Research school

Deusto International Research School

Deusto International Research School (DIRS) is the Doctoral School of the University of Deusto, part of the research ecosystem at our two main university campuses (Bilbao and San Sebastian).

The Doctoral School plays a major role in the University's research strategy. Its mission is to promote excellence in the advanced training of new researchers by reinforcing specific competences in research and knowledge transfer.

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Avda. Universidades 24
48007 Bilbao

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Our figures in 2022

371Trainee researchers

114 international students

67 PhD theses defended

31theses with an international mention

4theses with an international mention

Strategic areas

Pre-doctoral training is promoted through the research excellence of the University's teams with a high number of contributions in high impact journals and projects funded in competitive calls, including the European Commission's Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. This context promotes the acquisition of the necessary competences for the high standard of doctoral theses.

The cross-sectoral dimension of the Doctoral School involves joint and collaborative action between academic sectors and other non-academic economic and social actors. Companies, social entities, educational centres, hospitals, museums and public administrations are some of the actors committed to the University of Deusto in the development of socially oriented research with a social impact.

The international nature of the Doctoral School is one of the characteristics of Deusto's Doctoral Programmes. Researchers from other countries often collaborate in these programmes. Furthermore, internationalisation is reflected in a comprehensive range of activities and opportunities for trainee researchers: practical experience in international research projects, participation in congresses, study periods abroad, etc.

Research at Deusto is focused on priority areas based on interdisciplinary platforms. Research centres and units work, share ideas and make innovative use of methodologies within their various disciplines to address local and global issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.


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Steps to follow to study a doctoral programme at Deusto

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Doctoral training programmes

Compulsory course It provides a basic framework of reference on research ethics applied to one's area of expertise. It aims to analyse and deepen the ethical standards required in research as well as the corresponding ethical and legal frameworks, obligations and norms.

The Doctoral School offers a range of cross-disciplinary and specific courses each year. Each course will last between 10-30 hours depending on its nature. To complete the Doctoral Programme, it is necessary to have passed at least six of these courses.

Research seminars are forums in which PhD students present and discuss their research projects with other participants in the programme or those from related programmes.

  • Full-time students must take part in at least three seminars per academic year and participate as a speaker in at least one of these seminars.
  • Part time students must take part in at least two seminars per academic year, and participate as a speaker in at least one of these seminars.

Doctoral students must present at least one paper at a scientific congress in the field of their doctoral thesis.

Doctoral students must write at least one scientific article, submit it for review and have it accepted in an indexed journal in the corresponding area of expertise.

Stays at research centres other than the UD, preferably abroad, to carry out research work related to the doctoral thesis. For a stay to be included in the individual activity register, it must have a minimum duration of two weeks. Priority will be given to stays of 12 weeks or longer in order to qualify for the international mention.


DIRS activities and processes


What are the stages of doctoral thesis preparation?

Doctoral theses


Research Plan

During the first year of doctoral studies, trainee researchers must prepare the research plan for their doctoral thesis.

The ordinary deadline for submitting the research plan in each doctoral programme will be communicated annually in the calendar of activities.

The Academic Committee will assess the plan that will be presented publicly by each student.

If the assessment is negative, a reasoned report will be submitted and students will be required to draw up a new plan within 6 months

In the event of a second negative assessment, doctoral students will be permanently withdrawn from the programme.


Thesis registration

Once the research plan has been approved (either within the first or the extended deadline), doctoral students should request the registration of their doctoral thesis at the General Secretariat within one month.


Progress reports

Progress reports are required when assessing doctoral students who are in their second and subsequent years of the doctoral programme. They are drawn up by the thesis supervisor and are presented twice a year at the end of each semester.


Thesis deposit and defence

Once the doctoral thesis has been completed, doctoral students should request, with the explicit approval of their thesis supervisor, the authorisation of the Programme's Academic Committee to start the defence process.

The Academic Committee, in view of the reports received and once the public exhibition period has expired, will decide whether the doctoral thesis can be defended.

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European Union’s programme



European Union’s programme

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement Nº 847624. In addition, a number of institutions back and co-finance this project.