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Engineering for the Information Society and Sustainable Development

Doctoral thesis

The doctoral thesis consists of an original research work created by the PhD candidate in a field of knowledge included in the PhD programme. The thesis can be written and defended in Spanish, Basque or English.

Doctoral thesis examination board

  1. Upon completion of the public display period, and after having confirmed that the reports received are favourable, the Academic Committee of the programme will draw up a reasoned proposal for the examining board to assess the thesis. This proposal will be submitted to the DIRS Head Office for approval. Previous reports from the thesis supervisor(s) and tutor/advisor are required.
  2. The examining board will be formed by five PhDs with proven research experience, three of whom will be external (not attached to the UD or partner institutions in the programme). The examining board’s proposal will include an alternate board which complies with these same requirements.
  3. The thesis director(s) and tutor/advisor are not allowed to form part of the examining board except in cases of theses presented within the framework of bilateral agreements for joint supervision with foreign universities which envisage this.
  4. The professor with the highest academic qualifications and most seniority in active service will chair the examining board. In the case that a professor from the University of Deusto sits on the board, the one with the lowest academic qualifications and least seniority in active service will act as secretary of the examining board.
  5. Once the examining board has been formed and approved, the Academic Committee of the programme will be notified of the members appointed. The committee will, in turn, notify each member of the board of their appointment and forward them a copy of the candidate’s thesis and PhD Activity Record, indicating when necessary, the application for International Mention in the PhD degree.
  6. The examining board will use the PhD candidate’s Activity Record as an additional means of qualitative assessment.
  7. The chair of the examining board will set the date, venue and time for the thesis defence after having consulted with the other regular members of the board, the thesis supervisor and, if applicable, the tutor/advisor.
  8. The Academic Committee should duly publicise the thesis defence, announcing the venue and time of the event in advance. The committee will meet prior to the defence of the thesis, with the five regular members attending, or, as the case may be, their substitutes. The secretary of the examining board will keep the minutes of its constitution.
  9. Following the defence, which will take place in public on a school day and comprise the PhD’s candidate’s exposition and defence of his/her research work before the examining board, the doctoral thesis will be assessed. In programmes where several universities or external bodies take part, the thesis defence will be held at the venue indicated in the agreements to this effect.
  10. Upon completion of defence and discussion of the thesis, each board member will submit a written report with their evaluation. The board will then meet in-camera to determine the overall mark of the thesis, on a pass/fail basis. The chair of the board will announce the mark in public.
  11. The PhDs attending the public event may ask questions in keeping with the procedure indicated by the chair.
  12. The Academic Committee may determine exceptional circumstances, such as participation of companies in the PhD programme, confidentiality agreements with companies or the possibility of patents deriving from the content of the thesis. In these cases, a procedure will be established to ensure there is no publicity in the defence and that the thesis is later placed in the university archives.The examining board may propose that the thesis be awarded “cum laude” if unanimous decision is reached by secret ballot. The vote count will be held in a separate session from the thesis defence. This session will take place in-camera upon completion of the thesis defence presentation and notification of the overall mark.
  13. The secretary will draw up the minutes recording conferral of the PhD degree, which will include information concerning the thesis defence and mark. The vote mentioned in the previous section will also be enclosed.
  14. In the event that the PhD candidate applied for the International PhD Mention, the secretary of the examining board will certify in the minutes recording conferral of the PhD degree that the requirements laid down in Article 15 of these regulations have been met.
  15. The duly completed and signed minutes will be sent to the General Secretariat

 

Doctoral thesis

The doctoral thesis consists of an original research work created by the PhD candidate in a field of knowledge included in the PhD programme. The thesis can be written and defended in Spanish, Basque or English.

Doctoral thesis examination board

  1. Upon completion of the public display period, and after having confirmed that the reports received are favourable, the Academic Committee of the programme will draw up a reasoned proposal for the examining board to assess the thesis. This proposal will be submitted to the DIRS Head Office for approval. Previous reports from the thesis supervisor(s) and tutor/advisor are required.
  2. The examining board will be formed by five PhDs with proven research experience, three of whom will be external (not attached to the UD or partner institutions in the programme). The examining board’s proposal will include an alternate board which complies with these same requirements.
  3. The thesis director(s) and tutor/advisor are not allowed to form part of the examining board except in cases of theses presented within the framework of bilateral agreements for joint supervision with foreign universities which envisage this.
  4. The professor with the highest academic qualifications and most seniority in active service will chair the examining board. In the case that a professor from the University of Deusto sits on the board, the one with the lowest academic qualifications and least seniority in active service will act as secretary of the examining board.
  5. Once the examining board has been formed and approved, the Academic Committee of the programme will be notified of the members appointed. The committee will, in turn, notify each member of the board of their appointment and forward them a copy of the candidate’s thesis and PhD Activity Record, indicating when necessary, the application for International Mention in the PhD degree.
  6. The examining board will use the PhD candidate’s Activity Record as an additional means of qualitative assessment.
  7. The chair of the examining board will set the date, venue and time for the thesis defence after having consulted with the other regular members of the board, the thesis supervisor and, if applicable, the tutor/advisor.
  8. The Academic Committee should duly publicise the thesis defence, announcing the venue and time of the event in advance. The committee will meet prior to the defence of the thesis, with the five regular members attending, or, as the case may be, their substitutes. The secretary of the examining board will keep the minutes of its constitution.
  9. Following the defence, which will take place in public on a school day and comprise the PhD’s candidate’s exposition and defence of his/her research work before the examining board, the doctoral thesis will be assessed. In programmes where several universities or external bodies take part, the thesis defence will be held at the venue indicated in the agreements to this effect.
  10. Upon completion of defence and discussion of the thesis, each board member will submit a written report with their evaluation. The board will then meet in-camera to determine the overall mark of the thesis, on a pass/fail basis. The chair of the board will announce the mark in public.
  11. The PhDs attending the public event may ask questions in keeping with the procedure indicated by the chair.
  12. The Academic Committee may determine exceptional circumstances, such as participation of companies in the PhD programme, confidentiality agreements with companies or the possibility of patents deriving from the content of the thesis. In these cases, a procedure will be established to ensure there is no publicity in the defence and that the thesis is later placed in the university archives.The examining board may propose that the thesis be awarded “cum laude” if unanimous decision is reached by secret ballot. The vote count will be held in a separate session from the thesis defence. This session will take place in-camera upon completion of the thesis defence presentation and notification of the overall mark.
  13. The secretary will draw up the minutes recording conferral of the PhD degree, which will include information concerning the thesis defence and mark. The vote mentioned in the previous section will also be enclosed.
  14. In the event that the PhD candidate applied for the International PhD Mention, the secretary of the examining board will certify in the minutes recording conferral of the PhD degree that the requirements laid down in Article 15 of these regulations have been met.
  15. The duly completed and signed minutes will be sent to the General Secretariat