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Economics

  • Inicio

    Director:

     

    Prof. Andrés Erosa

     

    About the program:

     

    • Conforming to Spanish Real Decreto 99/2011


    After completing their Master's in  Master's Degree in Economic Analysis , students may apply for admission to Ph.D. and the Ph.D. Academic Committee will decide their admission based on their academic record and Ph.D. qualifying exams in the three main areas (macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics). This is a full time program.

    The main objective of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students for high-quality research in economics.

    Students work with faculty to learn how to design, conduct and present research papers. Their supervisor is in charge of overseeing the training process. Students also participate in weekly workshops in the main research areas (microeconomics, macroeconomics, applied economics and econometrics). The Ph.D. thesis consists of articles that may be published in high quality academic journals.

    Upon completion of their Ph.D.’s students get jobs in academia, central banks, international institutions, or the corporate sector.

    This is a full-time program in English.

    Department

     

     

    Doctorado en Economía
  • ACCESS

    Student profile

     

    The academic background of applicants must include:

    • Master's Degree in Economic Analysis at uc3m or other research-oriented Master’s degree in economics awarded by a notable institution;
    • Excellent academic record;
    • Solid training in economic, analytical and mathematical skills;
    • High English level (speaking, reading and writing);
    • Suitability of applicant's Ph.D. project to the lines of research of the Economics Department.

     

    Admission requirements

    As a general rule, applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and a research-oriented Master's degree in Economics awarded by a notable institution. Applications from former students of Master's Degree in Economic Analysis at uc3m are given priority in the admission process.

    Students with other backgrounds may also be admitted, provided that they meet the requirements of current legislation regarding access to Ph.D. studies and that their previous training is deemed equivalent to that of the Master's Degree in Economic Analysis at uc3m by the Academic Committee. Students who do not meet this requirement are strongly encouraged to apply to said Master's Degree.

    Admission criteria

     

    Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

    • Passing grade of final exams of uc3m’s Master's Degree in Economic Analysis with a satisfactory GPA.
       
    • Passing grade of qualifying examinations in all three areas of uc3m's Master's Degree in Economic Analysis (econometrics, macroeconomics and microeconomics).

    For further details and exemptions regarding these terms, download the Master's Student Guide 

     

    The Academic Committee of the program may exceptionally waive any of the above requirements in the case of holders of a research-oriented Master's Degree in the area of economic analysis awarded by a notable institution.

     

  • FACULTY
    • Academic Committee

       

      Prof. Andrés Erosa
      Departament of Economics. Director of the Program

      Prof. Carlos Velasco Gómez
      Departament of Economics

      Prof. Ángel Hernando Veciana
      Departament of Economics

    • Faculty

       

      In addition to faculty members in the Department of Department of Economics  at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the program has numerous visiting professors and lecturers. Past contributors include: 

      • Dan Ackerberg (UCLA)
      • Andrés Erosa (IMDEA)
      • Luisa Fuster (IMDEA)
      • Luis Garicano (LSE)
      • Joe Harrington (Johns Hopkins)
      • Emma Iglesias (Michigan State)
      • Tim Kehoe (Minnesota)
      • Kala Krishna (Penn State)
      • Vijay Krishna (Penn State)
      • Juan Pablo Montero (MIT)
      • Efstathios Paparoditis (Cyprus)
      • Diego Puga (IMDEA)
      • Manuel Santos (Miami)
      • Stefan Sperlich (Göttingen)
      • Winfried Stute (Giessen)
  • TRAINING

    Specific training

     

    • Exchange programs and meetings in the European Network for Training in Economics Research (ENTER)

      The Ph.D. in Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is a member of the European Network for Training in Economic Research (ENTER), a project carried out jointly by the Departments of Economics of other seven European universities, all with excellent graduate programs: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universität Mannheim, Stockholm (Stockholm School of Economics and University of Stockholm), Universiteit van Tilburg, and University College London.

      The ENTER network promotes the exchange of Ph.D. students and organizes the annual 'ENTER Jamboree', a conference where graduate students from different universities present their research.
       
