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Signal Processing and Communications Engineering

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    Director

     

    Prof. Ángel Navia Vázquez

     

    About the program

     

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) constitute one of the most active research areas in developed countries. The University Carlos III of Madrid has been committed for years to a solid training offer in this field, both at the Bachelor's level and at the Master's and Doctorate levels. The Doctoral Program in Signal Processing and Communications Engineering pursues the training of Doctors in the ICT field, providing scientific and technical training of the highest level that allows them both to participate in competitive research teams and to lead innovation and development projects. .

    The research lines associated with the Program are focused on Signal and Data Processing, Multimedia Processing, Advanced Mobile Communications and High Frequency Technologies. A more detailed list of the research sublines associated with these main lines can be seen in the "Research" tab..

    The main asset of our Program is its teaching staff. The doctors belonging to the Department of Signal Theory and Communications have extensive experience in cutting-edge R&D topics, as evidenced by dozens of competitive research projects and hundreds of publications in prestigious international journals.

    Likewise, the Community of Madrid is one of the main industrial areas in Spain, an economic and competitive engine, and a great pole of attraction for R&D&i activity in ICT areas. Madrid is one of the European regions with the highest GDP per capita, it is the Spanish region that allocates the largest volume of resources to R&D&i activities (26.5% of the state total), it represents 36.7% of Spanish scientific production and concentrates 23.8% of the total Spanish employment in R&D&I. Countless ICT companies and their R&D departments have their headquarters in Madrid, and the Program's teaching staff maintain links and joint activity with many of them. In addition, the degree of internationalization of the Program is very high, as evidenced by the collaborations with numerous prestigious international R&D centers, stays and international exchanges and participation in international conferences and forums.

    For all these reasons, the Doctoral Program in Signal Processing and Communications Engineering provides first-rate training for Doctors specializing in highly cutting-edge lines of ICT which, combined with the favorable conditions of the socioeconomic context, facilitates full employability of the graduates.

     

    • Program regulated by RD 99/2011, January 28

     

     

  • ACCESS

    Student profile

     

    Students are required to have a solid background in Mathematics and Statistics as well as extensive knowledge in the field of Signal Processing and Communications, particularly in the lines of research related to their thesis project. 

    It is also recommended to have a high level of English skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

     

     

    Admission requirements

     

    In compliance with the current regulation, candidates are required to have an official Spanish undergraduate degree (Grado) and a research Master's degree in the field of Signal Theory and Communication, or their equivalent in member states of the European Higher Education Area, with a minimum 300 ECTS in higher education studies as a whole, of which a minimum 60 must be of Master's level.

    Candidates with international degrees can also access the Program, with no homologation required, providing proof of a training level equivalent to official Spanish Master's degrees in the field of Signal Theory and Communications. Said degrees must enable access to Ph.D. studies in the host country.

    Candidates with previous graduate training in fields other than Signal Theory and Communication can be exceptionally admitted after consideration of their academic background by the Academic Committee. A maximum 24 ECTS of complementary training can be required in subjects related to the lines of research of the candidate's project.

    Admission criteria

     

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

    • Academic transcript: 10 %
    • Curriculum vitae, with a solid background in Mathematics and Signal Processing and Communication Technology, and a level equivalent to Master's studies in the field of Signal Processing and Communication: 30 %
    • Brief description of research proposal. The Committee will consider its quality, originality, innovation and connection to the lines of research of the Program: 40%
    • English level (minimum B2 or equivalent): 10 %
    • Letters of presentation by Professors with direct knowledge of the candidate's capacity and skills: 10 %

    The Academic Committee of the Program can request a presentation or endorsement letter from a Professor of the Program, stating their willingness to supervise or tutor the thesis proposal of the candidate and its connection with the lines of research of the Program. 

     

     

    Seats available for the academic year: 15

     

     

  • FACULTY
  • TRAINING

    Concurrently with the doctoral thesis work, Ph.D. candidates are required to follow a training program to improve their research skills and ensure the scientific quality of their research. This program consists of the training activities listed below.

