Six Spanish universities (University of Alicante, University of Almeria, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Universidad de La Laguna , University of Zaragoza, University of Murcia) carry out a strategic alliance in order to design a Doctoral Interuniversity Program, which serve to add professors and researchers around research teams and projects with greater impact and excellence.
PhD studies in the philosophical field have a long tradition at the Universidad de La Laguna . In fact, the current Program: "Philosophy, Culture and Society", integrated within its Official Postgraduate Program of the same name, and which has earned the Mention of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Resolution of October 6, 2011 , Reference MEE2011-0739, BOE of October 20, 2011) for the 2011/12 courses; 2012/2013 and 2013/2014, has its immediate background in the Doctorate program "Epistemology and Practical Philosophy", valid during the biennium 1999-2001, 2000-2002, 2001-2003 and 2002-2005 and in the Doctoral Program " Philosophy. Theory and Praxis in the Current World "taught since 2004.
Justification of the title
The University, as a teacher of researchers and an instrument of national, regional and local development, plays a fundamental role in the Knowledge Society. But a Knowledge Society is possible if it manages to fulfill three fundamental requirements: to produce knowledge, mainly through scientific research, disseminate and socialize this knowledge through teaching, scientific meetings, publications, etc .; and, thirdly, its transmission and exploitation through technological innovation.
Fundamental incidence in the first mission of the University have the Doctorate programs. According to the structure of the European Higher Education Area, doctoral programs represent the third and last cycle in the academic trajectory of a university student, as well as the first step in the career of a researcher.
Since the Fourth Bologna Process Conference, held in Bergen in 2005, emphasized the need to strengthen links between higher education and research, the European Association of Universities (EUA), led conducted a study that presents the basic principles for the development of doctoral programs. The report: PhD programs at European universities: achievements and challenges (2007), gathers the main conclusions about the changes that Europe should face if it wants to retain or attract the most talented young researchers. The objective is to place the University and third cycle as one of the pillars of the new Europe of Knowledge, in addition to placing the European Union in a position to compete with the United States in the new Knowledge Society.
In this international context, the University Strategy 2015 (EU2015), approved in the Council of Ministers of Spain on January 30, 2009, after being informed by the Commission of Science and Innovation of the Congress of Deputies and later the Senate, intends to place the Spanish University in the context of the European Higher Education and Research Area, improving its global positioning.
EU2015 proposes to carry out a broad structural reform, with special attention to the rationalization of master's degrees and doctorates, through the aggregation of activities and the strategic objectives of institutions in order to "increase research capacity and impact of it in the progress, welfare and competitiveness of Spain ".
To strengthen the research capacity and international competitiveness, the Spanish Government has defined as strategic objectives the offer of high quality doctoral programs. Spain, like Europe, needs to increase the number of researchers and doctoral programs are a cornerstone to achieve this goal. This means organizing doctoral programs in a more structured way, integrating them into Doctoral Schools, as specific independent units, with a large component of quality in the Programs.
The University of Murcia, in the Government Council of December 23, 2011, in accordance with Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, which regulates the official doctorate teachings, created the International Doctoral School (EIDUM), with a clear strategy, according to its Internal Regime Regulation: guarantee leadership in their fields of knowledge and a sufficient critical mass of professors and doctoral students. To do this, he has raised some requirements that must be fulfilled by the Doctoral Programs that want to join it (RRI, Article 13):
- That all professors who participate have proven research experience.
- That the participating professors credit public or private funding in their lines of research and quality scientific production. That among the professors of each doctoral program there are at least five who meet the minimum requirements established to be a coordinator of a doctoral program as established in Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28
- That no professor of a doctoral program assigned to a School can participate in other doctoral programs of the school itself or of the University of Murcia.
- In addition, it will be evaluated:
- That in the research lines of the program national and international lecturers of renowned prestige participate, which is supported by an accredited research.
- That it is an interuniversity program that represents a relevant critical mass within a whole area of knowledge.
- Make it an international program with the presence of prestigious universities.
Specifically, the fourth transitory provision of the RRI introduces the following requirements for initial assignment to the EIDUM:
- That it be proved that the program has the infrastructures and the material means necessary for the correct development of its research lines.
- That the program has at least 15 doctors.
- That 60% of the faculty members of each program meet at least one of the following requirements:
a) Have two six-year terms.
b) To have a six-year term from whose grant no more than six years have elapsed.
c) Have directed two doctoral theses in the last five years
- That at least five professors of the program meet the minimum requirements established to be coordinator of a doctoral program as established in Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28.