    • UC3M Research Seminars in macroeconomics, microeconomics, applied economics and econometrics from internal and external faculty.

      These seminars allow students to be acquainted with the frontier of economics research; improve their ability to present their research; and help them expand their network of contacts.

      The Ph.D. program requires attendance at a weekly seminar and presentation of results at least once a year.
       

     

    Research Skills training

     

    The Doctoral School hosts a Research Skills training program addressed to all Ph.D. students. This program consists of different activities (seminars, short-term courses, etc.) oriented to career development and research abilities. The Academic Committee of the Ph.D. may advise students on the convenience of taking these courses.

    Research Skills credit options

    Research Skills Training Program at the Doctoral School

  • RESEARCH
    • Research Lines
      • Imperfect competition and regulation (Theory and experiments)
      • Price formation in markets with frictions and uncertainty
      • Learning and social evolution
      • Political economy
      • Auction
      • Time series
      • Growth and innovation
      • Monetary and financial economics
      • Labour market and housing
      • Regional and urban economics
      • Macroeconomics and Applied macroeconomics
      • Economic Theory and econometrics
    • Scientific results

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

       

      “ PAYING FOR OBSERVABLE LUCK”
      Autores: FERIOZZI, FABIO
      RAND Journal of Economics; 2011
      Factor de impacto: 1.282 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)

      “GENERIC DETERMINACY OF NASH EQUILIBRIUM IN NETWORK FORMATION GAMES”
      Autores: PIMIENTA, CARLOS
      Games and Economic Behavior ,: 2009
      Factor de impacto: 1.239 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2009)

      “ON THE GENERIC FINITENESS OF EQUILIBRIUM OUTCOME DISTRIBUTION BIMATRIX GAME FORMS”
      Autores: MARHUENDA, FRANCISCO, KUKUSHKIN, NIKOLAI AND LITAN, CRISTIAN M.
      Journal of Economic Theory, 2008
      Factor de impacto: 1.224 (PRIMER TERCILE, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)

      “A POLITICAL AGENCY MODEL OF COATTAIL VOTING”
      Autores: ZUDENKOVA, GALINA
      Journal of Public Economics, 2011
      Factor de impacto: 1.732 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)

      “STRATEGIC PROFIT SHARING BETWEEN FIRMS”
      Autores: FERREIRA, JOSE LUIS, WADDLE, ROBERTS
      International Journal of Economic Theory, 2010
      Factor de impacto: 0756 (SEGUNDO TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)

      “MIXED SOURCE”
      Autores: CASADESUS-MASANELL, RAMON, LLANES, GASTON
      Management Science, 2011,
      Factor de impacto: 2.227 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2009)

      “DOES TFP DRIVE HOUSING PRICES? A GROWTH ACCOUNTING EXERCISE FOR FOUR
      COUNTRIES”

      Autores: MORO, ALESSIO
      Economics Letters, 2012
      Factor de impacto: 0.449 (TERCER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)

      “ASSIMILATION OF IMMIGRANTS IN SPAIN: A LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS”
      Autores: LACUESTA, AITOR, IZQUIERDO, MARIO, VEGAS, RAQUEL
      Labour Economics; 2009
      Factor de impacto: 0.992 (SEGUNDO TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2009)

      “REGIME SHIFTS IN STOCK-FLOW I(2)-I(1) SYSTEMS: THE CASE OF US FISCAL
      SUSTAINABILITY”

      Autores: BERENGUER, VANESSA, CARRION I SILVESTRE, JOSEP LLUIS
      Journal of Applied Econometrics , 2011
      Factor de impacto: 1.341 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)

    • Scientific publications

      Sample of relevant faculty publications:

       

      • Title:“SOCIAL PREFERENCES AND STRATEGIC UNCERTAINTY: AN EXPERIMENT ON MARKETS AND CONTRACTS”
        Autores: CABRALES, ANTONIO, MINIACI, RAFFAELE, PIOVESAN, MARCO AND PONTI, GIOVANNI
        Título de revista: American Economic Review
        Año de publicación: 2010
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 3.15 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)
         
