Submission of applications:
Start: March 28, 2017
End: September 30, 2017.
3/5 years (Full-time/Part-time study)
Universidad Pontificia Comillas 3-5, Madrid
Doctorate program designed in accordance with Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, which regulates official doctorate programs.
It is a joint inter-university degree, established within the current Framework Agreement between the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid and the Faculty of Philosophy at Ramón Llull University in Barcelona. Both institutions participate in the program under the same conditions and have equal rights and obligations. The general coordination of the program is overseen by the Comillas Pontifical University; however, both universities will be responsible for running the program in their own centers.
The program will be taught simultaneously on the main campuses of the universities that have signed the collaboration agreement. Students will apply to and enroll on the program following the authorized procedure on the main campus at which they plan to study. Enrollment takes place on an annual basis.
The degree certificate will be jointly issued by the rectors of the two participating universities and will be issued as a single document.
The recommended student profile for the Doctorate programme in Philosophy: Humanism and Transcendences is someone who is interested in research and the acquisition of advanced and in-depth knowledge of issues and problems relating to the area of knowledge concerning the human condition and transcendence.
Not only is progress in natural and human science creating new perspectives in human and divine issues but also the historical processes that have been seen in the last century, the fanatic derivatives of fundamentalisms, the evolution in art and the proliferation of new philosophical approaches which in some way break with Western tradition.
This programme is based on the idea that philosophy and knowledge of its history must be at the centre of this crisis of culture which is currently beginning. Defending the uniqueness of the human being and delving into the plural approach of its relationship with transcendence is a hot topic nowadays. And with this, there is a need for information, enlightenment and meditation which philosophers can help enrich.
Therefore, this doctoral programme is aimed at people who wish to develop the necessary research competencies to undertake autonomous and quality projects, who are motivated by the transfer of the knowledge acquired to society in general, their professional field of activity in particular, and to developing studies and research in their area of interest.
In general, the admission requirements established in Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral education, must be met in order to be admitted to an official doctoral programme.
In addition to the foregoing general admission requirements for a PhD, for this programme:
Academic year 2017-2018:
28th March 2017 to 30th September 2017.
Upon admission, candidates have 30 calendar days to complete registration.
October 2017 to May 2018
The doctorate programme in Philosophy: Humanism and Transcendence is designed pursuant to Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates the structure of official doctoral studies.
Students may join this programme full-time (3 years) or part-time (5 years).
Acceptance into the doctoral programme may include a requirement of specific extra training. In such case, the time necessary for completion of any extra training will not be calculated for the purposes of the established limit.
You may find a flow chart with the various established deadlines for the different deliveries and phases of Doctoral studies leading to a PhD degree in accordance with the two options at the following link.
Students are considered full-time when they can dedicate 8 hours of daily work to the completion of face-to-face training activities and independent work as outlined in their Doctoral Activity Document.
Students are considered part-time when they can dedicate more than 4 hours but less than 8 hours of daily work to the completion of face-to-face training activities and independent work as outlined in their Doctoral Activity Document. Part-time student status must be authorized by the program Academic Commission.
Before the end of the first year, doctoral students must design a Research Plan to be approved by their Advisor and Supervisor which will include at least the following sections: The doctoral student’s and their thesis supervisor’s or co-supervisors’ identification details, the Title of the proposed thesis, a Summary of the proposed thesis, the Method to be used, the Objectives sought, Resources and timeline for achieving the proposed objectives and, as applicable, an indication of any specific extra training which must be done. Bibliography.
Each year, the programme’s Academic Commission will assess the Research Plan and Activity Document along with the reports which must be issued by the Advisor and Supervisor in addition to the exchange advisor’s report, if the student has undertaken a mobility visit that year.
The result of the assessment, whether positive or negative, will be signed by the Chair of the Commission and attached to the doctoral student’s academic record. A positive assessment is an essential requirement in order to remain on the programme.
