Escuela Internacional de Doctorado

Presentation

The Doctoral Program in Education of the University of Murcia arises from our dynamic research groups and their commitment to meet context needs and demands in our professional environment. It is also a result of our firm belief in a space where training and research join together or, in other words, a shared space for knowledge acquisition and creation.

The program is aimed at university graduates with different profiles. On the one hand, graduates and professionals whose work is linked to formal education: teachers of all educational levels, inspectors, management teams, guidance and counseling services, designers of teaching materials ... In other words, the Doctoral Program in Education would be open to anyone working in formal education in its broadest sense.

In addition, education and training are increasingly expanding their scope of action: museums, nature classrooms, sport schools, hospital classrooms, prison programs, publicity campaigns ... and even training in companies. Thus, as the potential demand of the program expands beyond conventional training needs, we would also like to care for other professional sectors that need research as a tool to optimize their performance.

This large scope of action has forced us to establish three major fields of research:

  • Policies, practices and evaluation in educational and socio-educational contexts
  • Quality and intervention in the teaching-learning process: from disability to high ability
  • Research for education improvement in specific didactics

Obviously, the Doctoral Program in Education has taken into consideration the European requirements and context in order to make these studies comparable to other similar programs developed in our environment.

And, of course, it has relied on the research team as well as on the eleven research groups of the Faculty of Education. In fact, presently, more than 50 projects are being developed, more than 20 of them being funded through competitive public calls. As a result, the scientific production (articles in high impact journals, contributions to national and international conferences, academic recognition of doctoral theses ...) can be considered relevant in the field of Education within the Spanish university scope.

Last, we would like to point out that the Doctoral Program in Education tries from birth to combine attention to the context with a clear international vocation, to make compatible training and research, to make feasible the specialization and a holistic vision of phenomena, to combine personal development and collaborative work ... It is born, in short, with the hope and commitment to offer support to those who want to get initiated in research on education.

Program Guidelines

Research teams and research lines

Team / research line nº 1. Policies, practices and evaluation in educational and socio-educational contexts

Inclusive education and attention to diversity. Curriculum and teaching. Comparative education. Intercultural education. History of Education. Organization and management of centers. Social pedagogy. Educational policy. Teaching profession and professional development. Educative technology. Theory of education. ICT in education.

Teachers and researchers:

Dr. Adsuar Fernández, María Dolores

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Language and Literature (Spanish, English and French)

 

Dr. Alfageme González, Mª Begoña

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Arnaiz Sánchez, Pilar

Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Ballesta Pagán, Francisco Javier

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Bas Peña, Encarna

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Theory and History of Education

 

Dr. Bolarín Martínez, María José

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Escarbajal de Haro, Andrés

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Theory and History of Education

 

Dr. González González, Mª Teresa

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Hernández Prados, Mª Ángeles

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Theory and History of Education

 

Dr. Hervás Avilés, Rosa Mª

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. Illán Romeo, Nuria

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Lozano Martínez, Josefina

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Martínez de Miguel, Silvia

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Theory and History of Education

Dr. Molina Saorin, Jesus

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Mínguez Vallejo, Ramón Francisco

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Theory and History of Education

 

Dr. Moreno Martínez, Pedro Luis

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Theory and History of Education

 

Dr. Nieto Cano, José Miguel

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Romero Sánchez, Baldomero Eduardo

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Theory and History of Education

 

Dr. Sáez Carreras, Juan

Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Theory and History of Education

 

Dr. Vallejo Ruiz, Mónica

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Portela Pruaño, Antonio

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Solano Fernández, Isabel Mª

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Martínez Segura, María José

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Team/research line nº 2. Quality of intervention in the teaching-learning process: from disability to high skill

Conceptions on Teaching/Learning. Approaches to Teaching/Learning. Program evaluation. Early attention. Teaching innovation. Tutorship action. Educational and professional guidance. Resources and services for disability. Intelligences: emotional, successful and multiple. Giftedness and talent. Creativity. Scientific thought. Cooperative learning.

 

Professors-Researchers:

Dr. Adsuar Fernández, María Dolores

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Language and Literature (Spanish, English and French)

 

Dr. Arnaiz Sánchez, Pilar

Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching and School Organization

 

Dr. Bermejo García, Rosario

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

 

Dr. Ferrándiz García, Carmen

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Evolutionary and Education Psychology

 

Dr. García Sánchez, Fco. Alberto

Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. García Sanz, Mª Paz

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education.

