Doctorate in Materials Science


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Program Description

Name of the program: Doctorate in Materials Science
DGP Code: 505609
Normal period to graduate: 8 semesters
Credits: 202
Degree conferred: Doctor of Materials Science
Campus where it is offered: Hermosillo

Program description

General purpose

To train personnel of high academic level and with autonomy to carry out in an efficient way the generation, application and diffusion of border knowledge activities in the area of Materials Science.

Specific objectives

  • Contribute to the training of specialized human resources that the country requires in the area of Materials Science.
  • Develop high-level research proven from quality scientific publications.
  • Participate effectively in the resolution of technological problems that arise in the social and productive environment of the region and the country, in the scope of the research lines of the program.

What Will Your Competencies Be When You Finish The Program?

Egress Profile

The graduates will have updated knowledge in the area of Materials Science, and a solid theoretical and / or experimental training in the specific field in which they developed their research work. This training will train them to:

  • Apply a wide range of methods and techniques to solve scientific and technological problems in their field of knowledge, both in the academic and in the productive field.
  • Handle critical scientific and technological information from different specialized sources.
  • Direct and develop original research projects in the area of Materials Science and related.
  • Perform efficiently tasks of teaching and dissemination of knowledge, forming human resources at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Curricular map


List of subjects

  • Research I
  • Materials Topics I
  • Basic Compulsory
  • Experimental Methods of Analysis
  • Research II
  • Subjects of Materials II
  • Optional Subject of the Research Area
  • Material Topics III
  • Research III
  • Optional Subject of the Research Area
  • Preparation of Predoctoral Exams
  • Topics of Materials IV
  • Research IV
  • Material Topics V
  • Research V
  • Material Topics VI
  • Research VI
  • Topics of Materials VII
  • Thesis I
  • Material Topics VIII
  • Thesis II

Optional assignatures

  • Application of Spectroscopy in the Characterization of Polymers
  • Advanced Applications of Polymeric Materials
  • Applications of Biopolymers
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering
  • Chemical Classification of Inorganic Solids
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Solid State I
  • Solid State II
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Physicochemistry II
  • Experimental Methods of Electrochemistry
  • Experimental Methods in the Science of Polymers
  • Solids Optics: Fundamentals and Characterization
  • Optical Properties of Solids, Fluorescence and their Applications
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Synthetic Chemistry of Polymers
  • Self-organized Molecular Systems
  • Selected Topics of Analysis
  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Adsorption
  • Biopolymers
  • Thermal Characterization of Materials
  • Catalysis
  • Defects in Alkaloid Halides
  • Thermoluminescent dating
  • Introduction to Radiation Physics
  • Luminescence Stimulated in Solids
  • Luminescence Stimulated in Solids: Principles and Applications
  • Composite materials
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Mechanisms for the Formation of Radiation Defects
  • Analytical Methods in Supramolecular Compounds
  • Methods of Synthesis of Inorganic Matches
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Nanotoxicology
  • Optics and Electronics of Materials
  • Conductive Polymers and their Applications
  • Processing and Degradation of Polymers
  • Supramolecular Recognition Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Advanced Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Semiconductors 1
  • Semiconductors 2
  • Material Characterization Techniques
  • Selected Solid State Themes
  • Thermoluminescence and Related Phenomena
  • Subjects of Soft Condensed Matter

Lines of generation and / or application of knowledge of the program.

  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Inorganic Semiconductors
  • Solid state
  • Nanomaterials

Academic Core

First name


Dr. Francisco Brown Bojórquez

Dr. Monica Castillo Ortega

Dr. Amir Darío Maldonado Arce

Dr. Catalina Cruz Vázquez

Dra. Teresa del Castillo Castro

Dra. Lorena Machi Lara

Dra. Rosa Elena Navarro Gautrín

Dr. Karen Lillian Ochoa Lara


Dr. Dora Evelia Rodríguez Félix

Dr. Hisila Santacruz Ortega

Dr. Mérida Sotelo Lerma

Dr. Judith Celina Tánori Córdova

Dr. Rodolfo Bernal Hernández

Dr. Carmelo Encinas Encinas

Dr. Diana Vargas Hernández

Dr. Juan Carlos Gálvez Ruiz

Dr. Ma. Elisa Martínez Barbosa

Dr. Thomas Maria Piters Droog

Dr. Álvaro Posada Amarillas

Dr. Manuel Ángel Quevedo

Dr. José Ronaldo Herrera Urbina

Dr. Enrique F. Velázquez Contreras

Dr. Víctor Ramón Orante Barrón

Dr. Rogerio Rafael Sotelo Mundo

How to enter this postgraduate course?

Entry requirements

  • Preliminary draft doctoral thesis according to the indicated format.
  • Application for admission according to the indicated format.
  • Letter of explanation of the student's reasons for studying the program.
  • Master's degree or examination certificate to obtain the degree / certificate of completed credits and letter of commitment to obtain a degree.
  • Certificate of qualifications of the master's degree studies with average.
  • Official document that endorses 480 TOEFL points.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors of recognized academic trajectory.
  • Birth certificate original and copy.
  • Copy of official identification; elector credential for Mexicans; passport for foreigners.
  • Three photographs child size.
  • Present and defend the thesis project before the evaluation committee of the corresponding area.
  • Interview with the evaluation committee.

