Escuela Internacional de Doctorado

Coordination

Ms. Elvira Larque Daza

Faculty of Biology

E-mail: elvirada@um.es

Phone: +34 868 88 4239

Fax: +34 868 88 7557

 

General Information

Presentation

The Doctoral Program in Signals Integration and Modulation in Biomedicine aims at a high level scientific training of students in the theoretical and practical bases of biomedical sciences. To this end, the programme provides a multidisciplinary and continuous offer that also guarantees the maintenance and progress of the current research lines at regional, national and international level with the training of university researchers. Some of the lines are aquaculture, animal reproduction, photoprotection in the sun, nutrition, renal and vascular diseases, or pharmacological studies of the action of peptides and opiates, etc. All these subjects are relevant to the activities of the Autonomous Community of Murcia. The programme will count undoubtedly on a significant number of students who will guarantee a generational relay in scientific research, this training becoming increasingly autonomous and of a higher quality. Thus, students are guaranteed the necessary updated and quality information, theoretical as well as practical, firstly to approach their research work and secondly, to rely on it along their professional lifes.

Programme guidelines

  • 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: Cell Biology and Histology.
  • Research Team No. 2: Comparative Immunity.
  • Research Team No. 3: Biochemistry.
  • Research Team No. 4: Immunology.
  • Research Team No. 5: Physiology, Nutrition and Chronobiology.
  • Research Team No. 6: Medical Physiology.
  • Research Team No. 7: Cell Therapy and Translational Medicine
  • Research Team No. 8: Hematology and Experimental Clinical Oncology.
  • Research Team No. 9: Legal Medicine and Toxicology.
  • Research Team No. 10: Experimental Pharmacology
  • Research Team No. 11: Neuroscience.

 

Research Team No. 1: Cell Biology and Histology.

Research Line: Cellular Biology of Intracellular Reproduction and Transport.

Studies on cellular biology, histology and bioethical aspects related to animal and human reproduction. On the other hand, the intracellular traffic is a usual research topic, especially the morpho-functional organization of the Golgi apparatus in normal and pathological conditions.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Martínez Menárguez, José Ángel

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, Center, University: Cell Biology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Ferrer Cazorla, Concepción

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, Center, University: Cell Biology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Martínez Alonso, Emma

Academic/Professional Status: Contracted lecturer

Department, Center, University: Cell Biology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Pastor García, Luis Miguel

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, Center, University: Cell Biology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Madrid Cuevas, Juan Francisco

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, Center, University: Cell Biology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Beltrán Frutos, Ester

Academic/Professional Status: Contracted lecturer

Department, Center, University: Cell Biology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

 

Research team No. 2: Comparative Immunity.

Research line: Evolution of Immune Response in Vertebrates. Immunity, Inflammation, Angiogenesis, Hematopoiesis and Cancer.

Immunity of teleost fish from a basic (evolution of immunity) and applied (aquaculture) point of view. Development of immunostimulants and vaccines. Immuno-reproductive interaction. Impact of inflammation in zebrafish using emerging techniques and development of new transgenic lines.

 

Research line: Immune System of Fish and Invertebrates. Effect of Environmental Contaminants on Immune Response.

Immune system in fishes and invertebrates relevant for aquaculture. Inborn immune system, mucosal immunity and diet enrichment. Interactions between the immune system and pathogens and the aquatic environment. Effect of polluting agents on the immune response.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Meseguer Peñalver, José

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

University/Research Center: University of Murcia

Department: Cell Biology and Histology

 

PhD. Mulero Méndez, Victoriano

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department: Cell Biology and Histology

 

PhD. García Ayala, Alfonsa

Academic/Professional Status: University Lecturer

University / Research Center: University of Murcia

Department: Cell Biology and Histology

 

PhD. Esteban Abad, Mª Ángeles

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

University / Research Center: University of Murcia

Department: Cell Biology and Histology

 

PhD. Sepulcher Cortés, Mª Pilar

Academic/Professional Status: Contracted lecturer

University / Research Center: University of Murcia

Department: Cell Biology and Histology

 

PhD. García Hernández, María del Pilar

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

University / Research Center: University of Murcia

Department: Cell Biology and Histology

 

Research team nº 3: Biochemistry.

Research line: Functional Regulation of Receptors Coupled to Proteins G.