- Each research team must have, at least, a competitive project (international, national or regional) in the topics of the research lines of the program. Funding contained in one program may not be used in the proposal of any other. In order for funding to be accepted as part of a program, the principal or responsible researcher must be a professor of said program or staff of an entity that collaborates in it.
- That there are 25 scientific contributions from the last five years of the research staff participating in the doctoral program, in accordance with the criteria established in the ANECA evaluation guide for the verification of official doctoral studies.
- That the research staff of the program relate at least 10 doctoral theses directed in the last five years, divided among the research teams of the program with full reference of a scientific publication derived from each of the ten theses, with indication of data on the objective impact of the results.
Taking into account this international, national and institutional context, six Spanish universities (University of Alicante, University of Almeria, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Universidad de La Laguna , University of Zaragoza, University of Murcia) have believed necessary to carry out an alliance strategic in order to design a Doctoral Interuniversity Program, which is capable of integrating into EIDUM and, in any case, that serves to add professors and researchers around research teams and projects with greater impact and excellence.
Specifically, our Interuniversity Doctorate Program, as required by the EIDUM RRI,
- Account in all its lines of research with the collaboration of international doctors. Specifically, 62 foreign researchers participate.
- It represents a relevant critical mass within the Spanish philosophical field. It has 58 doctors (100% of national participants). Among them 14 Professors, 36 Holders and 8 Contracted Professors Doctors (permanent)
- It has the infrastructures and the material means necessary for the correct development of its research lines.
- 62.06% of the teaching staff (36 researchers) of the Program accredits 2 or more six-year terms. There are 108 sexenios currently accredited. The six-year average of the total number of researchers in the Program is 1.86.
- 20 professors (34.48%) have directed 2 or more Theses and accredit 2 or more six-year terms; that is, they meet the minimum requirements established to be coordinator of a doctoral program as established in Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28.
- All the research teams have at least 2 competitive research projects (international, national or regional) in the topics of the research lines of the program and their main researchers are professors of the Program.
- It accredits 25 scientific contributions of the last five years of the research staff participating in the doctoral program, in accordance with the criteria established in the ANECA evaluation guide for the verification of official doctoral studies.
- It accredits at least 10 doctoral theses directed in the last five years, which count, at least, with a scientific publication with clear indications of quality.
On the other hand, as an academic justification, we must point out that the Interuniversity PhD Program in Philosophy that we present is linked to broad research traditions. Specifically, it has among its predecessors the current Doctorate Programs taught at the Universities of La Laguna, Zaragoza and Murcia.
Indeed, PhD studies in the philosophical field have a long tradition at the Universidad de La Laguna . In fact, the current Program: "Philosophy, Culture and Society", integrated within its Official Postgraduate Program of the same name, and which has earned the Mention of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Resolution of October 6, 2011 , Reference MEE2011-0739, BOE of October 20, 2011) for the 2011/12 courses; 2012/2013 and 2013/2014, has its immediate background in the Doctorate program "Epistemology and Practical Philosophy", valid during the biennium 1999-2001, 2000-2002, 2001-2003 and 2002-2005 and in the Doctoral Program " Philosophy. Theory and Praxis in the Current World "taught since 2004.
This is also the case of the University of Zaragoza, where the current Doctorate Program of "Philosophical Studies" (RD 1393/2007 with verification date 07/15/2009) is the result of the transformation of the program previously taught at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, under the title "Philosophy, History, Thought", from the 1994-1995 academic year; so that PhD studies in Philosophy have been imparted uninterruptedly in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Zaragoza for at least 18 years.
As for the University of Murcia, the current PhD Program in Philosophy, in force since the 2010/2011 academic year, is a transformation of the Doctorate Program in Philosophy that was integrated in the 2007/2008 academic year in the Official Postgraduate Program (Master's Doctorate) and that, in turn, was a transformation of two previous doctoral programs taught in the Philosophy Department: "Spain and Europe, intellectual history of a dialogue", which obtained the Quality Award in the bienniums 2004- 2006 and 2005-2007 (MCD2004-00446 / MCD-2005 00203); and "The configuration of the modern subject". Anyway, the Doctorate studies in our Faculty have been taught uninterrupted since its constitution as Faculty of Philosophy in the 1992/1993 academic year.
Obtaining the title of Doctor must provide a high level of training in various fields, especially those that require creativity and innovation. This training must take place in three orders: the personnel, the production of knowledge and the dissemination of knowledge in its socio-cultural context.
From a personal perspective, doctors will have acquired, at least, the personal abilities and skills to:
- To develop in academic and extra-academic contexts in which there is little specific information on certain issues or philosophical problems.
- Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
- Design, create, develop and undertake creative and innovative projects in the field of philosophical knowledge and, in general, of culture.
- Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context, creating or integrating research networks.
- Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgments with limited information.
- Assume criticism and argumentative defense of solutions as a substantial part of the scientific-research ethos.
On the other hand, the doctoral studies will guarantee, at least, that the doctoral student acquires the basic competences that allow him
- Understand systematically the field of study proper to philosophy, as well as master the skills and research methods related to this field.
- Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation in different areas of research: social anthropology, aesthetics, theoretical and practical philosophy and logic.
- Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original philosophical research in different fields of fundamental research.
- Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex philosophical, scientific or humanistic ideas.
- Ability to communicate with the philosophical, humanistic and scientific academic community, as well as with society in general, about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in the international scientific community.
- Ability to foster, in academic and professional contexts, reflection and scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a society based on knowledge.
PhD studies should provide, as we said, high training in different areas; among others, we cited the dissemination and promotion of research. In this sense, the doctoral student must be capable of
- Expand the frontiers of philosophical knowledge or a field of study within it, whose results merit, at least, a publication referenced at national and / or international level.
- Design and develop projects related to your research in different administrative contexts that allow you to finance part of your work.
- Encourage, direct and develop in different academic and professional contexts research and cultural development in the context of a global society based on knowledge.
- Direct original research papers.
- General Framework of Doctoral Studies
- Permanent Seminar of PhD students
- Electronic resources Bibliographic Managers
- Interuniversity Congress of PhD students
- Scientific Communication: Writing and Publication of Scientific Articles. Public Presentation of Scientific Results
- Stay at the Foreign Research Center
- Idiomatic improvement
Lines of investigation
- Line 1: Aesthetics and theory of the Arts
- Line 2: Philosophy
- Line 3: Moral Philosophy and Politics
- Line 4: Logic and Philosophy of Science
Criteria for selection and admission in the Program
Without prejudice to the provisions of article 7 of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, the selection and admission to a doctoral program is subject to the following rules:
- The selection in a doctoral program will be carried out by the Academic Committee of the PhD Program.
- To make the selection, the Academic Committee will use the following criteria:
to. An assessment of the academic curriculum (40%).
b. An assessment of the merits of special relevance or significance in relation to the doctoral program (60%).
- In any case, admission to doctoral programs will include the access commitments referred to above. These training complements will not count towards the limit established for the duration of the Doctorate in article 3.2 of Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28. For the purposes of public prices and the granting of scholarships and study aids, these training complements will be considered as doctoral level training.
In any case, the admission resolution in a doctorate program will be dictated by the Rector of each one of the universities, at the proposal of the academic committee of the corresponding doctorate program and without prejudice of the delegations of competences or signature that can be done in favor of center deans or directors of doctoral schools.
The lists of admitted students in the doctoral program will be published on the electronic bulletin boards and the Faculties in which they are taught, although by means of resolution of the rector, other means of publicity may be established.
The provisions of the regulations and admission and enrollment instructions approved annually by the different universities of the Program will also apply to the admission procedure.
In the case of students with special educational needs derived from disability, the selection and admission systems and procedures will include adequate support and counseling services.
PhD students admitted to a doctoral program will be enrolled annually as determined by the agreement.
Registration will be made in the management unit provided for this purpose, in accordance with the requirements established in the complementary rules and admission and enrollment instructions that are approved by the respective universities for each academic year.
Rights and duties of PhD students
It is considered to be a doctoral student who, after accrediting the requirements established in Royal Decree 99/2011, of January 28, has been admitted to a doctoral program and has enrolled in it.
PhD students have the following rights:
- The common rights of university students and the specific rights of doctoral students established in the University Student Statute, approved by Royal Decree 1791/2010, of December 30.
- The rights that, as students, are recognized and result from the Statutes of the universities participating in the Program
PhD students have the following duties:
- Those established with general character in article 13 of the Statute of the University Student and in the Statutes of the universities that integrate the Program
- Those specifically resulting from the contractual legal regime to which, where appropriate, they may be subject.
- To fulfill the formative commitments contemplated in this Report.
- Perform the training activities and established research seminars.
- Present to the director the work done in the format and with the frequency that has been previously agreed and submit the manuscript of the thesis to the director with reasonable notice of the date agreed for the deposit, for its final revision.
- Consult with your director before doing any other additional activity at the university, to assess together the possible repercussion on your dedication to the doctoral thesis.
- Comply with the security requirements at work or any other specific that exists in the place where you do your research.
- Comply with the ethical standards established by the university.