Escuela Internacional de Doctorado

Coordination

Mr. Anibal Nieto Díaz

Faculty of Medicine

anibal.nieto@um.es
 

General Information

Presentation

The PhD Program in Health Sciences is addressed to students with degrees in biomedical and/or experimental sciences, including graduates in Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Pharmacy and also Veterinary, Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology. In particular, the programme is also offered to the Graduates who carry out their Specialized Medical Training (MIR, FIR, QIR, EIR, BIR), being able to enter directly from the third specializing training year.

The interested parties should have a clear vocation for the development of a research career and should have participated in research activities during their Degree, Master's or Specialised Medical Training studies. It is very important, also, that they possess advanced knowledge of English, at least in reading and writing.

Below you will find the complete programme guidelines as follows:

  • Research teams and lines
  • Training activities
  • Training complements
  • Access profile and admission criteria
  • Academic Committee
  • Quality Assurance
  • Grants and scholarships

 

Research teams and lines

Research Team No. 1. Clinical and Experimental Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics.

Research Team No. 2. Internal Medicine and Specialties.

Research Team No. 3. Locomotor System and Radiology, Nursing, Stomatology and Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Quality Management. Public health. ORL Vision.

 

Research Team No. 1: Clinical and Experimental Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics.

Research lines:

1. Liver Transplantation.

2. Esophageal Pathology.

3. General Surgery and Digestive System.

4. Donation of Organs.

5. Organ Xenotransplantation.

6. Clinical Liver Transplantation and Immune Tolerance.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Pablo Ramírez Romero.

Professor, Head of Surgery Section of the University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia). Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Ricardo Robles Campos.

Professor, Head of the Surgery Section of the University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca” (Murcia). Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Francisco Sánchez Bueno.

Professor, Head of the Surgery Section at the University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”(Murcia). Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Pascual Parrilla Paricio.

Professor, Head of Department of Surgery, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca” (Murcia). Director of Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics of the University of Murcia.

Research lines:

7. General and Digestive Surgery.

8. Prevention and treatment of colorectal and breast cancer.

9. Endocrine surgery.

10. Abdominal wall.

11. Quality Assisted.

12. Safety of the surgical patient.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. José Luis Aguayo Albasini.

University lecturer, Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at the University of Murcia.

 

Research lines:

13. Maternal Fetal Medicine.

14. Reproductive Medicine.

15. Gynecology and Oncology.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Aníbal Nieto Díaz.

University lecturer, Head of the Obstetrics Section, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”(Murcia). Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Mª Luisa Sánchez Ferrer.

Contracted lecturer (Obstetrics and Gynecology) Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Murcia.

Research lines:

16. Epidemiology of Asthma in Childhood.

17. Respiratory Function in the Child.

18. Nutrition in the Newborn Preterm and Term.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Luis Vicente García-Marcos Álvarez.

University lecturer, Head of Section of Pediatrics, University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia). Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics of the University of Murcia.

• Dr. Manuel Sánchez-Solís de Querol.

University lecturer, Head of Pediatrics Service, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca” (Murcia). Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Vicente Bosch Giménez.

University lecturer, Head of the Section of Neonatology, University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia). Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics of the University of Murcia.

 

Research team No. 2: Internal Medicine and Specialties.

 Research lines:

1. Arteriosclerosis.

2. Sport.

3. Experimental Endocarditis.

4. Ischemic heart disease.

5. Cardiac Impact of Arterial Hypertension.

6. Variability of Blood Pressure and its Relation to Organic Damage.

7. Peripheral Artery Disease and its Prognostic Value in Acute Coronary Syndrome.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Mariano Valdés Chavarri.

Professor, Head of Cardiology Service, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”(Murcia). Department of Medicine, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Arcadio García Alberola.

University lecturer, Head of Section of Cardiology, University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia). Department of Medicine, University of Murcia.

Research lines:

8. Heart failure.

9. Heart transplantation.

10. Remodeling and cardiac function.

11. Biomarkers.

12. Cardiovascular pharmacology.

13. Cardio-renal syndrome.

14. Adaptation to competitive sport.

15. Cardioprotective value of nutritional products.

16. Experimental model of animal infarction.

17. Oxidative stress and experimental ischemia.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Domingo A. Pascual Figal.

University lecturer, Head of the Section of Cardiology, University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia). Department of Medicine, University of Murcia.

Research lines:

18. Metabolic Syndrome and its Comorbidities.

19. Multiple Endocrine Neoplasms.

20. Obesity and Adipose Tissue.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Antonio Miguel Hernández Martínez.

Associated lecturer in Health Sciences. Endocrinology and Nutrition Service, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca” (Murcia). Department of Medicine, University of Murcia.

 

Research lines:

21. Study and Evaluation of the Use of Antibiotics in Hospital: Measures to Optimize Their Use, Value of Consensus-Based Protocols.

22. Infections on Articular Prosthesis: Epidemiology, Risk Factors, Prognosis and Influence of Antibiotic Treatment in its Evolution.

23. Influence of a Protocol-Infected Control Program on PT in its Incidence and Evolution.

24. Study of Bacteriemias in a Department of Internal Medicine: Comparative Study and Influence of the Infection Consultant and a Consensus Protocol Preset in the Prognosis, Evolution and Hospital Stays.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Joaquín Gómez Gómez.

Professor, Head of Infectious Pathology Service, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”(Murcia). Department of Internal Medicine, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Elisa García Vázquez

Associated lecturer in Health Sciences. Accredited by ANECA as Full Professor. Infectious Pathology Service, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”(Murcia). Department of Internal Medicine, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Alicia Hernández Torres

Associated lecturer in Health Sciences. Infectious Pathology Service, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”(Murcia). Department of Internal Medicine, University of Murcia.

Research lines:

25. Clinical, technological, cellular and molecular bases in digestive medicine

26. Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer (CRC).

27. Molecular Biology of RCC Applied to its classification and treatment.

28. Experimental Digestive Endoscopy.

29. Viral hepatitis

30. Hepatic cirrhosis and its complications

31. Immunosuppression and Liver Transplantation

32. Liver transplantation and medical complications

33. Autoimmune hepatopathies

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Fernando Carballo Álvarez.

University lecturer, Head of Service of Digestive System, University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia). Department of Medicine, University of Murcia.

• Dr. José Antonio Pons Miñano

Associated lecturer in Health Sciences. Accredited by ANECA as Full Professor. Head of Section of the Unit of Hepatology of the Department of Digestive Medicine. University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia). Department of Internal Medicine of the University of Murcia.

Research lines:

34. Clinical and Translational Oncology.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. José Luis Alonso Romero

Associated lecturer in Health Sciences. Head of Oncology Service. University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia). Department of Internal Medicine of the University of Murcia.

 

Research lines:

35. Epidemiology and Serological and Molecular Diagnosis of Canine and Human Leishmaniasis in the Region of Murcia.

36. Mycobacterium Cell Wrap: Composition and Biological Relevance in Tuberculosis and Mycobacteriosis.

37. Molecular Bases of Resistance to Antibiotics and Molecular Epidemiology of Intrahospital Pathogens.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Manuel Segovia Hernández.

Professor, Head of Microbiology Service, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”(Murcia). Department of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Pedro Luis Valero Guillén.

Professor, Department of Genetics and Microbiology, University of Murcia.

 

Research team No. 3: Locomotor and Radiology, Nursing, Stomatology and Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Quality Management. Public health. ORL. View.

