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Time commitment and duration of doctoral studies

 

TIME COMMITMENT

Time commitment to studies can be full-time or part-time. Part-time commitment must be justified for reasons of work, family obligations, etc., by presenting the corresponding documentary proof when pre-registering, and must have the authorisation of the Programme's Academic Committee.

DURATION OF DOCTORAL STUDIES

The duration of the doctoral studies will be a maximum of three years full-time and five years part-time, starting from the admission of the doctoral student to the Programme until the application for the deposit of the doctoral thesis.

Extension

If the application for the deposit of the thesis has not been submitted within the aforementioned period, the Programme's Academic Committee may authorise, in the case of full-time studies, the extension of this period for a further year, which may exceptionally be extended for an additional year. In the case of part-time studies, the extension may be authorised for two years, which may also, exceptionally, be extended for an additional year. The application must be duly justified and approved by the tutor and the thesis supervisors. (Application for extension of studies).

For the purposes of calculating the previous period, leaves due to illness, pregnancy or any other cause provided for in the regulations in force shall not be taken into account.

Temporary leave

Doctoral students may also apply to leave the programme temporarily for a maximum period of one year, which may be extended for a further year. The application must be duly justified and approved by the tutor and the thesis supervisors. (Request for temporary leave).

Change of time commitment:

Full-time students may apply to the Programme's Academic Committee to change to part-time study, provided they have a very justified reason for doing so. The application must be duly justified and approved by the tutor and the thesis supervisors. (Request for change of time commitment).

Royal Decree 99/2011 regulating the official teaching of doctorates