Itinerary and Duration

Students admitted to the Doctoral Programme in the Information and Knowledge Society are assigned a tutor. All tutors are UOC professors or researchers who hold a doctoral degree, have proven research experience related to the relevant subject or knowledge area, and are sufficiently familiar with the programme. The tutor facilitates interaction between the doctoral student and the Academic Committee.

The doctoral tutor is responsible for proposing a personalized pathway to the Academic Committee based on the programme's criteria and the doctoral student's prior training and research experience. The tutor also collaborates with the Academic Committee on the selection of the faculty member(s) or researcher(s) to supervise the thesis. The Academic Committee may change the assigned tutor on justified grounds.

Doctoral tutors are responsible for informing doctoral students of their personalized pathways, once they have been approved by the Academic Council, and for guiding and supporting them during their adaptation to the new learning environment. They moreover have to provide their students with the assistance they need to successfully complete their activities and must regularly review their students' activity documents in order to ensure that all the milestones on the pathway are reached.

Tutors have to endorse their doctoral students' research plans by the end of the first year. Subsequently, and at least once a year, they must issue a report for the Academic Committee on their doctoral students' progress on the approved research plan.

Once students are admitted to the research period of the doctoral programme, the University provides them with personalized pathways, designed taking into account their specific skills and research capabilities (particularly with regard to research methodologies), as well as their research interests. The pathway may thus include courses, seminars and other activities intended to hone their research skills. Students must take and successfully complete any such activities included on their personalized pathway.

Duration and progress requirements

The programme has a maximum duration of three years of full-time study or five years of part-time study, from the doctoral student's admission to the programme to the submission of the doctoral thesis. The calculation of this period will not include periods of parental leave or long-term sick leave that the Academic Committee considers appropriate.

Notwithstanding the above, the Academic Committee may authorize the extension of these deadlines by the maximum terms allowed under applicable law in the conditions determined by the corresponding doctoral programme.

Once students have enrolled on the programme, an individual activity document will be specified for each one. This document will list all the activities assigned by the Academic Committee for the doctoral student's development.

By the end of the first year, doctoral students will have to draft a research plan specifying the methodology they will use for their thesis, the aims they hope to achieve, the resources they will need and their projected timeline for completion.

Each year, the programme's Academic Committee will assess each doctoral student's research plan and activity document, together with the reports to be submitted by their tutor, thesis supervisor and other members of their Thesis Supervisory Committee. To continue on the programme, they must receive a positive assessment.


Sample timeline for the organized research period

By way of example, the following table shows the proposed timeline for the organized research period for a future student who, having earned an official university master's degree, has enrolled on the full-time, face-to-face version of the doctoral programme.

Activities in the organized research period in face-to-face teaching mode

Completion date

Selection and admission

  •  Personal interview (in person or over the phone)
  •  Results of the admission process
  •  Acceptance

February to March -  year 0

Admission

  •  Assignment of the thesis committee
  •  Assignment of a personalized pathway

June - year 0

1st year - 1st semester

  •  Completion of courses and activities included on the personalized pathway
  •  Participation in the doctoral research seminar
  • Signing of the doctoral candidate agreement

September to February - year 1

1st year - 2nd semester

  •  Completion of courses and activities included on the personalized pathway
  •  Participation in the doctoral research seminar
  •  Drafting of the research plan
  •  Elaboration of the document for renewal of the grant by the Thesis Supervisor
  •  Assessment of the research plan by the thesis committee and  the doctoral programme's Academic Committee

February to July - year 1

2nd year

  • Elaboration the record of activities
  • Elaboration of the document for renewal of the grant by the Thesis Supervisor
  • Annual progress assessment by the thesis committee and the doctoral programme's Academic Committee
  • Preparation of the doctoral thesis

September to July - year 2

3rd year

  • Completion of the doctoral thesis
  •  Preliminary assessment of the doctoral thesis by the doctoral programme's Academic Committee
  •  Submission of the thesis and registration for the oral examination
  •  Oral examination on the doctoral thesis

September to July - year 3

 

 

Activities in the organized research period in distance teaching mode

Completion date

Selection and admission

  •  Personal interview (in person or over the phone)
  •  Results of the admission process
  •  Acceptance

February to March -  year 0

Admission

  •  Assignment of the thesis committee
  •  Assignment of a personalized pathway

June - year 0

1st year - 1st semester

  •  Completion of courses and activities included on the personalized pathway
  • Signing of the doctoral candidate agreement

September to February - year 1

1st year - 2nd semester

  •  Completion of courses and activities included on the personalized pathway
  •  Drafting of the research plan
  •  Assessment of the research plan by the thesis committee and the doctoral programme's Academic Committee

February to July - year 1

2nd year and consecutive years

  • Elaboration the record of activities
  • Annual progress assessment by the thesis committee and the doctoral programme's Academic Committee
  • Preparation of the doctoral thesis

September to July - year 2, 3 and 4rd

5rd year

  • Completion of the doctoral thesis
  •  Preliminary assessment of the doctoral thesis by the doctoral programme's Academic Committee
  •  Submission of the thesis and registration for the oral examination
  •  Oral examination on the doctoral thesis

September to July - year 5

Upcoming admission: December 2017

Teaching starting: September 2018

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