Research lines:

1. Back Pain and Ischrosural Correst.

2. Reliability of Clinical Tendin-Muscular Extensibility Testing.

3. Sagittal Morphotype of the Spinal Column and its Influence by Sports Activity.

4. Clinical-echographic correlations, MRI versus Arthroscopy, in Tendon Pathology and Shoulder Stability.

5. Comparative Study of Different Treatments for Wrist Fractures.

6. Bone Transplants: Surgery for Reconstruction of Major Bone Defects.

7. Soft tissue sarcomas: prognostic factors, PET-CT / MRI / Pathological Anatomy correlation.

8. Prosthetic surgery in bone reconstruction (hip and knee megaprosthesis).

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Fernando Santonja Medina.

University lecturer of Traumatology, FEA, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”(Murcia). Department of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Pilar Sainz de Baranda Andújar

Contracted lecturer, Department of Physical Activity and Sport, Fac. Sports Science

Research lines:

9. Biomechanics of the Locomotor Apparatus.

10. Ultrasound and Biomechanics of the Locomotor Apparatus.

11. Anesthesia and Resuscitation.

12. Critical Care of the Surgical Patient.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Matilde Moreno Cascales.

University lecturer of Human Anatomy, Department of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Miguel Ángel Fernández-Villacañas Marín.

University lecturer of Human Anatomy, Department of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, University of Murcia.

Research lines:

13. Clinical Radiology.

14. Neuroradiology.

15. Mammography.

16. Experimental Radiology.

17. Radiobiology.

18. Radiation protection.

19. Biological effect of physical agents.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Juan de Dios Berna Serna.

Professor, Head of the Radiology Section, University Hospital “Virgen de la Arrixaca”(Murcia). Department of Stomatology, Radiology and Physical Medicine at the University of Murcia.

• Dr. Miguel Alcaraz Baños.

University lecturer of Radiology and Physical Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Stomatology, Radiology and Physical Medicine of the University of Murcia.

• Dr. David Armero Barranco.

University lecturer of Nursing, Department of Nursing, University of Murcia.

Research lines:

20. Clinical and experimental research in Orthodontics.

21. Biology of the Dental Movement.

22. Precancer and Oral Cancer.

23. Bisphosphonate maxillary osteonecrosis.

24. New Advances in Oral Pathology and Salivary Disorders.

25. Dental Biomaterials.

26. Surgery, periodontics and oral implantology.

27. Preventive and conservative dentistry.

28. Prosthesis and dental occlusion.

29. Aging.

30. Oral medicine. Clinical and experimental pathology.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Luis Alberto Bravo González.

University lecturer of Stomatology, Department of Dermatology, Stomatology, Radiology and Physical Medicine at the University of Murcia.

• Dr. María Pía López Jornet.

University lecturer of Stomatology, Department of Dermatology, Stomatology, Radiology and Physical Medicine at the University of Murcia.

• Dr. Fabio Camacho Alonso.

University lecturer of Stomatology, Secretary of the Department of Dermatology, Stomatology, Radiology and Physical Medicine of the University of Murcia.

• Dr. Antonio José Ortiz Ruiz.

University lecturer of Stomatology, Department of Dermatology, Stomatology, Radiology and Physical Medicine at the University of Murcia.

Research lines:

31. Methodological research associated with the measurement of disability.

32. Patterns and progression of disability: associated factors

33. Effectiveness and safety of Physical Therapy interventions.

34. Instrumental analysis of movement and disability.

35. Prevention of injuries and disabilities in the sports field

36. Investigation of surveys in Physiotherapy

37. Psychomotor development.

38. Design and evaluation of programs in Physical Therapy.

39. Physical exercise. Impact of physical exercise.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Antonia Gómez Conesa.

Professor of University School of Physiotherapy, Department of Physiotherapy of the University of Murcia.

• Dr. Joaquina Montilla Herrador.

University lecturer of Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Francesc Medina i Mirapeix.

Professor of School of Physiotherapy, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Murcia.

• Dr. María Pilar Escolar Reina.

Contracted lecturer of Physiotherapy Doctor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Mariano Martínez González.

University lecturer of Physiotherapy, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Murcia.