     

    Specific training

     

    • Specific research seminars. Mandatory. 40 hours during the Ph.D.
      Seminars of varying duration organized by the Ph.D. Program. These seminars are held in-person or remotely in at least two formats:
      -Extensive seminars (20 hours distributed in 5 days) organized by the Ph.D. Program and taught by guest researchers.
      -Short-length seminars or research presentations (tipically 2 hours) organized by the Research Groups. These seminars are open to all Ph.D. candidates.
      Ph.D. candidates will choose the seminars according to their research interests. For validation, it is required to provide certification of attendance and completion.
    • Annual Workshop of the Program. Mandatory. 15 hours per academic year (10 hours of preparation + 5 hours of attendance).
      Workshop-format meeting in which students present the state of their research to an audience of other Ph.D. candidates, their tutors/advisors and other Professors from the Program. A period for questions and debate follows the presentation. 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. For validation, it is required to provide certification of attendance and a report from the Ph.D. candidate stating the conclusions of the discussion and its possible impact on their research.
    • Conferences or presentations by the Ph.D. candidate. Mandatory. 10 hours (8 hours of preparation + 1 hour of presentation + 1 hour of debate) during the Ph.D.
      Students are required, at least once and preferrably towards the end of their doctoral training, to present some of the premises, developments, experiments and conclusions of their thesis to an audience of students and Ph.D. graduates in the field of the thesis topic. A period for questions and debate follows the presentation. For validation, it is required to provide a report from the Ph.D. candidate with the presentation, the conclusions of the discussion and the possible impact in their research. These conferences are eligible to be considered as specific research seminars training (see above).
    • Article in indexed journal or patent derived from thesis research. Mandatory. Approximately 100 hours (70 hours of preparation + 20  hours of writing + 10 hours of editiorial process and review) during the Ph.D.
      For validation, it is required to provide the article and proof of submission and review in an international journal.
    • Participation in international workshops or conferences. Optional. 40 hours during the Ph.D.
      The Program promotes the dissemination of research outcomes in international workshops and conferences as a means for the development of communication and networking skills. For validation, it is required to provide the acceptance letter and other proof documents (travel details, presentation, publication in the conference report when applicable, etc.).
    • Research stays in national or international centers. Optional. Varying duration during the Ph.D.
      The Program promotes stays in national or international academic institutions and companies. These stays are eligibile for different mentions (International Mention or Industrial Ph.D.). For validation, it is required to meet the requirements of the respective mentions.

     

    Research skills training

     

    Research skills training is focused on cross-curricular abilities 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.) that can be recommended by the Academic Committee of the Program.

    Students are required to complete 40 hours during the doctoral training period.

     

    Further information: 

  • RESEARCH
    • Research lines

      SIGNAL AND DATA PROCESSING
       

      • Machine learning
        Probabilistic modeling. Detection, classification, regression and self-organization. Neural networks and deep learning. Feature selection/extraction and dimensionality reduction. Algorithms for Big Data. Graph analysis. Kernel methods. Adaptive learning. Privacy preserving machine learning.
      • Applications of machine learning in science and technology
        Medicine and biology. Neuroimaging. Topic discovery in document collections. Internet as a data source and web crawling. Smart grids. Sensor networks.
      • Statistical signal processing
        Nonlinear filtering. Monte Carlo methods. Bayesian computation. Uncertainty quantification. Signal decomposition.
      • Information theory
        Error-correcting codes. Finite-blocklength information theory. Information measures. Information-theoretic limits of wireless communications. Massive random access. Quantization and rate-distortion theory. Quantum information theory.

       

      MULTIMEDIA PROCESSING

      • Computer vision
        Action prediction. Visual Attention models. Learning from imperfect data. Explainable AI. Unsupervised visual data analysis. Advanced human-robot interaction. Incremental learning. Hybrid machine-cognitive models.
      • Applications of Computer Vision in Biomedical Image
        Dermoscopy. Ultrasound, trichology and microscopy imaging.
      • Speech Technologies
        Automatic Speech Recognition. Speaker Recognition. Affective Computing. Robust Neural Models. Perception and cognition modeling.
      • Audio Processing
        Acoustic event detection. Acoustic scene characterization. Acoustic saliency and attention. Sound maps. Music processing and recommendation.
      • Multimodal applications of machine learning
        Multimodal fusion. Gender-based violence detection. Cyberphysical and IoT devices intelligence.
      • Sustainable and bio-inspired machine learning
        Spiking neural networks. Biological neural networks simulation. Connectome. Embodied models. Computational neuroscience. Interpretability, bias and fairness in artificial intelligence. 

       

      ADVANCED MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

      • Waveform design
        OFDM and other multi-carrier modulation waveforms. Non-coherent schemes. Channel estimation and synchronization. Robustness to RF impairments. Analysis, detection and inhibition of signals.
      • Advanced multi-antenna techniques
        Network MIMO. Coordinated transmission and cancellation of interference. Massive MIMO. Cell-free massive MIMO. Reconfigurable intelligent surfaces.
      • Signal processing applied to wireless communication systems
        Random access mechanisms and radio resource management. Communications for the IoT. Multicast/broadcast. Vehicular communications. Millimeter-waves for mobile communications. Visible light communications.

       

      HIGH FREQUENCY TECHNOLOGIES

      • Metamaterials and sensors
        Filters and multiplexers. Measuring and manufacturing facilities. Antenna design. HOFEM: Higher-Order FEM. HPC and computing facilities. In-house software. mm-wave and 1550 nm measurements. Microstrip patch antennas. Soft/hard surfaces. EBGs. Reconfigurable devices. Leaky wave antennas.
      • Gap waveguide technology
        Metasurfaces. Millimeter wave antennas. Lens antennas. Mmulti-antenna systems (MIMO and Massive MIMO).
    • Scientific results

      This is a sample of publications derived from doctoral theses in the Ph.D. Program in Multimedia and Communications from the last five years.

      • J. C. Estrada-Jiménez and M. J. Fernández-Getino García, "Partial-Data Superimposed Training With Data Precoding for OFDM Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, vol. 65, no. 2, pp. 234-244, June 2019. doi: 10.1109/TBC.2018.2874542
      • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A, Peláez-Moreno, C. and Gallardo-Antolín A., Echoic Log-surprise: a Multi-Scale Scheme for Acoustic Saliency Detection, Expert Systems with Applications, 2018, Q1, 3,768
      • Fernández-Torres, M.Á., González-Díaz, I., and Díaz-de-María, F., Probabilistic Topic Model for Context-Driven Visual Attention Understanding, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 1653-1667, 10.1109/TCSVT.2019.2909427, 2020, Q1, 4,133
      • Amor-Martin, Adrian & Martinez Fernandez, Ignacio & Garcia-Castillo, L.E.. (2015). Posidonia: A Tool for HPC and Remote Scientific Simulations [EM Programmer's Notebook]. IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine. 57. 166-177. 10.1109/MAP.2015.2481824.
      • B. Genovés Guzmán and V. P. Gil Jiménez, “DCO-OFDM signals with derated power for visible light communications using an optimized adaptive network-based fuzzy inference system,” in IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 65, no. 10, pp. 4371-4381, Oct. 2017. doi: 10.1109/TCOMM.2017.2722477
      • Grace Villacrés, Tobias Koch,  Aydin Sezgin and Gonzalo Vazquez-Vilar. ``Robust Signaling for Bursty Interference". Entropy, 20(11):870, 2018.
      • Alejandro Rivera-Lavado, Luis-Enrique García-Muñoz, Dmitri Lioubtchenko, Sascha Preu, Kerlos Atia Abdalmalak, Gabriel Santamaría-Botello, Daniel Segovia-Vargas, and Antti V. Räisänen, Planar Lens–Based Ultra-Wideband Dielectric Rod Waveguide Antenna for Tunable THz and Sub-THz Photomixer Sources, Journal of Infrared Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, 2018, Q3, 1,7
      • Pradier, Melanie; Olmos, Pablo; Perez-Cruz, Fernando, Entropy-Constrained Scalar Quantization with a Lossy-Compressed Bit, Entropy, 2016, Q2, 1,821
      • K. Chen-Hu, M. Julia Fernández-Getino García, A. M. Tonello and A. G. Armada, Pilot Pouring in Superimposed Training for Channel Estimation in CB-FMT, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 10.1109/TWC.2021.3049530, 2021, Q1, 6,779
      • Fernando Albarracín-Vargas; Vicente Gonzalez-Posadas; Francisco Javier Herraíz-Martinez; Daniel Segovia-Vargas, Design Method for Actively Matched Antennas With Non-Foster Elements.  IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (Volume: 64, Issue: 9, Sept. 2016) 10.1109/TAP.2016.2583482
    • Scientific publications

