Study your PhD in Humanities and Digital Society

The PhD program in Humanities and Digital Society aims to open up lines of research in the fields of reflection and analysis in those aspects related to digital resources and realities in the area of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

It also aims to provide the program's students with the skills and tools necessary to approach this type of research in a new and innovative way that will allow scientific progress in the area of the so-called digital humanities, a field of knowledge in which technology and humanistic knowledge converge.

Students will be able to begin their research career and develop scientific work thanks to the direction of a member of the multidisciplinary faculty, which includes experts in the humanities, social sciences, and engineering.

This degree is open to candidates from all over the world who wish to delve deeper into the study of various cultural, artistic, and historical issues from the new technological paradigm.

Graduates will be able to carry out their activity in the field of research associated with cultural institutions, research bodies, and Spanish and foreign universities.

Why study a PhD in Humanities and Digital Society at EDUNIR?

Upon completing the online PhD, the student will have acquired a series of skills and abilities such as:

The regulations corresponding to the EDUNIR doctorate have been carried out in accordance with Royal Decree 99/2011 and Royal Decree 195/2016, within the criteria of the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area.

  • Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
  • Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  • Ability to carry out critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of new and complex ideas
  • Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community, and with society in general, about their fields of knowledge in line with the methodology, terminology, and languages commonly used in their international scientific community.
  • Ability to promote, in both academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural progress within a knowledge-based society.
  • Ability to conceive, design or create, implement, and adopt a substantial research or creation process.

Lines of Research

All thesis proposals must follow one of the lines of research detailed here:

1. Analysis, representation and public use of the Humanities in the Digital Society: Traditional methods and advanced digital tools.

2. Knowledge in Digital Society: Its communication, training, management, and evaluation.

Skills you will acquire

In addition, at the end of this PhD program you will be able to:

  • Be able to operate in contexts where there is little specific information.
  • Find the key questions that need to be answered in order to solve a complex problem.
  • Design, create, develop, and undertake new and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  • Work both as a team and autonomously in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity, and make judgements with limited information.
  • Intellectual criticism and defense of solutions.

Graduation Profile

Graduates of the PhD program will be able to:

  1. Identify the limits of knowledge on a specific topic, knowing the state of the issue and recognizing possible ways forward in which to make significant and innovative contributions.
  2. Know the relevant and significant theoretical frameworks as well as the relevant methods and techniques for carrying out scientific research.
  3. Carry out research tasks in Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers.
  4. Know the criteria and scales of evaluation of scientific and curricular production in the national system of science and technology.
  5. Intellectual criticism and defense of solutions.

Students with special needs needs due to disabilities

EDUNIR offers its students Academic Orientation Service (SOA) and the Special Needs Service (SANNEE). These services allow for the development of supports and activities appropriate for students with special needs.

SANNEE carries out an interview and a personalized assessment of each student in the first year of studies to diagnose their specific needs. To guarantee equal opportunities for all, SANNEE provides access to adapted materials and exams and also has information related to scholarships, grants, state support, etc.

Contact Us

E-mail: necesidadesespeciales@unir.net
Contact: Pilar Rodríguez
Telephone: 941 210 211

Mobility

Since EDUNIR has relationships with other international institutions, it facilitates the mobility of students interested in the various academic cooperation programs. On the other hand, it also processes applications for mobility grants to promote the exchange of foreign students, teachers, and technicians who come to EDUNIR.

If you are interested in studying while gaining professional experience and training, you can enquire about Erasmus+ programs and grants, an opportunity to study abroad in any of the 28 countries that make up the European Union. If you study at another university and want to study in EDUNIR with Erasmus, that is also possible.

Contact and Advising

International University of La Rioja
International Mobility Office
Av. de la Paz, 137, 26006 Logroño, La Rioja

Email: mobility.office@unir.net

Documentation Related to the Degree

Specific Documentation

Degree Quality

Student Profile

This program is especially oriented towards those who have studied Humanities, Computer Science, and/or Library Science and Documentation. As such, the Academic Commission will consider the academic resumé of the applicant at the time of definitive admission into the program, keeping in mind the relevance of their previous studies to this program.

The Academic Commission is made up of a Program Coordinator, a tutor or professor from the program, a Thesis Director, and a Program Secretary, who will act as the Commission secretary.

The incoming students' profile should also include a clear interest in rigorous research in the area of the Humanities and in technological resources of the Digital Humanities, as well as in the use of information and communication technologies for the management and dissemination of knowledge. It should also imply a strong discipline and capacity to work autonomously under the guidance of the program's directors and tutors.

The recommended profile for incoming students would be those students that have studied Arts and Humanities and Library Science and Documentation, preferably at the master’s level, and that have taken introductory research courses.

Additional Profiles

In addition, students in Humanities and Library Science who have not taken introductory research subjects in their training, and other students from branches of Social Sciences, Engineering and Architecture (mainly Computer Science) and Sciences with interest in the field, are considered as additional profiles.

In the case of these two additional profiles, it will be necessary to pass some additional training. The Academic Commission will study each case and, depending on the nature of the subjects studied and the skills acquired in the various undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, will determine the additional training that each of these students must pass in each case from among the subjects indicated below, without prejudice to the possibility of incorporating other subjects in the future:

Students of Humanities, Communication, Education, Library Science and Documentation who have not taken introductory research subjects must take the subject "Methodologies for Scientific Research in the Field of Digital Humanities" in the master's Degree in Digital Humanities.

Students from Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Logic

  • Research Option 1: Analysis, representation and public use of the Humanities in the Digital Society: Traditional methods and advanced digital tools They must take the subject "Methodologies for Scientific Research in the Digital Humanities" in the Master's Degree in Digital Humanities.
  • Research Option 2: Knowledge and Know-how in Digital Society: Its communication, training, management. and evaluation. Students must take Social Research Techniques I (4 ECTS) and Social Research Techniques II (4 ECTS), part of the Social Intervention in Knowledge Societies master's degree.

On the other hand, keeping in mind that EDUNIR functions using internet and both synchronous and asynchronous remote teaching methodologies, it is evident that this program has some especially attractive characteristics for people with motor disabilities, without any risk of detriment if the dedication to those studies is possible part-time.

Those who are developing another professional activity that prevents them from being fully dedicated will carry out part-time studies. In accordance with the RD, they must request this change from the Academic Commission and provide the corresponding certifications to demonstrate their professional dedication that hinders full-time study. Similarly, those who have difficulties in dedicating time related to functional diversity, family responsibilities, attention to dependents, or any other duly justified situation would fall into the same category. Students may request a change of full-time or part-time study in the event that these conditions are altered, always with the prior authorization of the Academic Committee.

As an additional guarantee, the program's Academic Committee will request an expression of thematic interest for their thesis from candidates as part of the application process to ensure that the possible work of doctoral students fits in with the program's lines of research. This document, which will be between 2,500 and 4,000 words long, should address the following points:

  • Approximate title of the doctoral thesis you wish to initiate.
  • Objectives of the doctoral research: What do you want to analyze? What is going to be your focus of study? What specific aspects of this reality do you aspire to include in your research?
  • Previous knowledge on the subject: What scientific texts (not popular) have you read on the subject? Who are the authors that you consider have made the greatest contribution to the subject you wish to study, detailing the most significant works they have published? Have you published anything previously on this subject? Have you participated in any scientific meetings on the subject?
  • Methodology: What methods do you plan to use to analyze the topic? Have you used them previously? Do you know their advantages and disadvantages? What material/tools do you think will be necessary to use? What means do you have for this?
  • Interest of the topic in the international scientific field. Does the topic have a local interest or do you think it has a more general interest? Why might your topic interest other colleagues or researchers? What would your work contribute to what is already known about the topic? What lines of research can be based on your thesis?

