Escuela Internacional de Doctorado

Doctoral Programme in Psychology

Coordination

Dr. Francisco Martínez Sánchez

Faculty of Psychology

Email: franms@um.es

Tel.: +34 868 88 3459

Fax: +34 868 88 4111

 

General Information

Presentation

The Doctoral Program in Psychology of the University of Murcia aims at the advanced training for research in the field of Psychology, Speech Therapy and Sport Science. Researchers in this programme are intensively trained to successfully generate knowledge in the different fields of psychology and to transfer this knowledge in response to growing social demands.

The programme provides theoretical, technical and methodological knowledge that enables research in the different areas of Psychology – Social, Clinical and Health, Evolutionary, Educational, Neuroscience and Psychobiology- and allows researchers’ integration into multidisciplinary groups. Doctorates are expected to achieve the necessary competences to autonomously identify priority research needs, plan research works, design experiments, analyze and interpret results and disseminate them rigorously and to obtain funding for research.

The overcoming of the studies included in the programme and thereafter the defense of the doctoral thesis will lead together to the title of Doctor by the University of Murcia.

The Doctoral Program is structured in seven research lines developed by well-established and recognized research groups in different areas of Psychology.

The wide range of research lines allows the doctorate to choose the specialization that suits the best his/her interests, with the objective of contributing to the development of science and the solution of problems with psychological impact at social level, in the fields of education and health and related to current social needs.

The Doctoral Program consists of a team of 34 researchers from the Faculty of Psychology, all of them with extensive research experience, who have proved a competitive ability to train a significant number of doctors in previous years, to implement research projects and to organize complementary, national and international, scientific actions in the field of psychology. The programme guarantees the guidance, supervision and continuous evaluation of students.

The following available resources and services (laboratories, periodical publications and tools) guarantee the successful training of doctoral students: observation laboratories (group, children and therapeutic), psychobiology, psychophysiology, eye movements, evoked potentials, polygraphy, voice analysis and methodology.

 

Programme guidelines

  • Research teams and lines
  • Training activities
  • Training complements
  • Access profile and admission criteria
  • Academic Committee

 

Research teams and lines

Research team No.1. Basic research

Research team No. 2. Applied research

 

Research team No.1: Basic Research

 

Research line 1: Meta-analysis, Evaluation and Measurement.

Meta-analytical studies are carried out in order to integrate results of empirical studies on the best programmes to treat or prevent psychological disorders and psychosocial and health problems. In addition, studies will lead to the creation of new psychological measuring tools, new adaptations of tools developed by other researchers, the validation of tools, the analysis of the differential functioning of test items or the critical analysis of psychometric studies performed by other researchers.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Ato García, Manuel

Position: Professor. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Methodology

 

PhD. Sánchez Meca, Julio

Position: Professor. Universidad de Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Methodology

 

PhD. López Pina, José Antonio

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Methodology

 

PhD. Marín Martínez, Fulgencio

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Methodology

 

PhD. López García, Juan José

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Methodology

 

Research line No. 2: Cognitive Neuroscience.

We research on several basic psychological processes: learning and long-term memory (implicit learning, acquisition and representation of knowledge, episodic memory), attention and short-term memory (working memory, executive functions, attentional networks), language , word production as well as normative values ​​of psycholinguistic variables), emotion (alterations in identification, emotional expression and social sharing of emotion), mathematical cognition (semantic representation of numbers, strategies and control processes in arithmetic execution) and analysis of the voice of neurodegenerative disorders by the development of automatic voice and speech analysis tools.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Martínez Sánchez, Francisco

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Basic Psychology

 

PhD. Campoy Menéndez, Guillermo

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Basic Psychology

 

PhD. Pérez Sánchez, Miguel Ángel

Position: Contracted lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Basic Psychology

 

PhD. Marín Serrano, Javier

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Basic Psychology

 

PhD. Herrera Montes, Amparo

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Basic Psychology

 

PhD. García Sevilla, Julia

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Basic Psychology

 

PhD. Ruiz Esteban, Cecilia María

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

 

Research line No. 3: Social Psychology and Gender and Intergroup Relationships.

