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					MALAGA UNIVERSITY                  Doctoral Programmes                 Doctoral Programmes 2005-2007




INTRODUCTION

Legal Provisions

   The aim of postgraduate degree programmes leading to the award of a PhD is to provide

   specialisation and training in research techniques in a particular area of knowledge. These

   programmes will last at least two years under the supervision of a university department, as

   provided for in the statutes of each university and in accordance with government policy, adopted

   at the proposal of the University Co-ordinating Council [Consejo de Coordinación Universitaria],

   regarding the conferral of PhDs. Successful completion of a doctoral programme will entitle

   participants to submit an original research, which, if approved, will qualify them for a PhD.


   Royal Decree 7781/1998, of 30 April, regulating doctoral programmes and the granting and

   conferral of PhDs, the Statutes of Malaga University and the respective regulations approved by its

   Council on 25 March 1999 and amended on 11 July 2005 to adapt them to Royal Decree 56/2005,

   of 21 January, constitute the statutory provisions governing doctoral programmes at Malaga

   University.


   As provided for in its statutes, each university will have at least one thesis committee, formed by

   professor doctors, with at least six years of proven research experience, belonging to the

   university’s teaching body.


   At Malaga University, Thesis Committee members will include the Rector or his/her delegate, as

   chairperson, and a representative from each one of the Faculties and University Schools offering

   four- or five-year undergraduate programmes, as well as two representatives from the said

   Schools.


   Thesis Committee members representing the Faculties and University Schools with four- or five-

   year undergraduate programmes will be elected biennially by and from their respective Thesis

   Sub-committees. Likewise, the University Council will appoint two representatives from the

   University Schools, upon their recommendations, to the Committee for the same term.


   Faculties and University Schools with four- or five-year undergraduate programmes will have a

   thesis sub-committee, formed by doctors representing the Faculty or University School’s different

   Departments, chaired by the Dean or his/her delegate, which will inform the Thesis Committee

   when required.




Aim of Doctoral Programmes

   At Malaga University, doctoral programmes are regarded as advanced postgraduate studies, whose

   aim is:
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    a)   to award students a PhD, the highest academic degree and only one qualifying them for

    research;


    b)   to provide students with specialised training in a specific scientific, technical or artistic area of

    research;


    c)   to provide students with an interdisciplinary training keyed to the professional application of

    knowledge acquired in their undergraduate studies.




Academic Requirements for a PhD

    At Malaga University, the academic requirements for a PhD are as follows:


    a)   a bachelor’s degree* or a professional degree in architecture or engineering or equivalent, or

    officially recognised or accredited studies;


    b)   successful completion of the courses, seminars and supervised research constituting a

    doctoral programme;


    c)   accredited research proficiency;


    d)   defence of a thesis based on an original research.




*Licenciado in Spanish; a degree awarded after successfully completing a four- or five-year undergraduate
programme.
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DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES

Structure and Contents

   Doctoral programmes will consist of courses, seminars and supervised research, lasting a

   minimum of two years.


   It will fall to the University Departments to design doctoral programmes and submit them,

   together with a Departmental Committee report, to the Thesis Committee for evaluation.


   Proposals involving the collaboration of two or more University Departments, which will to all

   effects and purposes have joint control over approved programmes, may be submitted.


   Likewise, courses, seminars and supervised research will be permitted (always on the appropriate

   University     Department’s    responsibility)   at   University   Schools   without   four-   or   five-year

   undergraduate programmes, at other universities, in the Supreme Council of Scientific Research

   [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas], in public or private research centres or in any

   other national or international agency of the same nature, for which there must be a signed

   memorandum of understanding or agreement between Malaga University and the other party

   concerned.


   Doctoral programmes will consist of:


         core curricula courses or seminars on the scientific, technical or artistic area of study covered

       by the doctoral programme in question;


         courses or seminars on methodology and training in research techniques;


         courses or seminars related to the doctoral programme that have a bearing on the candidate’s

       thesis project proposal;


         a supervised research programme.


   All courses and seminars will carry a minimum of three credits.


   Doctoral programmes will include at least one course or seminar on methodology and training in

   research techniques, as well as core curricula courses or seminars carrying a minimum of 15

   credits.


   Doctoral programmes will include one or more supervised research programmes carrying a

   minimum of 12 credits. The programme description will indicate the different areas of research,

   the supervisors responsible for participants and the number of participants per supervisor.