 

Dr. Hernández Pina, Fuensanta

Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. López Martínez, Olivia

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

 

Dr. Martínez Clares, Pilar

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. Parra Martínez, Joaquín

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. Prieto Sánchez, Mª Dolores

Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

 

Dr. Sánchez López, Mª Cristina

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. Araceli García, Mª Paz

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. Izquierdo Rus, Tomás

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. Martinez Segura, Mª José

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. Maquilón Sánchez, Javier Jerónimo

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Dr. Ferrando Prieto, Mercedes

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Evolutionary and Educational Psychology

 

Dr. Sánchez Martin, Micaela

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education

 

Team / research line nº 3: Research for improvement of education in specific didactics

Early childhood education. Primary education. Secondary education. Higher education. Arts education. Non-formal education. Teaching and learning. Educational innovation. Teachers training and professional development. Multiculturality. Communication, expression and dissemination.

 

Teachers and researchers

 

Dr. Adsuar Fernández, María Dolores

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Language and Literature (Spanish, English and French)

 

Dr. Alonso Roque, José Ignacio

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Body Expression

 

Dr. Banet Hernández, Enrique

Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Experimental Sciences

 

Dr. Belmonte Serrano, José

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Language and Literature.

 

Dr. Clemente Buhlal, José Antonio

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Plastic, Musical and Dynamic Expression

 

Dr. Encabo Fernández, Eduardo

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Language and Literature.

 

Dr. Hernández Abenza, Luis

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Experimental Sciences.

 

Dr. Jaén García, Mercedes

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia

Department: Teaching of Experimental Sciences

 

Dr. López Valero, Amando

Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Language and Literature.

 

Dr. Miralles Martínez, Pedro

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Social Sciences.

 

Dr. Molina Puche, Sebastián

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Social Sciences.

 

Dr. Nortes Checa, Andrés

University School Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Mathematics.

 

Dr. Pro Bueno, Antonio de

Professor. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Experimental Sciences.

 

Dr. Roca Larios, Julio

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of English Language and Literature.

 

Dr. Rodríguez García, Pedro Luis

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Body Expression.

 

Dr. Soto Pallarés, Carmen

University School Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of French Language and Literature.

 

Dr. Arias Ferrer, Laura

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Mathematical and Social Sciences

 

Dr. Egea Vivancos, Alejandro

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Mathematical and Social Sciences

 

Dr. Rodríguez Pérez, Raimundo Antonio

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Mathematical and Social Sciences

 

Dr. Gómez Carrasco, Cosme Jesús

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Social Sciences.

 

Dr. Martínez Segura, María José

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Methods of Research and Diagnosis in Education.

 

Dr. Férez Mora, Pedro Antonio

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Language and Literature (Spanish, English and French).

 

Dr. Vicente-Yagüe Jara, María Isabel de

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Teaching of Language and Literature (Spanish, English and French).

 

Dr. Encabo Fernández, Enrique

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Plastic, Musical and Dynamic Expression

 

Dr. Yuste Lucas, Juan Luis

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Plastic, Musical and Dynamic Expression

 

Dr. García Pellicer, Juan José

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Plastic, Musical and Dynamic Expression

 

Dr. López Miñarro, Pedro Ángel

Senior lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Plastic, Musical and Dynamic Expression

 

Dr. Ureña Ortín, Nuria

Lecturer. University of Murcia. Department: Plastic, Musical and Dynamic Expression

 

Training Actions

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

Doctoral students of Education must complete at least 60 hours of activities offered by the International School of Doctoral Studies. Among them, compulsorily:

- Introductory Course: General Framework of Doctoral Studies (4 h.)
 

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES OF THE PROGRAM
 

Students must complete too the specific compulsory activities of the program and at least one of the optional ones. The specific activities of the program are the following:

-PUBLICATION OF ARTICLE IN AN INDEXED JOURNAL

Type: Compulsory

- COMMUNICATION OR PRESENTATION OF RESULTS AT A NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE-OR SIMILAR EVENT

Type: Compulsory

 

- RESEARCH STAY AT WELL-KNOWN CENTERS (Minimum duration: 1 month)

Type: Optional

 

- PARTICIPATION IN A DOCTORAL SEMINAR

Type: Optional

 

- BE A MEMBER OF A RESEARCH TEAM OR A COMPETITIVELY FUNDED PROJECT

Type: Optional

 

Complementary training

As said above, our Doctoral Program in Education requires a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in the field of Education as well as a B1 level of English for access.

