Given that, from the academic year 2017-2018, by agreement of the Board of Directors, all new doctoral students must do a minimum of 20 hours on courses offered by the School of Doctoral Studies, and given the difficulties some doctoral students who live outside Girona or outside the Spanish state may have in meeting this requirement, the Academic Committee of the School of Doctoral Studies has agreed that some of the educational activities undertaken by doctoral students outside the educational programme offered by the School of Doctoral Studies at the UdG may be accepted for academic recognition.
These activities will have to have the following characteristics:
- They must be basically methodological or they must in some way complement the doctoral student's education.
- They must be organised or endorsed by university level academic institutions or by institutions and scientific associations of a comparable level.
- They must be carried out during the period of the doctoral degree.
- Modern language courses and learning activities will be excluded.
- Attendance at congresses, symposiums or similar academic meetings will be generally excluded.
Among the activities that will be able to receive recognition are the following:
- Non-formal courses that the School of Doctoral Studies of the UdG has offered and currently offers and that form part of the official educational programme of the School.
- The courses offered by other universities or research centres that have an equivalent in the UdG or which, in spite of not having one, are a necessary complement to the education of the doctoral student.
- The courses offered by the ICE of the UdG that are basically methodological or complement the research training of the doctoral student.
- The cross-disciplinary educational courses that the Government of Catalonia and the Spanish State offer trainee researchers who have received a grant to do an industrial doctoral degree.
- Doctoral degree courses taken on doctoral programmes previously followed and certified (to obtain the certificate of research proficiency, DEA courses, etc).
- Massive and open courses (MOOC type Miriadax, Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, and so on), provided they are basically methodological or they in some way complement the doctoral student's education.
- An oral communication in activities promoted by the School of Doctoral Studies (such as the Conference of Predoctoral Investigators or phase 2 of the competition “The thesis in 4 minutes”) will be recognised as 5 hours of cross-disciplinary education. This recognition will only be able to be requested once.
As long as it is not entered as a procedure and can be done online, the recognition will be requested by means of an application addressed to the manager of the School of Doctoral Studies, through the official register, and it will contain all the necessary documentation that certifies the activity carried out and, most importantly, an attendance certificate or equivalent which clearly specifies the academic entity that organises the activity and its duration. In the case of the activities covered in sections 1 to 5, the number of hours stated in the documentation provided will be recognised.
The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme in which the doctoral student is registered is responsible for evaluating whether the requested recognition should be approved or rejected.
It is recommended that, before registering for an activity, the trainee researchers ask whether it may be recognised by the Academic Committee of the doctoral programme.