   It will fall to the University Departments to announce the course and seminar timetables of their

   respective doctoral programmes for the coming academic year on their notice boards during

   September.
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   To earn the credits carried by the aforementioned courses, seminars and supervised research

   programmes, participants will be expected to obtain a pass [aprobado], merit [notable] or

   distinction [sobresaliente].


   Each student will have a personal tutor (hereinafter, the Tutor), who must be a PhD-holder from

   the University Department/s supervising the doctoral programme in question (hereinafter, the

   Supervising Department/s).




Pre-registration

   Students applying for admission to a doctoral programme must hold a bachelor’s degree, a

   professional degree in architecture or engineering or equivalent, or officially recognised or

   accredited studies, and satisfy the requirements determined by the Supervising Department/s and

   approved by the Thesis Committee.


   The Thesis Committee at the proposal of the Supervising Department/s will determine admission

   requirements for doctoral programmes.


   Students must pre-register from 6-19 September 2005 at the Secretary’s Office [Secretaría] of

   the University Department of the co-ordinator/person responsible for the doctoral programme (see

   course information in Chapter 2) by completing and signing the appropriate forms (available from

   the photocopying facilities [reprografías] in the Faculty or University School of the Supervising

   Department/s), which should then be submitted together with the following documents:


         a photocopy of his/her identity card [Documento Nacional de Identidad] or passport;


         an authenticated photocopy of a relevant degree certificate qualifying him/her for graduate

       study at a doctoral level or documentary proof of having requested his/her degree certificate;


         an original or authenticated photocopy of his/her transcript of records;


         his/her curriculum vitae since going up to university.


   The Supervising Department/s will process applications and display a list, including successful

   candidates, candidates pending admission and unsuccessful candidates, on its notice board before

   27 September 2005. This decision will ultimately depend on the Thesis Committee’s approval

   should:


   a)     the candidate wish to undertake a programme unrelated to his/her undergraduate studies;


   b)     the candidate, whether he/she be a Spanish or oversees student, hold a bachelor’s degree or

       equivalent from a foreign university or higher education institution and be applying for admission
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    to a doctoral programme without first having his/her undergraduate studies officially recognised

    or accredited.


   Should the number of applicants be greater than the maximum permitted by the programme, the

   Supervising Department/s will select applicants in terms of their academic record, marks obtained

   during their undergraduate studies in modules related to the doctoral programme, course work

   and seminar attendance, and any other relevant merits. At all events, the academic record will

   constitute at least 70% of the overall evaluation.


   Specific evaluation criteria must be submitted to the Thesis Committee well beforehand and

   announced by the Supervising Department/s before the pre-registration period (see course

   information in Chapter 2).


   Provided that they satisfy requirements, professors and research scholars working at Malaga

   University may register for doctoral programmes, without being subject to place limitations.


   Provided that they satisfy requirements, applicants will be permitted to pre-register for more than

   one doctoral programme in order of preference. Should all of the chosen programmes of study be

   cancelled due to the lack of participants (all programmes must have a minimum of 10), applicants

   will be given an additional 10 days to choose another programmes pari passu — admission being

   subject to specific programme requirements.


Students previously undertaking a doctoral programme who have failed to obtain sufficient

credits to complete the first-year programme of taught courses


   Students previously undertaking a doctoral programme who have failed to obtain a minimum of 20

   credits — 15 of which must be carried by core curricula courses — to complete the first-year

   programme of taught courses, but who wish to continue, must apply to the Supervising

   Department/s for permission to undertake the courses of their choice before the established

   deadline for pre-registration.


   In order to be considered as such, doctoral students must pre-register for courses totalling a

   minimum of 15 credits.


   Students who have failed to obtain a minimum of 20 credits on completion of the first-year

   programme of taught courses will not lose their doctoral student status (provided that the

   programme in question is still on offer), thereby allowing them to take courses in successive years

   to complete the first-year programme. Should the programme be discontinued, they may apply for

   admission to another doctoral programme and for their credits to be recognised and transferred.
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Registration

   a) First-year programme of taught courses


   Once all the places on a doctoral programme have been allocated, successful candidates must

   register from 17-31 October 2005, both inclusive, submitting the documents listed below to

   Malaga University’s Graduate Office [Servicio de Postgrado] located in the Central Administration

   Block [Edificio del Pabellón de Gobierno] on the El Ejido Campus:


         a photocopy of his/her identity card [Documento Nacional de Identidad] or passport.


         two passport photographs with his/her name, surname and identity card or passport number

       written on the back.