      Here is a sample of relevant faculty publications:

      • M. Morales-Céspedes, O. A. Dobre and A. García-Armada, Semi-Blind Interference Aligned NOMA for Downlink MU-MISO Systems, IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 68, no. 3, pp. 1852-1865, 2020. 10.1109/TCOMM.2019.2960334. Q1, IF=5.646
      • G. Femenias, F. Riera-Palou, A. Álvarez-Polegre and A. García-Armada, Short-Term Power Constrained Cell-Free Massive-MIMO Over Spatially Correlated Ricean Fading IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 69, no. 12, pp. 15200-15215, 2020. 10.1109/TVT.2020.3037009. Q1, FI= 5.379
      • A. Á. Polegre, F. Riera-Palou, G. Femenias and A. G. Armada, Channel Hardening in Cell-Free and User-Centric Massive MIMO Networks With Spatially Correlated Ricean Fading IEEE Access vol. 8, pp. 139827-139845, 2020. 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3012736. Q1 IF=3.745
      • A. Adnan-Qidan, M. Morales-Céspedes and A. García-Armada. Load Balancing in Hybrid VLC and RF Networks Based on Blind Interference Alignment. IEEE Access vol. 8, pp. 72512-72527, 2020. 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2987545, Q1, IF=3.745
      • V. Gomez-Verdejo, E. Parrado-Hernandez, J. Tohka. Sign-Consistency Based Variable Importance For Machine Learning In Brain Imaging. Neuroinformatics, 17, 2019. 10.1007/s12021-019-9415-3, Q1, IF = 5.127
      • Bonilla-Escribano, P., Ramírez, D., Sedano-Capdevila, A., Campaña-Montes, J. J., Baca-García, E., Courtet, P., & Artés-Rodríguez, A. Assessment of e-social activity in psychiatric patients. IEEE Journal on Biomedical and Health Informatics, PP. 1-1, 2019. 10.1109/JBHI.2019.2918687. Q1, IF= 4.217
      • I. González-Díaz, J. Benois-Pineau, J.P. Domenger, D. Cattaert, A. de Rugy. Perceptually-guided deep neural networks for ego-action prediction: Object grasping, Pattern Recognition, vol. 88, 2019. 10.1016/j.patcog.2018.11.013. Q1, IF=7.196
      • M. Molina-Moreno, I. González-Díaz and F. Díaz-de-María. Efficient Scale-Adaptive License Plate Detection System, IEEE Trans. Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2019, Q1, IF = 6.319
      • I. González-Díaz. DermaKNet: Incorporating the knowledge of dermatologists to Convolutional Neural Networks for skin lesion diagnosis, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 2019, Q1, IF = 5.233
      • Louliej, A., Jabrane, Y., Gil Jiménez, V.P., García Armada, A, Practical Guidelines for Approaching the Implementation of Neural Networks on FPGA for PAPR Reduction in Vehicular Networks , MDPI Sensors, 2019, Q1, IF=3.031
      • Xu Zhang; J.; Grajal, J.; Vazquez Roy, J. L.; Xiang Ji; Xi Ling; A. Zubair; Y. Zhang; Han Wang; M. Dubey; Jing Kong; M. Dresselhaus; Tomas Palacios; U. Radhakrishna; X. Wang; W. Chern; Lin Zhou; Yuxuan Lin; Pin Chun Shen, Two-dimensional MoS2-enabled flexible rectenna for Wi-Fi-band wireless energy harvesting, Nature, 556/7744, pp. 368, 2019, 10.1038/s41586-019-0892-1. Q1, IF = 43.070
