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).

The activities document is a register of all the activities that the PhD student must do during the research phase of their doctoral studies. Both obligatory and transversal activities chosen by the student, on the recommendation of their supervisor may be taken during the process up to the defence of the doctoral thesis. In the activities document the PhD student may include optional activities.
The programmed activities for this PhD programme are as follows:


  • Attendance at seminars or conferences given by experts in the field of knowledge
    The seminars and conferences will be organised by the department, by the programme itself or by research groups which include lecturers on the course. PhD students must attend 4 seminars, worshops and/or conferences (8 hours) per year.
  • Attendance at PhD working groups
    Throughout the PhD programme, students must attend seminars to discuss the progress of their PhD thesis organised annually by the programme. The attendance at a minimum of 2 working doctoral groups per academic year should be accredited.
  • Production of a research article sent to a high impact scientific journal
    Throughout the PhD programme students must accredit the production (individual or joint authorship) of a research article at the review stage which presents the results of their research. Impact scientific journal is one that is indexed in WOS (Web of Science Group) and/or SCOPUS and/or ESCI - Web of Science Group - Emerging Sources Citation Index.
  • Oral presentation or poster at a national or international conference
    Throughout the programme PhD students must accredit the presentation of their research results at a national or international conference in the form of a poster or an oral presentation.
  • Presentation of a scientific communication in a departmental scientific meeting
    Throughout the programme the PhD student must accredit having presented at least once their progress in the PhD thesis, whether as part of the annual PhD working groups or at a research group seminar.


  • Research periods at public or private national or foreign centres
    Attendance for period at research centres of recognised prestige during the production of the PhD thesis will be taken into account.
  • Participation in summer schools
    Attendance at the summer schools related to the subject of the PhD thesis.
  • Participation in internal research group seminars
    Participation by PhD students in seminars in which they present and discuss the results of different projects undertaken as part of their research group.
  • Participation in symposia of young researchers
    Attendance by the PhD student at symposia for young researchers related to the subject of their PhD thesis.

Transversal activities:

The programme design includes optional transversal activities. Throughout the programme the PhD students must be able to accredit having taken at least 75 hours of optional transversal activities under direction of their supervisor, including at least two different types of activity offered by the same university or other academic institutions:

  • Activities to improve understanding of the field of study.
  • Activities for professional practice as a PhD.
  • Language courses (languages, how to write an article etc.)
  • Project management courses: courses offering resources for research activities (research evaluation support, open access publishing, information sources, intellectual property and author's rights, etc.)
  • Teaching innovation course or workshop.
  • Business and entrepreneurship course.
  • Language course or improvement course for teaching in English.
  • Collaboration in teaching tasks (grant holders): participation in teaching support tasks in the Department of Sociology.
  • Participation in workshops or courses for methodological specialisation: course or workshop on documentary resources and sources of information and participation in workshops or courses for research activity.

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