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Documentation for the defense


 

The presentation and defence of a doctoral thesis at UAM is regulated by the "Procedure regarding the panel, defence and evaluation of doctoral theses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid" (see downloads area), hereinafter "the Procedure".

The doctoral thesis and associated documentation can be deposited in person at UAM’s General Registry (Rectorate Building) or electronically by completing the "Application for authorisation to defend doctoral thesis" (see downloads area). The application must be accompanied by the following documentation:

Electronic submission (see specific procedure in the downloads area):

  1. A copy of the thesis in pdf format.
  2. Summary-abstract of the doctoral thesis in a separate file.
  3. Documentation of the doctoral candidate’s personalised activities. The activities must have been previously validated.
  4. Additional documents (whether or not included in the thesis) required under the current UAM procedures for theses presented as a compendium of publications, theses written in languages other than UAM’s official languages, PhDs with international designation, industrial PhD and/or a co-supervised doctoral theses.
  5. A report from the director(s) of the doctoral thesis explaining the results of the assessment of the thesis and expressly endorsing its presentation for public defence. For doctors who are not associated with the doctoral programme, the doctoral candidate’s advisor must ratify the report and explain the reasons for doing so. This report must also be authorised and signed by the coordinator once it has been approved by the doctoral programme’s Academic Committee.
  6. Proposal for a thesis panel composed of five or seven PhDs, experts in the field, signed by the coordinator of the doctoral programme’s Academic Committee, in which the research experience of the proposed members must be specified, referencing their publications in the scientific, technical, humanistic, artistic or equivalent field.
  7. Form regarding the assignment of rights for open access dissemination.

Per registration:

a) A copy of the thesis bound in such a way that it cannot be manipulated (spiral or comb bindings are not allowed).

For theses affected by the data protection process (see details in the Procedure), only one copy of the thesis, protected and authorised by the Research Commission, will be submitted together with the Committee’s decision.

b) A copy of the doctoral thesis in an open electronic format (preferably PDF), on a CD-ROM with a sleeve stating the full name of the author of the thesis. It must also include a separate file (preferably PDF), with the summary-abstract of the doctoral thesis.

For theses affected by the data protection process, the copy should be the protected copy of the thesis containing only the information that can be published.

c) The doctoral candidate’s personalised activity document.

d) Supplemental documents (whether or not included in the thesis) required under the current UAM procedures for theses presented as a compendium of publications, theses written in languages other than UAM’s official languages, PhD with international designation, industrial PhD and co-supervised theses.

If the Academic Committee of the corresponding doctoral programme has any additional requirements for any field of knowledge, the required documentation must be attached.

e) A report from the director(s) of the doctoral thesis (see model in downloads area) explaining the results of the assessment of the thesis and expressly endorsing its presentation for public defence. For doctors who are not associated with the doctoral programme, the doctoral candidate’s advisor must ratify the report and explain the reasons for doing so. This report must be authorised by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme.

f) A proposal for a thesis evaluation panel composed of five or seven PhDs, experts in the field (see model in downloads area) approved by the Academic Committee of the Degree Programme. The research experience of the proposed members must be specified, referencing their publications in the scientific, technical, humanistic, artistic or equivalent field.

g) A form regarding the assignment of rights for open access dissemination (see model in downloads area).