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Fluid Mechanics Interuniversity PhD Program

  • Inicio

    Director UC3M:

     

    Prof. Mario Sánchez Sanz
    Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering, UC3M

     

    About the program:

     

    • Conforming to Spanish Real Decreto 99/2011

    It is an Interuniversity Ph.D. Program, coordinated by the Universidad de Jaén

     

     

    Universities:

     

    Doctorado en Mecánica de Fluidos
  • ACCESS

    Student profile

     

    Access to the Ph.D. Program in Fluid Mechanics is intended for students who meet the entry requirements with degrees in the fields of Engineering and Architecture or Science, and with advanced training in the areas of mathematics, physics and/or chemistry (Degrees of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Technology, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, etc.…)

     

    Admission requirements

     

    The Ph.D. program’s admission requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent and a Master’s Degree (of no less than 60 ECTS credits). Admission to the Ph.D. Program may require the Ph.D. student additional training, depending on his current profile. This additional training, will preferably be official Bachelor and Master classes, and in any case will not be part of the Ph.D. program. This will take place in the first year and preferably in the first semester, and should not exceed the equivalent of a full-time semester. These supplements will be considered part of the Ph.D. Program, for the purposes of fees, scholarships and grants.

    Some applicants may be accepted who do not meet the previous education program, provided they meet the requirements of current legislation to access the Ph.D. program. In this case the Academic Committee will determine the additional training that the applicant must carry out in order to complete his training in the area or areas of expertise related to the program, by taking courses in the Masters in Engineering and Science in the Universities that participate in the program. Once admitted, students, depending on their previous Bachelor’s and Master’s degree background, must take the additional training determined by the Academic Board, up to a maximum of 24 credits at Bachelor’s or Master’s level to be taken in courses offered by the participating universities, with basic content in:

    • Mathematics: differential equations, mathematical methods, numerical methods. Energy: Combustion, heat transfer, energy sources, environmental impact.
    • Fluid Mechanics: Conservation equations, aerodynamics. Experimental techniques in science and engineering. Other specific determined by the Academic Committee. Learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment systems of this additional training are spelled out in the official reports of the corresponding degrees.

    Admission criteria

     

    Admission decisions will be made following specific criteria set by the Academic Committee within the general framework that is detailed in the following:

    • The adequacy of the studies that allow access to doctoral studies in relation to the research area in which the applicant intends to carry out his Ph.D. thesis. 1.0 points
    • The applicant’s resume. 2.5 points
    • The interest that the Department, Research Center or faculty responsible for thesis supervision have in the line of research that the applicant wishes to carry out, as demonstrated by a written report. 1.5 points
    • The coherence of the thesis project with the Ph.D. program research lines. 2.0 points
    • The commitment of the applicant to carry out a Ph.D. thesis and obtain the required additional training. 0.5 points
    • The availability of permanent research staff with research experience in the applicant’s intended research area. 1.5 points
    • The availability of necessary resources for the candidate’s research project. 1.0 points

    To be admitted to the Ph.D. program, the applicant must obtain a score above 7. The applicant must have a recommendation from a researcher that meets all the requirements to act as a supervisor.

     

  • FACULTY
    • Academic Committee

      Prof. Mario Sánchez Sanz
      Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering
      Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Director del Programa

      Prof.Eduardo Ahedo Galilea
      Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering
      Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

      Prof.Javier Rodríguez Rodríguez
      Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering
      Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

      Prof. Manuel García_Villalba Navaridas
      Department of Bioengineering and Aeroespace Engineering
      ​Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

      Members of the Inter-University Academic Committee are:

      Prof.Carlos Martínez Bazán
      Departament of Mechanical and Mining Engineering 
      Universidad de Jaén (coordinadora)

      Prof. Pedro García Ybarra
      Departament of Mathematical Physics and Fluids
      Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia

      Prof. Francisco Huera Huarte
      Departament of Mechanical Engineering 
      Universidad Rovira y Virgili