   If the allocation process still has not been completed, successful candidates must register from

   17-21 October 2005, both inclusive, submitting the above-mentioned documents to the

   Graduate Office.


   Students failing to register before these deadlines will not be entitled to undertake the

   programme, their place being allocated to the first on the list of applicants pending admission. The

   number of vacancies due to this cause will be announced on the notice board of the Supervising

   Department/s on 24 October, the new deadline for registration, in compliance with the

   aforementioned requirements, being from 24-27 October 2005.


   Lastly, the number of programme vacancies resulting from this last registration deadline (from 24-

   27 October) will be published on 28 October, the new deadline for registration, in compliance

   with the aforementioned requirements, being from 28-31 October 2005.


   b) Second-year Research Programme


   Once they have successfully completed the first-year programme of taught courses with a

   minimum of 20 credits, students will be allowed to undertake the second-year research

   programme, in which they must earn a minimum of 12 credits carried by a supervised research.


   Students wishing to undertake the second-year research programme, chosen from the doctoral

   programme in which they have completed the first-year programme of taught courses, must apply

   for admission to the Supervising Department/s.


   It should be borne in mind that places on research programmes are limited — by this it is

   understood that the number of students that departmental members agree to supervise must not

   be lower than that of the places on offer.


   Students wishing to apply for admission to the second-year research programme of a doctoral

   programme must complete the appropriate application form [Solicitud de Admisión de Trabajos de

   Investigación Tutelados],     available   both   from   the   Secretary’s   Office   of   the   Supervising
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   Department/s and from the Graduate Office (located on 3 rd Floor of the Central Administration

   Block, El Ejido Campus). This form must then be submitted to the Supervising Department/s to be

   signed both by the departmental member who has agreed to supervise the research and by the

   Programme Co-ordinator. Lastly, since this application form is essential for registration, it must be

   returned, duly completed and signed, to the Graduate Office.


   Deadline for receipt of application: 26 September-10 October 2005.


   Registration: 3-16 November 2005.


   In order to avoid cues, registration will proceed in alphabetical order, starting with students whose

   surnames begin with A, as indicated below:


          3 November               A


          4 November               B, C


          7 November               CH, D, E, F


          8 November               G


          9 November               H, I, J, K, L


         10 November               M


         11 November               N, Ñ, O, P


         14 November               Q, R


         15 November               S, T


         16 November               U, V, W, X, Y, Z


   Students will only be allowed to register, in compliance with the aforementioned procedure, for

   supervised research programmes previously authorised by the Supervising Department/s.


Registration procedure for the first-year programme of taught courses


   When registering, students will be asked to provide the codes of the courses or seminars that they

   wish to undertake (see course information in Chapter 2); after which they will be issued with a

   receipt of registration.


   This document, which is both proof of registration and a payment obligation, will include a list of

   the courses or seminars for which the student has registered, fees paid in accordance with the

   government’s fee scheme (which will be described in the following section) and the chosen terms

   and conditions of payment.
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   Students eligible for partial or total exemption from payment of university services, or collectives

   subject to special payment procedures, must submit when registering (before the established

   deadline) the relevant documents (or documentary proof of application) proving their beneficiary

   status or membership of one of the aforementioned collectives. Originals must be submitted before

   1 December (otherwise the normal fee scheme will be applied, the deadline for payment being the

   second fortnight of December).




Determination         of    the      Government’s          Fee   Scheme           and   Payment         of
Registration Fees

   Registration fees cover tuition and administrative costs, and School Insurance [Seguro Escolar].


Tuition fees


   Registration fees cover university tuition, a breakdown of which is specified in the fee scheme.


   The total cost of tuition for the courses/seminars and supervised research constituting each

   doctoral programme will be calculated by multiplying the number of credits carried by each

   course/seminar and/or programme of supervised research by FORTY TWO EUROS AND TWENTY

   SIX CENTS (€ 42.26), the value of one credit as established in the fee scheme.


Administrative fees


   Administrative fees include the following:


   Transcript of Records: € 46.42.


   All doctoral students must pay this fee when registering for the first time.


   Student card: € 4.45.


   All doctoral students must pay this fee when registering.