However, the Academic Committee will assess the skills acquired by means of the required degrees in three particular areas:

  • Problems and theoretical frameworks of educational research 
  • Educational research methodology
  • Communication of the research results

That is, the student must have prior training that allows him/her to:

  • Identify current gaps, challenges, problems and needs in Education, paying particular attention to the role played by research and innovation in the field.
  • Identify and formulate research problems and assess their relevance, interest and opportunity in the educational context.
  • Select and efficiently manage databases and international bibliographic resources that allow an accurate review of the supporting theoretical frameworks for research.
  • Identify and select the most suitable research methods to solve real problems.
  • Select or develop tools to gather information and reach the proposed objectives.
  • Apply the analysis, classification and encoding of information as essential elements for research in the socio-educational field.
  • Effectively manage statistical packages and interpret the results obtained.
  • Critically analyze and interpret educational research reports.
  • Present and defend, orally and in writing, the results of research works.
  • Recognize research in education as a permanent tool of innovation and educational and social improvement, and identify the appropriate forums to disseminate results.

In case of not accrediting the acquisition of these competences, students must take some or all of the following training complements, comprised withing compulsory subjects of the Master’s in Research and Innovation in Early Childhood and Primary Education of the University of Murcia.

Activity No. 0a: Problems and Theoretical Frameworks of Research in Education

Number of hours: 60 hours

Description

Justification: Doctorates must be acquainted with the nature of research in Education, the problems it approaches, the bibliographic sources and the common documentary bases.

Contents

Role of research and innovation in Education.

Hallmarks of research in education.

Identification and formulation of research problems.

Bibliographic sources. Critical review of literature.

The web at the service of research

Learning outcomes

Identify current gaps, challenges, problems and needs in Education, and review of the role played by research and innovation in the field.

Identify and formulate research problems and assess their relevance, interest and opportunity in the educational context.

Select and efficiently manage databases and international bibliographic catalogues that allow an accurate review of the supporting theoretical frameworks for research.

Language/s: Spanish

Control procedure: Control of attendance and tasks accomplishment by tutors

 

Activity No. 0b: Research Methodology

 

Number of hours: 90 hours

 

Description

 

Justification: Doctorates must be trained in research methodology: quantitative versus qualitative, designs, key elements of research, tools for information collection, analysis strategies ...

 

Contents

 

Basis and epistemological foundations of research applied to education.

The process of research.

Selection and /or development of tools for collecting information.

Quantitative methodologies. Data analysis.

Qualitative methodologies. Data analysis.

Use of computer packages

 

Learning outcomes

 

  • Identify and select the most suitable research methods to solve real problems.
  • Select or develop information collection tools that allow us to reach the proposed objectives.
  • Apply the process of information analysis, classification and encoding as key means for research in the socio-educational field.
  • Effectively manage statistical packages and interpret the results obtained.

 

Language / s: Spanish

 

Control procedure: Control of attendance and tasks accomplishment by tutors.

 

Activity No. 0c: Research Results and Dissemination

 

Number of hours: 30 hours

 

Description:

 

Justification: The doctoral student must be acquainted with the structure of the different means of results dissemination (articles, reports ...) and must have ever presented research results

 

Contents

 

  • Definition and purpose of the research report.
  • Structure of research articles
  • Oral presentation and defense of research works.
  • Results dissemination means in the field of education.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Critically analyze and interpret educational research reports.
  • Present and defend research results orally and in writing.
  • Recognize applied research in the field of education as a permanent tool for innovation and educational and social improvement, and identify the appropriate forums to disseminate its results

 

Language / s: Spanish

 

Control procedure: Tutor control of attendance and tasks accomplishment

 

Access profile and admission requirements.

Access requirements

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) access to doctoral programs is subjet to the following requirements:

1. For a candidate to access any doctoral program at the University of Murcia, it is necessary that he/she is in the possession of an official Bacherlor’s degree or equivalent and Master’s degree.

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

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

b. Have an official Spanish Graduate Diploma, whose duration, according to EU laws, is at least 300 ECTS credits. 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 which are equivalent to those offered 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 two years of training in a program to obtain the official title of one of the specialities in Health Sciences.

d. Have a diploma obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems –no need to have it officially recognised, after the General Doctorate Committee has verified that this certificate accredits a training level equivalent to that of official Spanish Master's degrees and gives access to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. This admission does not imply, in any case, either the official recognition of student’s previous degrees or its recognition for purposes other than accessing doctoral education.