      • Vazquez-Roy, J.L., Tamayo-Dominguez, A., Rajo-Iglesias, E., Sierra-Castaner, M. , Radial Line Slot Antenna Design with Groove Gap Waveguide Feed for Monopulse Radar Systems, IEEE Transactions On Antennas And Propagation, 2019, Q1, IF = 4.435
      • I Santos, JJ Murillo-Fuentes, E Arias-de-Reyna, PM Olmos, Turbo EP-based equalization: A filter-type implementation, IEEE Transactions on Communications, 2018, Q1, IF = 4.671
      • Y Liu, PM Olmos, DGM Mitchell, Generalized LDPC codes for ultra reliable low latency communication in 5G and beyond, IEEE Access, 2018, Q1, IF=3.557
      • L. Lacasa, I. P. Mariño, J. Miguez, V. Nicosia, E. Roldán, A. Lisica, S. W. Grill, J. Gómez-Gardeñes, Multiplex decomposition of non-Markovian dynamics and the hidden layer reconstruction problem, Physical Review X, 2018, Q1, IF=14,385
      • Borja Genovés Guzmán, Víctor P. Gil Jiménez, M. Carmen Aguayo-Torres, Harald Haas, Lajos Hanzo, Downlink Performance of Optical OFDM in Outdoor Visible Light Communication, IEEE Access, 2018, Q1, IF= 3.557
      • Elnaz Alizadeh Jarchlo, Xuan Tang, Hossein Doroud, Víctor P. Gil Jiménez, Bangjiang Lin, Paolo Casari, Zabih Ghassemlooy, Li-Tect: 3D Monitoring and Shape Detection using Visible Light Sensors, IEEE Sensors Journal, 2018, Q1, IF=2.617
      • G. Santamaría-Botello, F. Sedlmeir, A. R. Rueda, K. A. Abdalmalak, E. R. Brown, G. Leuchs, S. Preu, D. Segovia-Vargas, D. V. Strekalov, L. E. G. Muñoz, and H. G. L. Schwefel, Sensitivity Limits of Mm-wave Photonic Radiometers Based on Efficient Electro-optic Up-converters, Optica, 2018, Q1, IF=7.536
      • M. Sánchez-Fernández, A. Tulino, J. Llorca, E. Rajo, A. García Armada, Blended Antenna Wearables for an Unconstrained Mobile Experience, IEEE Communications Magazine, 2017, Q1, IF=9,27
      • Fuster L.; Diego M.; Azpicueta-Ruiz L.A.; Ferrer M., Adaptive Filtered-x Algorithms for Room Equalization based on Block-based Combination Schemes, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 2016, Q1, IF= 2.491
      • Durisi, Giuseppe; Koch, Tobias; Popovski, Petar, Towards massive, ultrareliable, and low-latency wireless communication with short packets, Proceedings of IEEE, 2016, Q1, IF = 9,237
      • Valera, Isabel; Ruiz, Francisco; Perez-Cruz, Fernando, Infinite Factorial Unbounded-State Hidden Markov Model, IEEE transactions on pattern analysis and machine intelligence, 2016, Q1, IF=8,329
      • Alejandro de la Fuente ; Raquel Perez Leal ; Ana Garcia Armada , New Technologies and Trends for Next Generation Mobile Broadcasting Services, IEEE Communications Magazine, 2016, Nov, 2016, pp. 217-223, 10.1109/MCOM.2016.1600216RP, Q1, IF=10,435
      • G. A. Santamaría-Botello, L. E. García Muñoz, F. Sedlmeir, S. Preu, D. Segovia-Vargasm K.A. Abdalmalak, S. Llorente Romano, A. García Lampérez, S. Malzer, G. H. Döhler, H. G. L. Schwefel and H. B. Weber. Maximization of the optical intra-cavity power of whispering-gallery mode resonators via coupling prism, Optics Express, 2016, Q1, IF=3.307
      • M. Vukomanovic, J. Vazquez-Roy, O. Quevedo-Teruel, E. Rajo-Iglesias, and Z. Sipus, Gap waveguide leaky-wave antenna, IEEE Transactions On Antennas And Propagation, 2016, Q1, IF = 2.957