Entry requirements

Access to this doctoral program will be governed, basically, by the provisions of Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January, amended by Royal Decree 195/2016 of 13 May, which regulates official doctoral studies, taking into account the provisions of Article 6 thereof. Specifically, in order to access the official doctoral program, it is necessary to be in possession of an official Spanish degree or equivalent and a university level master's degree.

Those who find themselves in any of the following situations may also apply to the program:

  • Hold an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country belonging to the European Higher Education Area, which qualifies for access to a master's degree in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October 2007, and have passed a minimum of 300 credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
  • Be in possession of an official Spanish bachelor's degree, the duration of which, in accordance with community rules, is at least 300 credits.
  • Be in possession of another Spanish PhD obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
  • In addition, those students who hold an Advanced Studies Diploma obtained in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, or who have reached the research proficiency regulated by Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January, may access EDUNIR's PhD programs.
  • Be in possession of an official university degree that has obtained the correspondence to level 3 of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education, according to the procedure established in the Royal Decree 967/2014, of November 21, which establishes the requirements and procedure for the homologation and declaration of equivalence to official university qualifications and for the validation of foreign higher education studies, and the procedure to determine the correspondence to the levels of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education of the official qualifications of architect, engineer, technical architect, technical engineer, and graduate.

The admission criteria have been defined as follows:

  1. In general, in order to access the official PhD program, it is necessary to hold an official Spanish bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a university master's degree.
  2. Those who are in any of the following situations may also apply to the PhD program:

In exceptional circumstances, the Academic Committee may exempt candidates who meet any of these requirements from the admission test:

  1. To be in possession of a PhD, DEA, or Research Proficiency in the areas of Arts and Humanities or Library Science and Documentation.
  2. To be author of articles published in Scopus magazines in the  1st or 2nd quartile in areas covererd in the program.
  3. Hold a master's degree in research areas linked to the program.

In the case of students whose mother tongue is not Spanish, accreditation of at least level C1 in the Spanish language will be assessed. In this sense, they will be able to accredit an official qualification as indicated here or pass a level test for this purpose.

Criteria for final admission

To start the final admission process, students must submit the originals of the documents provided in photocopy in the first phase of admission, in order to proceed to their comparison in the Secretariat of the Doctoral Programme.

In the event that demand exceeds supply, the following assessment criteria will be applied based on the documentary evidence presented:

Quality and relevance of the academic record: 40%

The average grade obtained in the degree that gives access to the doctoral programme (especially in MECES level 3 studies) and the command of more than one language, not mother tongue, of scientific interest in the area of knowledge at level B2 or higher will be assessed.

Written admission test: 30%


The academic committee will assess the essays requested from the student on the main theories in the scientific fields of the Programme at undergraduate and master's degree level. The evaluation will take into account criteria such as: the ability to apply concepts of the area, to interpret phenomena according to the main theories and frameworks of the field of knowledge and the ability to use techniques and methodological tools of the discipline.

Curriculum vitae: 20%


The possession of extension courses related to the areas of the program, the experience and research results, the possession of more than one degree related to the areas of the program and the possession of national or extraordinary awards will be valued.

Personal interview, which will address the suitability according to the indicated profile of admission: 10%.

The personal interview will be conducted online via videoconference and its objective will be to verify the suitability of the candidate to the lines of research of the program, as well as the reasons that lead him/her to aspire to achieve the doctoral degree.

In cases where the applicant has been exempted from various elements of the admission process, they will automatically be awarded the maximum mark in those elements.

As a mandatory criterion, candidates who do not obtain a mark of 7 in the admission test for the programme will not be able to go on to the final assessment for admission.

Registration

Those interested in pursuing a doctoral program should fill out the application form. A personal advisor will contact them to verify that they meet all the requirements and continue with the process.

Dates

  • Start date for applications: May 3, 2021
  • Deadline for applications: 30 September 2021
  • Evaluation: 1-15 October 2021
  • Communication of the agreements of the Academic Commission: before 23 October 2021
  • Registration: 25-31 October 2021

Fees

The registration fees for the training complements and the doctorate program vary depending on the modality chosen: full-time or part-time, the consequences of which are described in Royal Decree 99/2011.

The registration fee for the additional training will be 1,600€. For full-time students, the annual payments are as follows:

  • 1st course: 6,000€
  • 2nd course: 5,000€
  • 3rd course: 3,000€
  • 4th course: 2,000€
  • 5th course: 1,200€

Students who follow this modality and who present their doctoral thesis at the end of the third year, as desired by the aforementioned Royal Decree, will be exempt from the payments for the subsequent years.

For part-time students, the annual payments are as follows:

  • 1st course: 6,000€
  • 2nd course: 4,000 euros€
  • 3rd course: 2,000€
  • 4th course: 2,000€
  • 5th course: 2,000 euros€
  • 6th course: 1,200€

Students who follow this modality and who present their doctoral thesis at the end of the fourth year, as desired by the aforementioned Royal Decree, will be exempt from the payments for the subsequent years.

Discounts

UNIR alumni, regardless of the course they have studied at our university, will enjoy a 25% discount.

UNIR employees can take advantage of the scholarship policy detailed in this link: https://static.unir.net/edunir/documentos/Politica-becas-empleados_20-21.pdf

Activities to Train Yourself

1. Attendance and participation in seminars, congresses, and national scientific meetings.

2. Attendance and participation in seminars, congresses, and international scientific meetings.

3. Writing a scientific article for an academic journal.

4. Attendance at theoretical training seminars.

5. Attendance at methodolgical and research training seminars.

6. Mobility actions in national or foreign institutions.

As a general rule, each doctoral student must complete at least 225 hours of training through the compulsory training activities AF03 (second or third year), AF04 (first year) and AF05 (first year). The activities AF01 and AF02 are optional, depending on the needs of each student. The AF05 activity must compulsorily correspond to the seminar "Academic and research writing". Among the AF04 activities, students must choose and take two of the following seminars:

  • Data Processing and Visualization in the Field of Digital Humanities - prof. Dr. José Luis Losada Palenzuela
  • Professional and Researcher Profiles in Digital Humanities - prof. Dr. Nieves Pena Sueiro
  • Digital strategies for research in Literature - prof. Dr. Laura Hernández Lorenzo

Each student is expected to reach a number of 75 hours of accumulated training, at least, between seminars of theoretical training and seminars of methodological and research training. To these will be added the 150 hours of the activity AF03.

Training activity 01: Attendance and participation in seminars, congresses, and national scientific meetings

Basic data:
It is recommended that this activity takes place during the first year in the case of full-time students and the second year in the case of part-time students.

Duration: 10/24 hours (between 2 and 3 days, approximately)

This activity will try to get the doctoral student to establish or reinforce his/her contacts with other researchers in his/her area or who are working on related topics or with complementary methodologies by attending or participating in scientific events that take place in the student's country of origin or residence. Similarly, it seeks to have the student synthesize or present the first results of his or her doctoral research. This contribution may consist of a systematic bibliographic review, partial results obtained for the time being, or any other modality appropriate to the research being carried out and which is considered appropriate by the Thesis Tutor and Director.

Training activity 02:Attendance and participation in seminars, congresses, and international scientific meetings

Basic data:
It is recommended that this activity takes place during the first year in the case of full-time students and the second year in the case of part-time students.

Duration: 10/24 hours (between 2 and 3 days, approximately)

This activity is understood as the logical continuation of the activity "Attendance and participation in seminars, congresses and national scientific meetings". The aim is to enable doctoral candidates to expand their network of contacts beyond national borders and thus to become integrated into international networks. The contribution may consist of a systematic bibliographic review, partial results obtained for the time being, or any other modality appropriate to the research being carried out and considered appropriate by the Thesis Tutor and Director. It will be highly valued that the text and defense of the communication are developed in English or in the usual scientific language of the field of knowledge, although as an exception, communications in Spanish may be accepted as long as they are relevant to scientific meetings dedicated to topics in which the academic literature is produced predominantly in this language.

Training activity 03:Writing a scientific article for an academic or scientific journal

Basic data:
It is recommended that this activity takes place during the third year in the case of full-time students and the fourth year in the case of part-time students.

Duration:
150 hours
In practice, this activity involves a synthesis of research skills through the development, writing, and publication of a scientific article on one of the aspects or partial results of the thesis. The Thesis Director will supervise the process from the selection of the topic, to the writing of the article, and the choice of the journal where the manuscript will be sent.


Training activity 04: Attendance at theoretical training seminars

Basic data: It is recommended that this activity takes place during the first year, both in the case of full-time and part-time students.

Duration: 30 hours (A minimum of 12 hours is considered for each seminar)

These seminars may deal with the latest advances in particular theoretical aspects of the Digital Humanities in order to familiarize the student with different perspectives with which to enrich the treatment of his object of study. The Academic Committee of the program will specify the seminars offered in each course.

The student may also attend other seminars organized by other entities that address issues related to their subject of study, provided that the Thesis Tutor authorizes it. The professor in charge of the seminar will write a report evaluating the contributions of the attendees. The tutor of each student will incorporate this information into the Document of Activities of the doctoral student.

Training activity 05: Attendance at methodological and research training seminars

Basic data:
It is recommended that this activity takes place during the first year in the case of full-time students and the second year in the case of part-time students.

Duration: 45 hours (A minimum of 8 hours is considered for each seminar)

These seminars may deal with specific aspects of methodology (application of specific methods or tools) and with transversal aspects of scientific research such as the writing of scientific articles, the scientific publication circuit, the process of manuscript revision, and the use and management of sources of scientific information. It will be taught in Spanish. The program's Academic Committee will specify the number of seminars offered in each year. Students may also attend other seminars organized by other entities that address transversal questions about scientific and research activity, as long as they are authorized to do so by the Thesis Tutor.

Training activity 06: Mobility actions in national or foreign institutions (optional, depending on the needs of the doctoralstudent)

Basic data:
It is recommended that this activity takes place during the second or third year in the case of full-time students and in the third or fourth year in the case of part-time students.

Duration: 1 to 3 months (minimum 150 hours)

Students will be able to carry out residencies in other research centers, especially those that aspire to obtain the mention of international doctor. For the latter, the provisions of current regulations must be taken into account, specifically Article 15 of Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, amended by Royal Decree 195/2016, of 13 May, which requires that the stay be carried out in a non-Spanish center and that the duration of one of the stays be equal to or greater than three months (12 weeks), among other requirements:

The title of doctor may include the mention "international doctorate" on the front, provided that the following circumstances are met:

  • That, during the training period required to obtain the doctoral degree, the doctoral student has spent a minimum of three months outside Spain in a prestigious higher education institution or research center, studying or carrying out research work. The stay and activities must be endorsed by the Director and authorized by the Academic Committee, and will be incorporated into the doctoral student's activity document.
  • That part of the doctoral thesis, at least the summary and conclusions, has been written and presented in one of the usual languages for scientific communication in its field of knowledge, different from any of the official or co-official languages of Spain. This rule will not apply when the stays, reports, and experts come from a Spanish-speaking country.
  • That the thesis has been informed by a minimum of two expert doctors belonging to a non-Spanish higher education institution or research institute.
  • That at least one expert belonging to a non-Spanish institution of higher education or research center, with a doctoral degree, and different from the person responsible for the stay mentioned in paragraph a), has been a member of the thesis advisory board.

In any case, students who are not interested in obtaining this mention may also carry out stays in other national centers or shorter stays in other international centres, but of lesser duration as long as these actions pursue participation in relevant scientific meetings, integration and participation in groups or networks related to the topic of the thesis being carried out, collaboration with third teams or any other objective in this same line.

