Official doctoral program in information and communication technologies


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Program Description


The Programme Doctorate in Information and Communication Technologies Was given for the first time in the course 2000/2001, coinciding with the creation of the University Department with the same name. The areas of knowledge of the Department are Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and Telematics Engineering, which determine the basic contents of the program. Since its inception, the doctoral program has been oriented to research in these subject areas, with a large number of applications, surpassing demand year after year to the places offered.

The development of the call by an "Information Society" and by others "Knowledge Society", has made the computer and telecommunications sector one of the most active, with the highest growth and specific weight on the indicators Macroeconomic indicators of all advanced countries.

In recent years, the European Commission has shown a special interest in Information Society jobs / research, by promoting the use of new technologies in all social fields (eGoverment, eLearning, eHealth And eBusiness. etc.).

Thus, the development of information systems in the network involves multiple technologies: networks, multimedia, intelligent systems, methodologies of development and testing, knowledge management and development of hybrid systems, among others. All applicable to bioinformatics, the environment, basic sciences, civil engineering, etc. Therefore, we believe that the proposed Doctoral Program is of great interest to our University and to its social environment.

Why study the degree

ICTs are one of the key drivers for small and medium-sized enterprise innovation to improve their competitiveness both nationally and internationally. For example, in the university field, of the spin-offs generated from the University of Coruña, the greatest proportion have been in the field of ICT, demonstrating that economic viability and entrepreneurship. In addition, in all calls for projects, both research and innovation, at regional, national and European level, ICT as such as applied in other areas remain a key part.

What is learned

This doctorate has as main objective, the acquisition by the students of the necessary capacities so as to be able to face the realization of a doctoral thesis. In addition to these capabilities, the objective is to give a more accurate picture of the current situation of the research area, as well as how the work is done. The future doctoral thesis would be focused in one of the areas, in which the different research groups of the Department works and are those contained in the section of lines of research. The student can combine two or more of these areas into that future thesis.

Lines of investigation

These are the lines of research of this doctoral program:

  • Computational Astrophysics
  • Evolutionary Computation
  • Conceptualization and Computation in Chemistry
  • Computational Creativity
  • Evaluation in the software process
  • Collaborative Filtering
  • Knowledge Management
  • Holones and Informones
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Data Integration
  • Methodologies and metrics in the software process
  • Monitoring and analysis of images in the marine environment for diverse studies
  • Recover of information
  • Biomedical Systems and Bioinformatics
  • Connector Systems
  • Information Security Systems

Specific Training Complements

In case the doctor does not have the complete previous training required in the program, his / her admission to the program may be conditioned to the surpassing of specific training complements, which may be subjects or modules of master and degree. The complements assigned to the same doctorate may not exceed 15 ECTS credits and may be made prior or simultaneous to the tuition in academic tuition in the program.

In case of simultaneous realization the students will have to register for these complements at the moment of formalizing the tuition of academic tutelage in the program, which must be surpassed in the maximum term of three consecutive quarters. Failure to do so will result in student disqualification from the program.

Formative Activities of the Program

Presentation Day

The objective will be to present to the students the research teams that make up the doctoral program so that the student knows the different areas of investigation of the program.

In addition, students will be presented with the process of conducting a doctoral thesis, and the student's relationship with the principal.

The day will be complemented by the experiences of other PhD students, especially seniors, in order to highlight important aspects and important experiences.

Introduction to research

The main objective of this activity is for students to understand what a research project consists of and to be able to publish the results of their research work.

ICT Research

The objective of this activity is twofold. On the one hand, doctoral students should present their research papers to the rest of the doctoral students and members of the research groups, which allows them to evaluate their work and their capacity of exposure. On the other hand, it also makes it easier for students to get to know first-hand the research work of their peers, allowing them to look for points of intersection and to propose improvements or new ideas.


Throughout the doctorate, the student's mobility will be encouraged to conduct research stays with other national and international research groups.

For first-year students, it will facilitate the establishment of contacts with other research groups working on related topics. This will be done, whenever possible, by attending congresses, or if not through telematic contacts.

For the rest of the students, research stays will be encouraged with research groups and they will be supported in the request of aid for that effect.

Professional and academic outputs

The objective of this doctoral program is to train professionals in the field of information and communication technologies with two purposes:

  • To develop academic activities for teachers and researchers in higher education institutions and / or
  • Feed R & D & I teams in private enterprise.

As already mentioned, ICTs are one of the fundamental drivers for small and medium-sized enterprise innovation, in order to improve their competitiveness both nationally and internationally.

Recommended profile

The students of the doctoral program must have knowledge acquired in engineering or degrees in the field of computer science and / or information and communication technologies. It is also an interesting profile for the doctoral program those students who have acquired technological knowledge in computer science, complementing their basic training, with a master's degree that provides a computational complement, such as biologists or chemists who undertake a master's degree in bioinformatics.

Last updated Mar 2020

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