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.

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:

Type of training activity Duration Teaching-learning mode Timeframe Compulsory/Not compulsory
Methodology courses Semester Virtual 1st year (1st semester) Courses compulsory for doctoral candidates who lack advanced training in research methodologies
 
Subject-specific
research seminars
Quarterly/Half-yearly Virtual 1st year (2nd semester) At least one seminar recommended
 
Complementary
training
Semester Virtual 1st year (1st semester) Courses compulsory only for doctoral candidates who lack initiation to research training in the field
 
Research-oriented complementary training activities
 
One or more workshops Face-to-face1 During the research phase  
Doctoral research
seminar
Yearly Face-to-face1 and virtual2 Throughout the research phase Compulsory for all doctoral candidates

1 Activities oriented towards doctoral students in the face-to-face, full-time mode.
2 Seminar mode oriented towards distance students in the doctoral programme.

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.

Note: the information on this page is provided for orientation purposes and is not binding.

Methodology courses

These are semester-long courses given through UOC's own virtual teaching-learning process, which provide advanced training on methodologies for research in some of the possible areas for the research project. They are compulsory for students who have not previously acquired this training and they must be undertaken and passed in the first semester.

They will provide advanced knowledge and mastery of varied research methodologies to prepare the student to successfully approach the analysis of some aspects of network and information technologies.

As an example, the methodology courses that might be included in the student's academic itinerary during the first semester of the research phase are listed below.

Timeframe Network and Information Technologies Area ECTS credits
1st semester Research Methodologies in Network and Information Technologies 6
1st semester Research Techniques in Network and Information Technologies 6


Note: the information on this page is provided for orientation purposes and is not binding. For specific information regarding objectives, course content, materials, methodology, evaluation and key dates for the courses indicated, consult your teaching plan, which will be available to the doctoral candidate in the corresponding classroom at the start of the semester.

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.

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.

You can check all the courses in the website: http://estudios.uoc.edu/en/doctoral-programmes

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 2019

Teaching starting: September 2020

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