School Insurance


   School Insurance covers all Spanish students, as well as oversees students from countries with

   which Spain has an agreement to this effect.


   Students under 28 must pay a premium of € 1.12 when registering.


   School Insurance covers accidents in the place of study, family misfortune, and illness, as set out

   by the legislation in force governing Social Security. Further information about the conditions and

   benefits of School Insurance can be obtained from the provincial branches of the Social Security in

   Malaga (C/Huescar, 4 or C/Esperanto, 1). Students requiring medical attention should go to the

   Clínica de la Encarnación (C/Fernández Alarcón, 2 — opposite the Hospital Carlos Haya).
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Fee exemptions and reductions


   The exemptions and reductions listed below will be applicable to the government’s fee scheme on

   submission of documentary proof and in accordance with requirements.


   a)   Students awarded a FP1 scholarship by the Ministry of Education and Science

    [Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia] or by the Board of Education and Science of the

    Regional Government of Andalusia [Consejería de Educación y Ciencia de la Junta de

    Andalucía]


   Students who produce documentary proof of their scholar status when registering will be exempt

   from payment of all registration fees.


   Scholarship applicants who fail to produce the pertinent supporting documents when registering

   must pay registration fees in full.


   Once a final resolution for the award of scholarships has been adopted, Malaga University will

   refund doctoral students submitting an application to this effect, together with documentary proof

   of their scholar status, the registration fees for the academic year 2005-2006.


   b) Special status large families [familias numerosas de categoría especial]


   Students who are members of a special status large family when registering will be exempt from

   payment of tuition, exam and registration fees on submission of a photocopy and the original, for

   authentication purposes, of a certificate to this effect [Título de Familia Numerosa], issued by the

   appropriate Spanish authority or equivalent. This exemption will only be applicable to students

   registering for courses, seminars or research programmes totalling the 32 credits required to

   complete a doctoral programme.


   c)   Normal status large families [familias numerosas de categoría general]


   Students who are members of a normal status large family when registering will be exempt from

   payment of fifty percent (50%) of tuition, exam and registration fees on submission of a

   photocopy and the original, for authentication purposes, of a certificate to this effect [Título de

   Familia Numerosa], issued by the appropriate Spanish authority or equivalent. This exemption will

   only be applicable to students registering for courses, seminars or research programmes totalling

   the 32 credits required to complete a doctoral programme.


   d) Disabilities


   Students who have a certified disability of 33% or more when registering will be exempt from

   payment of tuition and exam fees applicable to courses, seminars or research programmes for

   which they are registering for the first time, on submission of documentary proof of their disability,
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   issued by the appropriate Spanish authority. The maximum exemption will be for fees applicable to

   courses, seminars or research programmes totalling 32 credits, accumulated in different years.


   e)   Staff of Malaga University


   Faculty members and researchers of Malaga University, both permanent and temporary professors

   and hired full-time teaching staff whose wages are paid under Item 1 of the University’s budget, or

   administration or service staff, both career and acting public officials and full-time staff hired to

   provide any of the contractual services envisaged in the Collective Agreement, whose wages are

   paid under Item 1 of the aforementioned budget, will be exempt from payment of tuition and

   exam fees applicable to courses, seminars or research programmes for which they are registering

   for the first time, on submission of documentary proof of their status, issued by the appropriate

   administrative body of Malaga University.


   Likewise, the spouses, common-law spouses and children under 28 of the above-mentioned staff

   members, including widows, widowers and orphans, will be exempt from payment of the

   aforementioned fees on submission of documentary proof of kinship when registering.


   This exemption will be applicable to the 32 credits required to complete a doctoral programme.


   Part-time staff members who do not have additional employment outside Malaga University will

   have the same rights as full-time members, fee reductions varying proportionally with their work

   schedule.


   f)   Victims of terrorism


   Victims of terrorism, along with their spouses and children, will be exempt from payment of

   tuition, exam and registration fees on submission of documentary proof of their status when

   registering. This exemption will only be applicable to students registering for courses, seminars or

   research programmes totalling the 32 credits required to complete a doctoral programme.


   g) Special distinction [matrícula de honor]


   Doctoral students who have earned one or more special distinctions in the final year of their

   undergraduate studies at Malaga University — provided that this was in the academic year 2004-

   2005 — will be exempt from full payment of tuition fees for the first-year programme of taught

   courses of a doctoral programme, the deduction being equivalent to the price of one credit

   (referring to that of one credit of the undergraduate studies in question) multiplied by the number

   of credits carried by the modules in which they earned special distinction.


