The essential element of the industrial doctoral degree process is the research project of thecompany or institution where the doctoral student is developing their research training in collaboration with a university or research centre, which is the object of a doctoral thesis. From an administrative point of view, the industrial doctoral degrees are treated like any other type of doctoral degree. Candidates must enrol on a doctoral programme under the same conditions as a standard doctoral degree. The differences are:
- The thesis is developed within the framework of a research project between a company and a university.
- Company and university have to establish a 3-year collaboration agreement (>3 years in the case of specific grants).
- The candidate must be selected jointly by the company and the university: a minimum mark of 1.6 in the academic record and the research group must be designated as a Recognised Research Group by the Government of Catalonia (SGR). (Not applicable in the case of the specific grants).
- The student’s time is shared between the company and the university.
- The Government of Catalonia subsidises 30 hours of first year common specific transversal education.
- The public prices and doctoral degree enrolment fees are 100% subsidised by the Government of Catalonia. (Not applicable in the case of the specific grants).
- A subsidy is planned for the company to coordinate the project, where applicable. (Not applicable in the case of the specific grants).
- In the case of the specific grants, the Tecnio and Cerca technology centres can act as “companies”.
More information: http://doctoratsindustrials.gencat.cat