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.

You can also do other mobility, under the Erasmus programme, both studies and internships. Check the information in the corresponding links.

To include these activities in your academic record, please check this video (click on the subtitle icon at the bottom right corner).

For this PhD programme the following training activities are scheduled.


  • Development of communication skills and dissemination of research. Basic level.
    Annually, each Commission of Selection and Monitoring of the Programme (a commission for promotion, see section 3.2) will organize a review conference that will bring together the PhD students of the same promotion (same year of beginning) by sessions. These days will also be used for the development of the competences of the students in the communication of the research, aspect to which a specific attention will be dedicated during the presentations.
  • Assistance to working doctoral groups
    Annually the doctoral programme will organize a one-day scientific workshop. The PhD student must participate in at least 2 of these workshops, presenting a poster. The aim of the workshops is to present, share and discuss the state of the research process of the thesis project in its initial, central and final stages.
  • Attendance at seminars or conferences given by experts in the field of knowledge
    The Doctoral Programme will organize a series of scientific seminars with a periodicity of approximately 2 months (4 seminars per course), in order to improve the PhD student's knowledge about the topics related to the PhD thesis research. The PhD student must attend at least 3 of these seminars per course for 3 courses. The seminars will be taught by researchers of international prestige, on the topics covered by the Program.
  • Presentation of a communication (poster or oral) in national or international congress
    The presentation of the own investigation, as well as the discussion of it in front of a public with formation in the exposed subject, suppose one of the most useful forms of learning and improvement of the researching activity. In this sense, the framework of an international congress, dedicated specifically to the subject in which the thesis work of the PhD student is included and in which important researchers in their field of study are participating, is a fundamental test in the definitive and complete training of the future researcher.
  • Preparation of a research article, sent to an impact scientific journal
    The most representative results of the student will be presented in the form of a scientific article. As part of the preparation of the PhD thesis, and as a fundamental element in the development and training of future researchers, it is pertinent to work intensively on the formal and content capacity of the students of the PhD programme for the development of its optimal scientific activity within the framework of the international research community. For this, it is essential that they know the mode, the mechanisms, the tools, the expository and formal strategies and the usual requirements for the publication of a research article in indexed periodic publications.


  • Research stays in national or foreign centers, public or private
    In order to obtain the International Doctoral Research Component, during the period of training necessary to obtain the title of doctor, a minimum stay of three months must be made outside the Spanish State in a prestigious higher education institution or research center, in that they have studied or done research. The stay and activities must be endorsed by the thesis supervisor and authorized by the academic committee, and must be incorporated into the document of activities of the PhD student. This stay can be fragmented, provided that the total time is equal to or greater than three months, but must have been done in the same institution. The training period is considered from admission to the PhD programme. The Programme will encourage these international stays, so that even if they are optional, they will be carried out by a majority of PhD students.


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