   For students registering for the first time, each credit will cost € 9.96.


   Deductions for special distinctions earned in the final year of the undergraduate study programme

   will only be applicable in the first year of the doctoral programme (of taught courses), on
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   submission of documentary proof and provided that the deduction has not already been applied to

   other programmes or courses.


Grants awarded by Malaga University


   Malaga University will award grants to doctoral students to cover the cost of registration in the

   same conditions as undergraduates and in accordance with established restrictions. A total of 40

   grants will be awarded.


   Application forms will be available from Malaga University’s information desk.


   Completed and signed application forms must be submitted to the General Registry [Registro

   General] from 10-31 January 2006.


   Grant applicants will be expected to pay in full when registering.


   Once a final resolution for the award of grants has been adopted, Malaga University will reimburse

   grant-holders’ fees for the academic year 2005-2006.


   Only students registering for courses, seminars or research programmes totalling the 32 credits

   required to complete a doctoral programme will be entitled to apply for a grant.


Terms and conditions of payment


   Fees must be paid in full before 30 November 2005 or in two equal instalments before 30

   November 2005 and the second fortnight of December, respectively.


   Registration fees covering only administrative costs and/or School Insurance must be paid in full.


   The following forms of payment will be accepted:


         in cash at any branch of Unicaja in Spain (on submission of the receipt of registration);


         in any one of the aforementioned saving bank’s cash dispensers (by means of the receipt of

       registration);


         by standing order.


   Students choosing the last form of payment (whether they wish to pay in full or in instalments)

   must make this clear when registering and sign the standing order form with which they will be

   provided.


   Payment by standing order confers on Malaga University the right to collect on any date during the

   established period of payment.


   Should the standing order be unpaid, the party concerned will not be permitted to use this form of

   payment, if applicable, in the same academic year.
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Consequences of non-payment


   As provided for in the decree promulgated by the Governing Council of the Regional Government

   of Andalusia, stipulating the government’s fee scheme for university services for the academic

   year 2005-2006, non-payment of any outstanding fees before the established deadline will mean

   that the party concerned renounces his/her registration application, which will be filed, thereby

   implying the loss of student status and previously paid fees. The party concerned will be notified in

   writing of the filing of his/her registration application at the address provided in the application

   form. Likewise, a list of all the students affected by this measure will be displayed on the notice

   board of the Graduate Office (located on 3rd Floor of the Central Administration Block, El Ejido

   Campus). The parties concerned will to all effects and purposes lose their student status 15

   working days after the said notification.


   Doctoral programme participants who have lost their student status in the academic year 2005-

   2006 due to non-payment will be allowed to apply for readmission. Before applying, they should

   consult the Graduate Office (located on 3rd Floor of the Central Administration Block, El Ejido

   Campus) as to whether readmission is possible and, if so, pay outstanding fees at any branch of

   Unicaja in Spain, using the registration receipt. Malaga University will readmit students two

   working days after payment has been made.


   Student status will be essential for academic assessment and, should this be restored in

   compliance with the aforementioned requirements after the established period, it will not imply the

   right to assessment.


Deadline for modification or cancellation of registration


               Deadline for modification or cancellation of registration: 30 December 2005


   Cancellation of registration must be made in writing to the President of the Thesis Committee,

   indicating the cause, which must have been unforeseen at the time of registration.


   Should total or partial cancellation of registration be granted, it will have academic consequences,

   although not financial ones, except when reimbursement is due to:


         administrative or payment errors;


         grant or scholarship awards;


         programme or course cancellation;


         cancellation of registration due to a forced change of address for professional reasons,

       documentary proof of which must be provided;
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         official recognition (by validation, transfer or equivalence) of courses whose cancellation has

       been applied for (provided that official recognition is requested before the official deadline and

       granted in the same academic year).


   Administration fees will on no account be refunded.




Academic Assessment

   Before the defence of their thesis, doctoral students must obtain a minimum of 32 credits,

   distributed in two periods as described below:


First-year programme of taught courses


   In the first-year programme of taught courses, doctoral students must earn a minimum of 20

   credits — 15 of which must be carried by core curricula courses or seminars on the scientific,

   technical or artistic area of study covered by the doctoral programme in question.


