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    Doctoral Studies

     

    Doctoral studies at uc3m aim at excellence in training of new leading researchers within the strategic framework and lines of research of the University. Each of our programs has been designed to provide our students with the skills and abilities required to undertake independent, high-quality research work under the supervision of top experts in their fields.

    The regular duration of full-time Ph.D. studies is limited to three years from initial enrollment. Candidates may apply for an extension of up to two further years.

    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 mention is awarded to students who have met a number of specific requirements during their training period.

     

    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

     

  • ADMISSION

     

    All applications for admission are subjected to review by the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. program, who evaluate the academic background and curriculum vitae of the candidates, as well as their interests and research experience. All applicants are expected to have a Bachelor's and Master's degree (or equivalent), with a total 300 ECTS credits combined. A favorable review by the Academic Committee enables the applicant to enroll on the program.

    Ph.D. programs may establish additional admission requirements in their specific terms of access.

     

     

     

    Scholarship or Financial Aid Applicants

     

    As a general rule, Ph.D. scholarship granting bodies require candidates to submit proof of eligibility for doctoral studies as part of their application process. Therefore, it is strongly suggested to apply for our Ph.D. programs in advance. Please check the specific requirements of each awarding organization.

    Admission and enrollment on a Ph.D. program is required for all scholarship recipients prior to acceptance of the award and the signing of your contract as a training researcher (when applicable).

     

  • ENROLLMENT

     

    • Access the enrollment platform and download our guides to help you throughout the process:  Enroll now
    • If you are a new student, submit afterwards the documents required to validate your first-year enrollment:   Enrollment validation

     

    Check our ORIENTATION GUIDE FOR NEW Ph.D. STUDENTS AT UC3M

     

    Enrollment period for new students

     

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

    Students starting in the second semester will benefit from a reduced tuition fee. A full fee will be applied in subsequent years. 

     

    Enrollment period for continuing students

     

    • All continuing students must enroll from October 1 to October 30.
  • Ph.D. STUDIES DEVELOPMENT
    • Administration
    • Monitoring and annual Assessment

       

      The Academic Committee of your Ph.D. program will assess the progress of your thesis project (Research Plan) and activities carried out on an annual basis. The evaluation will take place in June.

       

    • Training Credits

       

      Complementary training

       

      Applicable only to students whose terms of admission establish this training as a requirement. The Academic Committee will determine the credit-based courses or subjects (maximum: 30 ECTS) in the admission resolution. As a general rule, this training must be taken during the first year. 

       

      Specific training

       

      Additionally, students are 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 program

       

      All Ph.D. programs at uc3m require a minimum of six ECTS credits in research skills training (or formación transversal) focused on abilities common to all disciplines (communication, academic writing, stress management, among others). 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.

       

       

    • International Mobility

       

      Undertaking a period of research abroad as part of your Ph.D. training is a requirement for Doctorado Internacional distinction eligibility.

      Prior approval by the Academic Committee of your program is required before applying to our international mobility program. Once you have completed your period as a visiting researcher , you must submit proof of research work and outcomes of your visit.

      Further details on  International mobility and 'Doctorado Internacional' distinction

  • THESIS DEFENSE

     

    The Ph.D. thesis is the intended outcome of the doctoral training period. It must give account of your scientific research work and enable you to undertake autonomous work in the realm of R&D, in compliance with art. 24 of Rules and Regulations of the Doctoral School of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. The thesis must be validated by your tutor and advisor and meet the quality and format standards established by the Academic Committee of the program. Theses are defended in a public dissertation event (either in Spanish or in any of the languages commonly used for scientific communication in the field), where they are subjected to assessment by an expert committee. 

    As a general rule, you must have been enrolled on your Ph.D. program for at least 24 months before initianing thesis defense proceedings. The Academic Committee will establish the requirements for the public review of your thesis and propose the members of the dissertation committee. The Doctoral School Board is to approve this proposal and authorize the dissertation event.

     

    Defense proceedings:

    1. Public thesis review
    2. Dissertation event logistics. Appointment of Committee members
    3. Thesis assessment

     

    Post-defense proceedings: