Theses and Defense31 de August de 2021 2021-08-31 13:09
Theses and Defense
In accordance with doctoral studies regulations in force at the UDC, doctoral theses can only be deposited after a minimum of 18 months after the admission of the doctoral student to the program (regardless of whether they are registered full-time or part-time). The thesis must include, at least, an abstract in Galician, Spanish and English, as well as an introduction, objectives, methodology, results, conclusions and bibliography section.
The duration between the beginning of thesis deposit procedures and the public thesis defense will vary, depending on the meetings of the CAPD and the EIDUDC Permanent Committee, as well as the minimum timeframes applicable to certain steps in the process, among other factors.
All information on the procedure and deadlines applicable to thesis deposit and defense can be consulted on the EIDUDC website, available at https://www.udc.es/es/eid/teses/tramitaciondefensa/index.html and in the guide created for this purpose (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/tesis/Tramites_e_procedemento_defensa_tese_castelan_2018.pdf_2063069294.pdf).
Doctoral thesis deposit and defense procedure and instructions
Once the thesis is complete, doctoral students must request authorization to defend it from the CAPD. To do so, they must submit the following documentation to the Oza UADI:
- Thesis submission request (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/tesis/Solicitude_Autorizacion_Defensa_da_Tese2017.doc_2063069294.doc)
- Favorable report from (the) thesis director(s) and supervisor, if applicable.
Up-to-date Record of Activities and positive annual report on the Research Plan issued by the CAPD, extracted from the student’s Virtual Secretary.
- 1 digital copy of the thesis (PDF format)
- Up-to-date CV for the doctoral student
Declaration that the digital copy of the thesis is an accurate copy of the print thesis (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/tesis/Anexo_I._Declaracion_Copia_en_Formato_Electronico_castelan.doc_2063069294.doc)
- Declaration by the thesis author in order to deposit it at the UDC Institutional Repository (RUC) (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/tesis/Declaracion_Deposito_RUC.doc_2063069294.doc)
- Proposed committee (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/impresos/Proposta_Tribunal_Tese_RD_1393-2007_e_RD_99-2011_CAPD_2017.doc_2063069294.doc). In accordance with the provisions of article 36 of the UDC Doctoral Studies Regulations, the committee must include:
- 6 members: 3 principles and 3 alternates.
- Under no circumstances is more than one member of the same institution permitted to form a part of the committee.
- The committee secretary shall preferentially be a UDC professor. In the event that he or she is not from the UDC, the reason for this must be justified and another professor from the UDC responsible for the administrative procedures of thesis defense must be indicated.
- Suitability reports for each committee member (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/tesis/Informe_de_Idoneidade.galego.doc_2063069294.doc).
- The express acceptance of each proposed member to form a part of the committee.
- In the case of a thesis with international mention:
- Original document certifying the study period(s) abroad, which must have been previously authorized by the CAPD.
- Thesis reports by two doctoral degree holders who are experts in the field belonging to a higher education institution or research institute located outside of Spain (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/tesis/InformeExpertosDoutoramentoInternacional.doc_2063069294.doc)
- Suitability reports for the two doctoral degree holders who are experts in the field at the foreign center guiding the thesis (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/tesis/Informe_de_Idoneidade.galego.doc_2063069294.doc)
- In the case of International Doctorate Mention, both the principal committee as well as the alternate committee must each have at least one expert that is a holder of a doctoral degree from a prestigious higher education institution or research institute located outside of Spain, different from the person or people responsible for the term abroad and the two experts guiding the PhD thesis.
- In the case of a thesis based on a compendium of research articles:
- Report from (the) thesis director(s) approving thesis submission via this method (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/tesis/Informe_tese_compendio_publicacions.doc_2063069294.doc)
- Approval of co-authors in order for the doctoral student to submit the work as a part of the thesis (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/impresos/Aceptacion_coautor_doutor2020castelan.doc_2063069294.doc) (https://www.udc.es/export/sites/udc/eid/_galeria_down/impresos/Aceptacion_renuncia_coautor_non_doutor_2020castelan.doc_2063069294.doc)
Once the thesis has been approved for submission for defense by the CAPD, the committee will immediately submit the relevant documentation to the International Doctoral School (EIDUDC). At this time, the following procedure will commence and the status of the thesis procedure will be available to check at https://www.udc.es/es/teses/?enTramite=true :
- Deposit and public display period (10 working days). Once documentation has been received by the EIDUDC, the thesis will remain on deposit and on public display during a reading period of 10 working days counting from the time of its authorization.
- Acceptance or rejection of the thesis for processing in view of its defense and appointment of the committee. Once the public display period is complete, the Permanent Committee, at its monthly meeting, will accept (if applicable) the thesis for processing and will appoint the corresponding committee, informing the parties involved.
- Sending of committee members’ reports on the thesis (20 calendar days). Once appointments have been received, committee members must send their thesis evaluation reports to the EIDUDC within 20 calendar days of the receipt of the corresponding documentation.
- Thesis defense approval (10 working days). Once the reports from committee members have been received, the thesis defense will be approved within the following 10 working days.
- Thesis defense (3 months). Once the defense is approved, the public display and defense act will be permitted to be convened within the 3 months following the date on which committee members received the documentation. This act must be convened at least 10 days in advance.