   On obtaining the minimum number of credits required, doctoral students will be awarded a

   certificate (comprehensively and quantitatively assessed) proving that they have successfully

   completed the first-year programme of taught courses of the doctoral programme in question.


   This certificate will include the average mark obtained in the relevant courses in compliance with

   the following assessment criteria:


         Course assessment will be based on the following scale: pass [aprobado]: 1 point; merit

       [notable]: 2 points; distinction [sobresaliente]: 3 points.


         The points obtained will then be multiplied by the number of credits carried by the course in

       question.


         Overall assessment of the first-year programme of taught courses will be obtained by dividing

       the sum of points by the sum of credits, bearing in mind that an average of 1-1.49 points is

       equivalent to a pass, an average of 1.5-2.49 to a merit, and an average of 2.5 or more to a

       distinction.


Second-year research programme


   To undertake the second-year research programme doctoral, students must earn a minimum of 20

   credits in the first-year programme of taught courses.


   Participants in the second-year research programme must earn a minimum of 12 credits in one or

   more researches supervised by the Supervising Department/s.


   To successfully complete the second-year research programme, participants must submit the

   conclusions of the aforementioned supervised research, their research proficiency being assessed
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   in terms of the results and, if applicable, any papers published in specialised journals. Programme

   descriptions must include assessment criteria.


   Once the Tutor has decided that the supervised research programme has been completed, the

   research project will be assessed on the basis of previously established criteria and the mark —

   pass [aprobado], merit [notable], distinction [sobresaliente] — recorded in the minutes. These

   minutes must contain a reference to the total number of credits carried by the supervised

   research, which must on no account be less than 12.


   Research proficiency (Article 6, Royal Decree 778/1998)


   Once both the first-year programme of taught courses and the second-year research programme

   have been successfully completed, a specially appointed board of examiners (hereinafter, the

   Board of Examiners) will assess in a public viva voce examination the knowledge candidates have

   acquired in the different courses, seminars and supervised research/es of the doctoral programme.

   Before assessment, candidates must submit a paper based on knowledge acquired in an area of

   study related to the field covered by the doctoral programme, and on the supervised research/es

   conducted in the second-year.


   The members of the Board of Examiners, proposed by the Supervising Department/s and

   appointed by the Thesis Committee, will be three in total, all of whom must be doctors and one of

   whom must be independent of the Supervising Department/s, or a member of another university

   or the Supreme Council of Scientific Research. One of the examiners, who must be a chair holder

   (senior full professor), will act as President.


   Candidates proving their research proficiency will be awarded a supporting certificate/diploma for

   successful completion of the doctoral programme undertaken, which will imply:


         recognition of research conducted in a given area (if more than one area is involved, the

       research and, therefore, the certificate/diploma must be related to one of these);


         validation of research proficiency;


         recognition by all Spanish universities.


   The Supervising Department/s will establish the date for the viva voce examination, which must at

   all events take place within six months of completion of the second-year research programme.


   The Board of Examiners will record minutes separately for each candidate, before submitting them

   to the Thesis Committee, which will then issue the appropriate certificate/diploma. Likewise, the

   Board of Examiners will submit a list of unsuccessful candidates, together with a well-reasoned

   report to this effect.
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   Unsuccessful candidates will be given another opportunity to be assessed at a later date

   established by the Supervising Department/s.


   Should the doctoral programme that unsuccessful candidates have undertaken be discontinued in

   the following academic year, the Supervising Department/s will submit a new programme proposal

   to the Board of Examiners.


   In view of the report submitted by the Board of Examiners, and upon the recommendations of the

   Tutor, the Supervising Department/s will propose those arrangements that they deem fit

   (additional supervised research, new courses, etc.) to candidates with the aim of helping them to

   complete the programme satisfactorily.




Certificates and Diplomas

   a)   Certificate for successful completion of the first-year programme of taught courses


   Doctoral students earning the 20 credits carried by the first-year programme of taught courses will

   be awarded a certificate (comprehensively and quantitatively assessed), proving that they have

   successfully completed the programme. This certificate will be recognised by all Spanish

   universities.


   b) Diploma for successful completion of the doctoral programme


   Candidates proving their research proficiency, acquired in the different courses, seminars and

   supervised research, will be awarded a certificate proving that they have successfully completed

   the doctoral programme undertaken, which will imply recognition of research conducted in a given

   area, validation of research proficiency and recognition by all Spanish universities.




