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PHD Program in Information Technologies and their Application in Management, Architecture and Geophysics

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Career Opportunities

People who are awarded a doctor degree are highly qualified professionals with unique assets to thrive in any organization. The view and scope of the program seeks to prepare students for academic, research or corporate environments or to start up their own companies. Current alumni can be found in academia, research laboratories and private companies and architect studios.

The sectors where the graduates are working are:

  • Architecture, construction and real estate
  • Automotive
  • Education and formation
  • R&D
  • Technological consulting
  • Education and formation
  • Engineering, inspectin, quality and certification
  • Telecommuniction services


How long do the doctoral studies take?

The duration of the doctoral studies is 3 years for a full-time candidate with 1+1 extensions in exceptional cases. The duration of the doctoral studies is 5 years for a part-time candidate, from the admission of the doctoral studies since the thesis defense with 2+1 extensions in exceptional cases. The authorization of the above extensions will be a reasoned resolution and applications will be studied on the basis of family, work, personal or research reasons.

What support will I have?

The doctoral research is done within a research group. Therefore, this group will support the PhD student through the thesis supervisor or the tutor belonging to the group. Moreover, the Academic Committee and the program Coordinator should help the PhD student in any of the problems that may arise.
The PhD student will be supported by the thesis supervisor who will guide the student regarding the approach, structure, necessary preparation time and any other activity related to producing the PhD thesis.

Who can be a thesis supervisor?

Thesis supervisors will be doctors linked to the doctoral programs and hence to the research groups recognized by Ramon Llull University, with accredited research experience. The thesis supervisor will have ultimate responsibility for the planning, coherence and suitability of training and research activities, as well as for the impact and innovation in the field of the doctoral thesis.

Can the Doctoral thesis be co-directed?

Yes, it can. The co-direction of the doctoral thesis may be done in any of the three cases described below. Firstly, in cases where interdisciplinary work is needed and different areas of knowledge are required to develop the thesis work. Secondly, in cases of young doctors who want to learn to supervise theses. In this case, the thesis supervision should be done with and experienced doctor.  Thirdly, in cases where the PhD thesis involves different universities or research centers. In this case, the PhD student will have a thesis supervisor in each one of the centers.

What documentation do I need to submit if I want to apply for the International Doctorate qualification?

The International Doctorate qualification is based on criteria agreed by the Liaison Committee of the Confederation of European Union Rectors’ Conferences and it requires:

  • Request for the International Doctorate qualification.
  • Preliminary reports issued by at least two PhD holders from higher education institutions or research centers in countries other than Spain. These external experts may be the same as in the pre-assessment phase.
  • Certification of the minimum stay of three months, on official headed paper of the institution or research center at which the period of study or research was carried out. The period of study or research must be approved by the thesis supervisor and authorized by the academic committee for the doctoral program. Students must obtain a certificate from the director(s) of the research group, institution or institutions in question and submit the original, complete with institutional stamp. The details of the period of study or research spent abroad will be included in the doctoral training log.
  • The dissertation committee must include at least one doctor from a higher education institution or research center outside Spain. This examiner cannot be the supervisor of the period of study or research at the foreign institution.
  • Part of the thesis must be written in a language different from any of the official Spanish languages.
  • Part of the thesis defense must be done in an official language of the European Community and different from the official Spanish ones.

What do I need for admission to the doctoral studies?

The general access requirements for doctoral studies are established by Royal Decree 1393/2007 or the Royal Decree 99/2011.

  • Undergraduate degree (University graduateArchitect, Engineer, Diplomat, Technical Architect, Technical Engineer) +  Master’s degree PhD (Official undergraduate studies with 300 ECTS or more of which at least 60 should be at master’s degree level)
  • Undergraduate degree (University graduateArchitect, Engineer, Diplomat, Technical Architect, Technical Engineer) +  Master’s degree PhD (DEA)
  • Undergraduate Degree with a minimum of 300 ECTS + Master’s degree PhD (Complementary courses)
  • Undergraduate Degree  with a minimum of 300 ECTS + Master’s degree PhD(the study program of the corresponding degree qualification includes research training credits, of an equivalent level and value to the research credits from a master’s degree).
  • Doctor 
  • Undergraduate degree (Hold a qualification obtained in accordance with foreign education systems equivalent of an official Spanish Undergraduate Degree) + Master’s degree PhD (qualify the holder for admission to a PhD program in the country where it was obtained)

Are complementary training courses recorded during the thesis duration?

No. Complementary training courses do not count for temporary limits on the doctoral studies.

When do you sign the Compromise document?

Once the enrollment fees have been paid and, as soon as possible, the PhD student, the tutor and the program Coordinator should sign the Compromise document. This document should be signed in by the thesis director within a period of six months after the PhD student has been enrolled in the doctoral studies.

Documents and timeline


Semester 1

  • CV + admission report
  • Admission to the doctoral program Acceptance report
  • Academic fees 
  • The Academic Committee assigns a tutor --> Tutor assignment
  • The Academic Committee assigns a thesis supervisor --> Thesis director assignment

Semester 2

  • Access to the document of activities --> DAD
  • Sign in the Compromise document --> Compromise Document
  • Research plan 
  • Thesis proposal 
  • Oral presentation Assessment --> IAD


Semester 3

  • Academic fees 

Semester 4

  • Oral presentation Assessment --> IAD


Semester 5

  • Academic fees 

Semester 6

  • Oral presentation Assessment --> IAD