PhD in Physics (TFIS)

Universidad de las Islas Baleares - UIB

Program Description

PhD in Physics (TFIS)

Universidad de las Islas Baleares - UIB


General objectives

The aim of the Ph.D. program in Physics is not limited to give continuity to the Degree and Master courses in Physics offered at UIB. Since its inception, this Program has had a proper outreach and has attracted many students from other universities in Spain and abroad. A main reason is that the Program offers an academic and professional training at the highest scientific level and puts the focus on the capacity to face and solve problems and make original contributions to knowledge in various fields of physics. The Program offers a multidisciplinary perspective of Physics and more specific knowledge on the research lines detailed in that section, in which the institutions supporting the program (the Department of Physics of UIB, IFISC and IMEDEA) have accredited international prestige.

The quality of the Ph.D. Program in Physics preceding the present one was recognized as early as in 2004, being awarded with the Quality Mention of ANECA. The Quality Mention was maintained in each of the follow-ups and renovations until it was replaced by the Excellence Mention (obtained in 2011). The challenge of the new Program is to follow the same path of excellence and internationalization, as a way to keep attracting students from other universities.

Lines of research

  • Relativity and Astrophysics.
  • Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics.
  • Materials Physics. Applications to engineering.
  • Quantum Physics and Statistical Physics.
  • Interdisciplinary Physics and Nonlinear Physics.
  • Physics of Complex Systems.

New student profile and admission criteria

The recommended background is a scientific degree or an engineering degree followed by a Master course. Foreign students will be requested to demonstrate equivalent titles. As a general rule, the Master courses that will be considered to fit in the admission profile are those related to any of the research lines of this Ph.D. Program (see Research Lines) and whose skills include a proper knowledge of Physics, Mathematics and programming languages, as well as English language proficiency at the level of reading and comprehension of scientific texts.

For those students that are considered not to have an adequate profile, the academic committee will establish the additional training requested for a proper development of the Ph.D. Program. That additional training will consist of subjects of the Master courses offered at UIB (Master Degree in Physics, Master Degree in Advanced Physics and Applied Mathematics, and Master Degree in Physics of Complex Systems), up to a maximum of 30 credits.

Specialized and interdisciplinary training activities

Considering the students' learning objectives and their status as full time or part time, the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. Program in Physics will recommend the student to take some of the cross-training (T) activities offered by the Doctorate School of UIB. These activities are all optional (O) (non compulsory) for the Ph.D. students in Physics. For the 2013-2014 period these activities are:

Cross-Training activities planned for the first semester:

  • (T1, O) Communication skills in English: Written and Oral expression (Module I).
  • (T2, O) Bibliographic search techniques

Cross-Training activities planned for the second semester:

  • (T3, O) Communication skills in English: Written and Oral expression (Module II).
  • (T4, O) Ethics and integrity in scientific research.
  • (T5, O) Models of technology transfer

The student must also take the following specialized (E) training activities, which are in principle compulsory. A student can be exempted from carrying out an activity only when it involves mobility (M) and the student duly accredits the impossibility to cope with it. The specialized activities are:

  • (E1) To attend research seminars (30 h along the three academic years).
  • (E2) To give research seminars (one each academic year).
  • (E3) Tutorials (90 h, distributed more or less evenly over the three academic years).
  • (E4, M) Preparation and presentation of a scientific communication (2nd or 3rd academic year).
  • (E5) Preparation and writing of a scientific paper to be published in a journal indexed in the JCR (2nd or 3rd academic year).
  • (E6, M) Research stay in another research center (2nd or 3rd academic year).
This school offers programs in:
  • Spanish

Last updated September 8, 2017
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
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Spain - Palma de Mallorca
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Spain - Palma de Mallorca
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