Admission profile

The program has a multidisciplinary nature and covers theoretical and experimental, analytical and empirical, basic and applied aspects. The graduate program involves all fields of science and engineering, so the program accepts graduates of Masters of Engineering, Master of Science (Chemistry, Physics and related), and interested in the area of materials and that meet the requirements of entry.

The candidate to enter the program must:

  • Present a degree, or examination certificate, of a master's degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or related area.
  • Comply with the requirements stipulated in the Regulation of Postgraduate Studies of UNISON.
  • Deliver in writing the preliminary draft of the thesis in the established format and defend it before an evaluation committee appointed ex-profeso by the Academic Committee of the Postgraduate Program.
  • Attend an interview with the evaluation committee appointed ex-profeso by the Academic Committee of the Postgraduate.

The weighting (in percentage) for these selection criteria are the following:



Thesis project


General average of previous degree


In any of the two previous cases, to be accepted, the applicant must reach a minimum average of 80.

  • Present proof of current level 5 English (or higher level), assigned by the Department of Foreign Languages of UNISON or its equivalent.
  • Present a Letter of Intent expressing the student's reasons for attending the program.
  • Submit two letters of academic recommendation.
  • Submit a letter from the student in accordance with i ) the School Regulations of the University of Sonora, ii ) the Regulations for Postgraduate Studies (REP) of the Universidad de Sonora , iii ) the Internal Guidelines of the Postgraduate Course in Materials Science in force and iv ) the Regulation of DIPM Laboratories.
  • Present any additional requirements that CONACyT requests in the scholarship call.

What do you need to get the degree?

Qualification requirements

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Approve the total credits (with a minimum of 210) and other requirements established in the study plan.
  • Have an updated CVU on the CONACyT portal.
  • Have at least one article published or accepted in an indexed and refereed journal of international circulation. The content of the article should correspond to the doctoral research work and the Thesis Director should appear as co-author of the work. The article (published, or accepted for publication) can only be used for the qualification of a single student, and the student whose name appears first in the order of authors will have priority.
  • Present proof of validity attesting to at least one level of English of 550 points of TOEFL ITP or its equivalent.
  • Have evidence of no debit issued by the Research Department in Polymers and Materials.
  • Deliver electronic and printed version of the thesis document approved by the jury and electronic and printed copy of the publications related to the topic of the thesis. The thesis document must contain at least the following elements: Cover, Approving Votes, Index, Summary, Abstract , Introduction, Background, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Perspectives and Recommendations, Bibliography and Annexes (summary of products obtained: publications, presentations, etc.). In relation to the thesis writing, this section describes an alternative outline of the written phase, approved by the H. Academic College on May 11, 2015.
  • Approve closed exam of Thesis Seminar (knowledge exam).
  • Approve open thesis defense project exam.

Titration options

Alternative outline of the written phase

Students who have at least two articles published and / or accepted within the eight semesters of the program, may be titled by an alternative to the traditional scheme, which involves a written phase and an oral phase, but where the written phase it does not correspond to the conventional thesis manuscript.

Written phase: Consists in the preparation of a manuscript that must contain the following elements: 1) Cover, 2) Index, 3) Summary, 4) Abstract, 5) Introduction, 6) Background, 7) Materials and Methods, 8) Results and Discussion: this section will correspond entirely to the articles published and / or accepted, 9) Conclusions 10) Perspectives and Recommendations, 11) Bibliography and 12) Annexes (summary of products obtained: publications, presentations, etc.). The manuscript must be submitted to the thesis jury for review and approval.

Note: to be able to present the exam corresponding to the defense of the degree, it is required to have the approval of each of the members of the thesis jury.

Oral phase: a) Presentation of the Thesis Seminar (knowledge examination) and b) Defense of the Thesis project.

From the characteristics of the article:

  • The student must appear as the main author in at least one of the two articles.
  • In cases where the student is the principal author of only one of the two articles, it must appear in the other in the second position of the authors.
  • The content of the articles should correspond to the doctoral research work.
  • The thesis supervisor must appear as co-author in each of the articles.
  • The articles must be published in journals of international circulation, indexed and of strict arbitration. Proceedings will not be accepted.
  • The articles must be submitted to the academic committee of the graduate, for it to review and authorize that the material meets all the aforementioned requirements.

How much does it cost to study this postgraduate course?

Registration and tuition fees

Students, when enrolling in any of the graduate programs, must cover the corresponding fees according to the current minimum wage in the city of Hermosillo, as established in the Quotas Regulation.

More reports

Dra. Hisila del Carmen Santacruz Ortega
Program coordinator
Rosales Street and Blvd. Luis Encinas s / n, Col. Centro, CP 83000, 3G Building
Tel: 52 (662) 259 21 61
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Last updated Mar 2020

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