With regard to temporal development, considering that a full-time student will be enrolled in the Programme for three academic years, the recommended sequence of compulsory activities is the following:

  • Year 1
    May-June: First “Research Plan Defence”
  • Year 2
    Second four-month term: “Submission of papers to international scientific conferences”
    May-June: Second “Research Plan Defence”
  • Year 3
    First four-month term: “Preparation of an international scientific paper”
    May-June: Presentation of the PhD thesis

With regards to optional activities, the sequencing recommended by the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme is:

  • Activity “Transversal training courses”
  • Activity “Advanced training courses”

Any deviation from this schedule must have the approval of the Academic Committee and will be reflected in the “Record of Activities”. Part-time activities shall extend this schedule in proportion to their dedication.

Activity Duration Details and planning
Research Plan Defence 25 hours At the end of each academic year, students shall defend the activities carried out during the course and they shall submit the planning for the following academic year.

The defence will take place in the time and manner established by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program. It will be assessed the Research Plan and the document of activities together with the reports that, to that effect, the tutor and the director should issue.

This activity will annual and compulsory.

The compulsory language used will English.

Research Stays 625 hours The students will carry their research stays in accordance with their director and tutor, their teaching plan and according to the rules established by the Academic Committee.

Optional activity.

Preparation of an International Scientific Publication 50 hours The idea is that before submitting the doctoral thesis, each student has had written and submitted a paper to a scientific journal. The language will be the working language of the journal, being usually English in the ICTs field.

All students must complete this activity preferably in the first four-month term of the third year of the doctorate.

Submission of Papers to International Scientific Conferences 75 hours The students shall plan this action in accordance to their director/s and tutor/s, according to their plan of activities and following of the Academic Committee in this regard.

The language used will be the same as the conference language, being frequently English.

For the calculation of the duration of this activity it has been taken into account both the preparation of the talk (50h) as well as the attendance to the conference with an average duration of 3 days (25h).

All of the students must complete this activity preferably in the second four-month term of the second year of the doctorate

Compulsory activity.

Transversal Training Courses 25 hours Optional courses with the clear aim of training students in transversal methodologies and tools.

The offer will be published annually and, as far as possible, in collaboration with other PhD Programmes from the University of Vigo.
(see tentative list at the end of the section)

Advanced Training Courses 225 hours Optional activity including the recognition of courses or seminars from other national or international PhD programmes, by the Academic Committee. If the course or seminar is not based in ECTS credits, the Academic Committee will establish the appropriate equivalence.


Transversal Courses’ Tentative List

Activity Description Collaboration with
Statistical Applications for Experimental and Technical Design and Data Analysis Provide knowledge about statistical tools used for problem solving in ITC. Do * MAR
Seminar on Scientific Writing Conceptual and practical contribution towards gaining efficiency and communication in research. It will include techniques for writing scientific proposals and scientific papers. Do * MAR
Design and Proposal for Patents in Scientific Works Inventions, utility models and general fundaments about patents. Patent and utility models requisites in several contexts: EU, USA. Methodology and technical aspects for registering patents. Do * MAR