Our aim is that the future PhDs will have the capacity to lead both research and technological innovation in the fields indicated above. The PhD studies in ‘Computational and Applied Physics' are being participated by university professors and researchers from the Department of Applied Physics and the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) together with researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences. Research related to the PhD studies is enclosed in the fields of Physics, Mathematics and Engineering.
PhD studies described here have been the object of an adaptation process to the ESSE (European Space of Superior Education), so our general objective is that students finishing its PhD within our program acquire a maturity in their research training according to the so called Dublin descriptors:
PhD studies are a fundamental part of the University education. It's University's responsibility to effectively provide and manage the necessary resources to offer good PhD programmes. The University is made up by different Departments who usually take this initiative. It is naturally the normal and common process used in the other European and American Universities, because the PhD is connected to the research and it directly depends on the different Research Groups from one Department. Following this general argument, we can justify why a PhD Programme is basically linked to two Physics Departmnet at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
The two Departments form a seventy doctors' team put into eleven research fields, qualified to bring up new doctors at our knowledge area. Most of these groups, of which research activity can be looked up at the website, have the acknowledgement from consolidated groups at Generalitat de Catalunya. From the beginning of the PhD Programme, we have already brought about thirty doctors up, whose still do research at our University or at Spanosh or foreign Universities. The young researchers education also revitalize our research groups. Without this input, our research tasks decline and they are even impossible: the exclusive dedication to a particular research topic makes progress possible in many different directions. It is only possible with the research grant holders. Therefore, the profit is mutual: students learn to do research and we, the teachers, use their enthusiasm and initiative.
You can apply until:
You can apply until:
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Seminars given by the invited teachers within the framework of the mobility incentives given by the "Sciences and Innovation Ministry".
Requirements for the appointment of the examination panel
Proposal of seven people who must be experts on the matter, who can be part of the committee which will judge the thesis, who must be doctors with proved experience in research shown by their CV.
Specific procedure established for assessing thesis proposals/research plans
Evaluating a Research Plan during the first year of doctoral research.
Main qualifications required for admission
Sciences degree, engineer, master in Computational and Applied Physics, or similar graduates.
Criteria for selection and for assessing student's merits
To enter the doctoral program in the period of research is necessary to satisfy any of the following conditions (according to Decree 99/2011 of 28 January 2011):
Requisites for complementary methodological or scientific training courses (the official master's degree programme that these courses belong to must be specified)
The knowledge required would be basically programmed within the "Computational and Applied Physics" Master, within other similar ones, or by specific seminars from the Programme.
Procedure established for monitoring students
The monitoring of students will follow the procedures indicated in the RD99/2011, due by the Ph.D. tutor and/or director and from the Academic Comission of the program.
Researchers and groupsInvolved lines and research groups
Directors of doctoral theses and research work tutors
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Book IELTS
Students wishing to enroll for doctoral studies at the UPC must complete the admission process as outlined below.
N.B.: These documents should have been legalised and translated, if necessary (see the section on the legalisation of documents and qualifications).
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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To meet the growing demand for funding support, the RESEARCH EMPLOYMENT ADVICE AND SUPPORT UNIT assists in the management of predoctoral and postdoctoral grants and scholarships (official UPC grants, FPI grants from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, FPU grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and FI grants from the AGAUR).
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