Doctoral Programme in Mobile Network Information and Communication Technologies
Admission and registration
General access requirements to the doctorate
Generally, Royal Decree 99/2011 establishes that to gain access to a doctoral program applicants must hold official Spanish bachelor's and master's degree qualifications, provided that they have completed at least 300 ECTS credits in all their university studies, at least 60 of which must be at master's degree level.
In cases in which the master's qualification has been obtained at a foreign university, access must be approved by the Postgraduate Commission of the UPV/EHU.
Similarly, any of the following applicants may apply for doctoral programs:
- Holders of bachelor's degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry, without the need to study a master's degree (1).
- Graduates, Higher Engineers and Architects.
- Graduates who have successfully completed at least two years of training on a program to obtain an official qualification in any of the specialities of Health Sciences.
- Holders of a foreign university qualification, subject to verification that the level of education achieved is equivalent to a master's degree and that it grants access to doctoral studies in the issuing country. On no account will this admission imply the official recognition of the prior qualification or its recognition for any purposes other than to apply for access to doctoral teaching.
- Holders of Diplomas of Advanced Studies (Royal Decree 778/1998) or proficiency in academic research (Royal Decree 185/1985).
- Holders of other Spanish doctoral qualifications awarded under previous university regulations.
(1) Bachelor's Degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry from the UPV/EHU and other universities which recognise the master's degree level (level 3 of MECES).
Note: These requirements are of an exclusively informative and non-legal nature and therefore may not be used as the basis for any appeal.
Profile for admission
RECOMMENDED ENTRY PROFILE
The recommended entry profiles for this doctorate program are the ones corresponding to students with one of the following degrees:
- Any university master that grants the whole professional attributions of the Telecommunication Engineer regulated profession
- Master on Information and Communications Technologies in Mobile Networks by the University of A Coruña, University of Cantabria, University of Oviedo, University of Zaragoza and University of the Basque Country
- Master on Informatics Engineering by the University of A Coruña
- Master on Signal Processing applications for Communications by the University of Vigo
- Master on Telematics Engineering by the University of Vigo
- Master on Radiocommunication and Electromagnetic Engineering by the University of Vigo
- Master on Signal Theory and Communications by the University of Vigo
- Master on Information Technologies by the University of Santiago de Compostela
- Master on Informatics Engineering by the University of Vigo
- Master on Intelligent and Adaptive Software Systems by the university of Vigo
The profile corresponding to other official masters by Spanish universities or equivalent masters by universities of other countries belonging to the European Higher Education Area with thematic related to Information and Communications Technologies in Mobile Networks are also considered as recommended entry profiles.
In any case, to entry this doctorate program the students must have university education related to Information and Communications Technologies.
OTHER ENTRY PROFILES
Besides the aforementioned recommended entry profiles, this doctorate program anticipates other possible entry profiles:
a) Students holding an official master degree on Mathematical Engineering, master on Industrial Mathematics or equivalent master degree, with an education related to the fundamentals and applications of Mathematics in engineering.
b) Students who fulfill the entry requirements and who have obtained 60 ECTS master level credits related with Information and Communications Technologies in Mobile Networks.
c) Students holding an Advanced Studies Diploma got according to the Royal Decree 778/1998, of April 30, or with the research proficiency regulated by the Royal Decree 185/1985 of January 23 and with an academic education in thematic related with Information and Communications Technologies in Mobile Networks.
d) Students holding degrees from universities from outside the European Higher Education Area that are equivalent to an official master related to Information and Communications Technologies in Mobile Networks (homologated or not homologated) and that allow their students to access the doctorate in the research period in their country of origin.
e) Students holding another Spanish doctoral degree got according to former university regulations, with an academic education in thematic related with Information and Communications Technologies in Mobile Networks.
f) Doctorate students who began their doctoral program according to former university regulations, with an academic education in thematic related with Information and Communications Technologies in Mobile Networks.
The entry profiles a) b) c) d) e) and f) will be individually evaluated by the Academic Commission, that will confirm (or not) the adequacy of the previous education of the applicant to this doctorate program and will indicate the specific supplementary training that the applicant would have to carry out, if required.
