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PhD in History of Science

2013 / 2014

Activities

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.

For this PhD programme the following training activities are scheduled.


Mandatory activities:

  • Attendance at seminars or lectures given by experts in the subject area
    PhD students must attend and review at least six events on the history of science that have been previously selected by their supervisor and tutor on the basis of their previous training and their doctoral research topic.
  • Giving a seminar on the research project
    Each academic year students must present their doctoral research findings at a seminar open to all members of the PhD programme and before a group of at least three lecturers on the programme, not including the thesis supervisor.

Optional activities:

  • Participation in workshops or courses on methodological specialisation
    This is an opportunity for students to discuss the objectives, methodology and progress of their research projects with guest lecturers invited by the PhD programme. These sessions are normally held in English.
  • Presentation of papers at national and international conferences related to the students' research area.
    Students must present their research findings to the scientific community at national and international conferences on the subject area of their doctoral thesis.
  • Research papers
    During the third year of the programme, students must have had at least one paper accepted for publication in a high-impact journal.
  • Research stays at other centres working on the history of science.
    During the period of writing the doctoral thesis students must accumulate a minimum of three months spent at other (national and/or international) centres working on the history of science.
 

Foreign residencies

PhD students can progress further in their area of research through stays abroad, which may, when appropriate, come within the framework of bilateral joint-supervision agreements with a foreign university (thesis under joint international supervision) and within the international doctoral research component.

PhD thesis under joint international supervision

On the proposal of the academic tribunal for a PhD programme, the UAB may  make agreements with foreign universities or centres of higher education that are authorised to award PhD qualifications for the purpose of preparing the PhD thesis.

In that case the PhD student will carry out research under the control and responsibility of a thesis supervisor in each of the institutions in the agreement, and these in turn will each award the PhD qualification on the basis of a single thesis.

Joint supervision agreements may only be signed during the first year of the research work, counted from the day the student is accepted on the PhD programme.

The period for working on the thesis will be split between the two centres and the minimum stay at the UAB must ne a total of nine months, which may be divided into shorter periods.

See the detailed application procedure for joint international supervision (in Spanish).

International Doctoral Research Component

The PhD qualification may also include the International Doctoral Research Component, as long as the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • During the training period necessary to obtain the qualification of PhD, the candidate must have been outside Spain for a minimum of three months in a higher education institution or research centre of prestige, and have carried out research or study there. The period and the activities must be assessed by the supervisor and approved by the academic tribunal, and must be included in the students' PhD activities report. The period may be divided as long and the total is not less than three months but must be spent at a single institution.
  • Part of the PhD thesis, at least the abstract and conclusions, must be written in one of the usual languages for scientific communication in that field of knowledge, different from any of the official languages in Spain. This regulation does not apply when the periods abroad, the reports and the experts involve a Spanish-speaking country.
  • That at least two PhD holding experts from a non-Spanish higher education institution or research centre have submitted their reports on the PhD thesis.
  • That at least one of the experts belongs to a non-Spanish higher education institution or research centre, holds a PhD, and is different from the person responsible for the period abroad, formed part of the PhD examination panel.
  • The defence of the PhD thesis must take place at the Spanish university where the candidate is registered or, in the case of joint doctoral programmes, in any of the participating universities or under the terms stated in the collaboration agreements.

See the detailed application procedure for the International Doctoral Research Component (in Spanish).

 

 

 

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