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Public review of thesis

Public review of thesis


Public review of your thesis is a required act of transparency at the core of our institution that enables doctors and scholars of your field to review your work before the defense. Your thesis will be available for review at the Doctoral School and department(s) or institute(s) appointed to that effect on the university's intranet (encrypted code).

The period for public review is 15 working days (excluding August) starting the day after the date of deposit.


As a general rule, it is strongly recommended to initiate this procedure at least eight weeks prior to the estimated date of defense. 

Additionally, the Ph.D. candidate:

  • Must have been enrolled on the program for a minimum period of 24 months. 
  • Must be up to date on payment of tuition fees 


These are the required documents to submit to the Postgraduate Office on campus:

  • Authorization form for public review  approved by your thesis advisor (and/or tutor) and the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. program, designating the departments or institutes where the thesis is to be available. Eligibility for the Doctorado Internacional distinction must be also stated.
  • CD-ROM with thesis file (with this full-color jacket template for archival, preservation and distribution purposes on the institutional repository e-Archivo. The thesis is to be presented in PDF format, compatible with the PDF-A standard (or converted to PDFLaTex if the document was originally created with LaTeX). Other features required: Text recognition, embedded fonts, no password required for access.
  • Informed consent agreement (two copies) for thesis deposit at e-Archivo, in accordance with art. 31 and 32 of uc3m Doctoral School Rules and Regulations.
  • Curriculum Vitae  (3 pages maximum).
  • TESEO registration report. You are required to enter your thesis details in TESEO (Ministerio de Cultura, Educación y Deporte's online thesis database) and provide a printed copy of the report as proof of registration. Please refer to our TESEO Guide  for further information.


Upon submission of these documents, the Postgraduate Office will be in charge of the public review process, establishing start and end dates and notifying the appointed Department(s) or Institution(s), the Academic Committee, and yourself as the Ph.D. candidate, about any comment submitted by the experts.