Applicants fulfilling the recommended entry profiles will not need any supplementary training.
The applications corresponding to entry profiles a), b), c), d), e), f), different from the recommended ones, will be analyzed in a case-by-case basis by the Academic Commission to determine the adequacy of the previous studies of the applicant to this Doctorate Program.
In the case that the previous studies of the applicant are considered incomplete by the Academic Commission, the applicant will have to take some supplementary training.
The supplementary training will be accomplished by attending and passing some courses offered by the official master degrees of the participant universities.
The Academic Commission will determine, for each application, the amount and type of supplementary training courses that the applicant must take. In any case, the Academic Commission may propose up to 15 ECTS credits to be taken. If the previous studies of the applicant exhibit lack of training equivalent to more than 15 ECTS, the application will not be accepted.
A maximum time period will be established for the supplementary training to be completed. If the applicant fails to do so, he or she will cease following the doctorate program.
The supplementary training will have the consideration of doctorate level studies for the purpose of public prices and scholarship and study grants.
Criteria for admission to the program
In general, for the access and admission to the doctorate studies the orders of the articles 6 and 7 and the second additional provision of the Royal Decree 99/2011 of January 28 that regulate the official doctorate education will be applied. In the same way, the Official Doctorate Education Regulations of the participating universities will be of application.
The applications that fulfill the entry requirements will be evaluated by the Academic Commission of the doctorate program according to the curriculum and the documentation provided, following the merit assessment criteria listed below.
In general, the student admission will be considered in an individual way, due to the very diverse background of the applicants.
For the applications that have entry profiles different from those recommended, the Academic Commission will indicate the specific supplementary training the applicant will have to carry out.
The admission applications of students holding degrees from universities outside the European Higher Education Area will be sent by the Academic Commission of the Doctorate Program to the competent body of the university for its final authorization.
All applicants will have to prove their English B1 proficiency level. Those students that, when applying to the program, indicate their interest in making the PhD thesis under a joint supervision agreement with a French university must prove their French B1 proficiency level.
MERIT ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
Taking into account the curriculum and documentation provided by the applicant, the Academic Commission will decide about his/her admission following these criteria:
- Academic record (40%)
- Adequacy of previous education to the topics of the Doctorate Program (30%)
- Research or professional experience in any of the fields related with the research topics of the Doctorate Program (10%)
- Publications related with the thematic of the Doctorate Program (10%)
- Other academic merits (stays abroad, language proficiency, etc.) (10%). In the case of English language a level above B1 will be valued. For the students with interest in making the PhD thesis under a joint supervision agreement with a French university a French level above B1 will be valued. In the case of foreign students with mother tongue different from Spanish, knowledge of written and spoken Spanish similar to intermediate DELE level from Cervantes Institute will be valued.
- Additionally, an interview with the applicants can be requested by the Academic Commission to clarify and value any of the claimed merits.
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- Part time places:
Students with specific needs
Aspirants to the doctoral program with special educational needs arising from disabilities should initially address the coordinator of the Doctoral Program to inform him or her.
They should also contact the Care Service for People with Disabilities, through the channels established on the website indicated, so that it can solve the specific needs of each candidate, offering information, advice and guidance. To do this, candidates for the Doctoral Program should complete an application form with their specific needs.
This service currently provides care units on the campuses in Araba, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa. Similarly, the UPV/EHU has a guide for care for students with stabilities.
At the UPV/EHU students may carry out part-time doctoral studies. Any such studies can have a maximum duration of five years from the student's admission to the programme to the presentation of their Doctoral Thesis. In the event that the thesis deposit application has not been submitted when this five-year period has elapsed, the Academic Committee for the Doctoral Programme may authorise this period to be extended by two additional years, and in exceptional cases, it can be extended by a further year, under the conditions established in the relevant Doctoral Programme.
Admission as a part-time student must be assessed and authorized by the Academic Committee for the corresponding Doctoral Programme.