Training activities

The PhD programmes include research training that is both transferrable and specific to the area of each programme and consists of both compulsory and optional activities.

All the activities that the PhD student must complete are recorded in an activities document, but in any case there are compulsory activities that must be completed in the first academic years. It may also include transferrable activities offered by the same university.

Other professional who are not PhD holders may participate in these activities as long as they hold a relevant qualification in the corresponding area.
The programmed activities for this PhD are as follows:

  • Attendance at seminars or conferences given by experts in the area of knowledge.
    Students must take part in 2-4 seminars given annually by experts in the area of knowledge. This activity is important for getting in contact with other PhD student for new debates and research results from the different areas associated with national and foreign programmes.
  • Giving a seminar on the research project.
    PhD students must present their research progress in PhD seminars. Progress must be presented during the first year and it is highly recommended that it also be presented in the second and third year. The seminars will be held in English.
  • Participation in internal research /departmental seminars
    PhD students must attend all doctoral research seminars and others given and organised  by the departments and institutions that form part of the PhD programme.
  • Presentation of a paper or poster at a national or international conference
    During the second or third year PhD students must present a paper or poster at a national or international conference. This means they can get important feedback on the doctoral research and improve their scientific communication skills, especially facilitating their involvement in relevant academic networks for future research work.

  • Language course for scientific communication and teaching
    PhD students are highly recommended to improve their language skills for scientific communication, preferably in the first year. This activity may include any language that is considered relevant to the PhD research, teaching tasks or inclusion in national and international academic networks.
  • Production of a research article sent to a high impact scientific journal
    During the second or third year students are recommended to write article for a high impact journal.
  • Research period in public or private national or international research centres
    A period of at least 3 months at another research centre abroad is especially recommended during eh second or third year if in receipt of a mobility grant.
  • Participation in summer schools
    Research summer schools are organised each year by universities and research organisation in Spain and abroad. The programme recommends participation by PhD students to improve their basic learning of the topics and methodology for carrying out their doctoral research.
  • Participation in workshops or courses for methodological specialisation
    If the supervisor and the PhD student identify the need to participate in courses or workshops on methodology the student may register for one of these either within or outside the UAB.
  • Collaboration in teaching tasks (Grant holders)
    This activity is optional but highly recommended for those PhD students who have obtained a research grant (e.g. *FI, *FPI, *FPU).

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