       

  • 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 intormation:

     

     

    Requirements for thesis defense in Signal Processing and Communications Engineering

     

    In order to proceed to the thesis defense, one of the requirements listed below must be met: 

    1. The Ph.D. candidate is required to have an article related to their thesis work published, or at least accepted for publication, in a JCR-indexed journal ranked on the top 25% of a category related to a line of research of the Ph.D. Program. It is allowed to organize the JCR categories by impact factor, by 5-year impact factor or by eigenfactor score. To determine the ranking of a journal, both the JCR list of the year of publication of the article or the most recent list available at the time of submission can be considered.

    2. The Ph.D. candidate is required to have 2 publications ranked on the top 50% of a category described on requirement 1.

    3. The Ph.D. candidate is required to have a patent in use related to their thesis work.

    4. There must be two anonymous reasoned reports by two internationally renowned experts endorsing the quality of the thesis and recommending its public defense. It is required that the Ph.D. candidate and the thesis advisor formally apply for an exemption of requirements 1-3. The Academic Committee will evaluate the application and request the anonymous reports, then issue a final reasoned report stating their decision on whether to allow the exemption or not.

  • 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

      According to start date of each semester

      Applications for admission for the first semester of the 22/23 academic year with start date on the 15th of November, 2022, can be submitted from February 1st through August 31st, 2022 (Spanish peninsular time, CET)

      Applications for admission for the second semester of the 21/23 academic year with start date on the 30th of March, 2023, can be submitted from September 1st, 2022 through January 31st, 2023 (Spanish peninsular time, CET).

      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 1st through 30th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Students starting second semester: March 1st through 31st (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

      • September 1st through 30th (23:59 h. Peninsular Spanish time)
      Monitoring and annual assessment

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

      Further information on  Ph.D. monitoring and annual assessment

      June: All Ph.D. students 

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

      Thesis defense

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

      Official enrollment at the time of thesis defense is required. 

      Calendar of thesis defense approval

       

    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Studies

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

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

       

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

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

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


      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

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

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

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

      Applications for admission for the first semester of the 22/23 academic year with start date on the 15th of November, 2022, can be submitted from February 1st through August 31st, 2022 (Spanish peninsular time, CET)*

      Applications for admission for the second semester of the 22/23 academic year with start date on the 30th of March, 2023, can be submitted from September 1st, 2022 through January 31st, 2023 (Spanish peninsular time, CET)*.

      *Except where noted in the details of each Ph.D. Program.

      The PhD academic year begins on October 1st and ends on September 30th. 

       

      What documents do I need to submit?

      Scan in advance, in pdf format, 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. 
      • Academic transcript of previous degree (Bachelor's and Master’s degree or equivalent), including grades
      • 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.

       

      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

      Campus Getafe

      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

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

      Who are the awarding bodies?

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

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

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships


      When and how can I apply for these?

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

       

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

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

       

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

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

      New students can choose the start date of the Ph.D. studies. Enrollment period varies accordingly:

      Students starting first semester:

      • Enrollment period: September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Start date of Ph.D. training: November 15 

      Students starting second semester*:

      • Enrollment period: March 1st through 31st (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Start date of Ph.D. training: March 30

      *In these cases, 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, the enrollment period is September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time) of each academic year.

       

      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 €

       

      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?

      Upon completion and payment of your enrollment, the Doctoral School will get in touch with you and set an appointment to provide the original documents to have your enrollment validated in compliance with the access requirements to Ph.D.

       

      Documents

      According to your previous studies, the documents to be submitted are listed below: 

      1. If you have taken an official Master's degree at UC3M, you are not required to submit any documents. The Doctoral School will check your records accordingly.

      2. If your access degree for Ph.D. has been issued at a Spanish University or member states of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the required documents are: 

      • Access degree certificate for Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent) or payment receipt of issuance fees.
      • Grades certificate of access degree to Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent).

      3. If your access degree for Ph.D. has been awarded by a University in a country outside of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the required documents are:

      • Access degree certificate for Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent) or payment receipt of issuance fees.
      • Grades certificate of access degree to Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent).

      These documents must have been previously legalized through diplomatic channels (the Apostille of The Hague Convention, when applicable). Please bear in mind that this procedure must be carried out from the country of origin. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to do it well in advance. 

      Find which legalization procedure applies to your country:  Legalization of Foreign Degrees

       

      Original hard copies of the documents must be provided along with their photocopies. The Doctoral School will check both originals and their copies and have them certified. If the degree certificates and documents have an electronic signature or digital certification (with safe verification codes), these will be submitted by e-mail at admisiondoctorado@uc3m.es.

      All documents must be submitted in Spanish, English, French, Italian or Portuguese (certificates and degrees provided in other languages must have attached an official Spanish translation).  

      The submission period will be notified by e-mail within a month after the end of the enrollment period.

       

      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 support 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. Some Ph.D. programs at uc3m require training in research skills 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.

    • Itinerary
      Itinerario Estudiante de Doctorado
    • Regulations
    • Quality

      GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PH.D.

      Implementation Year: 2021-2022

      Available soon:

      • Information about Ph.D. Degree
      • Verification Report

      QUALITY ASSURANCE

      The Academic Committee of the Ph.D. complies with the SGIC-UC3M. It is responsible for the quality analysis of the program and produces the Degree Reports ("Memoria Académica de Titulación").

      Available soon:

      • Academic Committee
      • Reports from the Quality Assurance Academic Committee (Restricted access)

      QUALITY INDICATORS

      COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS

  • CONTACT
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  • FORMER PROGRAM
    • Overview

      Interuniversity Ph.D. in Multimedia and Communications

       

      Director

       

      Prof. Ángel Navia Vázquez

       

      About the program

       

      Communication technology is one of the most active research areas in developed countries. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has a long history of promoting a solid training offer in Communications Engineering, backed up by the implementation of new departments and the integration of expert Ph.D. faculty members in relevant areas of R&D.

      The Ph.D. program aims to provide professionals with a high level of scientific and technical training to contribute and lead innovative development projects and to train researchers for their integration in competitive research teams in the field of Communications and Multimedia Processing:

      • Multimedia Personalization: labeling of multimedia content and insertion of intelligence (machine learning) in networks/systems paired successfully with information applicants;
      • Use of channels / networks / systems: progress in coding content (multimedia) and consideration of channel characteristics; de-hierarchization and translayer management of networks with assistance from intelligent systems, particularly in distributed versions.

       

      Interuniversity PhD Program with Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

      Program regulated by RD 99/2011, January 28

       

      Universities and departments

       

      Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
      Signal and Communications Theory Department

      Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
      Signal Theory and Communications

       

       

       

      Doctorado en Multimedia y Comunicaciones
    • Academic Committee

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

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

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

    • Research

      Signal and Data Processing

      • Video Coding
      • Computer vision
      • Indexing and Retrieval of Multimedia Content
      • Machines for decision support and their applications
      • Emerging Optimization
      • Sensors and Networks
      • Multimodal Human-Machine Interfaces
      • Learning Methods for Signal Processing
      • Tools for Diagnostic Assistance Telemedicine
      • Broadband Access
      • Information Theory

       

      Communications

      • Broadband Access
      • High Frequency Technology
      • Resource Allocation in Cognitive Wireless Networks
      • Information Theory
    • Scientific results

      This is a sample of publications derived from doctoral theses in the Ph.D. Program in Multimedia and Communications from the last five years.

