Doctorate in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


Program Description

The Doctoral Program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering presented comes from the rigorous adaptation of the Chemical Doctorate and Chemical Engineering Program, Mention of Quality of the MEC since 2004 (MCD 2004/00261) which also obtained the Mention Toward Excellence in the year 2011 (MEE2011-0426).

The social context in which the program is developed is that of a community with a scarce industrial fabric, which includes 224 companies within the chemical industry concept, 97 in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and 127 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, according to the directory of companies.

These companies range from the manufacture of paints and varnishes to dietetic products, being the largest group dedicated to the "manufacture of soaps, detergents and other cleaning and polishing articles." Manufacture of perfumes and beauty and hygiene products.

The only big company in the sector is the CEPSA oil refinery.

In the Annual Report of the Canarian Economy of 2012, the Canarian Employers' Confederation states that "Especially in these times of crisis, with high unemployment rates, market niches are sought in which to develop a professional career with guarantees" and includes the Chemistry career within those that generate the largest number of contracts in Spain.

Randstad Professionals has developed a ranking of the races with the best professional output during the first months of 2012, which includes Chemistry among the most demanded careers

In the Canary Islands, it is clear that the economic future involves turning scientific and technical knowledge into a benefit for social welfare and economic activity.

In addition, chemistry studies at the Universidad de La Laguna enjoy considerable social prestige, derived from the achievements of the last century by figures such as Dr. D. Antonio González, who were highly publicized. Today the work of the University Institute of Bio-organic Antonio González continues to appear in the media, so that research in chemistry is recognized at the popular level. This makes the study of chemistry in the university has a certain prestige that has made the number of students at different levels has remained.

The academic relevance of the Doctorate Program is supported by the number of academic courses in which it has been taught with a reasonable success of students, an acceptable number of doctoral theses defended, publications derived from them and the high percentage of graduates who have incorporated into the world of work in highly qualified positions.

The demand of the different doctorate programs in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering that have existed at the Universidad de La Laguna has always been reasonable for a center of our size, which is due to the research tradition in our area of ​​knowledge. In recent years, enrollment has had an average of 14 students / year.

The number of places offered (30) is reasonable taking into account the capacity and availability of the research groups that are included in the training offer. Of these, it is estimated, based on previous experience, that a maximum of 10 could choose to carry out their part-time theses.

The language used will mainly be Spanish, with an important presence of English, since it is the main language of the scientific literature in the area of ​​chemistry and chemical engineering.

The specific rules of permanence in the Doctoral Program can be found in article 8 of the Regulation of Official Teaching of Doctorate of the Universidad de La Laguna published in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands and accessible at the following address.

The Universidad de La Laguna has recently approved (Governing Council of 26/9/2013) the creation of a Doctoral School where all the Official Doctoral Programs will be integrated. In said regulation it is established that until the creation of said School is effective, the programs will be seconded temporarily to the Faculties in which the Doctoral Programs that preceded them were traditionally taught. Therefore, the proposed new program will be assigned temporarily to the Faculty of Chemistry and will later depend on the Doctoral School of the Universidad de La Laguna .

Doctoral studies in chemistry and chemical engineering are aimed at advanced training in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering and providing future doctors with the skills to independently develop the research activity and the creation of knowledge. In addition, the training activities provide the ability to develop research projects and write scientific articles.

In order to guarantee the quality of the teaching provided, as well as its improvement and guarantee the rights of students and professors, the Doctoral Program is integrated within the scope of the Internal Quality Assurance System of the Faculty of Chemistry.

This doctoral program will have, like the previous ones, with the participation of researchers from the Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology of the CSIC, a center with which there is an agreement signed for this purpose.

Regarding internationalization, it is important to point out that doctoral programs in the field of chemistry, offered by the Universidad de La Laguna , have historically had a great impact in Ibero-American countries, since scientific bonds have been created that have fostered the displacement of many South and Central American students to La Laguna to carry out doctoral studies. At present, this trend continues, although to a lesser extent due to the difficulty of obtaining scholarships. In spite of this, thesis is being carried out under co-supervision with researchers from other countries. The number of first-time students from countries other than Spain has been 4.6 per year on average in the last five years.

Seven theses with international mention have been read in the last three courses (2010-2011 to 2012/2013), which indicates a tendency to seek international relations. The research groups that participate in the Program have promoted specific collaboration agreements with more than a dozen research groups from different countries.

These agreements tend to be for the mobility of research personnel, which allows our PhD students to spend some time in other laboratories and receive foreign PhD students, which undoubtedly leads to better training.

Within Europe, Erasmus agreements have been established in which mobility for the doctorate is specified, with countries such as Belgium, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Romania.

The PhD program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering proposed is part of the Strategic Plan of the Universidad de La Laguna in the sections related to research and graduate teaching.

In said Strategic Plan, approved by the Governing Council on 17/7/2008, within the actions aimed at Extending the External Projection of our Teaching and Research Activities, the objective of Generating an Offer of Quality Graduate Teachings is taken into account, taking advantage of our capacity for research training.

In addition, the proposed doctoral program is part of the IDI strategy of the ULL, which includes the development of the Tricontinental Atlantic Campus (CEI-CANARIAS) (International Campus of Excellence), a space of excellence that must be based on 2015 Atlantic reference in Europe as the receiving axis and catalyst of talent in teaching, research, innovation and transfer projects with Africa and Latin America and, under the common denominator of a model of integral sustainability for its development.

Some of the actions of the aforementioned Tricontinental Atlantic Campus are directly linked to the research lines of the PhD program in Chemistry in Chemical Engineering. In particular, the following lines:

B7 International multidisciplinary center in water reuse

Whose objective is to encompass in the same space the three great facets linked to the reuse of water: teaching, research and transfer of results to society and the productive sectors involved.