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

Access profile

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Education of the University of Murcia requires the applicant to have completed a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in the field of Education (for instance, the Bachelor's Degree in Early childhood education or Primary Education, the Bachelor’s in Pedagogy, the Master’s in Research and Innovation in Early Childhood and Primary Education, the Master's degree in Education and Museums: Heritage, Identity and Cultural Mediation, the Master's in Musical Research ..., all of them official degrees currently being taught at our university).

Given the existing heterogeneity in the current university qualifications (in terms of subjects to be studied, credits distribution, organization of studies ...), the Academic Committee will ensure that applicants prove to possess the necessary qualifications, in the field of Education, for the program accomplishment. In addition, in view of the accumulated experience, it will make public and regularly update -as a maximum, every six months- a list of degrees giving access to the program.

 

Applicants must prove to have a B1 level of English.

Admission criteria

The selection process will be carried out by the Academic Committee. For the selection of students, the following scale will be taken into account:

Academic merits

University degrees

  • Master's degree in the field of Education (no training complement required) (5 points)
  • Other degrees in the field of Education (in need of training complements) (1 point)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education, Pedagogy, Social Education or equivalent in the field of Education (3 points)

 

Academic record of Masters’ (for qualifications included in group a) above)

Calculated with the criteria established by the University of Murcia to asses any academic qualification (up to 2 points)

Academic record of the Master’s (if degrees b) above)

Calculated with the criteria established by the University of Murcia to asses any academic qualification (up to 1 point)

Scholarship-predoctoral contract (obtained through a public call) (3 points / year) (up to 6 points)

Scholarships and aids for initiation to research (0.5 points / year) (up to 1 point)

 

Professional merits

Number of years of teaching experience (1 point / year) (up to 3 points)

Tutorships of practices and/or internships in degrees related to Education (0.5 points / year) (up to 3 points)

Other professional merits (up to 2 points)

 

Training merits

Courses, seminars and conferences taught (up to 2 points)

Courses, seminars, conferences received (up to 2 points)

Publications (articles, books ...) (up to 2 points)

Participation in working groups, innovation projects (up to 2 points)

 

Other merits

  • Other merits (up to 1 point)
  • If necessary, and so considered by the Commission, interviews with the applicants may be conducted (up to 3 points)

At the University of Murcia, Resolutions on admission to doctoral programs are issued by the Rector, on the proposal of each program Academic Commission, notwithstanding possible delegations of competences or signature to deans of faculties or directors of doctoral schools.

The lists of admitted students to the doctoral program will be published in the TOUM (Official Notice Board of the University of Murcia). Other means of publicity may be established by rector’s resolution.

The provisions of the regulations and instructions for admission and enrollment at the University of Murcia, as approved for each academic year, will apply to the admission procedure.

As established by the Regulation of the University of Murcia, for students with special educational needs derived from disability, the selection and admission procedures will include appropriate actions to favor, as far as possible, equality in access conditions and full integration. To that purpose, we will count on our counseling service support (SAOP) and on the collaboration of some specialists from the Faculty of Education, who will assess the need for possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

PhD students admitted to the program must be enrolled annually at the University of Murcia for doctoral tutorship. Registrations will take place at the authorized management unit, according to the requirements established in the complementary rules and admission and enrollment instructions approved by the University of Murcia each academic year.

 

Number of places offered: 24

 

Regulations and oral defense of doctoral theses (Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts, Literature, Theology, Translation and Interpretation and General and English Linguistics)

 

All Regulations governing the official teaching of Doctoral Programs (approved by the Governing Board on the 27 January 2012 and amended by the Governing Board on the 26 July 2013) can be found in Spanish on: http://www.um.es/web/vic-estudios/contenido/doctorados/tesis

 

Academic Committee

 

President of the Academic Committee (Program Coordinator):

 

- Mr. Francisco Javier Ballesta Pagán

 

Full Members:

- Ms. Mª Teresa González González

- Mr. Juan Sáez Carreras

- Mr. Pedro Luis Moreno Martínez

- Mrs. Fuensanta Hernández Pina

- Ms. Rosario Bermejo García

- Ms. María Dolores Prieto Sánchez

- Mr. Pedro Miralles Martínez

- Mr. Sebastián Molina Puche

- Mr. Eduardo Encabo Fernández

- Ms. Carmen María Soler Lapuente (Secretary)

 

Substitute Members:

- Mr. Joaquín Parra Martínez

- Mr. Amando López Valero

 

Student representative:

- Mr. Mario Jiménez Ruiz

 

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

- Mr. Gregorio Sánchez Gómez