Studies on new models of care, justice, masculinity, paternity, maternity and their link with health and employment are approached. We research on gender and intergroup relationships (immigration, acculturation) as well as the relationships between sexism and racism and how they alter gender roles. Particular attention is paid to cultural and structural aspects.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Martínez Martínez, Carmen

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Psychiatry and Social Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Social psychology

 

PhD. Paterna Bleda, Consuelo

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Psychiatry and Social Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Social psychology

 

PhD. Ruiz Hernández, José Antonio

Position: Contracted lecturer

Department: Psychiatry and Social Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Social Psychology

 

Research team No. 2. Applied research

Research line No. 4: Research on the Evaluation and Treatment of Human Behavior and its Correlates.

We research on the evaluation and treatment of psychopathological and behavioral problems in children/adolescents and adults (anxiety, mood, obsessive-compulsive disorders, personality disorders). Child abuse. Evaluation and treatment of problems related to physical health (chronic disease, cancer) and hospitalization. Neuropsychology. Clinical neuropsychology. Psychobiology. Psychogerontology. Psychoneuroendocrinology of stress. Positive Psychology. Forensic psychology. Parent training. Therapist variables. Construction and validation of measurement scales. Quality of the tests. Creativity.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Olivares Rodríguez, José

Position: Professor. University of Murcia

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Psychological Personality, Assessment and Treatment

 

PhD. Méndez Carillo, Francisco Javier

Position: Professor. University of Murcia.

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Personality, Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

PhD. Hidalgo Montesinos, María Dolores

Position: Professor. University of Murcia

Department: Basic Psychology and Methodology. Field of ​​knowledge: Methodology

 

PhD. Rosa Alcaraz, Ana Isabel

Position: Professor. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Personality, Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

 

PhD. Román Lapuente, Francisco

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Human Anatomy and Psychobiology. Field of ​​expertise: Psychobiology

 

PhD. López Soler, Concepción

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia.

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Personality, Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

 

PhD. Corbalán Berná, Francisco Javier

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Personality, Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

 

PhD. Limiñana Gras, Rosa María

Position: Contracted lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Personality, Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

 

PhD. Riquelme Marín, Antonio

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Personality, Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

 

PhD. Ortigosa Quilez, Juan Manuel

Position: University lecturer. Institution: University of Murcia

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Personality, Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

 

Research line No. 5: Research on Human Development, High Skills and Early Care.

Studies on human development relate, on the one hand, to the stability and contribution of temperament, motor skills and executive function to childhood and youth, and on the other, to the acquisition of language and speech disorders. Other lines have focused on the study of processes and strategies of emotional intelligence, success, creativity, scientific thinking, multiple intelligences and cognitive-emotional improvement. Finally, the research group on Early Care addresses the prevention and promotion of child development and family adjustment.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

 

PhD. Prieto Sánchez, María Dolores

Position: Professor. University of Murcia

Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

 

PhD. Pérez López, Julio

Position: Professor. University of Murcia

Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

 

PhD. Carranza Carnicero, José Antonio

Position: Professor. University of Murcia

Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

 

PhD. Ato Lozano, Ester

Position: Contracted lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

 

PhD. Cerezo Ramírez, Fuensanta

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology.

 

PhD. Díaz Herrero, Angela

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology.

Research line No. 6: Sports and Health Psychology.

This line of research studies processes related to the psychological analysis of the practice of physical activity and sport, with the analysis and evaluation of teaching and scientific quality as well as with teaching-learning processes in the physical activity and sport sciences, and finally, with performance indicators and normative profiles in sport.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Garcés de los Fayos Ruiz, Enrique Javier

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Personality, Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

 

PhD. Olmedilla Zafra, Aurelio

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Personality, Psychological Evaluation and Treatment. Field of ​​knowledge: Personality, Psychological Assessment and Treatment.

