Doctoral School Regulation

Doctoral School Regulation

Formative activities and academic obligations of the program

Theoretical credits

During the first year of the doctoral studies the student must attend the courses provided in the respective program, according to the approved syllabus, to accumulate 50 credits. Attendance in theoretical courses is compulsory at 80%.

Examination for the theoretical state of the discipline

At the end of the first year the student undergoes an exam that forms the basis of theoretical background and weighs 10 credits. Participation in this exam is a requirement for any category of students enrolled in doctoral programs. Only after successfully completing this exam does the student enrolled in the Doctoral School gain the right to start research under the guidance of a scientific leader, changing the status from “in counseling” to “in guidance”.

Other academic obligations (conferences, scientific articles and foreign language)

During the doctoral studies period, prior to applying for final defense, the doctor must have fulfilled the following conditions:

  • To have made, as a first author, at least three scientific presentations or posters, of which two references or presentations must have been held in international scientific activities (symposium, conference, congress), in a developed country (OECD / EU countries), accepted on the basis of a preliminary scientific evaluation and published in Proceedings indexed with ISBN code.
  • • To have published, as the first author, at least three scientific articles in scientific journals. At least two of the articles must have been published or accepted for publication in popular scientific journals of developed countries (OECD / EU countries).
  • • Have certified English language protection through an international language certification such as IELTS, TOEFL etc at B2 level.

Deadline for completion of studies

The PhD thesis should not exceed 3 years from enrollment in the program. For justified reasons, the candidate may request the Board of Professors to postpone the deadline for completing the doctoral studies for one year by stating and documenting the reasons for such postponement.

Stages up to final defense

The PhD Candidate goes through four stages until the final defense.
Phase One – Doctoral Fiche: Complementing the doctoral fiche, which serves to create a concise idea about what the doctoral candidate seeks to develop.
Phase Two – Doctoral Proposal: The Doctoral Research Proposal is the document that outlines the topic, objectives, purpose, hypothesis and methodology of the doctoral project. It is the first draft of a project idea around which the student intends to do research at the Doctoral School.

Phase Three – Structure of the research: The research structure means the basic division and the first level subdivisions that form the skeleton of a scientific work. The student, in collaboration with the lead lecturer and methodological evaluator, works on building the structure.
Phase Four – White Defense: Having settled obligations regarding doctoral days / colloquia, publications and conferences, and having completed a draft of his doctoral thesis, the student has the right to do White Defense before the corresponding department with the profile of the doctoral program. The recommendations given by the department are intended to improve the work before it comes up for final defense before the jury.