Escuela Internacional de Doctorado

International School of Doctoral Studies

Coordination

Mr. Francisco Alberto García Vázquez
Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
Email: fagarcia@um.es
Teléfono: +34 868 88 8009
Fax: +34 868 88 4147

 

Doctoral programme in Biology and Reproductive Health Technology (REPROBIOL)

 

General Information

Presentation

The PhD. Programme "Biology and Reproductive Health Technology (REPROBIOL)" is an ambitious specialised postgraduate training programme in the field of human and animal reproduction for graduates from the different branches of Health Sciences.

 

This programme is the result of adjusting the Doctoral Programme with Mention for Excellence "Biology and Technology of Reproduction in Mammals" to the new regulations  (Ref. MEE2011-0019).

 

The general objective of the programme is to train doctors who can generate new knowledge for the solution of reproductive problems and who are able to transfer this new basic and technological knowledge to specialised professional centers.

 

22 PhD lecturers and researchers participate in REPROBIOL, but also a large number of foreign researchers from different entities that signed agreements with the programme, such as Ghent University (UGent, Belgium), University College Dublin (UCD, Ireland ), University of Okayama (OU, Japan), University of Bonn (UNI-BONN, Germany) and National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA, Spain). In addition, we count on the collaboration of other research centers and universities such as the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA-Tours, France), University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass, USA) ), Minimal Invasion Surgery Center Jesús Usón (CCMIJU, Spain), Valencian Institute of Infertility (IVI, Spain), Harvard University (Harvard, USA) and Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM, USA) for the specific training of students in different techniques.

 

What objectives does REPROBIOL pursue and what is its field of research?

The general objective of the programme is to train doctors who can generate new knowledge for the solution of reproductive problems and who are able to transfer this new basic and technological knowledge to specialised professional centers.

In the last decades, Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ARTs), as well as strategies to improve reproductive health, both in humans and in farm animals, have acquired an increasing role in society due to the high impact they have on the economic, psychological and social well-being. In humans, WHO estimates that infertility affects 20% of couples in developed countries, and this figure is increasing every year. In developing countries, it is estimated that infertility affects more than one in four childbearing age women. Some of the main causes of infertility, especially in Europe and North America, are obesity, stress, drugs, smoking or alcohol, sexually transmitted infections and increasing age in women first-time. This has led to the creation of assisted reproductive clinics around the world to help couples to procreate by different methods, including reproductive health management, infertility treatments (hormone therapy, artificial insemination (AI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), embryo transfer (ET) or gynecological interventions). On the other hand, more and more public hospitals are including assisted reproduction technologies among their services.

In domestic mammals, the situation is different, but not less relevant. AI is well established in species such as pigs (with up to 90% of artificially inseminated sows) with fertility results similar to natural mating. In dairy cattle, success is similar in AI with proven fertility semen, but with a lower gestation rate (60%) due to embryonic losses. In contrast, the results are not as effective in other species as sheeps or goats mainly due to the anatomical characteristics of the cervix, which hinder the insemination process. In horses, cats and dogs, AI is limited to individual cases of high emotional or economic value. At the same time, the use of this technology results in an increase in farms productivity and economic benefits for farmers. Other technologies such as IVF or ET are still used primarily in a research context, beyond a few commercial application exceptions. Thus, while the commercial and productive interest in the cow is very high, IVF and ET in porcine species are still far from reaching a similar level. Data from the International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS, www.iets.org) on ​​the progressive increase in the number of embryo transfers in sheep, goats, horses and cervids (mainly in Australia, China and New Zealand) have shown that if these embryos could be efficiently obtained under in vitro conditions, the incorporation of this technology into the productive sector would be immediate. Potential applications include increased efficiency in animal production (through sex control on farms, use of genomics for marker-assisted selection), a contribution to the preservation of endangered breeds, and some applications in biomedicine related to the cloning of transgenic animals or for xeno-transplantation. Nevertheless,, obtaining embryos collected in vivo, under certain sanitary conditions, guarantees the export of embryos free of specific pathogens between countries where the exchange of live animals for health reasons is limited.

The great advantage of collaboration between professionals in medicine, veterinary medicine and biological sciences is clearly reflected in the creation of a high quality training programme: it is not possible to progress in any branch of human medicine without research that is very often carried out in animal models. Nonetheless, the development of sophisticated equipment or synthetic drugs for animals and for veterinary research often results from the human pharmaceutical industry.

The potential benefits of a common medical-veterinary-biological programme for doctoral students include an increase in future employment opportunities, a broader and higher level of education and a greater range of skills and competences to be acquired to meet current challenges.

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/line No.1: Biology of reproduction in mammals

-Research team/line No.2: Reproduction technology

-Research team/line No.3: Reproductive epidemiology, public health and animal health

-International lecturers and researchers in the programme

 

Research line No. 1: Biology of reproduction in mammals

Description of the Line: it includes the following research topics:

  • Interplay of gametes.
  • Oviductal environment.
  • Regulation of polyspermia during fertilization in mammals, including humans.
  • Molecular embryology, stem cells and transgenesis: genetic and epigenetic mechanisms to control embryonic development prior to implantation, in vivo and in vitro.
  • Genetic manipulation and differentiation of induced embryonic and pluripotent stem cells.
  • Maternal-embryonic interactions.
  • Embryonic quality and fertility (embryonic mortality, maternal immune response to gestation).
  • Vascular system and its relation with the functionality of the reproductive apparatus.

 

Lecturers/researchers:

1. PhD. Coy Fuster, Pilar (Professor)

University of Murcia. Department of Physiology.

 

2. PhD. Matás Parra, Carmen (University lecturer, TU)

University of Murcia. Department of Physiology.

 

3. PhD. Romar Andrés, Raquel (University lecturer, TU)

University of Murcia. Department of Physiology.

 

4. PhD. Avilés Sánchez, Manuel (University lecturer, TU)

University of Murcia. Department of Cell Biology and Histology.

 

5. PhD. Gutiérrez-Adam, Alfonso (Scientific Member, CT)

National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) Madrid. Department of Animal Reproduction.

 

6. PhD. Cánovas Bernabé, Sebastián (Researcher, Inves)

Laboratorio Andaluz de Reprogrammación Celular (LARCEL). Seville.

 

7. PhD. Jiménez Movilla, María (PhD. contracted lecturer, CDi)

University of Murcia. Department of Cell Biology and Histology.

 

8. PhD. Izquierdo Rico, María José (PhD. Assistant, AyD)

University of Murcia. Department of Cell Biology and Histology.

 

Research line No. 2: Reproduction technology.

Description of the line: It includes the following research topics:

-Factors affecting the in vitro production of embryos.

-Influence of production on fertility and embryo transfer in commercial practice.

-Microhandling and cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos of domestic animals (biopsy, vitrification).

-Biotechnologies applied to animal reproduction: Ovum pick up (OPU). Spermatic cryopreservation. Artificial insemination. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Production of transgenic animals.

-Conservation of biodiversity of animal genetic resources. Creation of genetic banks. Recovery of endangered species.

-Image techniques and minimally invasive approaches to reproduction and animal medicine.

Lecturers:

9. PhD. Gil Cano, Francisco (Professor, CU)

University of Murcia. Department of Comparative Anatomy and Pathology.

 

10. PhD. Latorre Reviriego, Rafael (Professor, CU)

University of Murcia. Department of Comparative Anatomy and Pathology.

 

11. PhD. López Albors, Octavio (University lecturer, TU)

University of  Murcia. Department of  Comparative Anatomy and Pathology.

 

12. PhD. Ruiz López, Salvador (University lecturer, TU)

University of  Murcia. Department of  Physiology.

 

13. PhD. Gadea Mateos, Joaquín (University lecturer, TU)

University of  Murcia. Department of  Physiology.

 

14. PhD. García Vázquez, Francisco Alberto (PhD. contracted lecturer, CD)

University of Murcia. Department of  Physiology.

 

15. PhD. Rizos, Dimitros (Scientific Member, CT)

National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA). Madrid. Department of  Animal Reproduction.

 

Research line No. 3: Reproductive epidemiology, public health and animal health

It includes the following research topics:

-Epidemiology of human reproductive health.

-Analysis of reproductive health data (male and female).

-Determining factors of human semen quality.

-Health, physiology and reproductive technologies in small ruminants.

-Development of alternative methodologies for control and management of reproduction.

-Mammary health and reproductive consequences of mycoplasma infection in ruminants.

-Reproductive physiology, preservation and sustainability of wild ruminants.

 

Lecturers:

16. PhD. Torres Cantero, Alberto Manuel (Professor, CU)

University of  Murcia. Department of  Sociosanitary Sciences.

 

17. PhD. Mendiola Olivares, Jaime (Associated lecturer, Asoc)

University of  Murcia. Department of  Sociosanitary Sciences.

 

18. PhD. Contreras de Vera, Antonio (Professor, CU)

University of  Murcia. Department of  Animal Health.

 

19. PhD. Sánchez López, Antonio (University lecturer, TU)

University of  Murcia. Department of  Animal Health.

 

20. PhD. Corrales Romero, Juan Carlos (University lecturer, TU)

University of  Murcia. Department of  Animal Health.

 

21. PhD. Fe Rodríguez, David Christian de (University lecturer, TU)

University of  Murcia. Department of  Animal Health.

 

22. PhD. Santiago Moreno, Julián (Scientific Member, CT)

National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA). Madrid. Department of Animal Reproduction.

 

International Lecturers/researchers

Please find below the international teaching staff who belong to the foreign centers with which the programme has a collaboration agreement and/or keeps institutional relations, and which have recently taken part as members of doctoral theses boards, or as tutors of students who have performed stages in their laboratories or as scientific collaborators in research projects and/or published articles (period 2007-2011):

UGent (Belgium): PhD. Ann Van Soon.

UO (Japan): PhD. Hiroaki Funahashi.

    INRA-Tours (France): PhD. Pascal Mermillod, PhD. Ghylene Goudet.

    FLI-Mariensee (Germany): PhD. Detlef Rath.

    ZSL (United Kingdom): PhD. William Holt.

    UCD (Ireland): PhD. Patrick Lonergan, PhD. Trudee Fair, PhD. Alex Evans.

    UMass (US): PhD. Pablo E. Visconti.

    Harvard (USA): PhD. Jorge E. Chavarro.

    MSSM (USA): PhD. Shanna H. Swan.

    Univ. Tennessee (USA): PhD. Robert W. Henry.

    Univ. London (United Kingdom): PhD. Neil Stickland.

    Univ. Cambridge (United Kingdom): PhD. Ronald H.F. Hunter.

    Oxford University (UK): PhD. John Parrington.

    Univ. Birmingham (United Kingdom): PhD. Linda Lefevre, PhD. Jackson Kirkman-Brown.

    Univ. Utrech (The Netherlands): PhD. Barend M. Gadella.

    Academic Medical Center Amsterdam (The Netherlands): PhD. Kees De Jong.

    Univ. Cezch Life Siences (Czech Republic): PhD. Lenka Tumova.

    Univ. Vienna (Austria): PhD. Urban Besenfelder, PhD. Mircea C. Sora.

    Univ. Bologna (Italy): PhD. Giovanna Galeati.

    Univ. Pisa (Italy): PhD. Michele Ducci.

    Univ. Azores (Portugal): PhD. Joaquim Moreira.

    Univ. Inner Mongolia (China): PhD. Xihe Li.

    Univ. Montréal (Canada): PhD. Puttaswamy Manjunath.

Univ. Toulouse (France): PhD. Dominique Bergonier, PhD. Christine Citti.

    Univ. Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzogovina): PhD. Maid Rifatvegovic.

IZS Sardegna (Italy): PhD. Sebastiana Tola.

 

 

Training activities

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

A series of transversal training activities are listed in the Brochure of Activities offered by the UM International School of Doctoral Studies (EIDUM). These transversal training activities will be carried out by the REPROBIOL students following the recommendations of the ACADEMIC COMMITTEE, the monitoring Committees, the tutor and the doctoral thesis director. Students must take a minimum of 40 hours training.

 

- LABORATORY SAFETY FOR DOCTORATES

Type: Optional

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

Type: Optional

- DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS OF DATA ANALYSIS

Type: Optional

- ELECTRONIC RESOURCES. BIBLIOGRAPHIC MANAGERS

Type: Optional

- INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTATION

Type: Optional

- RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: HEALTH SCIENCES

Type: Optional

 

- ADVANCED GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF DATA AND RESULTS IN SCIENTIFIC WORKS

Type: Optional

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

Type: Optional

- LANGUAGES FOR SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION: ENGLISH APPLIED TO HEALTH SCIENCES

Type: Optional

- DISSEMINATION OF SCIENCE

Type: Optional

- EVALUATION OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Type: Optional

- DEVELOPMENT AND MONITORING OF RESEARCH PROJECTS

Type: Optional

- TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION

Type: Optional

- DOCTORAL SESSIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MURCIA (CAMPUS MARE NOSTRUM)

Type: Optional

 

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES OF THE PROGRAMME

- ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION

Type: Optional

- ANALYSIS OF LEGAL CONCEPTS IN THE DEFINITION OF BIOLOGICAL SITUATIONS IN HUMAN AND ANIMAL REPRODUCTION

Type: Optional

 

- INTRODUCTION TO THE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL METHOD

Type: Optional

 

- INTRODUCTION TO INTERMEDIATE EPIDEMIOLOGY

Type: Optional

 

- INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL MULTIVARIANT ANALYSIS WITH SPSS

Type: Optional

 

- DEVELOPMENT OF RESEARCH PROJECTS

Type: Optional

 

- MOBILITY I: WRITING AND PRESENTATION OF A RESEARCH WORK IN CONFERENCES AND/OR SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

Type: Compulsory

- MOBILITY II: STAGE IN A PRESTIGIOUS RESEARCH CENTER AND/OR FOREIGN OR NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Type: Optional

 

Complementary Training

In the Biology and Technology of Reproductive Health Programme, no training complements are required.

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 two years of 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 below "Admission criteria" too.

Admission profile

REPROBIOL is a programme of doctoral studies particularly addressed to students with degrees in biomedical and/or experimental sciences, i.e., graduates in medicine, veterinary, biology, pharmacy, biochemistry, biotechnology, animal production and other related areas.

From our previous experience in doctoral programmes, we have been able to verify the advantages of the joint work of students with different training profiles in a common specialised programme centered on reproduction which combines basic research and application of technologies with epidemiological and clinical studies.

Students who access the REPROBIOL Programme must be able to express themselves properly in Spanish and understand and speak a foreign language, particularly English. Students must have an integrated and updated knowledge of the embryological, anatomical, histological, molecular and physiological bases of reproduction in domestic mammals, and in the human species. In addition, students must be able to perform efficiently in a reproduction laboratory (animal or human), and perform basic techniques of reproduction biology and technology, such as gamete manipulation, culture media preparation, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, cell culture, etc.

Likewise, it should be able to process biological samples obtained from the male or female reproductive system through specialised laboratory techniques for research purposes and to design simple experimental models capable of evaluating objectives or hypotheses.

In addition, it must efficiently manage the bibliographic resources necessary for scientific documentation, including the use of basic tools in information and communication technologies (ICT); furthermore, students must be able to write, present and discuss a simple research work in a rigorous way.

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 REPROBIOL will be carried out by the Academic Committee. 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 30% on the total evaluation.

-Have a Master's Degree or 60 Master's level credits related to the field of Animal and/or Human Reproductive Health Biology and Technology issued by a Higher Education institution in the European Higher Education Area or, if applicable, an equivalent training verified by agreement of the competent body at the UM. This criterion has a weight of 30% on the total evaluation.

- Particularly relevant or significant merits in relation to the doctoral programme REPROBIOL. This criterion has a weight of 30% on the total evaluation. In this section, the following relevant merits related to the REPROBIOL Programme profile will be taken into consideration:

        -Other postgraduate courses.

        -Pre-doctoral fellowships (collaborations, introductory activities to research) and other fellowships or similar contracts.

        -Pre-doctoral stays or stays for practices in research centers.

        -Contributions submitted to conferences, seminars and other types of meetings or events.

        -Research articles in journals or reviews.

        -Books and book chapters.

 -Any other criterion or procedure previously explained and grounded that, in the opinion of the Academic Committee, allows the applicant suitability for the programme to be verified. 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 REPROBIOL Academic Committee 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: 20

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

Coordinator:

    D. Francisco Alberto García Vázquez

 

Full members:

    Physiology:

Cellular Biology: PhD. Maria José Izquierdo Rico

    Anatomy: PhD. Rafael Latorre Reviriego

    Social Sciences: PhD. Jaime Mendiola Olivares

    Animal Health: PhD. Juan Carlos Corrales Romero

 

Deputy members:

    Cell Biology: PhD. Manuel Avilés Sánchez

    Anatomy: PhD. Francisco Gil Cano

 

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

    PhD. Gregorio Sánchez Gómez

 

Representatives of companies and institutions:

    A representative of INIA: Mr. Alfonso Gutiérrez Adán

    A representative of LARCEL: Mr. Sebastián Cánovas Bernabé

 

Student representative:

Mrs. Cristina Soriano Úbeda

 

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 (CCD): The coordinator is responsible for the implementation of all actions included in the programme quality assurance system.

Quality assurance committee of the doctoral programme (QUALITY ASSURANCE COMMITTEE): 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 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 (theses 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 analyzes 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.