      Prof. Francisco Higuera Antón
      Department of Engine-Propulsion and Thermo-Fluid Dynamics 
      Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

      Prof. Javier Ballester Castañer
      Departament of Materials and Fluids Science Engineering
      Universidad de Zaragoza

    • Faculty
      • Prof. Antonio Luis Sánchez Pérez
      • Prof. Marcos Vera Coello
      • Prof. Javier Rodríguez Rodríguez
      • Prof. Eduardo Ahedo Galilea
      • Prof. Alejandro Sevilla Santiago
      • Prof. Andrea Ianiro
      • Prof. Manuel García-Villalba Navaridas
      • Prof. Mario Sánchez Sanz
  • TRAINING

    Specific training

     

    • Active participation in seminars, conferences, courses or workshops

      The Academic Committee recommends an attendance of at least one national or international scientific conference throughout the Ph.D. program and at least one presentation of Ph.D. thesis work, in oral communication or poster format. These activities are the primary means for the Ph.D. student to participate in scientific discussions that take place at the national or international level in their field of study and to communicate the results of his research to all kinds of audiences.
       
    • Research visits aimed at obtaining the international mention in the Ph.D. degree

      Each student, advised by his tutor and supervisor, will select and decide the host center for a research visit and the best time to carry it out.

      The Academic Committee will promote visits to be carried out in the second year (full-time students) or the third year (part-time students). The applicant will propose a research plan to be developed during the visit. The objectives of the visit and the work plan to be carried out will be defined together with the receiving group. The plan requires the approval of persons responsible for supervision and tutoring.
       
    • Generating relevant contributions:

      Each student, advised by his tutor and supervisor, will select and decide the results of research that can be published, the journals and publications that it will be sent to and the moment when they will do so in accordance the guidelines set by the Academic Committee.

      The Academic Committee will require the mandatory inclusion of a plan to publicize the project results of each doctoral candidate.

      In the case of full-time students that plan should contemplate, in the second or third year of Ph.D. training, generating at least one contribution whose quality is accredited in accordance with the criteria established by the Comisión Nacional Evaluadora de la Actividad Investigadora (CNEAI) in the area of the Ph.D. thesis.

      In the case of part-time students the Academic Commission will require a significant contribution to of same quality from the third year of Ph.D. training.


    Professional and Career Development

     

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

  • RESEARCH
    • Research Lines

       

       
      • Energy and environment.
      • Aerospace Engineering
      • Micro- and nano- fluidics
    • Scientific results

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

       

      • M. Sánchez-Sanz, M. Rosales y A.L Sánchez, The hydrogen laminar jet, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 35 3919–3927 (2010).
         
      • D. Fernández-Galisteo, A. L. Sánchez, A. Liñan y F. A.Williams, The hydrogen-air burning rate near the lean flammability limit, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 35 3919–3927 (2010).
         
      • J. Arrieta-Sanagustín, A. L. Sánchez, A. Liñan y F. A. Williams, Sheath vaporization of a monodisperse fuel-spray jet, J. Fluid Mec., 675 435–464 (2011).
         
      • P. Boivin, A. L. Sánchez, y F. A. Williams, Explicit analytic prediction for hydrogen-oxygen ignition times at temperatures below crossover, Combust. Flame, 159 748-752 (2012).
         
      • C. Marugán-Cruz, J. Rodríguez-Rodríguez y C. Martínez-Bazán. Negatively Buoyant Starting Jets. Physics of Fluids, Vol. 21, 117101 (2009).
    • Scientific publications

      Sample of relevant faculty publications:

       

      • Sheath vaporization of a monodisperse fuel-spray jet, J. Fluid Mec., 675 435–464 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 9/133.
         
      • Flammability conditions for ultra-lean hydrogen premixed combustion based on flame-ball analyses, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 37 1813-1825 (2012)
        Índice de Impacto: 4.057.
        Posición en su categoría: 12/79.
         
