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Academic information

The academic itinerary that must be followed by the doctorate student in this Program depends on the academic records of the student, and the legislation and regulations that apply him/her (which depend on the year of admission). You can check the Academic Regulations of the Doctoral Program in Electronic Engineering for detailed information on academic pathways to follow. In general, this will be the itinerary to follow by new students:

  • Formally, the student starts the PhD studies when he registers in the Doctorate Program in Electronic Engineering for the first time.
  • Within one year from the start of the doctorate, students must complete the Master courses (credits) in case of needing bridging courses. Students can also take courses on a voluntary basis, to complete their training, provided there are places available.
  • Before completing 6 months after the start of the PhD, the student must find a supervisor and agree with him/her a thesis topic. It is adviceable that this step has already been completed before admission.
  • Before completing 1 year after the start of the PhD, the student must write and defend a Research Plan to an evaluation commitee (formerly Thesis Proposal).
  • Students must register annually, although they are not taking any course.
  • Students must update annually the workplan in his/her Research Plan, according to the real progress and related to the workplan initially scheduled.
  • At the end of the first two years of the PhD, students must have completed a minimum of training activities related to their area of ​​research. These activities can consist of participation in group seminars, attendance to courses and seminars organized internally or externally, participation in research projects, research stays in other centers, among others.
  • At the end of the first two years of the PhD, students are expected to have completed a minimum of transversal formative activities. Among others, these training activities may be participation in the PhD Research Forum.
  • At the end of the first two years of the PhD, students are expected to demonstrate progress in their thesis, by having some publication in journal or conference. The Department of Electronic Engineering offers, conditioned to the resources available, grants for publication in international journals or conferences.
  • Students must enter in the Doctoral Student Activity Report the information and documentation of these and other activities related to his PhD (training, publications, mobilities, conferences, participation in projects, etc.). Students regulated by RD 99/11, please use this form; students regulated by former decrees, please use this form.
  • The Academic Committee of the Doctorate Program will use this information, together with the report of the supervisor, to assess annually the progress of the student (annual tutorship evaluation).
  • Once the research project has achieved its objectives, and the supervisor of the thesis gives the permit, the student will write a thesis report which will be presented to the Academic Committee for the Doctoral Program in order to approve the deposit.
  • The Academic Committee will verify that the thesis is backed by some evidence of quality (see Academic Regulations), or reports will be requested to two external reviewers.
  • Once authorization is received, the procedure of deposit and defense specified in the regulations of the University will be followed.
  • According to the current legislation, doctoral studies can be done on a full-time or part-time basis; they have a limited duration in each of these cases; and there exists the possibility to apply for a temporal interruption of the studies during one academic year. Please check the Academic Regulations for more information.

In the different subsections of the menu on the left you will find further information on each of these aspects.


The PhD Program organizes regularly information meetings with the Ph.D. students in order to clarify this and other aspects of the Program: