Thesis format, deposit and defence

Preliminaries

  • Cover/first page (model)
  • Inscription (optional)
  • Table of contents
  • List of illustrations (if applicable)
  • Acknowledgements
  • Summary:
    • If the thesis is in Catalan or Spanish and the candidate plans to apply for the International Doctorate Distinction, then at least the summary and the conclusions must be written in one of the languages habitually used by the scientific community in the relevant field of study
    • The UB’s Normativa Reguladora del Doctorat does not call for a specific length for the summary; candidates may choose to use to same text as the 600-word summary that is required for the publication of the thesis in the UB’s digital repository (Dipòsit Digital)

Main body

The thesis must cover at least the following aspects:

  • General introduction
  • Objectives
  • Theoretical and methodological frame of reference
  • Development of main argument(s)
  • Final conclusions:
    • If the thesis is in Catalan or Spanish and the candidate plans to apply for the International Doctorate Distinction, then at least the summary and the conclusions must be written in one of the languages habitually used by the scientific community in the relevant field of study
  • Appendices (if applicable)
  • Bibliography/Works Cited:

For further information:

Please see Article 35 in the UB’s Normativa Reguladora del Doctorat

Upon completion of his/her thesis, the candidate should seek authorization from the programme’s Academic Committee (AC) to deposit it. To this end, s/he must:

  • Hand in the documentation listed here at the Registry (in the Faculty’s Administrative Office) and, if s/he plans to apply for the International Doctorate Distinction, also the documentation listed under Article 49 in the UB’s Normativa Reguladora dels Estudis de Doctorat
  • Ensure that his/her supervisor sends the coordinator, Dra. Mireia Aragay, either the form for the 3-member examining board (new programme) or the form for the 5-member examining board (previous programme), duly filled in, as well as the CVs (pdf) of the external (i.e. non-UB) members of the examining board

The programme’s AC decides on the candidate’s application within a period of 20 days starting on the day after his/her submission of the application for authorization to deposit the thesis at the Registry. If the AC rules favourably, the candidate is informed by email.

Within a period on 5 days starting from the moment the candidate is informed that s/he has been authorized to deposit his/her thesis, the UB’s Doctoral School (EDUB) announces here that the thesis has been deposited, where it has been deposited and when the deposit period ends.

The authorized copy remains deposited for a period of 7 days starting on the day after the EDUB announces the deposit on the web. During the deposit period, any doctor may examine the thesis and submit his/her observations in writing to the Faculty’s Doctoral Committee.

Within a period of 15 days starting on the day the deposit period ends, the Faculty’s Doctoral Committee decide whether or not they authorize the thesis to proceed to the viva voce examination. The candidate is informed of the Doctoral Committee’s decision by email.

Gemma Barea is in charge of doctoral affairs at the Faculty’s Administrative Office

From Article 40 in the UB’s Normativa Reguladora del Doctorat

The programme’s AC determines whether the examining board comprises 5 or 3 members. In any case, all theses submitted within one single programme will be examined by either a 5- or a 3-member board.

  • Construction and representation of cultural identities (previous programme): 5 members
  • Linguistic, literary and cultural studies (new programme): 3 members

5-member examining board: president, secretary and 3 ordinary members, plus 3 substitutes
3-member board: president, secretary and 1 ordinary member, plus 2 substitutes

In both cases, the majority of members of the board must be external to the University of Barcelona.

All members of the board must be doctors and their research experience must be duly accredited. External (i.e. non-UB) members of the board will be asked to submit their CV in fulfillment of this requirement.