The maximum duration is 3 years for full-time study and 5 years for part-time study, between the time the doctoral candidate is admitted to the programme and their presentation of their doctoral thesis. Maternity or paternity leave and long-term sick leave that the programme's Academic Committee considers appropriate is not included when calculating this period.

However, the Academic Committee may authorize an extension of this period by the maximum periods allowed in the relevant legislation, and under the conditions determined by the doctoral programme concerned. 

A personalized activity report is created for each student after enrolment on the programme. This document contains all the activities established by the Academic Committee for the doctoral candidate's development.

Before the end of the first year, students must submit a research plan that includes the methodology used and the objectives that they wish to achieve, as well as the means and timeframe for producing the thesis.

Each year, the programme's Academic Committee assesses each doctoral candidate's research plan and activity report, together with the reports issued by the tutor, thesis supervisor and the other members of the thesis supervision committee. A favourable assessment of the plan is an essential requirement for continuing on the programme.

Duration and progress requirements

Face-to-face activities in the research period organized for students

Date of completion

Selection and admission

  • Personal interview (face-to-face or online)
  • Decision on the call for applications
  • Acceptance

February - May year 0

Access

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

June - year 0

1st year - 1st semester

  • Take and pass courses and activities included in the personalized study pathway
  • Take part in the doctoral programme research seminar
  • Sign the doctoral candidate agreement

1st year - 2nd semester

1st year - 2nd semester

  • Take and pass courses and activities included in the personalized study pathway
  • Take part in the doctoral programme research seminar
  • Carry out the research project
  • Preparation of the grant renewal document by the supervisor
  • Assessment of the research project by the doctoral programme's thesis committee and Academic Committee

February to July - 1st year

2nd year

  • Take part in the doctoral programme research seminar
  • Submit the activity report
  • Annual assessment by the doctoral programme's thesis committee and Academic Committee
  • Preparation of the grant renewal document by the supervisor
  • Preparation of the doctoral thesis

September to July - 2nd year

3rd year

  • Complete work on the doctoral thesis
  • Prior assessment of the doctoral thesis by the doctoral programme's Academic Committee
  • Procedures for depositing and reading of the thesis
  • Reading and defence of the doctoral thesis

September to July - 3rd year

 

Online research period activities organized for students

Date of completion

Selection and admission

  • Personal interview (face-to-face or by telephone)
  • Decision on the call for applications
  • Acceptance

February - May year 0

Access

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

June - year 0

1st year - 1st semester

  • Take and pass courses and activities included in the personalized study pathway
  • Sign the doctoral candidate agreement

September to February - 1st year

1st year - 2nd semester

  • Take and pass courses and activities included in the personalized study pathway
  • Carry out the research project
  • Assessment of the research project by the doctoral programme's thesis committee and Academic Committee

February to July - 1st year

2nd and subsequent years

  • Submit the activity report
  • Annual assessment of the research project by the doctoral programme's director and Academic Committee
  • Preparation of the doctoral thesis

September to July - 2nd, 3rd and 4th year

5th year

  • Complete work on the doctoral thesis
  • Prior assessment of the doctoral thesis by the doctoral programme's Academic Committee
  • Procedures for depositing and reading of the thesis
  • Reading and defence of the doctoral thesis

September to July - 5th year

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