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Programme code: 3123

Regulations: RD 99/2011

Knowledge branch: Social and legal science

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Organised by:Faculty of law

Management Centre:Postgraduate School

Participant Universities:University of Valencia General Study

Programme coordinator:Dr José María Goerlich Peset

1st year available places:50 places

Aims: The doctoral studies will grant, as a minimum, the acquisition by the doctoral student of the basic competencies listed in the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES), namely: systematic understanding of a field of study of legal science, and mastery of its skills and methods of research; ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adapt a substantial process of research or creation; ability to make a critic analysis, an assessment, an synthesis of new and complex ideas, as well as communication with the academic and scientific community and society in general about their fields of knowledge; and ability to promote, within academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement in a knowledge-based society. The main aim is the development and defence of a doctoral thesis, and the process of the doctoral studies in Legal Studies must provide an extensive professional training in various fields, especially those that require creativity and innovation. It shall provide skills to cope with contexts with little specific information, find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem, design, create, develop and launch new and innovative projects in their field of knowledge, etc.

Description: The doctoral programme “Law, political Science and criminology" will be the only of general nature to provide the Faculty of Law of the University of Valencia, a centre studying more than 6,000 undergraduate students and about 500 postgraduate or official master’s degree. Its scientific and academic interest is reflected in its teaching staff and collaborations, as there are dozens of R&D&I projects within the scientific and research offer of the programme, hundreds of professors encompassed by numerous research teams, a very unusual nationwide published scientific work, and also a very large number of doctoral theses read and ranked with the highest score on the most diverse subjects in the world of Law. All these factors determine the need for its implementation so that the Faculty can progress in coordinating their efforts in the field of research, a task that began in 2007 with the first centralised nature programme.

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