Transfers

   Transfers are envisaged in the following cases:


   a)   internally, from one doctoral programme to another, provided that participants have totally or

    partially completed the first- and second-year programmes;


   b)   from another university to Malaga University, provided that participants have totally or

    partially completed the first- and second-year programmes.


   Generally speaking, credit recognition and transfer will be at the proposal of the Supervising

   Department/s in accordance with the following criteria:
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   a)   Doctoral students who have successfully completed the first- and second-year programmes

    will have their studies recognised and be allowed to produce their thesis in the area of study or

    University Department/s authorised by the Thesis Committee.


   b)   Doctoral students who have successfully completed the first-year programme and have been

    awarded the relevant certificate will have their studies recognised only if there is a similar

    programme available and provided that they satisfy academic requirements. The Thesis

    Committee will study each case individually before remitting it to a university department offering

    a similar course, which will then submit a well-reasoned report, admission being subject to place

    limitations.


   c)   Doctoral students who have not obtained the 20 credits carried by the first-year programme

    will only have their credits recognised and transferred if the programme to which they wish to

    transfer is similar and provided that they satisfy academic requirements. In such an event,

    assessment obtained in the programme from which they wish to transfer will prevail. The

    appropriate University Department will submit a well-reasoned report accepting or rejecting the

    proposal for credit recognition and transfer.


   d)   When the courses undertaken are dissimilar, a maximum of five credits obtained in another

    doctoral programme will be recognised.


   Doctoral students wishing to transfer to another university must first gain admission to the

   receiving institution.




Credit Recognition and Transfer

   Recognition and transfer of credits obtained in another doctoral programme will, depending on the

   case, be carried out taking into account the following criteria:


   1.   Recognition and transfer of credits obtained in other doctoral programmes


   Credits obtained in courses that are identical or very similar to the ones currently being

   undertaken will be recognised and transferred to core curricula or methodology courses, whichever

   the case, of the doctoral programme in question. In other cases, a maximum of five credits

   obtained in another doctoral programme will be recognised and transferred.


   2.   Recognition and transfer of credits obtained in postgraduate programmes


   a)   Provided that they have sought the permission of their Tutor and that they possess doctoral

    student status, students will be allowed to undertake courses totalling a maximum of five credits

    a year before registering for the programme.
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   b)   Generally speaking, recognised credits carried by informal postgraduate studies will be worth

    half their value when transferred


   c)   Postgraduate courses carrying less than two credits will not be considered for credit

    recognition and transfer.


   d)   Credits carried by practical courses, such as computer courses at user level, modern language

    courses, etc., will not be considered for recognition and transfer.


   e)   Credits carried by events, seminars and symposiums, expect for those organised by Malaga

    University that have been submitted by the University Department to the Thesis Committee for

    evaluation, will not be considered for recognition and transfer.


   f)   Credits carried by courses organised by Teacher Training Institutes [Institutos de Ciencias de

    la Educación] will not be considered for recognition and transfer.


   g)   Courses will only be evaluated for credit recognition and transfer if the following documents

    are submitted: course certificate or diploma, programme title and supervisors, number of hours

    and transcript of records.


   h)   With the object of assessment, recognised credits will be regarded as a “pass”.


   3.   Recognition and transfer of credits obtained within the scope of the Socrates-

        Erasmus Programme


   Socrates-Erasmus students may apply for recognition and transfer of credits obtained in a doctoral

   programme under the following conditions:


   a)   A maximum of 10 credits will be transferred, provided that they are carried by a doctoral

    programme or equivalent.


   b)   Registration and full payment of fees for a doctoral programme must be made before

    participation in the Socrates-Erasmus Programme.


   c)   The Faculty or University School Co-ordinator (of the Socrates-Erasmus Programme) and the

    Tutor of the party concerned must submit a favourable report.


   d)   The Thesis Committee will verify that the credits for which recognition and transfer has been

    requested have not been used previously in the undergraduate studies of the party concerned.


   At all events, requests for credit recognition and transfer must be submitted to the Thesis

   Committee, informed to this effect by the Supervising Department/s.


   Fees for credit recognition and transfer must be paid in full, except when the courses or seminars

   constitute part of a doctoral programme undertaken at another Spanish state university.
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THE THESIS

   (Text modified in accordance with Royal Decree 56/2005, of 21 January — Approved by Malaga University’s

   Council on 11 July 2005.)