B11 Center for environmental research and climate change of the Atlantic.

Currently, climate studies have been initiated in the Canary Islands, and their effects on human health and plant ecosystems within a structuring project that brings together seven research groups from different specialties (Geography, Ecology, Ecophysiology, Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Pharmacy ).

B15 ID network of biodiverse medicines

To reach a successful conclusion to this action, the Canary Islands CEI is part of a 50 year long tradition of obtaining new organic products from dried plant extracts, their purification and their chemical or biotechnological modification. The Red Atlanfarm aims to expand the range of search for possible new natural compounds including wet extracts of green plants, which include active ingredients such as proteins, polysaccharides, complex lipids, etc. The experience in these new fields is still incipient, although several examples have a long tradition of commercial exploitation (there are several companies of Aloe vera and natural polyphenols in the Canary Islands). There is also a long tradition in the Canary Islands of study of diverse biological activities of natural and synthetic products (antiparasitic, antimicrobial, antineurodegenerative, antitumor and modulators of sex hormone receptors, mainly). Both traditions have come together in numerous research projects that have provided dozens of publications of international standing.



  • CB11 - Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
  • CB12 - Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial research or creation process.
  • CB13 - Ability to contribute to the expansion of knowledge frontiers through original research.
  • CB14 - Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • CB15 - Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages ​​commonly used in their international scientific community.
  • CB16 - Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, the scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a society based on knowledge.

Personal abilities and skills

  • CA01 - Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
  • CA02 - Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
  • CA03 - Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  • CA04 - Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • CA05 - Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgments with limited information.
  • CA06 - The intellectual criticism and defense of solutions.

Other competences

  • CE01 - The acquisition of additional competences in the proposed Doctoral Program is not contemplated.

Formation activities

  • Student Congress of the Faculty of Chemistry
  • Scientific Week Antonio González
  • Course Program of the University Institute of Materials and Nanomaterials. Advances in Materials and Nanomaterials
  • Workshop: Access to information in digital format: books and electronic journals. Bibliographic managers
  • Mobility: Making a stay in another center
  • Workshop. Preparation of a scientific article
  • Seminar: Preparation of a research project
  • Professional orientation seminars and job search techniques

Lines of investigation

  • IQI Line: Materials and Engineering
  • QA Line: Agri-food, environmental and industrial analytical chemistry
  • QF Line: Nanostructures and electrochemistry
  • QO Line: Medical, bio-organic and synthetic chemistry

Admission criteria

To be admitted to the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Program, it is necessary to comply with the access requirements included in the previous section. Likewise, the Regulation of Official Teaching of Doctorate of the Universidad de La Laguna (Resolution of January 17, 2013) establishes that the academic commissions of the doctoral programs may establish requirements and additional criteria for the selection and admission of students corresponding to the Program.

In this sense, respecting the aforementioned access requirements, the Academic Committee of the Program, the body in charge of the admission process and whose composition, will take into consideration the following aspects and weightings, when evaluating and processing applications for admission to the Program. Doctorate:

Academic record (0-7 points)

Research experience (0-1 point)

Professional experience (0-1 point)

Accreditation level B2 or higher in English (0-1 point)

In the event that the number of number of applicants exceeds the number of places offered, this scale will be applied as a selection criterion.

Students with specific educational needs

The ULL, through the Vice-rectorate of Students and the Welfare Services, has been developing a Program of Attention to Students with Disabilities (PAED) since 1999. The objective of this program is to guarantee equal opportunities

and promote the integration of students with specific educational support needs. EL PAED, through direct and personalized attention, promotes concrete measures for the integral development of these students in an open and accessible environment.

The Academic Committee with the advice of these support and advisory services of the ULL will assess in a personalized way the need for possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies.

Dedication regime

three years full-time, from the admission of the doctoral student to the Program until the presentation of the Doctoral Thesis. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and with prior authorization from the Academic Commission responsible for the Program, part-time doctoral studies may be carried out. In this case, such studies may have a maximum duration of 5 years from admission to the Program until the presentation of the Doctoral Thesis.

According to the Regulation of Official Teaching of Doctorate of the Universidad de La Laguna (Resolution of January 17, 2013, Official Gazette of the Canary Islands of January 25, 2013), Article 7:

By definition, it is understood that all students who enroll in the doctoral program will be full time.

In order to be considered a doctoral student on a part-time basis, the corresponding application must be submitted in the manner and within the periods established for this, justifying the impossibility of carrying out these studies on a full-time basis for reasons of work activity, special educational needs, family care needs, high performance athletes or high level, as well as those that are contemplated in the rules of permanence of the ULL or, where appropriate, the regulations that develop them.

These applications will be resolved before the period established for enrollment in doctoral studies by the Academic Committee of the corresponding Doctoral Program.

Against this resolution, an appeal may be filed before the Rector within one month of its notification.

Doctoral students may request a change of dedication regime due cause. The academic committee of the Doctoral Program will issue a report in this regard authorizing or denying such change.

Against this resolution, an appeal may be filed before the Rector within one month of its notification.

Students enrolled and their origin

The Doctoral Program in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering comes from another of the same name that is currently in force with a Mention towards Excellence.

The evolution of new students has varied according to the following table:


The number of 37 that appears in the data of the 2009 course is due to the adaptation of the students of previous programs that became extinct.

This table indicates a reasonable stability in terms of new income (the provisional figure for the 2013/14 academic year is, currently, 12 students enrolled).

The number of students from other countries has declined in recent years, due to the adverse economic factors that have affected the number of scholarships. However, we expect a moderate recovery due to the interest shown by emerging countries, mainly from Latin America, which have started to offer scholarships to carry out their PhD in Spain.

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