PhD

What is it and how does it work?

A doctorate is an official postgraduate degree. You can gain access by successfully completing an Official Master degree or by becoming a Trained Researcher. Its main aim is that candidates become doctors after doing and defending their doctoral thesis.

How can you access it?

To access new doctoral programs you need to fill in a pre-admission form which will be evaluated by the Doctoral Program Academic Commission. You can look up all the information on the pre-admission process here.

 How long does it last?

Its duration depends on the time (part-time or full-time) the student devotes to it.

If you sign up to full-time dedication, it will need a 3-year long commitment. Two full one academic year extensions, which need to be authorized by the Doctoral Program Academic Commission, can be asked for if required.

On the contrary, if you sign up to part-time dedication, it will need a 5 year long commitment. Three full one academic year extensions, which also need to be authorized, can be asked for if required.

What kind of training will be carried out?

 

How is the doctorate structured?

Approximately in June of the first academic year candidates must present a research plan which should at least include:

  • The PhD thesis’ provisional title.
  • The main aims of the PhD thesis.
  • The methodology to be used.
  • Schedule and time plan.

 The research plan needs to be accompanied by the administrative document approved by the Doctoral Program Academic Commission.

From the second academic year until they deposit the thesis, candidates must give in a yearly follow-up report, a form explaining the activities they have done that year, and the administrative form included here.

All administrative documents needed to do the doctorate can be found here.