This research team studies the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation mediated by molecules derived from amino acids, such as peptide hormones, and polyamines. We analyse the role of the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), with emphasis on the effect of natural mutations on signaling properties, intracellular trafficking and increased risk of skin cancer.

 

Research line: Polyamines Metabolism and Cellular Regulation.

Studies on the regulation of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), an enzyme that catalyzes the limiting stage of the biosynthetic process of polyamines, as well as its regulatory proteins, antizymes (AZs) and anti-enzyme inhibitors (AZINs). Both ODC and its regulatory proteins are related to processes of cell growth and differentiation, and are considered targets of antineoplastic agents.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Peñafiel García, Rafael

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia.

 

PhD. Cremades Campos, Asunción

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia.

 

PhD. Jiménez-Cervantes Frigols, Celia

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia.

 

PhD. García-Borrón Martínez, José Carlos

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia.

 

PhD. Solano Muñoz, Francisco

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia.

 

PhD. Olivares Sánchez, Concepción

Academic/Professional Status: Contracted lecturer

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia.

 

Research Team No. 4: Immunology.

Research Line: Inflammatory Response in Infectious Diseases and Liver Cirrhosis.

Study of cell populations in infectious diseases and chronic and/ or fibrotic inflammatory pathology, cellular signaling pathways, cytokine production, functional tests and analysis of other immunological parameters. Response to pathogens. Study of new drugs and therapeutic targets.

 

Research Line: Pathology of the Immune System. Cellular and Molecular Bases.

Pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivity, immunodeficiencies, transplant rejection, infertility and tumors of immune origin. Animal models and diagnostic techniques.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Ruiz Alcaraz, Antonio

Academic/Professional Status. PhD. Assistant.

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Aparicio Alonso, Pedro

Academic/Professional Status. Professor

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. García Peñarrubia, María del Pilar

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Martínez Esparza Alvargonzalez, Mª Concepción

Academic/Professional Status. University lecturer

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Martín Orozco Santiago, Mª Elena

Academic/Professional Status. University lecturer

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Hernández Caselles, Trinidad

Academic/Professional Status. Contracted lecturer

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Rubio Pedraza, Gonzalo

Academic/Professional Status. Contracted lecturer

Department, Center, University: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology B and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

Research Team No. 5: Physiology, Nutrition and Chronobiology.

Research Line: Nutrition, Food and Metabolic Alterations.

Nutritional assessment in the elderly, nutrition during gestation and childhood. Nutritional intervention in adolescents to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome. Functional Foods. Oxidative stress and prevention of aging and degenerative diseases. Fetal programming of nutrition-related diseases and effects on child neurodevelopment.

 

Research Line: Chronobiology and Aging.

Animal models for the study of aging. Integrated assessment of patient’s rhythms using non-invasive techniques (integration of blood pressure registers, motor activity, body temperature, exposure to light, pupilometry, expression of clock genes and sleep-wake) in order to collaborate in the Improved diagnosis and treatment of disorders with a major circadian component such as aging, hypertension, diabetes and sleep disorders.

 

Research Line: Aquaculture

Feeding strategies for fishes. Design of diets for fishes: alternative ingredients. Rhythms of dietary behaviour and dietary selection in fishes by self-demand. Nutritive use of dietary lipids in fishes. Environmental cycles and fish reproduction. Ontogenetic development of the fish clock.

 

Research Line: Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome.

Culture of adipocytes to study the expression of different genes and to be able to delve into the molecular functioning of human adipose tissue. Studies of nutria-genetics in obese patients and relationship with the alteration of the circadian rhythms. Nutritional intervention in obesity.

 

Teachers-Researchers

PhD. Madrid Pérez, Juan Antonio

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Zamora Navarro, Salvador

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Pérez Llamas, Francisca

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia

 

PhD. López Jiménez, José Ángel

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Sánchez Vázquez, Francisco Javier

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Physiology

 

PhD. Larqué Daza, Elvira

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Physiology

 

PhD. Marín Chicano, Juan Francisco

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Physiology

 

PhD. Garaulet Aza, Marta

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology

 

PhD. Rol de Lama, Angels

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Mendiola López, Pilar

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Costa Ruiz, Jorge de

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Martínez López, Francisco Javier

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Physiology, Fac. Biology, University of Murcia

 

Research Team No. 6: Medical Physiology.

