Complete your PhD in Computer Science online

ThePhD in Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Technology at EDUNIR was created with the aim of providing the title of doctor to those students coming from the technological field. In this way, the Doctorate in Computer Science at EDUNIR has as its main objective the training of researchers within the information and communication technologies.

EDUNIR's Computer Science program offers the methodological basis needed to start a quality online research career , making it an attractive program for students.

The PhD program coverslines of research related to artificial intelligence, cyber security, mobility, user experience, and mathematical engineering. The doctorate will also cover the lines of action of the Institute for Research, Innovation and Educational Technologies (iTED).

Adapted to the Bologna Process

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.


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

  • 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.

In addition, the student will develop certain personal skills such as:

  • 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.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of the Computer Science PhD program will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Know the relevant and significant theoretical frameworks, methods, and techniques for conducting scientific research
  • Carry out research tasks in Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers.
  • Know the criteria and scales of evaluation of scientific and curricular production in the national system of science and technology.
  • Identify real problems in the field of computer science and establish a basis for their resolution.

Open Thesis Proposals

These are some of the thesis proposals that we offer to new PhD students in the Computer Science PhD Program. They are prepared by a EDUNIR professor, who is a member of the program, and are intended to be of interest to students applying for admission. Students do not have to follow the published proposals, but are free to designate the research topic of their thesis. However, if during the admission process the student designates a published thesis proposal, the Academic Committee will evaluate this request in regards to assigning the thesis supervisor. In addition, thesis proposals are developed within groups and lines of research for which we have specialized researchers, who may also have associated financial aid. We recommend that you contact the professor who publishes the grant for more information about this proposal.

Lines of Research

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

1. TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) and learning analytics

2. Artificial intelligence and cognitive computing: Visual analytics, big data, and data science.

3. Numerical methods applied to engineering and artificial intelligence.

4. Mobility and user experience. Development of applications and services.

5. Computer security and information security: developing secure software.

Detailed description of the lines of research:

  1. TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) and learning analytics:

        - Data analysis for improvement of learning and teaching processes.
- Advanced interoperability of contents, learning managers and standardization.
- Collaborative, distributed and virtual work.
- Use of social networks in learning-teaching processes.
- Integration of informal learning in regular programs in an assisted way.
- Semi-automatic evaluation and decision processes.
- Adaptive and personalized learning.
- Educational games and gamification.
- Intelligent agents as support in education.
- Open education supported by resources, software and licenses.

   2. Artificial intelligence and cognitive computing: Visual analytics, big data and data science.

        - Intelligent systems for decision making.
- Design and development of cognitive robotic systems, capable of interacting with the environment and learning.
- Intelligent algorithms, recommendation algorithms, search, ranking and classification.
- Data mining Analytical, efficient and intelligent data visualization.

    3. Numerical methods applied to engineering and artificial intelligence

         - Image treatment by means of non-linear multi-resolution schemes.
- Approximation of equations in partial derivatives of fluid dynamics by means of shock capture methods.
- Diverse applications in different fields using mathematical models, statistics and numerical methods.

     4. Mobility and user experience: Development of applications and services

          - Development of Advanced Mobile Solutions in Multidisciplinary fields with User Experience (UX) design: Apps for Smartphones and Wearables.
- Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 in Smartcities. LTE/5G mobile communication mechanisms between vehicles and infrastructure (C-V2X) and their possible applications in Smartcities environments.
- Mobile IoT technology solutions to enhance the Inclusion of People with Functional Diversity

      5. Computer security and information security: Development of secure software

           - Forensic analysis, industrial cyber security for critical infrastructures.
- Obtaining and analyzing information obtained in social networks through Big Data.
- Deep web investigation.
- Blockchain and development of Smart contracts.
- IoT security.
- Cryptographic research.
- Malware and botnets.

Students with special needs needs due to disabilities

EDUNIR offers its students Academic Guidance Service (SOA) and Special Needs Service (SANNEE). These services allow for the development of supports and activities suitable 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

Contact: Pilar Rodríguez
Telephone: 941 210 211


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


Documentation Related to the Degree

Specific Documentation

Degree Quality

Recommended Profile

Given the interdisciplinary nature of this degree, it is recommended that students have completed official master's degree courses that cover one of the following research areas: educational technology, cyber-security, mobility, user experience and accessibility, algorithms applied to engineering, and artificial intelligence. The wide catalog of official master's degrees that cover these areas of knowledge is too diverse to indicate specific degrees of distinct origins.

Students from other areas of knowledge could be included in this admission profile, provided that, in the opinion of the Academic Committee for the doctorate, they have sufficient scientific-technical preparation for research in areas related to the PhD program.

A B2 level of English is also recommended, as it is necessary to handle the documentation of the area of knowledge fluently, as well as to write research papers and present research results in that language.

Students admitted to the program who do not have the minimum knowledge must take the additional training during the first course of the program.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to access this PhD program must pass an admission test to ensure the following points:

  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge and familiarity with scientific methods of research initiation in the social sciences and, where appropriate, in educational technology.
  • Students whose language is not Spanish must also demonstrate the knowledge required to reach at least level B2 in the Spanish language. In this respect, they may either accredit an official qualification as indicated in this document or pass a level test for this purpose. The aim is to ensure that doctoral students are able to understand and assimilate the main international scientific literature on the main topics and debates within their field of study.
  • Candidates must also have a knowledge of at least level B1 of one of the following languages: English, French, German or Italian. See the certificates that can be used to certify level B1.

For Spanish and EHEA Students

In accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January and amended by Royal Decree 43/2015 of 2 February 2015, taking into account the provisions of Article 6 thereof. In order to be able to access the PhD program it is necessary:

  1. Be in possession of an official Spanish university degree and master's degree, or equivalent, provided that at least 300 ECTS credits have been earned in the two courses together.
  2. Applicants who pertain to one of these cases will also be able to access the program:
  3. Hold an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country in 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 ECTS credits in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
  4. Be in possession of an official Spanish bachelor's degree, the duration of which, in accordance with community rules, is at least 300 ECTS credits.
  5. Be in possession of a degree obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems, accredited as equivalent to an official Spanish university master's degree and allowing access to PhD studies in the issuing country. This admission does not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous degree.
  6. Be in possession of another Spanish PhD obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
  7. 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.

For Students from Countries Outside the EHEA

The program is open to all students who hold a qualification obtained under foreign educational systems, without the need for official approval. In order to do so, the student must prove that the qualification has been obtained:

  1. Accredit a level of training equivalent to that of an official Spanish university master's degree.
  2. Authorizes the student from the issuing country to access doctoral studies, according to official certification.

These two requirements must be met simultaneously. That is to say: EDUNIR will not admit students who have a level of training equivalent to a university master's degree that does not entitle them to access a doctorate (that is to say, exclusively professional master's degrees and similar qualifications).

EDUNIR will verify the information provided by the student, and if necessary will request the necessary documentation to verify that the degree meets the above requirements.

The fact of being admitted will not imply, in any case whatsoever, as it is expressly foreseen in the applicable regulations, the homologation of the previous degree that the interested party holds or its recognition for purposes other than the access to doctorate studies.

As stated in Royal Decree 99/2001, the PhD program provides for the possibility of admitting part-time students. Students who wish to complete their PhD in this way must justify the reason and the type of doctoral thesis they wish to do. As an exception, students may switch from one form to another if the Academic Commission allows it.

At EDUNIR, there is a special needs service that provides support to students in situations of functional, temporary or permanent diversity. These students will have the material adapted to their needs in order to achieve full integration into university life. As such, if they meet the aforementioned conditions, they will have access to the PhD programs and will be able to begin their research career.