      • Explicit analytic prediction for hydrogen-oxygen ignition times at temperaturas below crossover, Combust. Flame, 159 748-752 (2012).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.747.
        Posición en su categoría: 3/87.
         
      • A four-step reduced mechanism for syngas combustión, Combust. Flame, 158 1059–1063 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.747.
        Posición en su categoría: 3/87.
         
      • Exact solution for the conjugate fluid-fluid problem in the thermal entrance región of laminar counterflow heat exchangers, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, 54(1-3), 490-499 (2011)
        Índice de Impacto: 1.899.
        Posición en su categoría: 8/122.
         
      • The technical potential of first generation biofuels obtained from energy crops in Spain, Biomass and Bioenergy,Vol. 35, 2143-2155(2011)
        Índice de Impacto: 3.840.
        Posición en su categoría: 15/79.
         
      • Improving the accuracy of lattice Boltzmann simulations of liquid microflows, Int Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering 9:89-96 (2011)
        Índice de Impacto: 0.768.
        Posición en su categoría: 42/87.
         
      • High platinum utilization in ultra-low Pt loaded PEM fuel cell cathodes prepared by electrospraying, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 35, 10446- 10446 (2010).
        Índice de Impacto: 4.057.
        Posición en su categoría: 12/79.
         
      • Electrospray deposition of catalyst layers with ultra-low Pt loadings for PEM fuel cells cathodes, Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 195, 2443-2449 (2010).
        Índice de Impacto: 4.29.
        Posición en su categoría: 2/26.
         
      • Laminar flow of a gas in a tube with large temperature differences, Phys. Fluids 23 123602 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 12/79.
         
      • Experimental Study of the Pressure Drop in the Cathode Side of Air-forced Open-cathode Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 36, (13), 7612-7620 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 4.054.
        Posición en su categoría: 12/81.
         
      • Influence of CrN-coating thickness on the corrosion resistance behaviour of aluminium-based bipolar plates, J. Power Sources., 196, 4286-4289 (2011)
        Índice de Impacto: 4. 951.
        Posición en su categoría: 2/27.
         
      • Stability and dynamics of the laminar wake past a slender blunt-based axisymmetric body, J. Fluid Mech., 676, 110-144 (2011)
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 26/133.
         
      • Stability effects of base cavities on the wakes of slender blunt-based axisymmetric bodies, Physics of Fluids, Vol. 23, 114103 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 26/133.
         
      • Global mode analysis of axisymmetric bluff-body wakes: stabilization by base bleed, Physics of Fluids, Vol. 21, 114102 (2009)
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 26/133.
         
      • The finite-amplitude solutions of the transition in the flow through a sudden expansion in a circular pipe, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 691, 201-213 Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 691, (2012) 201-213.
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 9/133.
         
      • Vortex and wake-induced vibrations of a tándem arrangement of two flexible circular cylinders with far wake interference, J Fluid Struct, Vol. 27 (5-6), 824-828 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 1.482.
        Posición en su categoría: 24/122.
         
      • Flow-induced vibrations and wake interference of a side-by-side arrangement of two flexible circular cylinders, J Fluid Struct, Vol. 27 (3), 354-366 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 1.482.
        Posición en su categoría: 24/122.
         
      • Negatively Buoyant Starting Jets, Physics of Fluids, Vol. 21, 117101 (2009).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 26/133.
         
      • Eulerian model of a dilute spray of charged droplets. J. Aerosol Sci. 48, 34–45 (2012).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.192.
        Posición en su categoría: 25/135.
         
      • Bubble growth by injection of gas into viscous liquids in cylindrical and conical tubes. Phys. Fluids 23, 102102 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 26/133.
         
      • Electric current of an electrified jet issuing from a long metallic tube. J. Fluid Mech. 675, 596–606 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 9/133.
         
      • Bubbling and jetting regimes in planar coflowing air-water sheets, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 682, 519-542 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 9/133.
         
