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Aerospace Engineering

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    Director

     

    Prof. Manuel Soler Arnedo

     

     

    About the program

     

    This Ph.D. gives response to the need for specific training and research in the field of Aerospace Engineering. The main objective of the program is to qualify students with a series of technical and scientific competences in the field of aerospace science and technologies. Graduate doctors of the program will be qualified to find innovative and disruptive solutions to high-impact and high-interest problems in the field of aerospace engineering through a combination of experimental, computational, and technological methodologies pertaining to  aerospace science and engineering with a marked multidisciplinary, intersectoral and international character.

    The program is structured in two large areas:

      Aeronautics

      Space

    Career opportunities for graduates are focused on three areas: a scientific career in universities or national and international research centers; a professional career in the Aerospace R&D sector; and the creation of technology-based companies through patents and/or registered software as direct outcomes of the research.

     

    • Programa adaptado al Real Decreto 99/2011, de 28 de enero
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  • ACCESS

    Student profile

     

    The program considers as a recommended access profile a graduate background training in the field of Science, Engineering and Architecture and, specifically, the area of the program, Aerospace Engineering.

    The program is open to students with Master's degrees in the areas of Manufacturing Engineering, Systems Engineering and Automation, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Thermal Engines and Machines, Fluid Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Telematic Engineering, Electronic Technology or Signal Theory and Communications. In these cases, some graduate training in the specific areas of the program is required. The Academic Committee will determine the complementary research training that candidates need according to their particular background.

    The UC3M Master's degrees with direct access to the Ph.D. are the Master in Aeronautical Engineering (MAE) and the  Master in Space Engineering (MISE)

    Also, UC3M offers two double Master's degrees, the Double Master's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Space Engineering and the Double Master's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering and Space Engineering, which complement the direct-access Masters with a professional specialization degree.

     

    Access requirements

     

    As a general rule, to access the program it is required to hold an official Spanish Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 60 ECTS of a Master's degree in the field of Aerospace Engineering or an equivalent from other European Higher Education Area member countries. The sum of ECTS for both degrees must be a minimum of 300 ECTS. Also, students with a degree from international education systems may access the program, with no homologation process required, provided that it certifies an equivalent level of training to the official Spanish Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering and that it gives access to Ph.D. studies in the home country.

    Students with graduate training in areas other than the Aerospace Engineering can be also admitted. These students shall have Master-level training in: 

    • Science (Mathematics or Applied Physics)
    • Engineering and Architecture: Manufacturing Engineering, Systems Engineering and Automation, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Engines and Machines, Fluid Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, Chemical Engineering, Telematic Engineering, Electronic Technology or Signal Theory and Communications.

     

    Admission criteria

     

    Admission is based on the criteria established by the Academic Committee listed below. These are implemented by the director of the program, who reports to the Committee on a regular basis. 

    In the admission and selection process, the Academic Committee will consider:

    • Academic transcript (Bachelor's and Master's degrees). Formulas from competitive programs such as FPU (Formación de Profesorado Universitario, a Ph.D. scholarship program at national level in Spain) will be used to quantify the grade, including equivalence from non-Spanish transcripts. Weight: 60%.
    • Suitability of the candidate's background training (subjects, grades and language skills) to the lines of research of the Ph.D. program. Weight: 20%.
    • Research experience (publications, conferences, etc.). Weight: 15%.
    • Motivation, commitment to the program and research interests of the candidate, all of which will be assessed based on a motivation letter. The candidate can provide one or more endorsement letters from a researcher from any university, which will serve as proof of commitment. Weight: 5%.

    The Academic Committee can require a personal interview with the candidate. This will not be considered as part of the admission criteria with a specific weight but, rather, an additional tool for clarification of the suitability and motivation of the student.