Research line: Endothelial Dysfunction and Oxidative Stress in Cardiovascular and Renal Physiopathology.

This line of research aims at establishing the importance of vascular endothelium and oxidative stress in cardiovascular and renal alterations of hypertension, renal damage secondary to ischemia, pre-eclampsia, type-1 diabetes and gestational diabetes.

 

Research line: Alterations of Nephrogenesis and its Implication in Renal Disease. Sexual Differences.

The objective of this line is the study of the mechanisms responsible for alterations in renal function and hypertension in adulthood, which appear as a consequence of a decreased number of nephrons in the perinatal stage.

 

Teachers-Researchers

PhD. Fenoy Palacios, Francisco J.

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. García Salom, Miguel

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Hernández García, Isabel

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer. Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. López Cano, Bernardo

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Llinás Más, M. Teresa

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Moreno Ayuso, Juan M.

Academic/Professional Status: Contracted lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Rodríguez Mulero, Francisca

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Salazar Aparicio, F. Javier

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Bonacasa Fernández, Barbara

Academic/Professional Status: Associate lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

Research Team No. 7: Cell Therapy and Translational Medicine

Research Line: Cell Therapy and Hematopoietic Transplantation.

Stem cells, whether embryonic, induced pluripotent or adult, are a potentially unlimited source of cells for research or for clinical use in transplants. The ability of these cells to improve function or repair damaged tissues in disease animal models has contributed to generating high expectations in the development of new therapies for human diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's and ischemic or degenerative diseases.

 

Research Line: Hypertension and Liver Cirrhosis.

Both diseases, arterial hypertension and liver cirrhosis, share a large number of humoral, cardiovascular and renal alterations, among others, which are relevant for the study of its pathophysiology. We are also interested in studying the role of vascular endothelium, free radicals and the effect of nutraceuticals and other drugs on the development and complications of these diseases.

 

Teachers-Researcher

PhD. García-Estañ López, Joaquín M.

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Iyú Espinosa, David C.

Academic/Professional Status: PhD. Assistant

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Marín Atucha, Noemí T.

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Ortiz Ruiz, M. Clara

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Moraleda Jiménez, José María

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Castellanos Escrig, Gregorio

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

Research Team No. 8: Hematology and Experimental Clinical Oncology.

Research Line: Hematology and Clinical Experimental Oncology.

 

Research with clear translational component, in the fields of clinical hematology, hematopoietic transplantation, thrombosis and hemostasis and oncology. The aim is to promote the acquisition of technological knowledge related to molecular biology, flow cytometry, cell biology, protein chemistry, hemostasis and thrombosis tests, aspects of genomics and clinical research methodology, among others, that will lead to an experimental work in the field of Hematology and Oncology.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Vicente García, Vicente

Academic/Professional Status: Professor.

Department, center, university: Department of Internal Medicine. University of Murcia.

 

PhD. Corral de la Calle, Javier

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Internal Medicine. University of Murcia.

 

PhD. Lozano Almela, María Luisa

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Internal Medicine. University of Murcia.

 

PhD. González Conejero Hilla, Rocío

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Internal Medicine. University of Murcia.

 

PhD. Roldán Schilling, Vanessa

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Department of Internal Medicine. University of Murcia.

 

PhD. Ayala de la Peña, Francisco

Academic/Professional Status: Associate lecturer.

Department, center, university: Department of Internal Medicine. University of Murcia.

 

PhD. Jerez Cayuela, Andrés

Academic/Professional Status: Associate lecturer.

Department, center, university: Department of Internal Medicine. University of Murcia.

 

Research Team No. 9: Legal Medicine and Toxicology.

Research Line: Forensic Science and Human Toxicology.

New matrices and markers for the diagnosis of different causes of death and circumstances in which it occurs. Tools for the diagnosis of abuse of drugs and other toxic substances in the medical and forensic field. Study of the factors that determine and define health alterations related to work. Ethical-legal implications of healthcare and research activities in biomedicine.

