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Industrial Ph.D.

Doctorado Industrial

What is an Industrial Ph.D.?

 

In compliance with art.15 bis of RD 99/2011  of January 28, the designation "Doctorado Industrial" (Industrial Ph.D.) applies to programs whose candidates take part in industrial research work or experimental development projects connected to their theses. These projects must be hosted by a company or Public Administration other than a university. They can be carried out exclusively at said company or Public Administration, or as a joint effort between those and the university.

The Ph.D. candidate's work is supervised by a thesis tutor appointed by the university and a supervisor appointed by either the company or the Public Administration.

Tutors can also be thesis advisors according to the Ph.D. Rules and Regulations for Doctoral Studies in Spain.

 

What is the purpose of an Industrial Ph.D.?

 

The main purpose of Industrial PhDs is the training of researchers at companies with ties to any field of knowledge or at Public Administrations. This training consists of experimental development or industrial research projects to be undertaken as part of their Ph.D. thesis.

What are the requirements?

 

According to the RD 99/2011, January 28, of Rules and Regulations for Doctoral Studies in Spain, the Ph.D. degree certificate can incorporate the Industrial Ph.D. (“Doctorado Industrial”) distinction, provided that the following requirements are met:

a) An employment or commercial contract of the Ph.D. candidate by a private or public sector company or by a Public Administration other than the university.

b) Participation of the PhD candidate in an industrial research or experimental development project hosted by the employing company or Public Administration (other than a university). The project must be directly related to the PhD thesis of the candidate, who is required to provide a progress report as proof of this attachment. The report will be subsequently validated by the university.

Is an official agreement required between the university and the company or Public Administration?

 

A signed agreement is required when the industrial research or experimental development project is carried out jointly by the university and the company or Public Administration employing the Ph.D. candidate.

This agreement is required for all candidates applying for the Financial aid program for Industrial PhDs by Comunidad de Madrid 2017.

Procedure

Ph.D. Admission

 

Candidates must apply for admission according to the usual procedure at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Additional requirements for Industrial Ph.D. candidates are:

  • Motivation letter for Industrial Ph.D.
  • Endorsement letter by an expert from the company or Public Administration where the project is to be carried out. This letter serves as an introduction of the Ph.D. candidate and his or her project. The expert can be also appointed as Ph.D. co-advisor (provided that he/she holds a Ph.D. degree).
  • (When applicable) Agreement between Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the company or Public Administration for joint development purposes regarding the project on which the Industrial Ph.D. is based.

 

Enrollment

 

Candidates are enrolled according to the usual enrollment procedure at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

The written agreement among the Ph.D. candidate, tutor, advisors and the Academic Committee of the program will take into consideration the specifics of the agreement signed by uc3m and the company or Public Administration (when applicable). 

Prospective Ph.D. candidates benefitting from a financial aid program for Industrial Ph.D. projects must notify the university in order to establish the discount of tuition fees, if applicable. 

Ph.D. candidates must renew their enrollment at the beginning of each academic year during the periods set for this purpose by the university.

Monitoring and annual assessment

 

Academic monitoring and annual assessment follows the usual procedure at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

All candidates, regardless of the nature ot their Ph.D., must provide an Initial Research Plan (1) of their thesis project in the month of June of their first academic year. This plan contains the details of the research, including its methodology and timeline. If the plan pertains to an Industrial Ph.D., this document will be designated as Industrial Ph.D. Research Plan.

Additionally, candidates of Industrial Ph.D. programs must provide:

(2) A detailed report* of the industrial research or experimental development project in which the company or Public Administration participate, signed by the uc3m tutors and advisors and the supervisor appointed by the company or Public Administration*.

(3) A copy of the employment or commercial contract** by the company or Public Administration in which the project is carried out.

 

Student's Guide. Industrial Ph.D. Mention

 

*This report is subsequently validated by the Academic Committee in order to guarantee the attachment of the project to the thesis.

**Once the hiring of the candidate by the company or Public Administration is confirmed, the candidate's academic record is formally registered as Industrial Ph.D.

The annual assessment of the Ph.D. thesis will be carried out each academic year according to the calendar and instructions provided by the Ph.D. program. The candidate must also complete the mandatory activities set by the program.

 

Thesis defense

 

The thesis defense follows the usual procedure according to the Rules and Regulations of the Doctoral School at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the specific conditions established in the written agreement between uc3m and the company or Public Administration for the Industrial Ph.D. (see Enrollment for details).

Ph.D. candidates must provide along with their application for thesis deposit: 

a. Report stating the completion of the research project, signed by the thesis advisor, the supervisor appointed by the company or Public Administration and the Academic Committee.

b. Updated Working Life Report (Informe de Vida Laboral). This is to verify that the working contract is not ended prior to the date of dissertation defense.

 

Industrial Ph.D. distinction on Degree Certificates

 

According to art.15 bis of RD 99/2011, of January 28, of Rules and Regulations for Doctoral Studies in Spain, the Ph.D. degree certificate can incorporate the Industrial Ph.D. (“Doctorado Industrial”) distinction, provided that the following requirements are met:

a) An employment or commercial contract of the Ph.D. candidate by a private or public sector company or by a Public Administration other than the university.

b) Participation of the PhD candidate in an industrial research or experimental development project hosted by the employing company or Public Administration (other than a university). The project must be directly related to the PhD thesis of the candidate, who is required to provide a progress report as proof of this attachment. The report will be subsequently validated by the university.