     

    In their admission resolution, the Academic Committee, considering the certified training of the candidate, can establish some complementary training based on the following criteria:

    Access profile Complementary training
    Students with a Master's degree in the field of Aerospace Engineering or a minimum 60 ECTS. Not required
    Students with a Master's degree in the field of Engineering and Architecture: Manufacturing Engineering, Systems Engineering and Automation, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Engines and Machines, Fluid Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, Chemical Engineering, Telematic Engineering, Electronic Technology or Signal Theory and Communications, with a minimum 60 ECTS. Up to 18 ECTS in the field of Aerospace Engineering
    Students with a Master's degree in the field of Science (Mathematics or Applied Physics), with a minimum 60 ECTS Up to 30 ECTS in the field of Aerospace Engineering

     

    As a general rule, for students with no training or experience in research methodology,the Academic Committee can establish complementary training consisting in either subjects of a Master's degree in the field of Aerospace Engineering or a supervised research work that qualifies the student with knowledge in research methods and public presentation skills before an evaluating committee.

     

    Seats available for the current academic year: 8

     

  • FACULTY
  • TRAINING

    Concurrently with the doctoral thesis work, Ph.D. candidates must follow a training program to improve their research skills and ensure the scientific quality of their research work. This program is structured on the following training elements.

     

    Specific training

     

    • Doctoral meetings

    Workshop-format sessions in which Ph.D. candidates present the state of their research, followed by a period for discussion and questions from the audience. These meetings are attended by other Ph.D. candidates, their tutors or advisors, and other university professors from the program. If a research work is in the process of registration or protection of intellectual property, the tutor or advisor can request from the Academic Committee a restriction on the disclosure of information until the resolution of the process. 

    This activity is mandatory: 10 hours per academic year (including the 4 hours of session attendance) throughout the doctoral training period. These meetings take place on an annual basis, at the least.

    For evaluation 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​

    The Ph.D. candidate must give at least one conference or presentation in front of a qualified audience (e. g., a congress or masterclass). Students who cannot attend these forums can do these presentations in the context of the abovementioned doctoral meetings as an additional activity. 

    ​​This activity is mandatory: 10 hours (9 hours of preparation and 1 hour of presentation) throughout the doctoral training period.

    For evaluation 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. 

     

    • Scientific articles

    The Ph.D. candidate must write, submit and have published (or, in lack thereof, provide a letter of acceptance from the editor) at least one Web of Science-indexed paper.

    This activity is mandatory: 100 hours, including writing and review, throughout the doctoral training period.

    The scientific article itself, which must have been subject to a peer review process, will be considered for evaluation purposes.

     

    • Specific seminars

    Seminars of variable duration hosted by either this Ph.D. program or others from the Escuela Politécnica Superior, or by departments, academic units, university institutes, research institutes or other universities or research centers (national or regional). These seminars are conducted in English (as a general rule) or Spanish. Students will choose the seminars according to their research interests.

    This activity is optional. However, the Academic Committee of the program may require 20 to 40 hours of this activity (incuding 8 to 16 hours of attendance) throughout the doctoral training period, according to the training and former research or career experience of the Ph.D. candidate.

    For evaluation purposes, the Ph.D. candidate will provide proof of attendance and a supervised critique report supervised by the thesis advisor on the contents of the seminar in relation to the research topic of the Ph.D. candidate. The Academic Committee will have authority to validate seminars hosted by institutions other than UC3M.

     

    • Research visits in centers of national or international reference

    The program promotes the mobility of students with training activities in research centers of reference with Ph.D. programs of proven quality in Spain and abroad.

    This activity is optional. The duration of the visit must be one month at least. This activity can qualify as a requirement for the Doctorado Internacional distinction, provided that it is carried out at a center outside Spain and that the duration is of at least three months. 

    Ph.D. candidates can do this activity troughout their entire doctoral period training and choose the dates according to their interests. However, it is recommended to carry it out during the second or third doctoral year.

    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.).

    For evaluation purposes, the Ph.D. candidate will provide proof of completion from the host institution and a report on the activities, courses and seminars, as well as the progress on the thesis research made during the visit.

     

     

    Research skills training

     

    Optional. Up to 2 credits throughout the doctoral training period.

