The third cycle of university studies is followed after having gained those of ‘Licenciado
' or ‘Ingeniero
' [2nd cycle university qualifications and qualifications in Architecture and Engineering]. The courses are taught within the different Departments on programmes that are coordinated by the Doctoral Committee.
Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30th April [Real Decreto 778/1998, de 30 de abril
] that regulates these studies constitutes the framework through which it is intended to train new researchers and prepare research teams that can successfully respond to the challenge posed by the new sciences, techniques and methodologies, stimulate the training of university professors, and improve the professional, scientific, technical and artistic development of higher education qualifications (sic).
The third cycle of studies is organised into two clearly different phases. The first is divided into two periods that constitute the content of the doctoral programmes: the taught period and the research period
. The second phase consists of the elaboration of a doctoral thesis which, following its defense and approval by an adjudication panel, leads to award of the Doctoral Degree .
At least 20 credits
must be gained which will be composed of courses or seminars with the following characteristics:
- Courses or seminars on the fundamental contents of the scientific, technical or artistic fields to which the corresponding doctoral programme is dedicated. This section includes a minimum of 15 credits
and each course or seminar will be worth no less than three credits.
- Courses or seminars related to methodology and training in research techniques.
- Courses or seminars related to fields that are similar to the programme and that are of interest for the doctoral thesis.
The doctoral student will be able to complete a maximum of five credits
following courses or seminars that are not contemplated in his programme, provided that they are part of a doctoral programme, with the prior authorisation of the thesis supervisor.
Being awarded the aforementioned credits within this period gives the doctoral student the right to obtain a globally and quantitatively assessed certificate (certificaDO de docencia
), which accredits the doctoral student's achievements. This certificate is recognised by all Spanish universities.
A minimum of 12 credits
must be completed, which are awarded after completing one or various research projects supervised within the Department or from one of the Departments developing the programme to which the doctoral student is attached. To follow this research period it is necessary to have successfully passed the taught period referred to above..
Successful completion of this second period requires prior presentation and approval of the supervised research project or projects, demonstrating the candidate's capacity for research in view of the project or projects completed and, where applicable, of the specialised publications in which the results of that research might have been published.
[RESEARCHER APTITUDE] AND DIPLOMA DE ESTUDIOS AVANZADOS
[DIPLOMA OF ADVANCED STUDIES]
Having successfully completed both periods, an assessment is made of the knowledge acquired by the doctoral student on the different courses, seminars and the supervised research period, in a public presentation that takes place before a panel specially constituted for each programme. A successful evaluation will ensure SUFICIENCIA INVESTIGADORA
[RESEARCHER APTITUDE] for the doctoral student and will lead to the award of the diploma de estudios avanzados
[DIPLOMA OF ADVANCED STUDIES]. This will imply recognition of the work undertaken in a particular area of knowledge and accreditation of researcher aptitude for the holder, and will be recognised by all Spanish universities.
THE DOCTORAL THESIS
The doctoral thesis must consist of an original piece of research in a scientific, technical, humanistic or artistic field of the postgraduate programme.
Having completed the doctoral thesis and prior to a favourable report from the thesis supervisor, the doctoral student shall register the thesis at the General Registry of the University. Once the defense of the doctoral thesis is authorised, the Committee will appoint the Panel. The defense of the thesis is a public session, during the reading period of the academic calendar. The level of academic distinction -pass, pass with merit, outstanding pass, outstanding pass cum laude - is shown on the obverse side of the certificate. Real Decreto 56/2005, de 21 de enero
[Royal Decree 56/2005, 21st of January], regulating official Postgraduate university studies, amended by Real Decreto 1509/05, de 21 de enero
[Royal Decree 1509/05, 21st of January]