PhD in Physics

Academic year 2020-21

General and specific competencies

The aim of the Ph.D. program in Physics is not limited to give continuity to the Degree and Master courses in Physics offered at UIB. Since its inception, this Program has had a proper outreach and has attracted many students from other universities in Spain and abroad. A main reason is that the Program offers an academic and professional training at the highest scientific level and puts the focus on the capacity to face and solve problems and make original contributions to knowledge in various fields of physics. The Program offers a multidisciplinary perspective of Physics and more specific knowledge on the research lines detailed in that section, in which the institutions supporting the program (the Department of Physics of UIB, IFISC and IMEDEA) have accredited international prestige.

The quality of the Ph.D. Program in Physics preceding the present one was recognized as early as in 2004, being awarded with the Quality Mention of ANECA. The Quality Mention was maintained in each of the follow-ups and renovations until it was replaced by the Excellence Mention (obtained in 2011). The challenge of the new Program is to follow the same path of excellence and internationalization, as a way to keep attracting students from other universities.

Core Skills

  • CB11 - Systematic comprehension of a field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to this field
  • CB12 - The ability to devise, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial research or invention process
  • CB13 - The ability to contribute to widening the frontiers of knowledge through original research
  • CB14 - The ability to perform a critical analysis, assessment and synthesis of new and complex ideas
  • CB15 - The ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community, as well as with society as a whole, about their areas of knowledge in the methods and languages commonly used within the international scientific community
  • CB16 - The ability to promote scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement in academic and professional settings within the knowledge-based society.

Personal Skills and Abilities

  • CA01 - Work in contexts where there is little specific information
  • CA02 - Uncover key questions that need to be answered in order to resolve a complex problem
  • CA03 - Design, create, develop and undertake new and innovative projects in their area of knowledge
  • CA04 - Work in a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary setting
  • CA05 - Incorporate knowledge, handle complexity and provide opinions with limited information
  • CA06 - Intellectual criticism and defence of solutions.

Acces and entry Requirements

The recommended background is a scientific degree or an engineering degree followed by a Master course. Foreign students will be requested to demonstrate equivalent titles. As a general rule, the Master courses that will be considered to fit in the admission profile are those related to any of the research lines of this Ph.D. Program (see Research Lines) and whose skills include a proper knowledge of Physics, Mathematics and programming languages, as well as English language proficiency at the level of reading and comprehension of scientific texts.

For those students that are considered not to have an adequate profile, the academic committee will establish the additional training requested for a proper development of the Ph.D. Program. That additional training will consist of subjects of the Master courses offered at UIB (Master Degree in Physics, Master Degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics, and Master Degree in Physics of Complex Systems), up to a maximum of 30 credits.

Support and guidance information

As set out in Article "11. PhD supervision and monitoring" of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, the Regulation on the organization of university doctorates of the University of the Balearic Islands specifies that at the time of registration, each student will be provided with a Ph.D. Student Activity Document. In accordance with the Executive Agreement 9864/2011, of July 5, on the recording of the activities of Ph.D. students ( FOU no. 351 of July 22 ), the student formally commits through a signed statement issued for this purpose, to maintain an updated record of all training activities and research carried out in the framework of the Ph.D. program. The record should include: publications in journals, attendance of meetings or scientific conferences, presentation of papers at meetings or scientific conferences, attending of courses, seminars and other training activities, research stays at other institutions, scholarships or grants received and any other information that may be relevant to their doctoral training. The material support of the record will be the software for CV management of the University of the Balearic Islands (GREC: ) or any other that the UIB Board of Directors can determine as a replacement of that one.

It is also stated that before the end of the first year, the PhD student will develop a research plan that shall include the methodology to be used, the objectives to be achieved, and the means and timing of the implementation plan. This plan can be improved and enriched with details throughout the academic years and must be endorsed by both the tutor and the thesis supervisor. The academic committee shall evaluate the plan annually altogether with the student Activity Document and the reports issues by the supervisor thesis director. A positive evaluation is a prerequisite for continuing in the Program. In case of negative assessment, which must be properly justified, the Ph.D. student will be evaluated again within six months, for which purpose he/she will present a new research plan. In the case of a second negative assessment, the student will be set off the Program.

The procedure to be used by the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. Program in Physics to allocate a Tutor and a Thesis Supervisor to the students is as follows:

  1. Each academic year the Committee shall designate a Tutor for each research line of the Program. The Tutors will be chosen among the permanent staff of the Departments and Institutes supporting the Program (UIB Dep. of Physics, IFISC and IMEDEA) that have supervised at least one Ph.D. thesis in the last five years.
  2. Once the student is admitted to the Ph.D. Program, the Academic Committee will assign the Tutor corresponding to the research line chosen in the registration form.
  3. The Tutor, after hearing the student, will be responsible for proposing a Thesis Supervisor to the Academic Committee from all the doctors participating in the Ph.D. program, taking into account the research topic chosen by he student and its status as a full-time or part-time student.
  4. The Academic Committee will assign a Thesis Supervisor to the student no later than 2 months after his/her admission to the Program.

The changes that may occur regarding the figures of the Tutor and the Thesis Supervisor will be solved by the Academic Committee.

The Ph.D. Program in Physics contemplates the co-direction of doctoral theses basing on the following assumptions:

  1. To promote multidisciplinary research. The existence of different research fields in the same university campus, where a large number of groups carry out their research, encourages interdisciplinary projects that promote the generation of new knowledge.
  2. To promote the internationalization by appointing co-directors from other countries. This was already contemplated in the former Program run under the RD 778/1998 and continued in the Programs run under the RD 1393/2007.
  3. To encourage the recruitment of young directors, which may accept to co-supervise a Ph.D. thesis together with more experienced staff.

The direction and supervision of training activities and the doctoral thesis conform the
"Procedures for doctorates of UIB (RD99/2011)"