Mobility Actions

EDUNIR will work to bring about that among its doctoral students there are those who obtain the International Doctorate Mention in their degree, counting on the opinion of the director of the doctoral thesis. In this sense, students who apply for mobility grants, such as those described in the Order EDU 2719/2011 of 5 October, will be provided with a maximum of thirty thousand euros per year as EDUNIR's support for the doctoral training of students in this PhD Program in the Humanities and Digital Society.

With this economic endowment, the aim is to facilitate students who can stay the time necessary to apply for the International Doctorate Mention, by going to other scientific institutions that are especially relevant to the work they are doing. Apart from this type of aid, it is also possible to obtain financial aid to attend other Spanish universities, or other higher level courses, even if a thesis is not going to be presented that qualifies for the International Doctorate Mention.

The mobility actions are planned on an optional basis as a result of the experience of the already existing doctoral programs in EDUNIR. The nature of EDUNIR as an online university means that its students may share family responsibilities that prevent them from being away from home for long periods of time. However, the program is aware of the importance of international mobility for the training of doctoral students and not only considers the optional possibility of these actions, but also makes a grant available to the students of the program who can and wish to carry out these mobility actions in accordance with the above mentioned.

Naturally, our wish is that this mobility is carried out by all students, although we are aware that our students will not always be able to move about, due to their varied circumstances, even though we help all of them to do so.

Our Professors

The teaching staff for this degree is made up of professors who are experts in each subject they teach. They are active professionals with significant work recognition, who share their knowledge continuously. In addition, they take care of the quality of teaching and undergo continuous internal quality controls to ensure that they meet the required standards.

EDUNIR Faculty

Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo

Professor; Academic Secretary of the PhD program; Digital Humanities, Spanish Literature

Julio Montero Díaz

Professor; Vice Rector of Research at UNIR; Director of the PhD programme; communication history

Almudena Ruiz Iniesta

Lecturer; Coordinator of the Master's Degree in Artificial Intelligence; big data, machine learning

Elena Martinez Carro

Professor; Dean of the Faculty of Education at UNIR; Digital Humanities, Spanish Literature

Yannelys Aparicio Molina

Professor; Director of the Master's Degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature at UNIR; Spanish-American literature

Rafael Repiso Caballero

Professor; Dr. in Documentation and in Communication; communication, social networks, documentation sciences

Pedro Hípola

Professor; Assistant to the Vice Rector for Research at UNIR; academic publications, digital libraries

Edith Alonso Sanchez

Teacher; composer, pianist and sound artist; electro-acoustic music, contemporary music

Enrique Galván-Álvarez

Professor; English-speaking Asian literatures, diasporic and exile literatures

Javier J. González Martínez

Professor; Director of the Master's Degree in Digital Humanities at UNIR; dramatic literature

Inmaculada Berlanga Fernández

Professor; Principal Researcher of the PROCOMM group at UNIR; rhetoric, cyber-rhetoric, educommunication.

María Teresa Santa María Fernández

Professor; Principal Researcher of the HDAUNIR group; Spanish literature, digital edition, theatre of exile.

Lucía Tello Diaz

Professor; Coordinator of the degree in Communication at UNIR; communication, cinema, audiovisual ethics.

Victor Padilla Martín-Caro

Professor; Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, UNIR; computational musicology

Collaborating teachers

Francisco Gómez Martín

Professor of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, computational musicology, MIR

Miguel Ángel Garrido Gallardo

Professor; Doctor Ad Honorem CSIC; literary theory, literary criticism

Nieves Pena Sueiro

Professor; Lecturer at the University of A Coruña; Spanish literature, digital libraries

Eduardo Carrero Santamaría

Lecturer; Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; history, medieval studies

José Luis Losada Palenzuela

Professor; Full Professor at the University of Wroclaw; Golden Age Literature, Digital Humanities

Academic Committee

The Academic Commission will be made up of the Program Coordinator, a Program Tutor or Professor, a Thesis Director and the Program Secretary, who will act as the Commission's secretary.