      • J. C. Estrada-Jiménez and M. J. Fernández-Getino García, "Partial-Data Superimposed Training With Data Precoding for OFDM Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, vol. 65, no. 2, pp. 234-244, June 2019. doi: 10.1109/TBC.2018.2874542
      • Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A, Peláez-Moreno, C. and Gallardo-Antolín A., Echoic Log-surprise: a Multi-Scale Scheme for Acoustic Saliency Detection, Expert Systems with Applications, 2018, Q1, 3,768
      • Fernández-Torres, M.Á., González-Díaz, I., and Díaz-de-María, F., Probabilistic Topic Model for Context-Driven Visual Attention Understanding, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 1653-1667, 10.1109/TCSVT.2019.2909427, 2020, Q1, 4,133
      • Amor-Martin, Adrian & Martinez Fernandez, Ignacio & Garcia-Castillo, L.E.. (2015). Posidonia: A Tool for HPC and Remote Scientific Simulations [EM Programmer's Notebook]. IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine. 57. 166-177. 10.1109/MAP.2015.2481824.
      • B. Genovés Guzmán and V. P. Gil Jiménez, “DCO-OFDM signals with derated power for visible light communications using an optimized adaptive network-based fuzzy inference system,” in IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 65, no. 10, pp. 4371-4381, Oct. 2017. doi: 10.1109/TCOMM.2017.2722477
      • Grace Villacrés, Tobias Koch,  Aydin Sezgin and Gonzalo Vazquez-Vilar. ``Robust Signaling for Bursty Interference". Entropy, 20(11):870, 2018.
      • Alejandro Rivera-Lavado, Luis-Enrique García-Muñoz, Dmitri Lioubtchenko, Sascha Preu, Kerlos Atia Abdalmalak, Gabriel Santamaría-Botello, Daniel Segovia-Vargas, and Antti V. Räisänen, Planar Lens–Based Ultra-Wideband Dielectric Rod Waveguide Antenna for Tunable THz and Sub-THz Photomixer Sources, Journal of Infrared Millimeter and Terahertz Waves, 2018, Q3, 1,7
      • Pradier, Melanie; Olmos, Pablo; Perez-Cruz, Fernando, Entropy-Constrained Scalar Quantization with a Lossy-Compressed Bit, Entropy, 2016, Q2, 1,821
      • K. Chen-Hu, M. Julia Fernández-Getino García, A. M. Tonello and A. G. Armada, Pilot Pouring in Superimposed Training for Channel Estimation in CB-FMT, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 10.1109/TWC.2021.3049530, 2021, Q1, 6,779
      • Fernando Albarracín-Vargas; Vicente Gonzalez-Posadas; Francisco Javier Herraíz-Martinez; Daniel Segovia-Vargas, Design Method for Actively Matched Antennas With Non-Foster Elements.  IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (Volume: 64, Issue: 9, Sept. 2016) 10.1109/TAP.2016.2583482
    • Thesis

      Thesis defense

       

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

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

       

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      Requirements for thesis defense in Multimedia and Communications

       

      • At least one article derived from the doctoral research work, which must have been published (or accepted for publication) in a journal indexed on the Journal Citation Report.
      • 6 research skills credits completed.
    • Quality

      GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PH.D.

      Implementation Year: 2012-2013

      QUALITY ASSURANCE

      The Academic Committee of the Ph.D. complies with the SGIC-UC3M. It is responsible for the quality analysis of the program and produces the Degree Reports ("Memoria Académica de Titulación").

      QUALITY INDICATORS

      COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS