Doctoral thesis with co-tutorship

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Request for authorisation in order to do a thesis with co-tutorship

Conveni entre la Universitat de Barcelona i un altra Universitat
Convenio entre la Universidad de Barcelona y otra Universidad
Specific agreement between the University of Barcelona and other University
Convention entre l'Université de Barcelone et autre Université
Convenzione tra la Università di Barcellona e altro Università
Convénio entre a Universidade de Barcelona e outros Universidade


A thesis with co-tutorship implies doing a thesis between two universities. This means that there is a supervisor from each university and in the end the doctoral student gets a degree from both universities. To have a co-tutorship you have to follow some procedures. An agreement between both universities has to be signed and you have to do a research stay in both universities. The procedure is not easy, as it implies adapting the different regulations on the writing and defence of the thesis of both universities. But on the other hand, it can give you the possibility to get a double degree and a very interesting academic experience for you and your thesis. We explain to you which are the steps that you have to follow in order to do a thesis with co-tutorship.

Aim and requirements prior to the procedure

In the framework of the doctoral studies and with the aim of creating and developing scientific collaboration between research teams of a foreign -or diverse- university/ies and the University of Barcelona and make easier the mobility of doctoral students a procedure of co-tutorship for doctoral thesis is established.

Candidates who wish to write and defend a doctoral thesis with co-tutorship have to meet the admission requirements and be accepted in the doctoral programme of the University of Barcelona, in accordance with the current legal procedures and provisions.

If you want to have a co-tutorship, you have to be accepted in both doctoral programmes, the one of the University of Barcelona and the one of the other university. Admission to a doctoral programme at the University of Barcelona has to be formalised with the enrolment. The doctoral student must have an approved research plan at the University of Barcelona, in accordance with the provisions of the article 33 of the regulations of the Doctorate at the UB.

Co-tutorship agreement

The co-tutorship of a thesis is done within the framework of a specific agreement between the two interested universities, which implies a specific regulation for each doctoral student and it is regulated by the doctorate legislation and regulations applicable to the doctorate of the University of Barcelona.

The agreement has to imply the principle of reciprocity and the signatory universities have to recognise the validity of the doctoral thesis defended in their framework. They also have to issue the doctorate degree, in accordance with the regulations applicable in both universities.

How is a co-tutorship agreement established?

The doctoral student has to request the co-tutorship to the Academic Commission of the programme where he/she is enrolled. This Commission has the right to accept or reject it.

Once it is authorised by the Commission, the agreement proposal has to be sent to the Doctoral School by the Faculty. The Doctoral School will review it and agree with the other university on the content of the agreement. The School will send the proposal to the responsible unit for agreements management, which will be in charge of formalising the agreement. It will have to be signed by the rectors of both universities or their delegates.

An important topic of the agreement is the definition of where the thesis is going to be defended (to choose one of the universities), in which language and when (schedule). It is usually agreed that the defence will be in accordance with the regulations of the university where it is defended, but the agreement can modify this rule to find a consensus between both universities.

Once the agreement is signed by both universities, the doctoral student will receive a copy, as well as the coordinator of the doctoral programme, the supervisor and tutor of the thesis of the University of Barcelona. 

Doing the thesis with co-tutorship

This thesis is done in the same way as any other doctoral thesis. Just keep in mind that you also have to follow the regulations of the other university and do a research stay (minimum) in both universities.

All doctoral students who do a doctoral thesis with co-tutorship must have a research plan accepted by the University of Barcelona, in accordance with the established procedure.

Doctoral students have to do their doctoral thesis under the supervision of two supervisors, one from each signatory university.

The length of time to finish the thesis cannot be longer than the one established by the university in which the work has to be defended and has to be necessarily distributed between the two universities, in accordance with what is established. In any case, the time spent at the University of Barcelona cannot be less than six months, a period that can be divided.

During the period of doing the thesis, doctoral students have to enrol at the University of Barcelona and pay the school insurance, if applicable, and the prices corresponding to the specific and support services for learning, as well as the extra-academic services in case they have been requested. Regarding the concept of management, supervision and continuous evaluation of the thesis, this will be paid depending on the academic course of stay at the University of Barcelona.

The doctoral student has to submit every year the progress of his/her thesis to the Academic Commission, in accordance with the provisions of the article 34 of the Regulations of the Doctorate at the UB.

Thesis defence with co-tutorship

The thesis has to be defended (only once) in one of the universities. The payment of the fees corresponding to the thesis defence has to be done in accordance with what is established at the university in which the thesis is defended.

Both host universities have to guarantee the publication, use and protection of the results of the research in accordance with the current legislation on intellectual property and with the specific procedures of each country.

To defend the thesis at the University of Barcelona, you have to do the corresponding procedures, in accordance with the applicable regulations, and submit the following additional documentation:

  • Official certificate of the stays carried out at the foreign university
  • Annual evaluation and monitoring reports, as well as reports of the training activities that the doctoral student has done during every academic year of his/her stay at the university.

In order to defend the thesis in the foreign university, the procedures have to be done in accordance with the current legislation in that country. However, in order to request a doctorate degree from the University of Barcelona, the doctoral student has to meet the following requirements:

  • To pay the tuition fees corresponding to the academic courses in accordance with the provisions of the article 62.4 of the Regulations of the Doctorate at the UB.
  • Submit the abstract and the conclusions of the doctoral thesis written in one of the official languages of the University of Barcelona.
  • Submit the official certificate of the defence report (minutes) in which the date of defence, the members of the thesis committee with their affiliation, and the qualification obtained are specified. In the event that the certificate has not been issued in Spanish, Catalan or English, it has to be submitted accompanied by the official translation into Spanish or Catalan.

Legislation and regulation applicable to the procedure

 

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