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Distinctions for PhD degrees

International Mention for a PhD degree

Royal Decree 99/2011(modified by RD 195/2016 of 3rdJune 2016) which governs official doctorate courses sets out in article 15b the possibility of obtaining an International Mention for PhD degrees.

Requirements for an 'International Mention for a PhD degree'

1.     The PhD certificate may include on the back the 'International Doctor' distinction, as long as the following circumstances are met:

a.     During the required training period leading to the award of a PhD, the doctorand has spent a minimum three-month stay outside Spain at a higher education institute or a renowned research centre, taking courses or undertaking research work. In no way shall split stays lasting less than one month be allowed. The stay and activities must be endorsed by the supervisor and authorised by the academic commission and be incorporated into the doctorand activities document. This stay shall be accredited in a specific document issued by the host institution and signed by the stay supervisor at the overseas institution.

b.     Part of the doctoral thesis, at least the abstract and conclusions, has been written and submitted in one of the common languages for scientific communication in his/her area of knowledge, other than in any of the official languages of Spain. This rule will not apply where the stays, reports and experts are in/from a Spanish-speaking country.

c.     At least two expert doctors from any non-Spanish higher education institute or research institute have issued a report on the thesis. The two experts writing the report may not be part of the PhD assessment panel or be the same authors of the external reports issued prior to the thesis being submitted.

d.     At least one expert belonging to a non-Spanish higher education institute or research centre holding the title of doctor—and not the same individual as the supervisor of the stay mentioned in section a.) above—has been part of the thesis viva defence panel.

2.     The thesis viva voce must be done at the same Spanish university where the doctorand is registered; in the case of joint doctoral programmes, at any of the participating universities, or as per the terms and conditions set out in the collaboration agreements.

3.     The International Mention for a PhD degree application shall be made when the PhD certificate is requested. The interested party shall provide the accrediting documentation for the circumstances set out in point one of this section. Accreditation for the circumstance set out under letter b.) in point one above shall comprise a certificate issued by the doctoral thesis viva defence panel secretary.

4.     The EDUIB shall decide on the award of International Mention for a PhD degree.

Application forms for International Mention distinction for a PhD degree

 -       Application for International Mention for a PhD degree

Industrial Speciality Mention for PhD degree

Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28th January, which governs official doctorate courses, sets out in article 15b the possibility of obtaining an Industrial Speciality Mention for PhD degrees.

Requirements for the "Industrial Speciality Mention for PhD degree"

  1. The Industrial Speciality Mention shall be awarded as long as the following circumstances occur:
    • There is an employment or commercial contract with the doctorand. The contract may be with a private or public sector company, or with a public administration.
    • The doctorand must be part of an industrial research or experimental development project being undertaken at the company or the public administration where s/he is providing services, and which cannot be a university. The industrial research or experimental development project where the doctorand is participating must have a direct link with his/her thesis. This direct link shall be accredited in a report, which must be approved by the University.
  2. Where the industrial research or experimental development project is being undertaken as a collaboration between the University and the company or public administration where the doctorand is providing services, a framework collaboration agreement shall be signed between the parties. This agreement shall state the obligations of the University and the company or public administration, as well as the doctorand selection procedure.
  3. The doctorand shall have a thesis supervisor assigned by the University and a designated supervisor at the company or public administration who may, where applicable, be a thesis supervisor as per the PhD programme's own regulations.
Procedure

Doctorands wishing to apply for an Industrial Speciality Mention must submit the corresponding form, alongside all the documentation set out in the aforementioned section, upon submitting his/her doctoral thesis or after his/her PhD viva voce defence.

Application for Industrial Speciality Mention for PhD degree

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