      • Title: “INTERDEPENDENT PREFERENCES AND SEGREGATING EQUILIBRIA”
        Autores: CABRALES, ANTONIO, CALVO-ARMENGOL, ANTONI
        Título de revista: Journal of Economic Theory
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.224 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)
         
      • Title: “SOCIAL PREFERENCES, SKILL SEGREGATION AND WAGE DYNAMICS”
        Autores: CABRALES, ANTONIO, CALVO-ARMENGOL, ANTONI AND PAVONI, NICOLA
        Título de revista: Review of Economic Studies
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 2.633 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)
         
      • Title: “EFFICIENT PARTNERSHIP DISSOLUTION UNDER BUY-SELL CLAUSES”
        Autores: DE FRUTOS, M.ÁNGELES, KITTSTEINER, THOMAS
        Título de revista: Rand Journal of Economics
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article.
        Factor de impacto: 1.375 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)
         
      • Title: “NONPARAMETRIC TESTS FOR CONDITIONAL SYMMETRY IN DYNAMIC MODELS”
        Autores: DELGADO, MIGUEL A., ESCANCIANO, JUAN CARLOS
        Título de revista: Journal of Econometrics
        Año de publicación: 2007
        Documento: Article.
        Factor de impacto: 1.990 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2007)
         
      • Title: “DISTRIBUTION FREE GOODNESS-OF-FIT TESTS FOR LINEAR PROCESSES”
        Autores: DELGADO, MIGUEL A., HIDALGO, J. AND VELASCO, CARLOS
        Título de revista: Journal of Econometrics
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.675 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2005)
         
      • Title: “SPATIAL GROWTH AND INDUSTRY AGE”
        Autores: DESMET, KLAUS, ROSSI-HANSBERG, ESTEBAN
        Título de revista: Journal of Economic Theory
        Año de publicación: 2009
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.092 (SECOND TERCILE, ISI-WOK, JCR 2009)
         
      • Title: “ON- THE-JOB SEARCH IN A MATCHING MODEL WITH HETEROGENEOUS JOBS AND WORKERS”
        Autores: DOLADO, JUAN JOSÉ, JANSEN, MARCEL AND JIMENO, JUAN F.
        Título de revista: Economic Journal
        Año de publicación: 2009
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.902 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2009)
         
      • Title: “COMMENT ON BERTRAND AND WALRAS EQUILIBRIA UNDER MORAL HAZARD”
        Autores: JEREZ, BELEN WITH GOTTARDI, PIERO
        Título de revista: Journal of Political Economy
        Año de publicación: 2007
        Factor de impacto: 4.190 (TOP TERCILE, ISI-WOK, JCR 2007)
         
      • Title: “WITH DIFFERENTIAL INFORMATION”
        Autores: MORENO, DIEGO, EINY, E., HAIMANKO, O. AND SHITOVITZ, B.
        Título de revista: Mathematics of Economical Research
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article.
        Factor de impacto: 1.086 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)
         
      • Title: “DIFFERENTIABILITY OF THE VALUE FUNCTION WITHOUT INTERIORITY ASSUMPTIONS”
        Autores: RINCÓN-ZAPATERO, JUAN PABLO, SANTOS, MANUEL S.
        Título de revista: Journal of Economic Theory
        Año de publicación: 2009
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.092 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2009)
         
      • Title: “EFFICIENT WALD TESTS FOR FRACTIONAL UNIT ROOTS”
        Autores: VELASCO, CARLOS WITH LOBATO, IGNACIO N.
        Título de revista: Econometrica
        Año de publicación: 2007
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 2.972 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2007)
         
      • Title: “ESTIMATING DYNAMIC PANEL DATA DISCRETE CHOICE MODELS WITH FIXED EFFECTS”
        Autores: CARRO, JESUS M.
        Título de revista: Journal of Econometrics
        Año de publicación: 2007
        Documento: Article.
        Factor de impacto: 1.990 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2007)
         
