The Industrial Doctorate, or Industrial Mention in the Doctorate, is a type of official Doctorate programme that promotes collaboration between the university and the company within the scope of the Doctorate, contributing to the development of research capacity and problem solving in the company.
It is coordinated through a collaboration agreement, according to which an employee of the company develops his/her PhD. thesis within the framework of a research Project at the company, supervised by the university, or carried out in collaboration with it.
The Industrial Doctorate may be eligible for public financial support, as well as for possible tax deductions for in-house research.
Pursuant to the Royal Decree 99/2011 the “Industrial Doctorate” mention may be assigned provided that the following conditions are met:
- The existence of an employment or commercial contract with the PhD student. This contract may be with a private company, a public company or a governmental organisation.
- The PhD student must take part in an industrial research project or experimental development project in a company or governmental organisation in which such service is provided, and this organisation cannot be a university. The project of industrial research or experimental development in which the PhD student participates must be directly related to the subject of his/her thesis. This direct relationship must be justified by means of a report which must be endorsed by the University.
If the industrial research project or experimental development project is carried out under a collaboration regime between the University and the company or governmental organisation in which the PhD candidate develops his/her work, the parties must execute a framework collaboration agreement. In this agreement the obligations of the University and the obligations of the company or governmental organisation will be indicated, as well as the selection procedure for PhD students.
The PhD student shall have a thesis tutor appointed by the University and a supervisor appointed by the company or governmental organization, who may also be a thesis director pursuant to the regulations applicable to PhD programmes.