 

Teachers-Researcher:

PhD. Luna Maldonado, Aurelio

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Social and Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Pérez Cárceles, Mª Dolores

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Department of Social and Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Falcón Romero, María

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Social and Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Osuna Carrillo-Albornoz, Eduardo Javier

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Social and Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

Research Team No. 10: Experimental Pharmacology

Research Line: Molecular Mechanisms of Substance Abuse Addiction.

Molecular mechanisms involved in the opiates addiction: microRNAs, transcription factors, glucocorticoids.

 

Research Line: Xenobiotic Pharmacokinetics.

Study of the pharmacokinetics of antibiotics and antiparasitics in domestic species: pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic integration. Study of modifications induced by polymer formulations for parental administration. In case of lactating animals: study of these drugs remains.

 

Research Line: Cardiovascular Pharmacology: In vitro Study of Automatism Cardiac Contractility.

Study of cardiac contractility "in vitro" and its regulation by activating drugs of Gs protein and inhibitors of phosphodiesterases. Study of normal and pathological cardiac function, modified by stimulation of Gs protein coupled receptors and the role of phosphodiesterases. Research on sinus and contractile myocardium of animal and human models (heart failure and atrial fibrillation).

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Milanés Maquilón, Mª Victoria

Professional Category: Professor

 

PhD. Luisa Laorden Carrasco, Mª Luisa

Professional Category: Professor

 

PhD. Hernández Cascales, Jesus

Professional Category: Professor

 

PhD. Vargas Álvarez-Castellanos, Mª Luisa

Professional Category: University lecturer

 

PhD. Rio Garcia, Jesus del

Professional Category: University lecturer

 

PhD. Cárceles Rodríguez, Carlos M.

Professional Category: Professor

 

PhD. Escudero Pastor, Elisa

Professional Category: Professor

 

PhD. Fernández Varón, Emilio

Professional Category: University lecturer

 

PhD. Martínez Martínez, José Antonio

Professional Category: University lecturer

 

PhD. Espuny Miró, Alberto

Professional Category: Associate lecturer

 

PhD. Almela Rojo, Pilar

Professional Category: Associate lecturer

 

PhD. Marín Carrillo, Pedro

Professional Category: Associate lecturer

 

PhD. Núñez Parra, María Cristina

Professional Category: Associate lecturer (part-time)

 

PhD. Herrero Ezquerro, María Trinidad

Professional Category: Professor

 

Research Team No. 11: Neuroscience.

Line of research: Development, Structure and Evolution of the Nervous System.

Studies of the development and regionalization of the brain based on molecular analysis and use maps. Evolutionary studies by comparative analysis of brain territories in different species. Functional study of genes using experiments of excess and lack of function (electroporation and analysis of mutants). Data mining of genes involved in normal and pathological neural development.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Puelles López, Luis

Academic/Professional Status: Professor

Department, center, university: Dept. of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, Fac. of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Martínez-de-la-Torre and Fox, Margarita

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Dept. of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, Fac. of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Aroca Tejedor, María del Pilar

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Dept. of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, Fac. of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Marín San Leandro, Faustino

Academic/Professional Status: Contracted lecturer

Department, center, university: Dept. of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, Fac. of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Eduardo Ferrán, José Luis

Academic/Professional Status: Contracted lecturer

Department, center, university: Dept. of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, Fac. of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

Research Line: Brain Aging and Dementias.

Development of anatomical and behavioral studies on normal and pathological brain aging in animal models. The anatomical studies are focused on the analysis of histochemical, immunocytochemical and connective markers in brain areas involved in the processes of cerebral aging, especially in the limbic system. At the same time, various behavioral tests (active avoidance, passive avoidance, labyrinth elevation in cross, Barnes labyrinth, cold immobilization, cant-test) are applied to clarify various mechanisms inherent in memory, learning and emotional processes.

 

Teachers-Researchers:

PhD. Caballero Bleda, María

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Dept. of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, Fac. of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Popovic Popovic, Miroljub

Academic/Professional Status: University lecturer

Department, center, university: Dept. of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, Fac. ofMedicine, University of Murcia

 

PhD. Popovic, Natalija

Academic/Professional Status: Contracted lecturer

Department, center, university: Dept. of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology, Fac. of Medicine, University of Murcia

 

Training activities

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

 

- LABORATORY SAFETY FOR DOCTORANDOS

Type: Optional

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

Type: Optional

SPECIFIC ACTIVITY OF THE PROGRAM

- ASSISTANCE TO SCIENTIFIC CONGRESSES

Type: Optional

 

- MOBILITY: SHORT STAYS

Type: Optional

 

- ASSISTANCE TO SPECIALIZED COURSES

Type: Optional

 

- CONFERENCE ASSISTANCE

Type: Optional

 

 

Complementary Training

Complementary training is not required in this doctoral programme. However, the doctoral program only admits students with degrees in the field of Biomedicine, many of whom also have a master's degree in this same field or have performed stages in hospitals. That is why all admitted students are considered to have enough training to access PhD studies.

 

Access Criteria

Article 7 of Rector's Resolution 42/2012 of 6 February, 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 consisting, 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 Signal Integration and Modulation in Biomedicine.

d. Have a diploma obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems –no need to have it officially recognized-, after the General Doctoral Committee has verified its equivalence in training credits to an official Spanish Master's degree and that it gives 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 PhD. title obtained according to previous university regulations.

Admission profile

The doctoral program is addressed to students with a sound background in biomedical science (graduates in medicine, pharmacy, biology, veterinary, etc.). The student profile to access this program is a highly motivated person, with a relevant biomedical training, to develop an experimental doctoral thesis, with capacity to work both autonomously and as a team within a research group. It is desirable that the doctorate has enough level of spoken and written English to handle specialized bibliography.

Admission Criteria

The admission requirements and admission criteria are those established by the Regulation governing the official doctoral education of the University of Murcia (approved in the Governing Council of 27 January 2012 and available at http://www.um.es/web/vic-studies/content/normative). The following is article 8, where selection and admission criteria are detailed.

Article 8.- Selection criteria and admission to a doctoral program

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

    a. The selection process in the doctoral programme in Signal Integration and Modulation in Biomedicine 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:

-Assessment of academic curriculum.

-Assessment of particularly relevant merits in relation to the requested doctoral program.

-Any other criteria or procedure previously stated and substantiated that, in the opinion of the academic committee, allows the Commission to verify the applicant suitability to follow such studies.

    b. The resolution on admission to a doctoral program will be issued by the rector, on the proposal of the academic committee of the doctoral program and without prejudice to delegations of competencies or signature that can be made in favor of the center deans or the directors of doctoral schools.

2. Admission to doctoral programs may include the requirement for specific training complements, the design of which must be recorded in the corresponding verification report and the development of which will not count for the purposes of the limit established for its duration in Article 3.2 of Royal Decree 99 / 2011, of January 28. For the purposes of public prices and the granting of scholarships and study grants, such training supplements shall be considered doctoral level training.

3. The lists admitted to the doctoral program will be published in the TOUM of the University of Murcia. Other means of publicity may be established by resolution of the rector.

4. It will be applicable to the admission procedure established in the regulations and admission and registration instructions at the University of Murcia that is approved for each academic year.

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

The selection process will be carried out by the academic committee of the doctoral program.

The specific criteria used to select students are the following:

Curriculum evaluation

-Academic record obtained in a biomedical area (70%).

Assessment of specially relevant merits

-Language courses and courses related to biomedical areas (5%).

-Participation in research projects, scientific publications and relevant communication in biomedical areas (5%).

-Have obtained the master's degree in "Technology and Research in Biomedical Science" or other with a similar content (10%).

-Capacity for analysis, attitude and motivation to carry out their Doctoral Thesis evaluated through personal interview (10%).

 

Number of places offered: 30

Regulations and oral defense of doctoral theses

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

 

Members:

    Ms. Elvira Larqué Daza (Chair of the Committee)

    Ms. Francisca Rodríguez Mulero

    Ms. Vanessa Roldán Schilling

    Dña Mª del Pilar Aroca Weaver

    Mrs. Alfonsa García Ayala

    Mr. José Carlos García Borrón Martínez

 

Alternate Members:

    Mr. Joaquín García-Estañ López

    Mr. Luis Miguel Pastor García

 

Invited Members:

    Ms. Concepción Martínez-Esparza Alvargonzález

    Ms. María Dolores Pérez Cárceles

    Ms. Elisa Escudero Pástor

 

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

    Mr. 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 analyses to the Quality Assurance Committee of the Center. In case the programme is attached to the International 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 group 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.