In the event of a negative assessment, which must be duly reasoned, the doctoral student must be re-assessed after six months following a new Research Plan. The doctoral student will be definitively dismissed from the program if the assessment is negative once again. In such case, the Dean or delegated party will issue the corresponding resolution upon recommendation by the academic commission responsible for the doctoral programme and following a report by the General Doctoral Commission.
The programme fees (Royal Decree 99/2011) for the 2017-18 academic year are as follows:
Full-time students must have paid at least the registration fee corresponding to THREE ACADEMIC YEARS in order to be able to defend their doctoral thesis.
Part-time students must have paid at least the registration fee corresponding to FOUR ACADEMIC YEARS in order to be able to defend their doctoral thesis.
Alicia Villar Ezcurra
You may find the list of members of the Academic Commission at the following link.
Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Maria Jesús Vega
C/ Universidad Comillas, 3
28049 - Madrid
Tel. +34 91 734 39 50
Faculty of Philosophy (Universitat Ramón Llull)
Processing and Registration:
The training activities offered as part of the programme aim to guarantee the acquisition of research competencies by doctoral students. For doctoral students with prior experience in research activities in the area of Philosophy or Humanities, said experience may be considered for official recognition and the training activities may be adjusted in accordance with their profile upon authorisation from the Academic Commission.
There are two types of training activities: core (for all doctoral students at the Doctoral School) and specific (inherent to each Programme). The activities may be mandatory or optional.
The cost of the training activities is included with registration in the Programme.
A list of Doctoral Programme training activities is provided below (updated as of June 13, 2017):
Doctoral students may optionally attend more Seminars and hours than indicated given that some activities will be scheduled each year (Doctoral Student Conferences) with different content.
Once registered for the programme, doctoral students may access the Doctoral Programme computer application. The International Doctoral School and the Programme’s Coordinator will include the activities undertaken by the student which have been scheduled directly by the Universidad Pontificia Comillas under the “Training Activity” section. For other activities, the student will be responsible for including the information along with the corresponding proof. The advisor/supervisor will regularly review the completion of said activities which must be validated. The programme’s Academic Commission will evaluate the student’s progress each year upon receiving a report from the advisor/supervisor.
Upon admission, candidates’ academic records will be subject to a personalised study to determine the Training Complements needed in (1) philosophy and/or (2) research in the area of Philosophy or the Humanities.
For students from the Comillas Pontifical University, this will consist of:
This Training Complements will be undertaken during the first year of the programme. The time used will not be taken into consideration when calculating the maximum time allowed for completion of a doctoral thesis.
Undertaking research visits at prestigious international research centres in the thesis knowledge area is recommended. In exceptional and duly justified cases, research visits at Spanish centres can be arranged.
The aims of mobility in the doctoral programme in regards to the skills to be acquired by the student at any destination university are as follows:
These visits allow doctoral students the opportunity to work in international settings, collaborate with other prestigious groups and expand the scope of their research.
In order to benefit from this mobility, doctoral students must submit an application to the Academic Commission along with an assessment report on said mobility by their thesis advisor and supervisor. For part-time students, their time availability will be assessed and any necessary adjustments will be made to encourage their participation in mobility programs. Doctoral students are assigned an advisor or expert contact in their research topic at the destination university to support and guide them during their research visit, who will issue a report on the student’s progress upon completion thereof.
At the same time, doctoral students continue to maintain contact with their advisor and thesis supervisor at home who will monitor the adequate progression of their training during the mobility period and fulfilment of the intended aims of the visit. For this doctoral programme, students are encouraged to undertake a mobility visit at a higher education/research centre with which the Universidad Pontificia Comillas University or the Universitat Ramón Llull have signed specific collaboration agreements for doctoral studies. The duration and intensity of such mobility may vary based on the doctoral student’s own specific needs and their Research Plan.
For official recognition of an International Doctorate, a visit of at least three months is required in addition to other requisites as per the regulations (art. 15).
Skills to be acquired on the doctorate program: