PhD in Studies in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
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.
For this PhD programme the following training activities are scheduled:
- Attending seminars or conferences given by specialists in a given ambit
In general, the training obtained will be of a theoretical and academic kind. However, some seminars may be of a methodological character, implying that the specific activity in question is therefore also methodological.
Throughout each academic year, the Department of Studies in Antiquity and the Middle Ages organises conferences, group discussions and seminars that allow such activities to be carried out. These events, which are always carried out by specialist researchers (national and international) within the subject areas that they teach, often deal with the latest advances and the current status of the research relating to the doctoral programme.
- Participation in departmental/research-group seminars
Doctoral students will have to give an oral, public presentation of their research-in-progress within the framework of an internal discussion seminar or with invited specialists with whom the research groups or the department regularly organize such meetings.
- Writing a research article, submitted to an indexed academic journal
Doctoral students will have to write at least one article for an indexed academic journal or for book publication. In both cases, this must be a publication that implies an assessment of the topic pertaining to the doctoral proposal submitted. The most representative results of the students’ current research should be presented. Whilst the article must have been sent to an indexed journal or book publisher, it need not necessarily have yet been accepted or published. This activity involves all areas of training (theoretical, methodological and applied), since writing the article will require doctoral students to demonstrate all these aspects of their research.
- Activities to foster an understanding of the area of study
Practical and methodological activities that may be of a diverse nature, albeit related to the line of research in which doctoral students have been registered. Doctoral students are recommended to take some of these activities, depending on the area of research with which their thesis is concerned:
- Participation in archaeological campaigns, archaeological laboratory work.
- Archive research.
- Research in museums: various lines of research within the programme could involve doctoral students taking research stays or activities in museums.
- Research in reference libraries.
- Participation in young researchers’ symposiums
Students are recommended to participate actively, with a paper or poster presentation, in one if the many young-researcher symposiums held annually both nationally and internationally.
- Presentation (poster or paper) at a national or international conference
Presenting a paper or poster at a national or international conference is a highly positive experience for trainee researchers who, in the future, will have to disseminate their academic work through such forums. In light of this, we strongly recommend that doctoral students present the results of their research at these events in order to receive comment and feedback from specialist researchers.
International mobility is highly beneficial to doctoral training as it brings into close contact researchers from distinct academic traditions, with approaches to research differs to that which students are used to in their home environment. The impact of this experience on doctoral students’ training and on the results of their research is generally very considerable, at methodological, theoretical and practical levels.
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