• Dr. María Francisca Serrano Gisbert.

University lecturer of Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Ignacio Martínez González-Moro.

Assistant lecturer of Physiotherapy, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Francisco Javier Jimeno Serrano.

Assistant lecturer Physiotherapyr, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Murcia.

Research lines:

40. Physiotherapy in Mental Health.

41. Aging and dependency.

42. Physical Exercise and Health.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Antonia Gómez Conesa.

Professor of Physiotherapy School, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Murcia.

 

Research lines:

43. Aging, Mental Health and Clinical Psychology.

44. Practice based on Evidence and Meta-analysis.

45. Woman and Medicine in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

46. Women and Knowledge: Science.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Paloma Moral de Calatrava.

University lecturer of Nursing, Department of Nursing, University of Murcia.

• Dr. María Pilar Almansa Martínez.

University lecturer of Nursing, Department of Nursing, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Florentina Pina Roche.

University lecturer of Nursing, Department of Nursing, University of Murcia.

Research Line:

47. Occupational Health: Psychosocial Consequences of Work in Health Professionals.

48. Quality Assisted Management, Clinical and Resource Management in Nursing.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. María José López Montesinos.

University lecturer of Nursing, Department of Nursing, University of Murcia.

 

Research lines:

49. Psychology and Forensic Psychiatry. Occupational Health: Psychosocial Factors of Work in Health Professionals.

50. Sleep disorders.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Bartolomé Llor Esteban.

University lecturer of Nursing, Department of Sociosanitary Sciences of the University of Murcia.

 

Research lines:

51. Bioethics applied in the practice of care.

52. Ethical and methodological responsibilities for decision-making in the practice of care.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Mª José Torralba Madrid.

University lecturer of Nursing, Department of Nursing, University of Murcia.

• Dr. Diego José García Capilla.

Associated lecturer of Moral Philosophy. Accredited by ANECA as Assistant Professor Doctor. Department of Philosophy of the University of Murcia.

Research lines:

53. Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Patient Safety.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Juan José Gascón Cánovas.

University lecturer of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Department of Sociosanitary Sciences of the University of Murcia.

• Dr. José Jesús Guillén Pérez.

Associated teacher of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Department of Sociosanitary Sciences of the University of Murcia.

• Dr. Carmen Navarro Sánchez.

Associated lecturer of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Department of Socio-sanitary Sciences of the University of Murcia.

• Dr. Miriam Moñino García.

Associated lecturer of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Department of Sociosanitary Sciences of the University of Murcia.

• Dr. Ana Cutillas Tolín.

Associated lecturer of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Department of Sociosanitary Sciences of the University of Murcia.

 

Research lines:

54. History of Medicine.

55. History of Dentistry.

56. Medical Documentation.

57. History of Scientific Institutions in Spain.

58. History of Science in the Region of Murcia.

59. Scientific Documentation.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. José Miguel Sáez Gómez.

University lecturer of History of Medicine, Department of Sociosanitary Sciences of the University of Murcia.

 

Research lines:

60. ORL Acute vascular pathology.

61. Prognostic factors in ORL oncology.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. José Miguel Osete Albaladejo.

University lecturer of Optical Return Loss, Department of Ophthalmology, Optometry, Otorhinolaryngology and Pathological Anatomy.

• Dr. José Antonio Díaz Manzano.

Associated lecturer of ORL, Department of Ophthalmology, Optometry, Otorhinolaryngology and Pathological Anatomy.

• Dr. Alfonso Medina Banegas.

University lecturer of ORL, Department of Ophthalmology, Optometry, Otorhinolaryngology and Pathological Anatomy.

 

Research lines:

62. Accommodation and Presbyopia.

63. Low Vision.

64. Aging of the visual system.

65. Optometry and Vision.

66. Optical techniques of diagnosis and treatment.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

• Dr. Norberto López Gil.

University lecturer of Optics (Accredited to University Professor). Department of Physics of the University of Murcia.

• Dr. Fernando Vargas Martín.

University lecturer of Optics. Department of Physics of the University of Murcia.

 

 

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 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 students of the program following the recommendations of the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme, the monitoring commissions, the tutor and the doctoral thesis director.

 

- LABORATORY SAFETY FOR DOCTORANDOS

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 ACTIVITY OF THE PROGRAM

 

- MOBILITY: STAY IN RESEARCH CENTER

Type: Optional

 

Complementary Training

The Health Science Program does not require any additional training.

 

 

Access Criteria

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 specialised 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 recognised, 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.

Please see admission criteria below.

Admission profile

Health Sciences is a program of doctoral studies specially addressed to students with degrees in biomedical and/or experimental sciences, among which we can include graduates in Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Pharmacy and also Veterinary, Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Interested students should have a clear vocation for the development of a research career and should have been involved in research activities during their Bacherlor’s or Master’s studies. It is very important that they have an advanced knowledge of English, at least in reading and writing.

Admission Criteria

Notwithstanding the provisions of article 7 of R.D. 99/2011, of January 28, the selection and admission to the doctoral programme is subject to the following rules:

    The selection process in the doctoral programme in Health Sciences will be carried out by the Academic Committee of the programme. To this purpose, the criteria established in the verification memory will be applied, taking into account, among others, the following:

-Adequacy of the academic curriculum to the access profile. This criterion has a weight of 50% on the total evaluation.

-Have carried out previous research tasks leading to the publication of articles or communications to conferences, national or international, in impact magazines. This criterion has a weight of 15% on the total evaluation of the selective process. As indicated in the section on admission profile, it is important that doctoral candidates wishing to be admitted to the program have previously taken part in research activities, both during their Bachelor’s studies and during their Master’s studies, if any.

- Particularly relevant or significant merits in relation to the doctoral programme in Health Sciences. This criterion has a weight of 25% on the total evaluation. In this section, courses, workshops and conferences attended as well as general activities aiming at training in the field of medicine and research followed at the University, Health Services, Scientific Societies, professional colleges, scientific congresses etc. will be considered.

 -Any other criterion or procedure previously explained and grounded that, in the opinion of the Academic Committee, allows to verify the applicant suitability to join the programme. This criterion has a weight of 10% on the total evaluation.

The resolution on the admission to the doctoral programme shall be issued by the rector, at the proposal of the Academic Committee of the doctoral programme and with respect to the delegation of powers or signature.

The lists of admitted students in the doctoral programme will be published in the UMU Official Bulletin Board (TOUM, https://sede.um.es/sede/tablon/inicio.seam). Other means of publicity may be established by a rector resolution.

The admission procedure established in the regulations and guidelines for admission and enrollment in the UM, as approved for each academic year, will be applied.

In the case of students with special educational needs resulting from disability, the selection and admission systems and procedures must include appropriate support and counseling services, which will evaluate the need of possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

Number of places available: 100

Regulations and oral defense of doctoral theses

The University of Murcia in its Regulation on the official teaching of Doctoral Studies, in Chapter II of BORM 11-02-2012 (approved in Council of Government of 27 January 2012 and modifications approved in Council of Government of 26 July 2013), establishes the rules for the presentation and reading of Doctoral Theses.

All updated information can be consulted on: http://www.um.es/web/vic-estudios/contenido/doctorados/tesis

 

Academic Committee

Chairman of the Academic Committee (Coordinator of the Doctoral Program):

    PhD. Luis Fernando Carballo Álvarez

 

Representing team 1:

    PhD. Anibal Nieto Díaz

    PhD. Ricardo Robles Campos

    Substitute: Dr. Manuel Sánchez-Solís de Querol

 

Representing team 2:

    PhD. Fernando Carballo Álvarez

    PhD. Pedro Luis Valero Guillén

    Substitute: Dr. Domingo Andrés Pascual Figal

 

Representing Team 3:

    PhD. Luis Alberto Bravo González

    PhD. Antonia Gómez Conesa

    Substitutes: Dr. María José López Montesinos, Dr. Fabio Camacho Alonso.

