Length of program 3 years full time
CoordinationDra. Sue Aran
Price 927€
doctoratsDEC

Appointment of thesis supervisor

Once admitted to the doctoral program, the CAPD (Academic Committee for the Doctoral Program) ensures that you will be assigned a tutor for your thesis as a doctoral student, who will have to belong in the faculty of the teaching staff of the doctoral program. The appointment of the tutor may be modified by the CAPD if the doctoral student requests a change, at any time during the period of completion of the doctoral program, provided the student gives justified reasons.

Currently, PhD theses may be supervized by the following doctors: 

  • Dra. Sue Aran Ramspott. Associate professor
  • Dr. Jordi Busquet Duran. Associate professor
  • Dr. Joan Cuenca Fontbona. Assistant professor
  • Dr. Fernando de Felipe. Associate professor
  • Dr. Iván García Gómez. Assistant professor
  • Dr. Pere Masip Masip. Associate professor
  • Dr. Alfons Medina Cambrón. Associate professor
  • Dr. Josep Lluís Micó Sanz. Full professor
  • Dr. Jaume Radigales Babí. Associate professor
  • Dr. Josep A. Rom. Full professor
  • Dr. Carlos Ruiz Caballero. Associate professor
  • Dr. Albert Sáez Casas. Associate professor
  • Dr. Ferran Sáez Mateu. Associate professor

Within a maximum period of 6 months from the enrollment of the doctoral student, the CAPD will assign you a doctoral thesis supervisor or director, who may or may not be the same person as the tutor. Doctoral theses can be directed by doctors affiliated to the doctoral programme, and therefore to the research groups recognised by the Ramon Llull University, which meet the accredited research experience requirements. The thesis supervisor will be responsible for the planning, consistency and suitability of training and research activities, as well as the impact and originality in the area of the PhD thesis.

Besides the tutors of doctoral theses, the following members of the faculty may be thesis supervisors:

  • Dr. Xavier Casals Meseguer. Full Professor
  • Dr. Antoni Castells Talens. Associate Professor
  • Dr. Joan Francesc Fondevila Gascón. Associate Professor
  • Dr. Pere Franch Puig. Associate Professor
  • Dr. Òscar Mateos Martín. Associate Professor
  • D. Kathy Matilla Serrano. Associate Professor
  • Dr. Diego Muro Ruiz. Associate Professor
  • Dr. Enric Ordeix Rigo. Associate Professor.
  • Dr. Aníbal Salazar Anglada. Associate Professor
  • Dr. Marçal Sintes Olivella. Associate Professor
  • Dr. Elena Yeste Piquer. Associate Professor

In general, these are the duties of the Director:

  • To help the PhD student define the subject of the thesis and solve any problems which may arise during the research process. 
  • To plan in conjunction with the PhD student the research and thesis writing process. 
  • To advise the PhD student throughout the research process and to oversee the quality of the research.
  • To agree on a tutoring plan with the PhD student and program regular meetings. 
  • To oversee the writing of the thesis and help ensure it is of the highest possible quality. 
  • To advise the PhD student about the most suitable training activities for his or her research.

The appointment of the supervisor may by modified by the CAPD, having heard the PhD candidate, at any moment throughout the doctoral degree, as long as there are duly justified reasons. 

Co-supervision of the doctoral thesis

In certain justified cases of an academic nature, the CAPD may authorise and assign a co-supervisor for the doctoral thesis. The appointment of the co-supervisor may be modified by the CAPD if the doctoral student requests a change, at any time during the period of completion of the doctoral program, provided the student gives justified reasons. Anything that is applicable to doctoral thesis supervisors in these regulations is also applicable for co-supervisors of the assigned doctoral thesis.

Document of Activities 

Once enrolled in the program, each student will have a personalized Document of Activities (DAD) which will serve as an individualized control record. This document will include all the activities of interest for the progress of the PhD as laid down by the Doctoral Program Academic Committee. 

The DAD should include information related to: 

1. Research publications (articles, books, chapters, etc) 
2. Other publications (dossiers, reviews, notes, etc) 
3. Placements at universities, research centers or companies and organizations 
4. Participation in research projects 
5. Participation in conferences and other research meetings 
6. Organization of R+D+ i activities 
7. Teaching tasks undertaken 
8. Courses and seminars attended 
9. Other training activities  
 
The personalized document of activities will be regularly checked by the tutor and thesis supervisor and be assessed annually by the Doctoral Program Academic Committee. A positive evaluation will be indispensable in order to continue on the Doctoral Program. 

Research plan 

The student has a maximum of six months from the time of enrollment in the doctoral program to draw up a research plan. This must include a definition of the subject of the doctoral thesis, the methodology that will be used, and the target objectives, as well as the means and time frame necessary to meet these objectives. 
 
As a guide, the work plan must contain the following sections: 

• Title (tentative) of the PhD thesis 
• Abstract describing the subject of study and the methodology to be used (maximum ½ page) 
• Hypothesis, problem or argument which will be addressed, studied or analyzed (maximum ½ page)  
• Significance of the subject (maximum 1 page) 
• Theoretical bases underpinning the research ( maximum 1 page) 
• Prior research about the same subject (maximum 2 pages) 
• Methodology (maximum 2 pages) 
• Principal limitations of the research (maximum 1 page) 
• Contribution to knowledge (e.g. new methods, new concepts or theories, etc) (maximum 1 page) 
• Timeline 
 
Should the research plan receive a negative assessment from the academic committee responsible for the program, the PhD candidate will have to draw up a new plan which will be evaluated again after a further six months. Should there be a second negative evaluation, the student will no longer be able to continue on the program.