      • Title: “COLLATERAL SECURED LOANS IN A MONETARY ECONOMY”
        Autores: FERRARIS, LEO, WATANABE, MAKOTO
        Título de revista: Journal of Economic Theory
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.224 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)
         
      • Title: “LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY AND REDISTRIBUTION”
        Autores: DESMET, KLAUS, ORTUÑO-ORTÍN, IGNACIO AND WEBER, SHLOMO
        Título de revista: Journal of the European Economic Association
        Año de publicación: 2009
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.425 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2009)
         
      • Title: “BIGGER IS BETTER: MARKET SIZE, DEMAND ELASTICITY AND INNOVATION”
        Autores: DESMET, KLAUS, PARENTE, STEPHEN L.
        Título de revista: International Economic Review
        Año de publicación: 2010
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.516 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)
         
      • Title: “THE WEALTH DISTRIBUTION WITH DURABLE GOODS”
        Autores: DÍAZ, ANTONIA, LUENGO-PRADO, MARIA J.
        Título de revista: International Economic Review
        Año de publicación: 2010
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.516 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)
         
      • Title: “KNOWLEDGE SPILLOVERS IN US PATENTS: A DYNAMIC PATENT INTENSITY MODEL WITH SECRET COMMON INNOVATION FACTORS”
        Autores: ESCRIBANO, ALVARO, SZABOLCS, BLAZSEK
        Título de revista: Journal of Econometrics
        Año de publicación: 2010
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.815 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)
         
      • Title: “MARKET DESIGN AND INVESTMENT INCENTIVES”
        Autores: DE FRUTOS, M. ANGELES, FABRA, NATALIA, VON DER FEHR, NILS-HENDRIK
        Título de revista: Economic Journal
        Año de publicación: 2011
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 2.271 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)
         
      • Title: “MODELLING AND MEASURING PRICE DISCOVERY IN COMMODITY MARKETS”
        Autores: GONZALO, JESUS, FIGUEROLA-FERRETI, ISABEL
        Título de revista: Journal of Econometrics
        Año de publicación: 2010
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.815 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)
         
      • Title: “AUCTIONS WITH HETEROGENEOUS ENTRY COSTS”
        Autores: MORENO, DIEGO, WOODERS, JOHN
        Título de revista: RAND Journal of Economics
        Año de publicación: 2011
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.282 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2010)
         
      • Title: “FORMS OF GOVERNANCE AND THE SIZE OF RENT SEEKING”
        Autores: CORCHÓN, LUIS
        Título de revista: Social Choice and Welfare
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 0.552 (SEGUNDO TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)
         
      • Title: “ON THE USER COST AND HOME OWNERSHIP”
        Autores: DIAZ, ANTONIA, LUENGO-PRADO, MARIA JOSÉ
        Título de revista: Review of Economic Dynamics
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 0.954 (SECOND TERCILE, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)
         
      • Title: “DOES IMMIGRATION AFFECT THE PHILLIPS CURVE? SOME EVIDENCE FROM SPAIN”
        Autores: BENTOLILA, SAMUEL, DOLADO, JUAN JOSÉ, JIMENO, JUAN FRANCISCO
        Título de revista: European Economic Review
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.039 (SEGUNDO TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)
         
      • Title: “MORAL HAZARD AND THE DEMAND FOR HEALTH SERVICES: A MATCHING ESTIMATOR APPROACH”
        Autores: MACHADO, MATILDE P., BARROS, PEDRO PITA, SANZ DE GALDEANO, ANNA
        Título de revista: Journal of Health Economics
        Año de publicación: 2008
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 2.118 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2008)
         
      • Title: “INFORMATION ACQUISITION IN AUCTIONS: SEALED BIDS VS OPEN BIDS”
        Autores: HERNANDO-VECIANA, ANGEL
        Título de revista: Games and Economic Behavior
        Año de publicación: 2009
        Documento: Article
        Factor de impacto: 1.239 (PRIMER TERCIL, ISI-WOK, JCR 2009)
  • THESIS

     

     

    Thesis defense

     

    The goal of the Ph.D. in Economics is to provide our students with advanced training in research techniques. The intended outcome of this training is the Ph.D. thesis, namely a collection of original research papers in economics, suitable for publication in academic journals.

