018. Q1.
      • Hoekzema, E., Barba-Müller, E., Pozzobon, C., Picado, M., Lucco, F., García-García, D., Soliva J.C., Tobeña, A., Desco, M., Crone, E.A., Ballesteros, A., Carmona, S., Vilarroya, O. ‘Pregnancy leads to long-lasting changes in human brain structure’. Nature Neuroscience, 20(2):287-296 (2017)
      • Gómez-Gaviro, M.V., Balaban, E., Bocancea, D., Lorrio, M.T., Pompeiano, M., Desco, M., Ripoll, J., and Vaquero, J.J. ‘Optimized CUBIC protocol for three-dimensional imaging of chicken embryos at single-cell resolution’. Development, 144, (11), pp. 2092-2097 (2017)
      • Parellada, M., Pina-Camacho, L., Moreno, C., Alemán, Y., Krebs, M.O., Desco, M., Merchán-Naranjo, J., Del Rey-Mejías, A., Boada, L., Llorente, C., Moreno, D., Arango, C., Janssen, J. ‘Insular pathology in young people with high-functioning autism and first-episode psychosis’. Psychol Med, 47(14): 2472-2482 (2017)
      • Martínez, K., Janssen, J., Pineda-Pardo, J.A., Carmona, S., Román, F.J., Alemán-Gómez, Y., García-García, D., Escorial, S., Quiroga, M.A., Santarnecchi, E., Navas-Sánchez, F.J., Desco, M., Arango, C., Colom, R. ‘Individual differences in the dominance of interhemispheric connections predict cognitive ability beyond sex and brain size’. Neuroimage, 155: 234-244 (2017)
      • Abella, M., Serrano, E., Garcia-Blas, J., García, I., de Molina, C., Carretero, J., Desco, M. ‘FUX-Sim: An implementation of a fast universal simulation/reconstruction framework for X-ray systems’. Plos One, 12(7): e0180363 (2017)
      • Herraiz, J.L., Herranz, E., Cal-González, J., Vaquero, J.J., Desco, M., Cussó, L., and Udías, J.M. ‘Automatic Cardiac Self-Gating of Small-Animal PET Data’. Mol Imaging Biol, 18, (1), pp. 109-116 (2016)
      • Abascal, F.P.J., Abella, M., Marinetto, E., Pascau, J., Desco, M. ‘A novel prior- and motion-based compressed sensing method for small-animal respiratory gated CT’. PLoS One 11(3), e0149841 (2016)
      • Cubo, N., Garcia, M., Del Cañizo, J.F., Velasco, D., Jorcano, J.L. ‘3D bioprinting of functional human skin: production and in vivo analysis’. Biofabrication, 5;9(1):015006. PMID: 27917823 (2016)
      • Carretero, M., Guerrero-Aspizua, S., Illera, N., Gálvez, V., Navarro, M., García-García, F., Dopazo, J., Jorcano, J.L., Larcher, F., del Rio, M. ‘Differential Features between Chronic Skin Inflammatory Diseases Revealed in Skin-Humanized Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis Mouse Models’. J Invest Dermatol; 136(1):136-45. doi: 10.1038/JID.2015.362. PMID: 26763433 (2016)
      • García, M., Quintana-Bustamante, O., Segovia, J.C., Bueren, J., Martínez-Santamaría, L., Guerrero-Aspizua, S., Escámez, M.J., Del Rio, M., Larcher, F. ‘Long-term skin regeneration in xenografts from iPSC teratoma-derived human keratinocytes’. Exp Dermatol. 2016 Sep;25(9):736-8. doi: 10.1111/exd.13049. Epub 2016 Jun 30. PMID: 27095005 (2016)
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  • THESIS

    Presentación y defensa de tesis 

     

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

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and its Doctoral School establish follow-up procedures to guarantee the quality of the student's training and supervision. They also facilitate the procedures for the proper evaluation and defense of the doctoral thesis.

     

    Further information:

     

     

    Requirements for thesis defense

    The Ph.D. candidate must have at least two publications as first author in indexed journals (Q2 or higher), or one publication as first author plus two contributions to an international congress, all of which must be derived from thesis work.

    A national, international or PCT patent can also be considered as equivalent to a publication or a congress communication. 

  • 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. 

       

      Calendar of the Academic Year: October 1 - September 30

        Period Dates

      Admission

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

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

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

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

      Further information on  Ph.D. monitoring and annual assessment

      June: All Ph.D. students 

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

      Thesis defense

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

      Official enrollment at the time of thesis defense is required. 

      Calendar of thesis defense approval

       

    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Studies

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

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

       

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

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

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


      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

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

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

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

       

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

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

       

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

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

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

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


      What is the outcome of a Ph.D.?

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

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


      What is an Interuniversity Ph.D.?

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

       

      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 stages:

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

       

      What is the plagiarism management procedure?

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

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

      Further information:  Plagiarism management

                     

      What is the thesis deposit?

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

      Further information:  Thesis deposit

       

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

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

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

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

       

      How are defense logistics managed?

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

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

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

       

      Do I have to pay any fees before the defense?

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

       

      How is my thesis assessed?

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

       

      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

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

      Glossary of terms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

      • Leganés Campus Graduate Information Office:

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

             email: oficinaleg@doctorado.uc3m.es

    • Regulations
    • Calidad

      GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PH.D.

      Implantation Year: 2018-2019

      QUALITY ASSURANCE

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

      QUALITY INDICATORS

      •  Ph.D. degree's indicators

      COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS