The doctoral thesis is an original piece of research written by the student in any discipline covered by the research lines set out in the School’s doctoral programmes. This research is carried out under the guidance of a supervisor in compliance with the Regulations concerning the writing, authorization and examination of doctoral theses.
Before applying for admission to a doctoral programme, the student should contact a possible thesis supervisor. Should you need advice or information, you can get in touch with the coordinator of the doctoral programme.
At the time of admission to the doctoral programme or no later than three months after enrolment, the Academic Committee in charge of the programme will assign each student a doctoral thesis supervisor, who may be any Spanish or foreign doctor.
The thesis Supervisor will have full responsibility for the coherence and suitability of the training activities, for the impact and innovativeness of the thesis’ subject matter in its field, and for guiding the planning and tailoring, where necessary, of other projects and activities in which his or her student participates.
The duties of supervisors are to:
The thesis may be jointly supervised by other doctors when there are good academic reasons for doing so, such as the interdisciplinarity of the subject matter or programmes run in collaboration with national or international partners.
Supervisors of doctoral theses must have demonstrable research experience, as accredited by the award of a favourable six-year research assessment in the last ten years or by satisfying any combination of the following criteria: leadership of research projects, participation in research projects, supervision of doctoral theses, and publications. In the case of joint supervision, only one supervisor need be in possession of a favourable six-year research assessment.
Since 2015 the Doctoral School has been awarding prizes for thesis supervisors that intend to recognise the work carried out by University of Alcalá teaching staff towards achieving results in the field of researcher training.
The Doctoral School organises workshops on doctoral supervision whose main aim is to create some forum for discussion, to exchange ideas, problems and solutions to achieve quality and good practices. Among others, the following issues are discussed: