Program structure and research period admission criteria
The research period is composed by a first academic year in which the student attends to research seminaries and starts to develop researching tasks. This year is divided in two semesters, ends with a test act that proves the student’s usage of the seminaries and tasks. The amount of activities including seminaries, research tasks and accreditation tests make a total amount of 60 ECTS credits. Finishing the first school year and after obtaining the degree, the doctorate studies continue during two years in which the doctoral candidate makes his or her doctoral thesis with the support and advice of the assigned mentor. Once finished the doctoral thesis and the correspondent positive reports defined by the doctorate ULPGC regulations, it will be a defence act in order to get the Doctorate degree by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
First research year
a) First semester.
The student will go to at least one of the research seminaries that have 12 ECTS credits. The different offered seminaries correspond to the research activity developed in the Research Institute Divisions. (available offer). The choice will be made with mentor advice and determined by the student work lines. The first semester activities will be completed with tutorial aided tasks called Research Work I (Trabajo de Investigación I) (9 ECTS) and Research Work II (Trabajo de Investigación II) (9 ECTS) with a total amount of 18 ECTS credits. These research Works should be similar with the made seminary.
b) Second semester.
The second semester activity is addressed to continue and focus in the research program started in the first semester. To achieve that, the student will have to make the Research Work III (Trabajo de Investigación III) (12 ECTS) and the Research Work IV (Trabajo de Investigación IV) (12 ECTS). These tasks will be related to the ones made in the first semester. The student will finish the semester composing a memory containing all of the made tasks, where the aims and achievements are written. He or she will also include the articles and papers made during that time.
c) Assessment test.
Finishing the second semester there will be an assessment to test the student usage of seminaries and research tasks, as well as the made memory. This task will be made by a unique thesis tribunal made by the committee and will include a keynote test. This task’s mark will imply 6 of the 60 credits of this first year and it will appear as “research stage accreditation”.
Doctorate studies diagram (further information).