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.

Mandatory activities:

  • Attendance at seminars or lectures given by experts in the subject area
    These can be organised by the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) or by any other body. This includes attendance at specific conferences.
  • Giving a seminar on the research project
    This consists of giving a talk on the planning or the findings of the project to a mainly non-specialist audience. The target audience will be master's and/or bachelor's degree students.
  • Research paper sent to a high-impact scientific journal
    One of the most common ways of disseminating research findings is by publishing them in specialist international journals.  PhD students are therefore encouraged to to write papers  to publish their own research findings.
  • Giving a seminar on the research project
    Presenting the most significant research findings to the group or to any other specialist audience.

Optional activities:

  • Research stays in public or private centres, at home or abroad.
    Many students stay for at least three months at institutions in other countries. As a result, 35% of the theses presented over the last few years (2010-2011 and 2011-2012) obtained the European Doctoral Research Component. Students who undertake a research stay abroad in line with current rules governing PhD programmes will be eligible to obtain the International Doctoral Research Component.
  • Involvement in research project preparation
    This consists of taking part in the discussions prior to drawing up a research project, or in writing the introduction, the methodology section, etc., especially if the research is related to the student's own thesis.
  • Oral presentations or posters at national or international conferences
    Conferences provide an excellent opportunity to interact with other PhD students and scientists working in the same field. One of the commonest ways of presenting research findings is by giving a short talk or using a poster display.
  • Teaching assistance
    Students can give practical classes (in lecture rooms or laboratories) on subjects within the scope of their department, provided their grant is compatible with this.
  • Course on laboratory safety and hygiene
    This course covers safety and hygiene rules and good practice to be followed when conducting any laboratory experiment.
  • Participation at doctoral conferences
    These sessions provide PhD students with information on employment opportunities once they have completed the programme.

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