Contemporary History is a fully consolidated area in university teaching and research. Beyond the limits of the Humanities, it also has a growing recognition and notorious interest among scientists and professionals in the macro-scientific-social area. This is because of its ability to explain recent times and, consequently, provide that repository of essential experiences to be able to understand the present and face decision-making, as well as to contribute to forging collective memory, an essential ingredient of social cohesion. Therefore, the significance of Contemporary History in the articulation of current societies is beyond doubt.PresentationDoctors in Contemporary History trained in this Program may be integrated, among other socio-professional sectors, in university education, in public and private research centers, in companies of the cultural industry, in companies or public bodies in charge of heritage management cultural, in companies and institutions of social and prospective analysis or in the media. In all these sectors, at least, they will be able to perform functions at the highest level.Admission profileThe recommended entry profile is that of students with the following skills and knowledge:
1) In relation to historiographic and social science techniques and methods:Manage the theoretical tools of the human and social sciences
Understand in depth and critically analyze historiographic and theoretical texts.
Know the debates and trends in current historiographic research
Distinguish the methods and objects of research in the different branches of historiography
Manage primary source analysis techniques
Know how to make a critical reading of secondary sources
Apply the historical perspective to multidisciplinary contexts or different areas of study.2) In relation to self-learning and information management:Ability to acquire information autonomously and integrate knowledge from various disciplines on a specific object of study.
Ability to search, filter and synthesize historiographic knowledge in bibliographic support and in periodical publications
Know how to use the digital resources available on the network to collect information, as well as apply specific procedures to debug it
Ability to submit information to criticism, elaborate it and analyze it using techniques accepted among historians
Prepare oral, written and audiovisual presentations on historiographic topics
Write academic essays and professional reports on historical issues3) In relation to the initiation to historical research:Ability to analyze complex historical situations and know how to differentiate and integrate the various dimensions of a social problem.
Theoretical disposition for the definition of relevant research topics for the development of knowledge.
Ability to make states of the question about historiographic problems and identify lines of research.
Ability to historically contextualize contemporary phenomena and events.
Ability to communicate the results of an analysis or research work to specialized and non-specialized audiences, in a clear and rigorous way.
Know how to define an object of analysis and design empirical research strategies on historical problems.
Ability to design research projects to present them in competitive funding calls.4) In relation to language skills:Knowledge of Spanish at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.Requirements1) In general, for access to an official doctoral program it will be necessary to be in possession of official Spanish Bachelor's degrees, or equivalent, and University Master's degrees, or equivalent, provided that at least 300 credits have been passed ECTS in the set of these two teachings.
2) Likewise, anyone who is in any of the following cases may access:Be in possession of an official Spanish university degree or from another country that is part of the European Higher Education Area, which enables access to the master's degree in accordance with the provisions of article 16 of RD 1393/2007, and pass a minimum of 300 credits ECTS in all official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at master's level.
Be in possession of an official Spanish graduate degree, whose duration, according to community law regulations, is at least 300 ECTS credits. Said graduates must take the compulsory training complements required by the program, except that the study plan of the corresponding bachelor's degree includes research training credits equivalent in educational value to research credits from master's studies.
University graduates who, after obtaining a place in training in the corresponding test for access to specialized health training places, pass with a positive evaluation at least two years of training in a program to obtain the official degree of any of the specialties in science Of the health.
Be in possession of a degree obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems, without the need for its homologation, after verification by the University that it accredits a level of training equivalent to that of the official Spanish university master's degree and that it empowers in the issuing country of the title for access to doctoral studies. This admission will not imply, in any case, the homologation of the previous title of which the interested party is in possession or its recognition for purposes other than that of access to doctoral studies.
Be in possession of another Spanish doctorate degree obtained in accordance with previous university regulations.
Be in possession of an official university degree that has obtained the correspondence to level 3 of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education, in accordance with the procedure established in Royal Decree 967/2014, of November 21, which establishes the requirements and procedure for the homologation and declaration of equivalence to a degree and official university academic level and for the validation of foreign studies in Higher Education, and the procedure to determine the correspondence to the levels of the Spanish Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education of the official titles of Architect, Engineer, Graduate, Technical Architect, Technical Engineer and Diploma.3) Doctoral students who will start their doctoral program in accordance with previous university regulations will be able to access doctoral studies, after their admission in accordance with the provisions of the USC Regulations for doctoral studies. In any case, they must meet the general requirements established in said Regulation to access doctoral studies.
4) Graduates, architects or engineers who have the advanced studies diploma obtained in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of April 30, or achieve research sufficiency regulated in the Royal Decree 185/1985, of January 23.
5) Graduates, architects or engineers who have an official master's degree in accordance with Royal Decree 56/2005 or Royal Decree 1393/2007, modified by Royal Decree 861/2010, or have passed 60 ECTS of official master's degree studies.
6) Graduates, technical engineers or technical architects who prove that they have 300 ECTS credits passed in the set of official university studies, of which, at least 60, must be at the master's level, will also be able to access.Admission criteriaScores for each merit will be assessed by the commissions as follows:Academic record: 40%
Candidate's CV: 40%. Qualifications with skills and knowledge related to the areas of specialization of the Doctorate Program, academic stays abroad carried out within the framework of undergraduate or master's studies, in officially recognized universities or research centers, obtaining Competitive study grants or scholarships at bachelor's and master's levels, especially those related to the program's area of specialization.
Level of knowledge of English B2 or of other relevant languages in the scientific context of the Program: 10%
Personal interview with the candidate. It will assess, through a written or oral test, if necessary, the intellectual maturity of the candidate, his capacity for oral or written expression, the motivation to undertake doctoral studies.Objectives and competenciesContemporary History is a fully consolidated area in university teaching and research. Beyond the limits of the Humanities, it also enjoys a growing recognition and notorious interest among scientists and professionals in the macro-scientific-social area. This is because of its ability to explain recent times and, consequently, provide that repository of essential experiences to be able to understand the present and face decision-making, as well as to contribute to forging collective memory, an essential ingredient of social cohesion.
General competitionsSystematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field
Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation
Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research
Ability to carry out critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas
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
Ability to foster, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a knowledge-based society.Specific competencesUndertake in contexts in which there is little specific information
Finding the key questions to answer to solve a complex problem
Design, create, develop and undertake novel and innovative projects in their field of knowledge
Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context
Integrate knowledge, face complexity and make judgments with limited information
The criticism and intellectual defense of solutions.