The research plan is a document prepared by the doctoral student in accordance with criteria approved by the Academic Committee for the programme. It must be approved by the student's thesis supervisor and endorsed by his/her tutor. This plan describes the original research work that the student will do to earn a doctoral degree.
Before finishing the first year, doctoral students who have successfully completed the educational activity stipulated in their pathway for the period, signed the doctoral candidate agreement, and been assigned a thesis supervisor should request that the Academic Committee for the programme assess their research plan.
Taking into account the activity document and reports received, the Academic Committee will assess the content of the research plan and determine whether or not to approve it. Approval is a requisite for the doctoral student's progress in the programme. Based on the reports received, the Academic Committee will make an annual assessment of the student's progress in relation to the research plan and the activity document. A positive assessment is essential for the doctoral student to continue in the programme.
Each member of the Academic Committee, in collaboration with the tutor and the thesis supervisor, must prepare a report for the Academic Committee in which they must justify the application for the doctoral student to progress or be excluded from the programme.
The activity document is a personal record of progress that demonstrates the attainment of research skills. It includes all the activities stipulated for the development of the doctoral student and must be reviewed regularly by the tutor, the thesis supervisor and the Academic Committee.