 

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

    PhD. Gregorio Sánchez Gómez

 

Quality Assurance System

The system of quality assurance for doctoral programmes at the University of Murcia is based on the collection of information on key development aspects of the programmes and a thorough analysis thereof to reach the appropriate conclusions. It aims at the solution of possible deviations with proposals for improvement. This analysis is the cornerstone of the system and it is therefore essential that it is accurately reflected in the various minutes of the Quality Assurance Committee (section 3). This way, the minutes will show the programme performance in all its areas.

The doctoral programmes are developed according to a previous planning based on the report prepared for the verification process at national level. The results of the development must become the input for the Quality Assurance Committee analyses.

Responsibilities for the management, coordination and follow-up of the programme Quality Assurance System

Quality coordinator of the doctoral programme: The coordinator is responsible for the implementation of all actions included in the programme quality assurance system.

Quality assurance committee of the doctoral programme: The programme academic committee will count on the possible participation of other agents involved in the doctoral programme: faculty, doctoral students, academic staff, support staff and other external agents, at the Committee's own decision. To this purpose, it will take into account the features of each doctoral programme and the relationship with other research institutions, such as the CSIC, companies or entities of recognized prestige, other research and innovation centers, etc. The function of this Committee will be to analyze the results of the different procedures that make up the quality assurance system and, based on the resulting analysis, to elaborate the proposals of action the Committee deems convenient and to carry out the follow-up.

If the doctoral programme is attached to a Center, the QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMITTEE will report the results of the analyzes to the Quality Assurance Committee of the Center. In case the programme is attached to the Inrternational School of Doctoral Studies, the Committee will inform the Board of the School.

University: It commits itself to keep  the norms on submission and oral defense of doctoral theses permanently updated. It also guarantees the availability of mechanisms for the recognition of the authorship and direction of the thesis.

Satisfaction of the groups involved

In order to know the satisfaction, needs and expectations, the QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMITTEE will elaborate a multi-year plan of surveys that will take into account target groups to be consulted (doctoral students, academic staff, graduates, etc.), the key information to be transmitted, the right time to do so (timeline) and how to do it (surveys, focus groups, etc.). Said plan must be approved and recorded by the Committee.

The results of the satisfaction survey will be analyzed by the Committee itself and the results will be recorded.

Development of the doctoral programme

The doctoral programme will count on a planning of training activities, including duration and schedule and organizing part time students’ participation. The QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMITTEE will monitor the development of the doctoral programme on a quarterly basis, with respect to the monitoring procedure of training activities as held in the verification report.

Likewise, the Quality Assurance Committee will ensure that the guide of good practices for the management of doctoral theses is permanently updated and will verify too that a tutor and thesis director is always appointed as planned. The Committee, based on the “doctorate file”, will also guarantee that the doctorate’s portfolio of activities is thoroughly examined, that the data therein contained are certified and the student’s research plan and activities are assessed.

Given the interest of the programme in the participation of international experts, it will be promoted to the extent allowed by the circumstances and the available resources. Evidence of this participation will be collected and analyzed by the Committee.

Mobility Programmes

The doctoral programme is concerned with the mobility of its doctoral students. Consequently, it establishes relationships and agreements with companies and other entities, reporting to the Quality Assurance Committee to analyze its convenience and accordingly, to establish participation and selection criteria. Likewise, the Committee will be responsible for guaranteeing that the doctoral students are properly informed, will carry out the selection of the participating doctoral candidates and will monitor and evaluate the activity carried out by each doctoral candidate.

To that end, the Committe will establish, follow-up and update the evaluation criteria, being allowed to delegate the follow-up to the doctorate’s directors, who will report on the results obtained.