      • Considerations on bubble fragmentation models, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 661, 159-177 (2010).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 9/133.
         
      • Eulerian model of a dilute spray of charged droplets. J. Aerosol Sci. 48, 34-45 (2012
        Índice de Impacto: 2.447.
        Posición en su categoría: 25/133.
         
      • Electric current of an electrified jet issuing from a long metallic tube. J. Fluid Mech. 675, 596-606 (2011).
        Índice de Impacto: 2.457.
        Posición en su categoría: 9/133.
  • THESIS

    Completed Ph.D. theses

     

     

    Ph.D. thesis defense and evaluation


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

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

     

     

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


    Requirements for Ph.D. thesis defense in the Fluid Mechanics Ph.D Program


    To approve a defense presentation proposal, the thesis will have to include at least one contribution of clear relevance.


    For more information see Universidad de Jaén.

  • USEFUL INFORMATION
    • Ph.D. Studies Overview
      Información Práctica de los Estudios de Doctorado

       

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

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

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

       

       

      Academic year calendar: October 1 - September 30

       

        Period Dates

      Admission

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

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

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

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

      Enrollment period for new students:

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

      Enrollment period for continuing students:

      • October 1 to October 30 
      Monitoring and annual assessment

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

      Further information on  Monitoring and annual assessment

      June: All Ph.D. students 

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

      Thesis defense

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

      Official enrollment at the time of thesis defense is required. 

      Calendar of thesis defense approval

       

    • Procedures
    • FAQ

      Ph.D. Studies

      Parque de las Moreras

      What is a Ph.D.?

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

       

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

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

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


      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

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

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

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

       

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

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

       

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

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

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

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


      What is the outcome of a Ph.D.?

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

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


      What is an Interuniversity Ph.D.?

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

       

      Admission

       

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

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

       

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

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

       

      When can I apply for admission?

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

       

      What documents do I need to submit?

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

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

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

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

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

       

      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

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

       

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

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

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

       

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

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

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

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

       

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

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

      Doctoral training scholarships. Exemptions

      Campus Getafe

      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

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

      Who are the awarding bodies?

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

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

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships


      When and how can I apply for these?

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

       

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

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

       

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

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

       

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

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


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

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

       

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

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

       

      Are there any other tuition fees exemptions?

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

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

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

      Enrollment

      How to enroll

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

       

      When to enroll               

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

      • First semester:

      Start date: November 15

      Enrollment period: September 1 to October 30

                     

      • Second semester*:

      Start date: March 30

      Enrollment period: March 1 to March 31

       

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

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

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

       

      What modules should I register on my application?

      You must select the following modules of your enrollment application:

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

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

      • Complementary credits.

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

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

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


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

       

      What are the costs of tuition fees?

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

        

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

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

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

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

                  *Full fees will apply in subsequent years.

       

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

       

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

       

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

       

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

       

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

      Further information:  Tuition fees

       

      How do I validate my first-year enrollment?

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

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

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

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

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


      What are my rights and obligations as a uc3m student?

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

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

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

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

      Ph.D. Studies: Monitoring and Development

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      How are my Ph.D. supervisors appointed?

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

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

       

      How is the progress of my research evaluated?

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

      Can I join an international research visit program?

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

      Thesis defense

      Biblioteca Carmen Martin Gaite

      What is a Ph.D. thesis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

            3. Dissertation event logistics. Three weeks.

            4. Thesis defense.

                     

      What is the public review of the thesis?

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

      Further information:  Public thesis review

       

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

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

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

      Further information:  Dissertation event logistics. Appointment of Committee members

       

      How are defense logistics managed?

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

      Further information:  Dissertation event logistics. Appointment of Committee members

       

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

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

       

      How is my thesis assessed?

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

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

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

       

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

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

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

       

      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

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

      Glossary of terms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

      • Leganés Campus Graduate Information Office:

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

             email: oficinaleg@doctorado.uc3m.es