These are the functions of the Academic Committee:

  • Authorize the definitive admission of candidates to the doctoral program.
  • Propose the training activities of the Doctorate Program to the Management Committee of the UNIR Doctorate School (EDUNIR) as verified in the report by ANECA.
  • Approve the research plan of each PhD student and submit the agreement to the Doctoral Office for registration.
  • Assign the tutors and thesis directors to the PhD students and modify these assignments if there are justified reasons. It is also responsible for authorizing the co-direction of doctoral theses under the terms set out in the report on each program.
  • Evaluate the PhD students' Research Plans and Activities Documents each year, taking into account possible modifications, after the report of the tutors and the thesis directors.
  • Decide on whether or not to continue the doctoral programme for doctoral students, always in a motivated manner.
  • Determine the circumstances that exceptionally imply not publishing certain contents of the doctoral theses, in accordance with section 6 of article 14 of the Royal Decree 99/2011.
  • Authorize the residency and training activities related to the international mobility of the doctoral student.
  • Approve PhD studies on a part-time basis, authorize requests for temporary withdrawal from the program for duly justified reasons, and allow the extension of the ordinary deadline for the completion of PhD studies under the terms set out in EDUNIR's Regulations on Student Residence in Official Studies.
  • Admit the doctoral thesis of each PhD student in the program for processing.
  • Propose members of the Doctoral Thesis Tribunals and the external experts or referees to the Management Committee for its approval.
  • Submit the proposal of doctoral students who are eligible for a scholarship or activity grant to the Management Committee for approval.

Thesis Director

The thesis director is the highest level person responsible for handling all the research tasks of the doctoral student in the terms foreseen in the Royal Decree 99/2011.

Thesis Tutor

The tutor will be a doctor linked to EDUNIR, with proven research experience that will be assessed by the Academic Committee of each program and will ensure the relationship of the doctoral student with the Academic Committee.

Thesis Supervision

The supervision of the doctoral thesis will follow the guidelines set out in Article 11 of RD 99/2011, which regulates official PhD studies. It will be the direct responsibility of the director, the tutor, and the program's Academic Committee.

EDUNIR has a guide of good practices regarding doctoral theses published on the web. This guide aims to establish clear criteria on issues affecting the development of doctoral theses, providing university guidelines and useful information for future doctoral students, tutors, and directors.

Thesis Co-Direction

According to RD 99/2011: "The thesis may be co-directed by other doctors when there are academic reasons, such as in the case of thematic interdisciplinarity or programs developed in national or international collaboration, with the prior authorization of the Academic Commission".

  • Students will have full freedom to propose a thesis advisor and request a change of advisor due to extenuating circumstances.
  • The co-directorship will be carried out in a situation of equality when it is deemed convenient that there be a second director, of the same academic level, who contributes significant elements to the work, especially in situations of thematic interdisciplinarity or because they are doctoral students who collaborate with some other university. There will also be other co-directions in situations of inequality when the co-director is in a situation of learning in the methods of direction, as they have not yet defended a thesis.
  • In light of the above, the Academic Commission will try to promote the co-direction, apart from the fact that such an initiative will also be open to doctoral students and their thesis supervisors.
  • The Academic Committee will study and decide, in each case, if this joint direction is appropriate, promoting such conjunction, provided that the circumstances described in Royal Decree 99/2011 are met.
  • Likewise, as already mentioned, the Academic Commission will try to ensure that theses that aspire to receive a mention of an International Doctor's degree frequently have a co-directorship with a foreign professor. These professors must accredit 5 quality publications in the last five years always according to the criteria of the respective committee of the CNEAI.

Applications & Forms

Below are the links to download the various documents that directors, co-directors, tutors, and PhD students themselves may require throughout the doctoral thesis process:

Request information

One of our advisors will contact you to answer your questions and provide any information you need.