Admission Criteria

The body in charge of student admission, as with all other degrees, will be the university's Admissions Department. However, final admission to the program will be the responsibility of the Academic Committee of each doctorate.

Students must provide proof of a minimum level of research training, either through specific research subjects taken in the incoming master's courses or through their CV. To this end, the student must submit a curriculum vitae in the application form:

  • Training and experience in the specific knowledge areas of the PhD program.
  • Training and experience in research tasks (courses taken, publications, participation in congresses, projects or research groups, etc.)


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


  • Start of reception of applications and scholarships: May 3, 2021
  • Deadline for applications: 30 September 2021
  • Evaluation of applications and resolution of scholarships: 1-15 October 2021
  • Communication of the agreements of the Academic Committee: before 23 October 2021
  • Registration: 25-31 October 2021


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

The registration fee for training complements will be €1,600. The following annual payments are envisaged for full-time students:

  • 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.


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:

Activities to Train Yourself

1. Research Seminars

2. Specialization Courses

3. Doctoral Conferences

4. Presentation of papers at international scientific conferences

5. Creating work for publication in scientific journals

6. Mobility (Optional)

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Description of the training activities:

1. Research Seminars

The PhD program includes specialized interdisciplinary training that allows doctoral students to learn about methods, techniques, or processes in areas of knowledge that will not necessarily be the focus of their research, but which may provide them with useful information throughout their professional or research career.

To calculate the hours assigned to the activity, the number of hours dedicated by the student has been taken into account. This calculation includes 10 hours of teaching in the different seminars, and about 2 hours estimated for completing the final projects that will be used to evaluate the activity.

2. Specialization Courses

The PhD program offers doctoral students specific training courses that will help them acquire both the research skills needed to complete their doctoral thesis and to delve into advanced concepts related to their area of knowledge. Unlike the seminars, the specialization courses will be developed over several sessions, will last between 5 and 10 hours, and will have evaluation activities that will guarantee skill acquisition by the doctoral students. Students will be required to take 20 hours of these seminars, with an estimated dedication of 35 hours to study the material, and 25 hours to prepare the required work, which would make a total of 80 hours of student work.

3. Doctoral Conferences

The aim of the training activity is for doctoral students to present their progress in research at a conference aimed at other PhD students that would be held every two years.

The conferences would be held at the university headquarters, making it possible to participate both in person and online, and would also be broadcast by videoconference.

The number of hours assigned to the activity includes both attendance at the conference, estimated at 20 hours in total, and the preparation and presentation of the research.

4. Presentation of papers at international scientific conferences

Doctoral students must attend at least one international congress, conference, symposium, or similar, in accordance with the area of knowledge on which they are conducting research. The number of conferences is a minimum and it would be advisable to attend at least two international conferences, with one held outside the country where the student is residing. The student must present some scientific contribution to the congress in the form of a paper, presentation, poster, etc.

5. Creating work for publication in scientific journals

The doctoral candidate must write at least one paper for publication in a first-rate scientific journal in accordance with the area of knowledge on which he/she is conducting the research.

6. Mobility (optional)

It is highly recommended that the doctoral student spends a period in a national or foreign research center to work in research teams.

Given the mobility requirements, this is an optional activity, although highly recommended. The doctoral student will move to a research center where they will stay for a period of one to six months.

Mobility actions may be financed by means of mobility grants promoted by states or autonomous communities. Travel grants are established by the university or against the budget of the research groups to which the various doctoral theses will be associated.

Choose cutting-edge methodology with a PhD in Computer Science

How to register

Enrolling in EDUNIR is very simple. You just have to follow these steps:

  1. Complete the information request form.
  2. You will get a call from a personal advisor. They will check whether you meet the requirements and help you to develop a personalized study plan. They will also inform you about awards, number of credits, or the time you need to spend studying.
  3. The advisor will provide you with the registration form to fill in. You will be able to choose the payment method that best suits your needs.
  4. You must send the required documentation to formalize the admission in EDUNIR as duly certified.
  5. Once you have received confirmation that you have been admitted, you will be able to access the Virtual Campus. We will provide you with a password so that you can enter the Virtual Classroom and start organizing the course according to your time and academic load. You will always have a tutor who will accompany you and help you with whatever you need during your studies at EDUNIR.

