Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies, as amended by Royal Decree 195/2016, establishes that the mention "International Doctorate" may be included on the front of the doctoral degree.
To obtain this mention, the following requirements established in this Royal Decree and in the regulations for the presentation and defence of the doctoral thesis of the University of Valladolid must be met:
- To carry out a stay, during the training period, of at least three months' duration, with the following conditions:
- It must be outside Spain in a prestigious higher education institution or research centre.
- The purpose of the stay may be to study or carry out research work.
- The stay and the activities must be endorsed by the thesis supervisor and authorised by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.
- The stay and its activities must be recorded in the student's activities document.
- Part of the doctoral thesis (at least the summary and conclusions) must be written and presented in one of the usual languages for scientific communication in their field of knowledge. If the stay has taken place in a Spanish-speaking country, this rule does not apply.
- The thesis must be reported by two experts who do not belong to Spanish higher education institutions and who do not belong to the institution where the stay was carried out.
- There must be at least one expert from a non-Spanish higher education institution on the examining board of the thesis. However, the tutor responsible for the stay in the foreign institution cannot be part of the panel.
International doctoral thesis co-supervision
The University of Valladolid may establish specific agreements with universities in other countries whereby both recognise the validity of the theses developed under co-supervision and undertake to issue the doctoral degree at the request of the interested parties.
The Steering Committee of the Doctoral School, by means of the agreement of 20 February 2019, establishes a procedure for the processing of agreements with universities in other countries whereby both recognise the validity of theses developed under joint supervision. (Published in the E-Office on 22 March 2019).
It will be processed during the first year of the research, with the starting date being the date of admission to the UVa doctoral programme. However, exceptionally, the UVa Doctoral Commission may authorise the processing of the co-supervision agreement during the second year.
Once the student has been accepted into the doctoral programme and enrolled at UVa, the tutor of the doctoral thesis, as internal promoter of the agreement, will submit to the International Relations Service of UVa:
- A proposal for the agreement and a justification report, which will include the agreement on the advisability of processing the agreement.
- The draft agreement and its annex, completed in full and previously agreed between the parties involved.
- A CV of the director at the foreign university to evaluate his/her research experience.
The forms for this block can be found here in the panel "Forms for the processing of the Co-Directorship".
The International Relations Service will send the agreement proposal to the International Relations Coordinator of the Doctoral School for signature.