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Guide and Stipulated Periods for the Presentation of Proposals for Doctoral Programs

Contents of Proposals

The proposals for official Doctoral Studies will be set before the Vice Principal for Postgraduate Studies and Research of the UIMP, who, appointed by the Principal, is to chair the Commission for Postgraduate Studies.

So as to ensure the initiation of the process of evaluation of Doctoral Studies Programs, the following should be submitted by e-mail to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a Project Dossier, in standard format, wherein it is compulsory to provide full details of the contents as described in Appendix I – Full Description Dossier for the Verification of Doctoral Studies Programs, as set down in Royal Decree 99/2011, dated 28 January, by means of which official Doctoral Studies are regulated.

  • Full Description Dossier for Proposals for Doctoral Studies Programs.

Only those Proposals that were to receive the approval of the Governing Council of the UIMP should also be submitted in full via the online virtual platform as set up by the Ministry of Education so as to facilitate application for verification of official Doctoral Studies Programs.

Procedure and Stipulated Periods for Approval

The Postgraduate Studies Commission will assess the proposals, according to the criteria for quality established beforehand by the University, and will prepare the corresponding report in this regard, which will be put before the Governing Council. The issuing of the report will include an analysis of the feasibility and strategic appropriateness of the proposal concerned and its compliance with current regulations, while positive value will be assigned to:

  • the degree of international projection of the Teaching Staff and of the Program;
  • the academic quality of the program concerned, to which end consideration will be given to the adequacy of the teaching and research, or professional, background of the group of those who will undertake the teaching;
  • its coherence;
  • the prior basis of the Study Plan and the interdisciplinarity that it sets out;
  • the system of coordination and tutorials put forward;
  • the monitoring and quality improvement procedures to be employed.

Approval of Doctoral-level Studies is incumbent upon the Governing Council at the behest of the Commission for Postgraduate Studies.

The operative introduction of official Doctoral Studies' programs within the UIMP requires having obtained, in each case, a favorable report from the National Agency for Quality Assessment (ANECA), together with a resolution involving positive verification by the Council of Universities, which will forward this same resolution to the Ministry of Education. The Ministry will place before the Government the proposal to establish the Qualification concerned officially, together with its inclusion in the Register of Universities, Establishments, and Qualifications (RUCT), the approval of which via a Ministerial Cabinet accord will be published in the Official State Gazette, BOE. This same inclusion will also entail it being considered initially as an authorized Qualification.

Once the Government has approved the official character of the Qualification, the Principal of the UIMP will give instructions for the publication of the Study Plan in the Official State Gazette (BOE).

Stipulated Periods of the Processing Schedule
On a yearly basis the Postgraduate Studies Commission will propose an annual schedule for the processing of new Doctoral Studies Programs, while taking into account the guidelines for assessment and verification as set out by the ANECA.

In general terms, the calendar will be as follows:

  • July: mandatory submission of projects to the Postgraduate Studies Commission, which will issue a preliminary report.
  • September: submission of completed drafts of new proposals for the following academic year to the Postgraduate Studies Commission.
  • October: submission of the new proposals to the Governing Council.
  • November: authorized submission of proposals to the ANECA to await its assessment report. The completion of the Project Dossier which will accompany the application for verification of the Qualifications concerned will be implemented via the online platform set up for this purpose by the Ministry of Education.

Renewal and Cancellation of Doctoral Studies

Once instituted, the official UIMP Doctoral Studies concerned will be valid for four years, at the end of which time, upon application by the Academic Commission, they may be renewed for periods of the same duration.

The proposal for renewal will be submitted to the Postgraduate Studies Commission, to await its report, prior to March 30 of the current course period for which renewal is proposed. The proposal for renewal will necessarily include the Teaching and Research Plans involved, together with an economic feasibility study of the new edition of the Studies concerned.

If the proposal for renewal were to entail modifications to the already authorized Study Plan concerned, it will be compulsory to submit them to the Postgraduate Studies Commission before being reported to the University Coordination Council. If the changes are approved by the said Council, considering, as it, the Council, were to, that they do not involve a change in the essential character and aims of the Qualification, the University will incorporate the accepted modifications into the Study Plan.

Should that not be the case, it would be deemed to be a new Study Plan, for which reason the authorization process should be initiated as if it were a new proposal that was being dealt with.

The Postgraduate Studies Commission may, at any time, justifiably, or given the application made by the respective Academic Commission, propose the withdrawal of the already implemented Doctoral-level Studies concerned. In any case, those students who may have begun those studies, and wish to do so, will be given the guarantee of being able to complete them.