The Committee will systematically analyze the results of the mobility and will record the analysis and conclusions as well as new proposals for improvement in the corresponding report.

Follow-up of PhD graduates

During the five years following the oral defense of the doctoral thesis, students having obtained the title of doctor will be followed up in order to check their insertion in the labour market. The survey method will be used and applied the 3rd and 5th year after the date of qualification so that their employment status, their access to scholarships or any other type of grant as well as their satisfaction with the programme can be assessed.

Graduated doctors linked to the University of Murcia will be required to report annual information. Surveys and the corresponding reports will be carried out by the Employment Observatory at the University of Murcia.

Satisfaction with the training received, information on the doctor employment insertion, as well as the percentage of students receiving grants for postdoctoral contracts as well as any other information considered relevant will be carefully analyzed by the Committee in order to draw the appropriate conclusions and undertake the improvement actions it deems convenient. All information on the whole process will be recorded in the corresponding minutes.

Results of the doctoral programme

Taking into account the estimates made in the report or the limit values ​​(objectives) established for the different indicators, the QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMITTEE will analyse the results and record the analysis in the corresponding report.

The information to be analyzed will consist of at least:

Satisfaction results of the different agents involved in the doctoral programme (PhD. students, academic and administration and services staff, etc.)

Mobility Results

Percentage of doctoral students who get postdoctoral contracts, in order to check if forecasts are met.

Data on the doctorates employability during the three years after the oral defense of their thesis, in order to analyse if they are positively valued and the forecasts are met.

Results of the doctoral programme (thesis produced, success rates in the accomplishment of the doctoral programme, the quality of theses and resulting contributions) to verify if the forecasts are being met.

Number of new students and of foreign students.

 

During the review and improvement process the Quality Assurance Committee will use the analysis results to get information on the suitability of the programme and to establish the actions for improvement that are deemed convenient.

 

Monitoring of the Report submitted to verification

The Quality Assurance Committee will monitor the report submitted in order to ensure that human and material resources, programme planning, etc. are carried out and updated as said in the aforementioned report.

In addition, the Committee will check:

The recommended access profile (as published in the memory) to verify that it is still valid or to proceed with its update.

That the research teams have active research projects related to the programme research.

That the material resources explained in the report remain appropriate and that a provision of external resources is available

The number of programme staff’s contributions so that the database can be updated

 

Release of information (on programme, development and results)

The Quality Assurance Committee commits itself to transparency and accountability before all agents interested in the doctoral programme. To this end, it undertakes to provide information on the programme, the access profile, the groups satisfaction, the programme development, the results obtained as well as the analysis and improvement proposals. To do so, the Committee will make use of the programme website and will offer information face to face (meetings or e-mail) to students and teachers.

At its quarterly meetings, the Coordinator will report to the Quality Assurance Committee on the updating of the web and the communication maintained with teachers and students.

In addition, the Coordinator will ensure that updated information on enrollment, orientation for incoming students, admission and selection procedures, training complements, etc. is available on the web.

 

 

Review of Quality System compliance

The Quality Assurance Committee will annually verify that all foreseen actions have been implemented and that, consequently, the corresponding Improvement Plan has been drawn up, weather it is  a plan as such or a series of specific actions approved throughout the course.

Interuniversity programmes

In case of doctoral programmes in which more than one university participates, an agreement will be established between all of them in order to ensure that the University responsible for coordination receives information from the rest on the follow-up of the development and results analysis.

Likewise, the Committee will guarantee that the information provided is complete and up-to-date on the websites of all universities participating in the programme, and that appropriate analyses are carried out to monitor the programme, report and guarantee the system at each partner university.

Scholarships and grants

If you have Spanish nationality or your permanent residence is in Spain, please visit the following site.

http://www.um.es/web/eidum/contenido/estudios/doctorados/artes/becas

If you are a foreigner, please visit our Service of International Relations and try one of our exchange programmes or just contact the Office of International Relations for further information.