Our Professors

The teaching team 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 continually. In addition, they take care of the quality of their teaching and undergo continuous internal quality controls to certify that they meet the required standards.

Pablo Moreno Ger

Director of the Computer Science PhD Program; PhD in Computer Engineering

Luis Rodriguez Baena

Professor; Deputy Director of Quality at EDUNIR's School of Engineering and Technology; PhD in Sociology

Rubén González Crespo

Associate Professor of Computer Languages and Systems; Dr. Engineer of Computer Engineering

Luis de la Fuente Valentín

Professor; Dr. of Telematic Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering

Daniel Burgos

Professor; Vice-Rector of International Projects at UNIR; educational technology and innovation

Fernando López Hernández

Associate Professor; Coordinator of the PhD Program in Computer Science; directs doctoral theses

Luis Enrique Sánchez Crespo

Professor; researches cybersecurity and neurocomputing

Eugenio Gil López

Professor; PhD in Computer Engineering; researches data protection, technological crime, ICT

Elena Giménez de Ory

Professor; PhD in Cartographic Engineering, Geodesy, and Photogrammetry

Laura de Miguel Álvarez

Director; Research teaching staff at EDUNIR's School of Engineering and Technology

Francisco Machío Regidor

Professor; doctor and engineer; researches radioglaciology

Salvador Cobos Guzmán

Professor; Dr. of Robotics, Automation; researches artificial intelligence, biomechanical robotics 

Carlos Enrique Montenegro Marin

Professor; Dr. of Computer Systems and Services for Internet

Juan Antonio Morente Molinera

Associate Professor; Dr. of Information and Communication Technologies

Natalia Padilla Zea

Professor of computer engineering, e-learning, and social networks, video game design and development; doctor

Oscar Sanjuán Martínez

Professor; Dr. of Computer Science; specialist in software engineering and information technology

Elena Verdú

Professor; doctor, engineer, and researcher; technology and education

Javier Sánchez Prieto

Professor; Dr. of Mechanical Engineering; researches fluidization, biomass gasification, signal analysis

Diego Suárez Touceda

Professor; Dr. of Telematic Engineering; interest in ICT security and security in general

David Escuin Finol

Professor; Dr. & Computer Engineer; researches combinatorial optimization, decisional systems

Efren Perez Santin

Professor; Dr. of Chemical Sciences, specialty in Organic Chemistry; research with molecular mechanics

Francisco Israel Chicharro López

Professor; Dr. of Telecommunications and Mathematics; Telecommunication Engineer; numerical analysis

José Ignacio López Sánchez

Professor; Dr. in Chemistry; has taught chemical engineering, biotechnology, and environmental engineering

Javier Rainer

Director of Industrial and Electronic Organization Area; PhD in Industrial Engineering

Juan Antonio Sicilia

Professor at UNIR's School of Engineering and Technology; PhD in Computer Engineering

Lorena López Mendez

Professor; PhD in Fine Arts; researches design, art, and health contexts: digital artistic tools

Manuel Sánchez Rubio

Director of the Master of Computer Security at UNIR; PhD and Engineer in Computer Science; cyber security training

Javier Martínez Torres

Professor; PhD in Engineering; has directed 3 doctoral theses and is currently directing another 3

Moisés Díaz Cabrera

Professor; PhD in Industrial Engineering; specialized in cybernetics and telecommunications

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 PhD program training activities verified in the report by ANECA to the UNIR Doctoral School (EDUNIR) Management Committee.
  • Approve the research plan of each doctoral 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 the conduction of 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.