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Structure of doctoral courses (RD 99/2011)

ACCESS

Access to doctoral studies is regulated by art. 6 of Royal Decree 99/2011. Further information on types of access

  • If applicants do not have the credits required to have access to a doctoral programme, they have two options:
    • Register in a new official undergraduate course or
    • Contact the UA Mobility Office to register for single subjects in official undergraduate courses as a visiting student.

CALENDAR OF ACTIONS TO DO DURING THE ACADEMIC COURSE

Check the 2016-17 course calendar here 

DURATION OF DOCTORAL STUDIES

  • On a full-time basis, this will take a maximum of three years from the moment of admission of the student to the doctoral programme until the submission of the doctoral thesis. If after this period the application for the thesis deposit were not submitted, the corresponding Academic Committee may apply for a period extension of one year which, exceptionally, may be extended one more year under the conditions established for the corresponding doctoral programme.

Extension request
(The application must be directed at the coordinator of the Academic Commission of the doctoral programme. Once it has been resolved, he or she will send it to the EDUA for its management and filing in the student's academic record)

  • On a part-time basis, this will take a maximum of five years, from the moment of admission of the student to the doctoral programme until the submission of the doctoral thesis. If after this period the application for the thesis deposit were not submitted, the Academic Committee may apply for a period extension of two years which, exceptionally, may be extended one more year under the conditions established for the corresponding doctoral programme.

Extension request
(The application must be directed at the Coordinator of the Academic Commission of the doctoral programme. Once it has been resolved, he or she will send it to the EDUA for its management and filing in the student's academic record) 

  • A student who wants to change the modality of the programme to part-time must send a justified application to the AC of the corresponding doctoral programme (DP), together with a perceptive report of their tutor.

Request to change teaching modality
(The application must be directed at the Coordinator of the Academic Commission of the doctoral programme. Once it has been resolved, he or she will send it to the EDUA for its management and filing in the student's academic record)

  • In terms of the calculation of the previous deadlines we will not take into account sick, pregnancy, paternity and maternity leaves or any other cause accounted for in the regulation.

Application for temporal leave 
(The application must be sent to the Coordinator of the Academic Commission of the doctoral programme which, once solved, will be sent to the EDUA for its management and filing in the student's academic record)

  • In the case that the doctoral student needs a temporal suspension of his or her studies, it will only be possible to enable a maximum time extension of one year with the possibility of increasing it one more year after that. 

Application for temporal leave 
(The application must be sent to the Coordinator of the Academic Commission of the doctoral programme which, once solved, will be sent to the EDUA for its management and filing in the student's academic record)

  • How the study basis will be reflected on the student's record:
    • For the purpose of calculating the above time limits, sick leaves, pregnancy, maternity and paternity leaves or any other cause envisaged by the regulations will not be included.
    • Students who wish to change from full-time basis to part-time basis, should submit a reasoned request to the CA of their PD, along with a report from their tutor
    • The CA will notify its decision to EDUA. The date of the agreement should be stated on this decision, as well as the reason of the discontinuation and the starting and end date to take into account when calculating the time limits.

DOCTORAL COMMITMENT DOCUMENT

Model of the doctoral commitment document (DCD)  PDF    Word

Pursuant Art. 11, section 8, of Royal Decree 99/2011, universities will establish the supervision functions of doctoral students through a written commitment signed by the university, the doctoral student, their supervisor and director in the terms established. This commitment will be signed at the earliest upon admission, along with a dispute settlement proceeding and information relating to intellectual or industrial property that may be generated in the field of doctoral programmes.

Any modification of the above document will be attached to the copy of the agreement of the academic committee, in which such modification was agreed.

The DCD will be submitted to EDUA for revision and signed by their director. Once this procedure is done, it will be included in the applicant's academic record by the secretary's office of this centre. From this moment, it will be available from the RAPI platform

ACADEMIC SUPERVISION

Study programmes subject to Royal Decree 1393/2007:  (BOUA 29 January 2007). In this case, silence procedure is understood to be positive; therefore, only negative reports are required to be submitted before 30 September. From this date academic supervision will be automatically renewed, generating the corresponding invoices.

Study programmes subject to Royal Decree 99/2011: section 1 and 2 from Art. 19 of the regulations for official doctoral programmes of the University of Alicante. (BOUA 31/07/2012)

Continuation in doctoral programmes implies yearly academic supervision.

Once registration has been completed, the corresponding academic committee (CA) will assign a tutor to each student.

Once the doctoral student has been accepted in the doctoral programme, they will be assigned a doctoral thesis director by the CA (which may coincide with the tutor from the previous section). 

In the event that this does not occur immediately, the CA will have a maximum time period of three months after registration to assign a thesis director to the doctoral student. 

Having attended the doctoral student, the CA will be able to change this decision at any time when sufficient justified reasons are presented and they will communicate this modification to the EDUA for its registration. 

The joint evaluation of the activity document and the research plan annually submitted by each of the doctoral programmes' academic committees will determine the continuation or not of the doctoral candidate. Those candidates whose report have been favourable can register for continuation through the Virtual Campus.

RECORD OF ACTIVITIES AND RESEARCH PLAN (RAPI)

This record will include:

  • The activity document, made up by the common transversal and specific activities established on the doctoral programme and by those activities performed by doctoral candidates while they are taking doctoral studies (attendance to conference, publications, etc.).
  • The research plan. Forms: PDF    Word Before ending the first year of study, doctoral candidates will prepare a research plan including the following:
    • Methodology to be used
    • Objectives
    • Resources and temporary plan for such objectives.

Link to RAPI information website

TRAINING COMPLEMENTS

Depending on the previous training of the doctoral candidate, the corresponding academic committees may determine the need of a number of training complements. Such complements will be subject/courses from the University of Alicante's official study programmes. 

The corresponding Academic Committee shall notify EDUA Secretary's Office of the subjects they should register for, and this office will start the process. Once doctoral candidates complete their registration for the present academic year, they shall apply to EDUA for the registration in such training complements and the corresponding tuition fee will be included in the invoice.

In the event that the Academic Committee determines whether a student is exempt from performing any of the training complements established in the doctoral programme, they shall notify EDUA Secretary's Office for inclusion in their academic record.

Doctoral candidates should successfully passed the training complements assigned to be allowed to read their theses.

CONTINUATION IN DOCTORAL STUDIES

The corresponding academic committee will annually evaluate the research plan and activity document.

  • POSITIVE EVALUATION: doctoral candidates can continue their Doctoral Programme
  • NEGATIVE EVALUATION (a reasoned report should be submitted): doctoral candidates can apply for a new evaluation within six months, preparing a new research plan:
    • Positive evaluation: candidates can continue in their Doctoral Programme
    • Negative evaluation: candidates shall be definitely dismissed from the Doctoral Programme.

 

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