Thesis direction

Once doctoral students have successfully completed the courses and training activities included on their pathways in the first semester, the University will assign them a doctoral thesis supervisor. The supervisor, doctoral student, tutor and programme coordinator will need to sign the programme's doctoral candidate agreement. The supervisor must be a UOC faculty member or researcher who holds a doctoral degree and has proven research experience.

In any case, to be assigned a thesis supervisor, doctoral students must first satisfactorily complete all the courses, seminars and activities included on their pathway.

The University will also ensure that a Thesis Supervisory Committee is set up. This committee is made up of the thesis supervisor, who chairs it, and two other lecturers with doctoral degrees and proven research experience. One of the three members of the Thesis Supervisory Committee must not be a UOC faculty member or researcher.

The doctoral thesis may be jointly supervised by up to two people with doctoral degrees and proven research experience. If joint supervision is proposed, the second joint supervisor, who must meet the requirements to be a Thesis Advisory Committee member, will also sit on that committee and will be responsible for issuing the necessary reports to enable the Academic Committee to assess and monitor the doctoral student's progress.

Once doctoral students have finished their thesis, at all times by the deadlines established under current regulations, they must ask the Thesis Supervisory Committee for the relevant reports and, where applicable, for authorization to submit it.

The following members of faculty and thesis supervisors are involved in the programme:


Angels Rius Gavídia

Xavier Baró Solé

Adriana Ornellas

Àgata Lapedriza García

Angel A. Juan Pérez

Antoni Pérez Navarro

Atanasi Daradoumis Haralabus

Carles Garrigues Olivella

Daniel Riera Terrén

David Bañeres Basora

David Masip Rodó

David Megías Jiménez

Elena Planas Horal

Enric Mor Pera

Helena Rifà Pous

Javier Melenchón Maldonado

Joan A. Pastor Collado

Joan Arnedo Moreno

Joan M. Marquès Puig

Jordi Cabot Sagrera

Jordi Casas Roma

Jordi Conesa Caralt

Jordi Serra Ruiz

Josep Jorba Esteve

Josep M. Marco Simó

Josep Prieto Blàzquez

Julià Minguillón Alfonso

Robert Clarisó Vilarosa

Santi Caballé Llobet

Xavi Vilajosana Guillén

Feran Adelantado Freixer

Maria Antonia Huertas Sánchez

Pau Alsina González


Letter of commitment

The doctoral candidate, doctoral thesis director(s), advisor and the coordinator of the programme, by signing a doctoral letter of commitment, formally agree to collaborate in preparing the research plan and thesis and in its defence.

In addition, the doctoral candidate agrees to refrain from revealing confidential data or information provided to him or her for his or her doctoral thesis. At the same time, the letter recognises the right to any corresponding intellectual or industrial property rights and to appear as co-author of works he or she has contributed to in a significant way.

The student is obliged to consider and examine the ethical implications of his or her research activity.

Quality guarantee system

The Network and Information Technologies doctoral programme uses different systems to guarantee the quality of the same.

Firstly, the UOC Scientific Commission for Research and the Doctoral Programme, an independent body created in 2002 and made up of international experts who evaluate the academic performance of the University, supervises the quality of the doctoral programme and advises the Rector on research strategies.

Secondly, the pre-doctoral training period developed around the university masters degrees offered by the IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications Department was included in the 2011 edition of the AUDIT programme, created jointly by ANECA, ACSUG and AQU Catalunya for the purpose of encouraging the development and implementation of Internal Quality Guarantee Systems for university training.

Finally, the programme, as with the rest of the degrees offered by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya is included in the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Internal Quality Guarantee System approved by the University's Governing Council on 19 June 2009.

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