The doctoral thesis must be submitted within a maximum of three months after the review process. If this period is exceeded, the procedure will be deemed closed and the doctoral student, the tutor and the supervisor/s will be informed. Under these circumstances, the doctoral student will have to restart the review process if they wish to defend their thesis.
The student shall make the submission application through the corresponding procedure which, once they have identified themselves on the University website, they will find in their record. They will have to attach:
a) the electronic file of the thesis in PDF format
b) the editable electronic file with an informative summary of the thesis in Catalan and in English, of approximately one page, with a representative publishable image of the subject treated in the thesis
c) the electronic file of the doctoral student’s response to the reports from the academic committee, if appropriate, and from the external experts, clearly stating the changes made to the doctoral thesis
d) the doctoral student’s details, the thesis summary and the UNESCO codes necessary for publishing the thesis, after the reading, in the repository of doctoral theses online (TDX), and its inclusion in the TESEO database.
e) If the doctoral student aspires to an international mention in their doctorate, they must also attach proof of a stay of a minimum of three months in a higher education or research centre outside Spain, signed by the head of the host centre or centres.
f) If the student wishes to ask for an industrial mention, in the event they have not already been recognised as having obtained an industrial doctorate grant from the Government of Catalonia or the Government of Spain, they will have to provide documentation accrediting the circumstances described in the requirements set out in Article 15bis of Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, by which official doctoral degree education is regulated. For the submission process to continue, the thesis supervisor and tutor (if all the supervisors are external) must give the go-ahead.
The School of Doctoral Studies will open a public display period of three working days, from the day following publication of an edict to that effect on the e-office noticeboard. During this period the thesis may be examined in the School of Doctoral Studies by anyone who can prove they have a PhD, and in a period of two working days from the day after the last day of public display, considerations deemed pertinent may be presented to the School of Doctoral Studies, which will send them to the corresponding academic committee.
Once the public display period is over, the doctoral programme academic committee will, if appropriate, authorise the defence of the doctoral thesis and appoint the panel, specifying a chairperson, a spokesperson and a secretary, and two substitutes.
Once the defence has been authorised and the panel appointed by the doctoral programme academic committee, the School of Doctoral Studies will notify the doctoral student, the thesis supervisor, the tutor and members of the panel in a period of five working days. The School of Doctoral Studies will notify all the members of the panel of the appointment, and will issue an electronic copy of the thesis and other relevant documentation. The panel members must notify the School of Doctoral Studies of any possible conflict of interest. The academic committee will evaluate it and, if they consider it appropriate, will propose a new panel or replace the members concerned by one of the substitutes.
After final authorisation to defend the thesis and the designation of the panel have been notified, the chair will have to convene the thesis defence event. When they convene it, they will have to notify the School of Doctoral Studies at the same time. In any event, this must be done at least 15 working days prior to the date set for the defence. The School will ensure compliance with this deadline. The chair will also have to notify whether the thesis will be defended on-site or by video conference. If it is by video conference, the doctoral student will have to submit the relevant application and the procedure established by the School of Doctoral Studies will apply.
If the defence of the doctoral thesis is not authorised, the doctoral student, thesis supervisor/s and tutor must be notified, along with a supporting report, in a maximum of five working days after the agreement has been adopted by the School of Doctoral Studies.