Study plan

In order to acquire the advanced training required for the research project, the student must complete, during the doctoral programme, the subjects, courses or activities that comprise his or her personal academic itinerary.

The training offering consists of diverse training activities with different types, duration, timeframes and objectives, which are structured in five blocks (methodology courses, subject-specific research seminars, complementary training, research-oriented complementary training activities and the doctoral research seminar).

Table summarising the blocks that comprise the training offering in the organised research phase:

Types of learning activity Length of course Teaching/learning mode Timing Mandatory/optional
Bridging courses One semester Online 1st year (1st or 2nd semester) Mandatory
Optional courses One semester Online 1st year (1st or 2nd semester) Optional
Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses One semester Online During the research period Optional
Workshops 10 hours Online During the research period Optional

 

In any case, the inclusion of courses, seminars and activities in the academic itinerary of the doctoral candidate shall depend on the individual's prior research training and experience, as well as the specific area or topic addressed in his or her research project.

 

Bridging courses

These are courses lasting one semester, taught using the UOC's e-learning platform, and giving advanced training on research methodologies in some of the fields that will be the subject of the research project. These are mandatory for students who have not previously received this training, and must be taken and passed in the second semester.

The courses allow students to acquire advanced knowledge and master a range of research methodologies, enabling them to successfully analyse relevant aspects of information technologies and networks.

For illustrative purposes, the methodology courses liable to be included in a student's training plan in the second semester of their research period are shown below.

Some of the courses that may be included in the student's study plan in the second semester are detailed below:

Timing Field of network and information technologies ECTS credits Type Language
1st or 2nd semester Research methodologies in network and information technologies 5 Mandatory English
1st or 2nd semester Research techniques in network and information technologies 5 Mandatory English
1st or 2nd semester English B2.1 6 Optional English
1st or 2nd semester English B2.2 6 Optional English
 

Optional courses

Students' study plans may include optional courses, designed to take into account specific learning needs associated with the admission requirements. They are assigned by the Doctoral Degree Academic Committee. Particularly in the case of students from outside the European Higher Education Area, these may include courses from the UOC's range of university master's degrees. Students who enrol on these will need to study and pass them during the first academic year of their doctoral studies.

Timing Courses ECTS credits Type Language
1st or 2nd Semester Formalization and Proofs 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd Semester Computer Modelling & Simulation 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd Semester Research Design in Social Sciences 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd Semester Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Network Society 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd Semester Advanced Qualitative Methods in Knowledge Society Research 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd Semester Advanced Quantitative Methods in Knowledge Society Research 5 Optional English
1st or 2nd Semester Research in e-Learning 5 Optional Catalan/Spanish
1st or 2nd Semester Research Methods 5 Optional Catalan/Spanish
1st or 2nd Semester Data Analysis Techniques 5 Optional Catalan/Spanish
1st or 2nd Semester Construction of Instruments for Research 5 Optional Catalan/Spanish
 
Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses

The UOC also offers research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses in English. These are for students, researchers and faculty and are aimed at strengthening research in academic, scientific and business areas.

The course provides tools for doctoral students and University faculty to help them organize their preparing of texts for publication in scholarly journals. This is not a course in English grammar or spelling. It focuses principally on the structure and register of texts, and has aspects related to task organization and peer review.

Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses can be recognized as free elective credits on bachelor¿s degree courses. If you are studying a doctoral degree at any university and have obtained a competitive grant, these courses can also be linked to the funding.

Timing Research courses ECTS credits Type Language
Annual (1st semester) Entrepreneurship for Researchers 2 Mandatory (1) English
Annual (2nd semester) Training Programme for Doctoral Thesis Supervisors 3 Optional English
Annual (1st semester) Academic Writing 2 Optional English
Annual (2nd semester) Introduction to patents and intellectual property protection 2 Optional English

(1) This is mandatory for students on the Industrial Doctorate.

Workshops

The student may be able to take part in short learning activities to support their research, depending on the nature of their previous studies, research interests and course mode (full-time on-site, or online).

Timing Workshops ECTS credits Type Language
Annual (1st semester) Search for academic information 0 Recommended English
Annual (1st semester) Bibliographic reference management 0 Recommended English
Annual (2nd semester) Where to publish: How to identify leading journals 0 Recommended English
Self-learning NVivo Qualititive Analysis 0 Optional English
 

Research-oriented complementary training activities

These are short seminars (approximately four sessions) or brief workshops, either face-to-face or virtual, intended to support research (one or more sessions). They may cover a wide range of topics to facilitate the creation or presentation of scientific works, etc.

Enrolment

The doctoral candidates admitted to the programme shall be assigned an advisor who is a UOC lecturer or researcher holding a PhD and with accredited research experience in the same knowledge or subject area and sufficient knowledge of the programme. The advisor shall ensure the doctoral candidate's interaction with the Academic Commission.

The doctoral advisor, taking into account the criteria established in each programme and the prior training and experience of the doctoral candidate, shall propose a personalised academic itinerary to the Academic Commission. The advisor shall also collaborate with the Academic Commission in selecting the lecturers or researchers to direct the thesis. The Academic Commission can modify the advisor assignment under justified circumstances.

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.

Upcoming admission: December 2017

Teaching starting: September 2018

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