    The Doctoral School at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has implemented follow-up procedures to ensure high quality standards regarding the training and supervision of our students, as well as their thesis defense.

     

    Further information:  Thesis defense

     

     

    Requirements

     

    The Ph.D. program in Economics establishes the following:

     

    • Upon approval of the student's Ph.D. advisor, the thesis is submitted to a committee of three faculty members appointed by the Director of the Academic Committee, who evaluate the adequacy of the thesis.
    • At least two of the three chapters of the thesis must be suitable for publication in an indexed JCR journal (Journal Citation Report) in economics. If the thesis fails to meet these requirements, the committee will provide comments and recommendations.
    • Once the committee’s approval is reached, Ph.D. students present their thesis at a seminar in the Department of Economics, with at least ten Ph.D.’s appointed by the Academic Committee in the audience. A final assessment on the adequacy and quality of the thesis is given at the end of the seminar; in case of a favorable assessment, Ph.D. candidates may then proceed to the thesis defense at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • USEFUL INFORMATION
    • You should know
      Información Práctica de los Estudios de Doctorado

       

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

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

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

       

       

      Academic year calendar: October 1 - September 30

       

        Period Dates

      Admission

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

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

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

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

      Enrollment period for new students:

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

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

      • October 1 to October 30 
      Monitoring and annual assessment

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

      Further information on  Ph.D. monitoring and annual assessment

      June: All Ph.D. students 

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

      Thesis defense

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

      Official enrollment at the time of thesis defense is required. 

      Calendar of thesis defense approval

       

    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Studies

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

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

       

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

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

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


      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

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

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

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

       

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

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

       

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

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

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

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


      What is the outcome of a Ph.D.?

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

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


      What is an Interuniversity Ph.D.?

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

       

      Admission

       

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

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

       

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

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

       

      When can I apply for admission?

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

       

      What documents do I need to submit?

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

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

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

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

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

       

      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

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

       

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

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

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

       

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

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

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

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

       

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

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

      Doctoral training scholarships. Exemptions

      Campus Getafe

      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

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

      Who are the awarding bodies?

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

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

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships


      When and how can I apply for these?

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

       

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

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

       

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

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

       

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

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


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

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

       

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

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

       

      Are there any other tuition fees exemptions?

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

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

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

      Enrollment

      How to enroll

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

       

      When to enroll               

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

      • First semester:

      Start date: November 15

      Enrollment period: September 1 to October 30

                     

      • Second semester*:

      Start date: March 30

      Enrollment period: March 1 to March 31

       

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

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

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

       

      What modules should I register on my application?

      You must select the following modules of your enrollment application:

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

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

      • Complementary credits.

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

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

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


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

       

      What are the costs of tuition fees?

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

        

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

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

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

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

                  *Full fees will apply in subsequent years.

       

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

       

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

       

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

       

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

       

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

      Further information:  Tuition fees

       

      How do I validate my first-year enrollment?

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

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

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

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

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


      What are my rights and obligations as a uc3m student?

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

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

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

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

      Ph.D. Studies: Monitoring and Development

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      How are my Ph.D. supervisors appointed?

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

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

       

      How is the progress of my research evaluated?

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

      Can I join an international research visit program?

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

      Thesis defense

      Biblioteca Carmen Martin Gaite

      What is a Ph.D. thesis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

            3. Dissertation event logistics. Three weeks.

            4. Thesis defense.

                     

      What is the public review of the thesis?

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

      Further information:  Public thesis review

       

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

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

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

      Further information:  Dissertation event logistics. Appointment of Committee members

       

      How are defense logistics managed?

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

      Further information:  Dissertation event logistics. Appointment of Committee members

       

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

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

       

      How is my thesis assessed?

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

       

      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

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

      Glossary of terms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      • Getafe Campus Graduate Information Office:

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