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

     

    Further information:

     

  • RESEARCH
    • Lines of research

      AERONAUTICS

       

      Aerospace structures and materials​

      • Aeronautical structures
      • Composites and advanced materials.
      • Structural health monitoring
      • Structural dynamics and vibroacoustics
      • Aeroelasticity

      Air Navigation and Control​

      • Commercial Aircraft Trajectory Optimization
      • Meteorological Uncertainty Management
      • Aviation Induced Environmental Impact
      • Artificial Intelligence Applications to Air Traffic Management
      • Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs)

      Aerospace Design and Manufacturing​

      •  Optimization and multidisciplinary design
      •  Non-conventional aircraft
      •  Manufacturing processes
      • Airborne wind energy systems 

      Aerodynamics​ and Propulsion

      • External aerodynamics
      • Turbulence
      • Internal flows and propulsion
      • Experimental techniques
      • Computational techniques

       

       

      SPACE

       

      Propulsion and Space Environment​

      • Plasma engines
      • Magnetic nozzles
      • Radiofrecuency and microwaves sources
      • Plasma-spaceship interaction
      • Space Debris Removal
      • Plasma waves and ECR motors
      • Plasma diagnosis

      Astrodynamics

      • Space Tethers
      • Mission analysis and trajectory optimization
      • Orbit Determination and Space Surveillance and Tracking

      Space Systems

      • Satellite Design and Systems Engineering
      • Subsystems design
      • Onboard software
      • Communications
      • Space Electronics
      • Space automation
      • Scientific Instrumentation
    • Scientific results

      Recent and outstanding publications from our students' doctoral thesis work will be available soon.

    • Scientific publications

      AERONAUTICS

       

      Aeronautical structures and materials​

      • S. Garzon-Hernandez, D. Garcia-Gonzalez, A. Arias. Multi-impact mechanical behaviour of short fibre reinforced composites. Composite Structures 202:241-252. impact Factor:4,101.
        JCR Category: Mat. Science, Composites 2018, 5/26 (Q1).
      • J. Vila, J. Fernández-Sáez, R. Zaera. Reproducing the nonlinear dynamic behavior of a structured beam with a generalized continuum model. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 420, 296-314.
        JCR Category: Acoustics 2018, 5/31 (Q1).
      • M.M. Moure, F. Otero, S.K. García-Castillo, S. Sánchez-Sáez, E. Barbero, E.J. Barbero. Damage evolution in open-hole laminated composite plates subjected to in-plane loads. Composite Structures 133, 1048-1057. 2015. Citations: 18. International collaboration: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University (United States).
        JCR Category: Mat. Science, Composites 2015, 2/25 (Q1).

       

      Air navigation and Control

      • D. Hentzen, D. González-Arribas, M. Kamgarpour, M. Soler. On maximizing safety in stochastic aircraft trajectory planning with uncertain thuderstorm development. Aeropace Science and Technology. Volume 79, August 2018, Pages 543-553.
        JCR Category: Aerospace, Engineering 2018, 3/31 (Q1).
      • D. González-Arribas, M. Soler, M. Sanjurjo. Robust aircraft trajectory planning under wind uncertainty using optimal control. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. Vol. 41, No. 3 (2018), pp. 673-688.
        JCR Category: Aerospace, Engineering 2018, 8/31 (Q2).
      • A. Al-Kaff, D. Martín, F. García, A. de la Escalera, J. M. Armingol. Survey of computer vision algorithms and applications for unmanned aerial vehicles. Expert Systems with Applications, 92, 447-463. Impact Factor: 3,768. 
        JCR Category: Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence 2018, 24/134 (Q1).
        Citations – WoS: 2 GS:13

       

      Aeronautical design and manufacturing

      • J. Fernández-Pérez, J. Cantero, J. Díaz-Álvarez, M. Miguélez. Hybrid composite metal stack drilling with different minimum quantity lubrication levels. Materials (Basel). 2019, 12, 448.
        JCR Category: Materials Science, Multidisciplinary 2018, 102/293 (Q2).
      • J. Díaz-Álvarez, V. Criado, H. Miguélez, J. Luis Cantero. PCBN performance in high speed finishing turning of inconel 718. Metals, 8 (8), art. no. 582.
        JCR category: Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering 2018, 18/76 (Q1).

       

      Fluid mechanics and aerodynamics

      • G. Sánchez-Arriaga, A. Pastor-Rodríguez, M. Sanjurjo-Rivo, R. Schmehl. A Lagrangian flight simulator for airborne wind energy systems. Applied Mathematical Modelling. Online, 2019.
        JCR Category: Engineering, Multidisciplinary 2018, 22/88 (Q1).
      • S. Discetti, G. Bellani, R. Örlü, J. Serpieri, C. Sanmiguel Vila, M. Raiola, X. Zheng, L. Mascotelli, A. Talamelli, A. Ianiro. Characterization of very-large-scale motions in high-Re pipe flows. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 104, 1-8, 2019.
        JCR Category: Engineering, Mechanical 2018, 19/129 (Q1).
      • F. Mallor, M. Raiola, C. Sanmiguel Vila, R. Örlü, S. Discetti, A. Ianiro. Modal decomposition of flow fields and convective heat transfer maps: An application to wall-proximity square ribs., Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 102, 517-527, 2019.
        JCR Category: Engineering, Mechanical 2018, 19/129 (Q1).
      • A. Almagro, O. Flores, M. Vera, A. Liñán, A. L. Sánchez, F. A. Williams. Effects of differential diffusion on nonpremixed-flame temperature. Proc. Comb. Inst. 37, 1757–1766. 2018.
        JCR Category: Engineering, Mechanical 2018, 22/129 (Q1).
      • A. Gonzalo, G. Arranz, M Moriche, M. García-Villalba, O. Flores. From flapping to heaving: A numerical study of wings in forward flight. J Fluids and Struct., 83, 293–309. 2018.
        JCR Category: Engineering, Mechanical 2018, 28/129 (Q1).

       

       

      SPACE

       

      Propulsion and space environment

      • J. Navarro-Cavallé, M. Wijnen, P. Fajardo, E. Ahedo, Experimental characterization of a 1 kW Helicon Plasma Thruster. Vacuum 149, 69-73, 2018.
        JCR Category: Physics, Applied 2018, 55/148 (Q2).
      • F. Cichocki, M. Merino, E. Ahedo. Spacecraft-plasma-debris interaction in an ion beam shepherd mission. Acta Astronautica 146, 216–227, 2018.
        JCR Category: Engineering, Aerospace 2018, 5/31 (Q1).
      • G. Sánchez-Arriaga, J. Zhou, E. Ahedo, M. Martínez-Sánchez, J.J. Ramos. Kinetic features and non- stationary electron trapping in paraxial magnetic nozzles. Plasma Sources & Science Technology 27, 035002 (1-13), 2018
        JCR Category: Physics, Fluids & Plasma 2018, 2/32 (Q1).
      • M. Merino, J. Mauriño, E. Ahedo. Kinetic electron model for plasma thruster plumes. Plasma Sources & Science Technology 27, 035013 (1-18), 2018.
        JCR Category: Physics, Fluids & Plasma 2018, 2/32 (Q1).
      • J.J. Ramos, M. Merino, E. Ahedo. Three dimensional fluid-kinetic model of a magnetically guided plasma jet. Physics of Plasmas 25, 061206 (1-12), 2018.
        JCR Category: Physics, Fluids & Plasma 2018, 18/32 (Q3).

       

      Astrodynamics

      • D. Morante, M. Sanjurjo Rivo, and M. Soler. Multi-objective low-thrust interplanetary trajectory optimization based on generalized logarithmic spirals. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (2018), pp. 1–15. 
        JCR Category: Engineering, Aerospace 2018, 8/31 (Q2).
      • G. Sánchez-Arriaga, X. Chen. modeling and performance of electrodynamic low-work-function tethers with photoemission effects. Journal of Propulsion and Power 34, 1, 2018. 
        JCR Category: Engineering, Aerospace 2018, 11/31 (Q2).
      • H. Urrutxua, M. Sanjurjo-Rivo, J. Peláez. Dromo propagator revisited. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 124.1 (2016), pp. 1–31. 
        JCR Category: Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications 2016, 37/100 (Q2).

       

      Space systems

      • C. Gordon, G. Carpintero, E. Bente, J. Javaloyes. Absorber length optimization of on-chip colliding pulse mode-locked semiconductor laser. J. Sel. Topics in Quantum Electron. vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 1-8 (2018)
        JCR Category: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic 2018, 39/266 (Q1).
      • J. Carretero, J. Garcia-Blas, G. Antoniu, D. Petcu.New directions in mobile, hybrid, and heterogeneous clouds for cyberinfrastructures. Future Generation Computer Systems 87, 615-617. 2018
        JCR Category: Computer Science, Theory and Methods 2018, 39/266 (Q1).
      • S. Preu, C. Muller-Landau, G. H. Dohler, H. Gossard, D. Segovia, A. Rivera, L.E. Garcia Muñoz. Fiber coupled 2D nip-nip superlattice photomixer array. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. Impact Factor: 2.053.
        JCR Category: Engineering, Electrical & Electronic 2017, 33/260 (Q1).
      • G. Santamaria, L.E., Garcia Muñoz, F. Sdlmeir, S. Preu, D. Segovia, K. Abdalamlak, S. Llorente, A. Lamperez, S. Malzer, G. Dohler, H. Weber. Maximization of the optical intra cavity power of whispering gallery mode resonators via coupling prism. Optics Express. Impact Factor: 3.148.
        JCR Category: Optics 2016, 17/92 (Q1).
  • THESIS

    Thesis defense

     

    The doctoral thesis consists of an original research work developed by the Ph.D. candidate in the field of knowledge established by the program. It 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 in Aerospace Engineering

     

    Except for some special cases, students must have published (or, in lack thereof, have a letter of acceptance from the editor) at least one Web Of Science-indexed paper in order to be evaluated by the Academic Committee of the Program.

     

  • 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

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      What is a Ph.D.?

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

       

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

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

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


      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

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

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

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

       

      Can I do my Ph.D. entirely online?

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

       

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

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

       

      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
      • Authorization of disclosure of educational and employment information
      • Ph.D. research proposal
      • Endorsement for thesis project

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

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

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

       

      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

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

       

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

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

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

       

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

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

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

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

       

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

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

      Doctoral training scholarships. Exemptions

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      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

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

      Who are the awarding bodies?

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

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

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships


      When and how can I apply for these?

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

       

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

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

       

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

      Yes. As a recipient of any financial aids, it is recommended to notify the university for these to be applied upon enrollment. If your scholarship status is not registered in your self-enrollment application, please contact the Doctoral School Office, either in person or by e-mail at admisiondoctorado@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 Doctoral School Office on campus, either in person or through regular postal mail, certified copies of the following documents (the first two were already attached to your online application for admission). If you cannot certify any document in advance, provide your copy along with the original at the Office and we will certify it for free.

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

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

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

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


      What are my rights and obligations as a uc3m student?

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

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

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

      Further information:  Rules and Regulations

      Ph.D. Studies: Monitoring and Development

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      How are my Ph.D. supervisors appointed?

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

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

       

      How is the progress of my research evaluated?

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

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

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

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

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

      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:

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

       

      What is the plagiarism management procedure?

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

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

      Further information:  Plagiarism management

                     

      What is the thesis deposit?

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

      Further information:  Thesis deposit

       

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

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

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

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

       

      How are defense logistics managed?

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

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

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members

       

      Do I have to pay any fees before the defense?

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

       

      How is my thesis assessed?

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

       

      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

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

      Glossary of terms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      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").

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