 

PhD. Ortega Toro, Enrique

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Physical Activity and Sport. Field of ​​knowledge: Physical Activity and Sport

 

PhD. Díaz Suárez, Arturo

Position: Professor. University of Murcia

Department: Physical Activity and Sport. Field of ​​knowledge: Physical Activity and Sport

 

Research line No. 7: Psychobiology of Individual Differences: Emotion, Cognition and Behaviour.

 

In the area of ​​Psychobiology outstanding scientific work is carried out for the study of genetic bases and psychophysiological and cerebral correlates of behaviour. To that purpose, the programme counts on different lines of research, among which: Affective Neuroscience, Decision Making, Behaviour Genetics, Psychobiology of Health and Social Neuroscience.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Martínez Selva, José María

Position: Professor. University of Murcia

Department: Human Anatomy and Psychobiology. Field of ​​expertise: Psychobiology

 

PhD. Ordoñana Martín, Juan Ramón

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Human Anatomy and Psychobiology. Field of ​​expertise: Psychobiology

 

PhD. Sánchez Navarro, Juan Pedro

Position: Contracted lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Human Anatomy and Psychobiology. Field of ​​expertise: Psychobiology

 

PhD. Torrente Hernández, Ginesa

Position: University lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Psychiatry and Social Psychology. Field of ​​knowledge: Social Psychology

 

PhD. Sánchez López, María del Pino

Position: Contracted lecturer.

Department: Human Anatomy and Psychobiology. Field of ​​expertise: Psychobiology

 

PhD. Ribeiro do Couto, Bruno Rodolfo

Position: Contracted lecturer

Department: Human Anatomy and Psychobiology. Field of ​​expertise: Psychobiology

 

Training activities

 

ACTIVITIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF DOCTORAL STUDIES. UNIVERSITY OF MURCIA.

Given that the main activity of doctoral students must be research, the number of hours devoted to training activities herein comprised should not exceed 5-8% of the total (i.e. no more than 80-100 hours per year). These training activities will be carried out by the programme students following the recommendations of the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme, the monitoring commissions, the tutor and the doctoral thesis director.

- LABORATORY SAFETY FOR DOCTORATES

Type: Optional

- ETHICS AND INTEGRITY IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. CODES OF GOOD SCIENTIFIC PRACTICES

Type: Optional

- DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS OF DATA ANALYSIS

Type: Optional

- ELECTRONIC RESOURCES. BIBLIOGRAPHIC MANAGERS

Type: Optional

- RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: HEALTH SCIENCES

Type: Optional

- SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION: WRITING AND PUBLICATION OF SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES. PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF SCIENTIFIC RESULTS

Type: Optional

 

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES OF THE PROGRAM

- INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL TOOLS

Type: Optional

- DOCTORATES’ SESSIONS AT THE FACULTY OF PSYCHOLOGY

Type: Mandatory

- REVIEW OF THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE ON A SPECIFIC FIELD OF STUDY

Type: Mandatory

- PARTICIPATION IN A NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING

Type: Mandatory

- DRAFTING OF A SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE

Type: Mandatory

- MOBILITY

Type: Mandatory (subject to funding provision)

 

Complementary Training

According to Royal Decree 99/2011, students who access the doctoral program because they hold an official Spanish Graduate Degree whose duration, according to the EU law, is at least 300 ECTS, must compulsorily take training supplements, unless the curriculum of the graduate degree includes research training credits, equivalent in value to research credits from Master’s studies.

The training complements detailed below will be considered mandatory for the students described in the previous paragraph. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Academic Committee of the doctoral program may waive the obligation to perform any of these supplements if its contents are considered to be sufficiently covered in the curriculum of the Bachelor’s degree.

 

Methodology of Psychoeducational Research (ECTS 9).

Modality: blended

Type of activity: Compulsory

Contents:

  • Research planning
  • Paradigms and research methods
  • Statistical models
  • Quantitative research
  • Qualitative research

Learning outcomes: This training activity aims to facilitate the acquisition of the following competencies:

  • To compare the distinctive features of different research paradigms, as well as the research methods linked to each of them.
  • Identify and formulate research problems, assessing their relevance in the psychological context.
  • To master and apply the theoretical and practical aspects of research processes from the more usual methodological perspectives in the field of Psychology.

Semester: First

Language: Spanish

Clarifications: this subject belongs to the Master’s in Psychology of Education. This subject is implemented online through our “Virtual Classroom”.

Assessment: evaluation activities based on case studies. Research reports.

 

Documentation in Psychology and Social Intervention (ECTS 3).

Modality: Online

Type of activity: Compulsory

Contents:

  • Databases, logs and fields.
  • Logical rules for searching information in databases.
  • National databases on Psychology and Social Intervention.
  • International databases on Psychology and Social Intervention.
  • Finding documents of interest.
  • Directories of electronic journals.
  • Bibliographic references
  • Bibliographic managers

Learning outcomes: This training activity aims to be relevant for the acquisition of the following competencies:

  • Perform complex document searches in specialized databases.
  • To effectively access works contained in electronic journals repertoires.
  • To effectively manage the information obtained in documentary searches.

Semester: Second

Language: Spanish

Clarifications: this subject belongs to the Master’s of Psychology of Social Intervention. It is implemented and managed through our “Virtual Classroom”.

Assessment: evaluation activities based on practical cases of bibliographic searches in national and international databases.

 

Data Analysis with SPSS (ECTS 3).

Modality: online

Type of activity: Compulsory

Contents:

  • Characterization, coding and data entry.
  • Management and manipulation of data files.
  • Descriptive analysis of variables.
  • Analysis of contingency tables
  • Comparison of means in 2 groups
  • Comparison of means between 3 or more groups (simple ANOVA)
  • Repeated measures ANOVA
  • Factorial ANOVA
  • Mixed Designs
  • Regression models
  • Introduction to categorical models

Learning outcomes: This training activity aims to be relevant for the acquisition of the following competencies:

 

  • Ability to characterize, organize, encode and enter data into SPSS.
  • Ability to perform a descriptive analysis of a set of variables.
  • Ability to perform an inferential analysis appropriate to the objectives of a research.
  • Skills for drafting of research reports according to the scientific community’s writing and publication criteria in the field of Psychology.

Semester: Second

Language: Spanish

Clarifications: this subject belongs to the Master’s in Clinical and Health Psychology. Implemented and managed through our “Virtual Classroom”.

Assessment: evaluation activities based on case studies. Evaluation of research reports.

 

Psychology based on Evidence and Meta-Analysis (ECTS 5).

Modality: Face-to-face

Type of activity: Compulsory

Contents:

  • Evidence-Based Psychology
  • Meta-analysis: Concept and Phases
  • Measure of results
  • Meta-analysis: Analysis, Interpretation and Publication Techniques
  • Meta-analysis: Advantages and Limitations

Learning outcomes: This training activity aims to be relevant for the acquisition of the following competencies:

  • Learning to formulate problems within the field of evidence-based psychology
  • Learning to find literature relevant to a specific clinical or health problem
  • Learn how to calculate and interpret effect size indexes
  • Learning to interpret the results of a meta-analysis
  • Ability to critically read meta-analytic studies and systematic reviews
  • Ability to carry out meta-analytical studies

Semester: Second

Language: Spanish

 

Clarifications: this subject belongs to the Master’s in Clinical and Health Psychology.

Assessment: evaluation activities based on case studies.

 

Admission Criteria

Access requirements

Article 7 of Rector's Resolution 42/2012 of February 6, ordering the publication of the Doctorate Regulation of the University of Murcia, establishes the requirements to access a doctoral programme:

1. According to the national regulation and to the internal rules at the University of Murcia (Rector Resolution 42/2012 of 6 February and Decree 99/2011), for a candidate to access any doctoral programme at the University of Murcia, it is necessary that he/she is in the possession of an official Bacherlor’s degree or equivalent and a Master’s degree.

2. In addition, students who are in any of the following cases may also access:

a. Have an official Spanish university degree, or of another country belonging to the European Higher Education Area, giving access to a Master’s programme and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS of official university studies, of which, at least 60, must be at Master's level.

b. Have an official Spanish Graduate Diploma with a content, according to the rules of the EU law, of at least 300 ECTS. These graduates must compulsorily complete the training supplements referred to in article 7.2 of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, unless the syllabus of the corresponding degree includes credits in research training that are equivalent in training value to research credits in master's programmes.

c. University graduates who, after obtaining a training place in the corresponding test to access specialized health training, have successfully passed at least a two years training in a programme to obtain the official title of one of the specialties in Health Sciences.

d. Have a diploma obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems –no need to have it officially recognized, after the General Doctorate Committee has verified that this certificate accredits a training level equivalent to that of the official Spanish Master's degree and giving access to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. This admission does not imply, in any case, nor the official recognition of student’s previous degrees nor its recognition for purposes others than accessing doctoral education.

e. To be in the possession of another Spanish title of doctor obtained according to previous university regulations.

 

Admission profile

To access the doctoral program in Psychology of the UMU, candidates are not required an specific official Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. However, this doctoral program is specifically aimed at training previously developed in the field of psychology. In particular, the recommended admission profile is the following:

    -Graduate in Psychology or related disciplines;

    -In possession of a Master's Degree in Psychology;

    -Level of English: B2.1

    -Research experience in the field of Psychology.

 

Admission Criteria

The Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program is responsible for the admission process.

Priority criteria for access

The priority access criteria will be the following:

1.For students who access the programme with official Spanish degrees or equivalent (point 1 above, in access requirements), to have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in the disciplinary areas of the doctoral program.

2.For students who fulfill the access requirement 2.a above, be in possession of a university degree that qualifies for access to Master's studies and have completed at least 60 credits of a Master's Degree, both in the disciplinary areas of the program.

3.For students entering the program under requirements 2b. and 2d., the qualification giving access to the program is included in the disciplinary areas of the program.

4.For students who access the program under requirement 2c., to have passed with positive evaluation at least two years-training in the specialist program in Clinical Psychology -PIR.

5.To be linked to a research group related to the programme research lines. The disciplinary areas of the program are Psychology, Speech Therapy and Sports Science (in the latter case, in the fields of sports and health).

 

The estimated percentage each criterion may represent on the overall valuation is as follows:

    -Transcript of records of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, up to 4 points

    -Complementary postgraduate training, up to 1 point.

    -Publications and participation in scientific meetings, up to 2 points

    -End-of-degree projects or other research works related to the research line, up to 1 point.

    -Level B1 or higher, 1 point

-Pre-project of thesis, endorsed by a research group, up to 1 point.

Whenever the Academic Committee deems it convenient, the applicants may be summoned to a personal interview in order to gather additional information for the admission process, which will be valued up to 2 points.

Number of places available: 20

 

Academic Committee

Composition of the Academic Committee

Program Coordinator:

PhD. Francisco Martínez Sánchez

Representative of the International School of Doctoral Studies of the University of Murcia:

    PhD. Gregorio Sánchez Gómez

Members of the Committee:

    PhD. Julio Sánchez Meca

    PhD. Aurelio Olmedilla Zafra

    PhD. Mª del Carmen Martínez Martínez

    PhD. Ana Isabel Rosa Alcaraz

    PhD. Juan Pedro Sánchez Navarro

    PhD. José Antonio Carranza Carnicero

 

Alternate Members of the Committee:

    PhD. Mª Dolores Prieto Sánchez

    PhD. Rosa Mª Limiñana Gras