The thesis is the original work that completes the training process as a researcher. Its presentation and defence leads to the award of the title of Doctor and qualifies you as a self-employed worker in the field of R+D+i.
During this period, the "researcher in training" or doctoral student is trained in skills and abilities that enable him/her to carry out research, and the doctoral thesis is the demonstration of the degree achieved, as it provides original results of the research carried out.
Who can submit a doctoral thesis?
To present your doctoral thesis for reading and defence, you must be enrolled in one of the 29 doctoral programmes offered by the University of Valladolid, at least in your second year of enrolment.
Types of doctoral thesis
The thesis submitted must be, in its main body, single-authored and not previously published.
It must include a table of contents, introduction, a body made up of clearly differentiated chapters, conclusions and bibliography.
In order to accredit the quality of the thesis, at least one scientific contribution related to the thesis must be presented. The date of acceptance of this contribution must be within the period in which the student has been enrolled in the doctoral studies.
If this contribution has been signed by two or more doctoral students, only one thesis may be endorsed. In this case, a written waiver from the co-authors to endorse another thesis must be provided. The criteria for the interpretation of this point have been established between the different doctoral programmes and the Doctoral Commission.
The thesis will be made up of a minimum of three scientific articles written by the PhD student and accepted or published in a medium of impact, according to the ANECA criteria for the area of knowledge in which the thesis is presented, within the period in which the student has been enrolled in the PhD Programme.
It must include a table of contents, a broad introduction, a body with the different articles (complete and with bibliographical references), conclusions and bibliography. Particularly important is the introductory part, which will justify the relationship between the publications presented and their joint relevance, the objectives and the methodology used.
In the case of an article signed by more than one author, a written waiver from the co-authors to include it in another thesis must be provided.