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Conditions for Continuity

Two ways to do the thesis

Full-time

The duration of the doctoral studies is a maximum of three years full-time counting from when the doctoral student enrols for the first time on the programme until the doctoral thesis is submitted.

If the application to submit the doctoral thesis has not been presented during this period, the academic committee responsible for the programme can authorise a year’s deferment which, in exceptional circumstances, can be extended for an additional year, under the conditions established in the corresponding doctoral programme.

Part-time

The academic committee of the doctoral programme can authorise part-time doctoral studies. In this case, the duration of the studies is five years, counting from when the student is accepted on the doctoral programme until the doctoral thesis is submitted.

If the application to submit the doctoral thesis has not been presented during this period, the academic committee responsible for the programme can authorise a two years deferment which, in exceptional circumstances, can be extended for an additional year, under the conditions established in the corresponding doctoral programme.

In both cases, the period is counted from when the student enrols until the doctoral thesis is submitted.

Student who have started the programme full-time can request the academic committee of the doctoral programme to allow them to change to part-time, justifying the reason for the request. Within 15 working days, the academic committee must issue a report accepting or declining the change from full-time to part-time.

Sick leave, maternity leave and any other causes covered by the regulations in force are not taken into account when calculating the previous time period.

The doctoral student can also request temporary leave from the programme for a maximum period of a year, extendible to a second year. The application, justifying the reasons for requesting the leave, must be submitted to the academic committee responsible for the programme who will take a decision on the doctoral student’s request within a maximum of 15 working days.

For students in the second deferment of the doctoral degree, the deadline to submit the doctoral thesis is non-extendible.

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