   The thesis will consist of an original research on a subject related to the scientific, technical or

   artistic area of study covered by the doctoral programme in question.




Thesis Project

   Doctoral students must submit, preferably before completing their programme, a thesis project

   proposal, endorsed by the director of their project, to the Supervising Department, which, in the

   event that the project is approved, will appoint a thesis director (hereinafter, the Director) in

   compliance with departmental regulations. The thesis project proposal, together with the Director’s

   curriculum covering the last five years, must be submitted to the Thesis Committee at least six

   calendar months before submission of the thesis.


   The Director must be a doctor, with research experience, and satisfy some of the following

   requirements:


   a)   at least six-years of proven research experience;


   b)   directorship or joint directorship of at least one thesis (if applicable, he/she must submit a

    short curriculum, clearly indicating the theses that he/she has directed and the most important

    scientific contributions made in the area of study in question);


   c)   at least five papers related to the area of study published in recognised journals or

    participation in research or contractual or patent research projects in the last five years,

    summarised in a brief curriculum.


   Likewise, the Director must be a member of the Supervising Department or Research Institute, or

   other departments, universities or state agencies, in which case a well-reasoned report to this

   effect must be submitted to the Thesis Committee.


   Should it be recommendable to amend the thesis project proposal, all modifications must be

   submitted, via the Supervising Department, to the Thesis Committee, which will decide on whether

   to extend the six-month deadline for submission. Thesis project proposals must include the

   following sections: Introduction or Background, Objectives, Degree of Innovation, Methodology,

   Work Plan and References.


   The Thesis Committee will authorise the production and submission of the thesis in a different

   University Department, on approval of the Departments involved and provided that the receiving

   Department is conducting similar research.
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Thesis Submission and Defence

   Before defending his/her thesis, the candidate must have:


         successfully completed the whole doctoral programme;


         registered   his/her   thesis   project   proposal   in   compliance    with     the   aforementioned

       requirements;


         certified research proficiency; that is, a certificate/diploma to this effect.


   After producing his/her thesis, the candidate must comply with the formalities for its submission

   and defence described below.


   Once the candidate has produced his/her thesis, the Director will submit a well-reasoned progress

   report — indicating, if applicable, resulting research or papers — authorising it to be submitted for

   defence. This authorisation must be attached to the thesis for processing. Should the Director

   belong to another University Department other than the Supervising Department/s, the Tutor will

   endorse the Director’s favourable report before submission.


   Once the thesis has been evaluated, the appropriate Departmental Committee will prepare a well-

   reasoned report, authorising its submission to the Thesis Committee.


   The thesis, together with the reports of the Director and the Supervising Department/s and a list

   of seven experts in the area of study in question, proposed as members of the board of examiners

   entrusted with its assessment (hereinafter, the Board of Examiners), will be submitted to the

   Thesis Committee.


   The aforementioned departmental proposal will be accompanied by a well-reasoned report on the

   suitability of each and every one of the proposed examiners.


   When the Director of the thesis is not a member of the Supervising Department/s or Research

   Institute, all administrative formalities will fall to the University Department or Institute in which

   the thesis has been produced.


   Candidates must submit two copies of their thesis, duly signed, bound and accompanied by the

   appropriate administrative forms, to Malaga University’s General Registry.


   These copies will be deposited at the General Registry for one month, before being distributed as

   follows:


   a)     one copy, which will to all effects and purposes be regarded as the original, to the Graduate

       Office;


   b)     one copy to the Supervising Department.
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   If the nature of the work comprising the thesis does not allow it to be copied, submission of the

   original to the Graduate Office will be the sole requirement.


   The Graduate Office will notify all the University Departments and Research Institutes of the

   submission of the thesis, indicating its title, the author, the Director, and the University

   Department or Research Institute in which it has been produced. During the month-long deposit at

   the General Registry, any doctor, who will have the right to submit the conclusions that he/she

   deems fit to the Thesis Committee, may examine the thesis.


   With the object of establishing the date for the defence of the thesis, neither the Christmas nor

   Holy Week holiday periods nor the month of August will be taken into account.


   At the end of the month-long deposit, in view of the pleadings received and, if applicable, after

   consultation with the Supervising Department and upon the recommendations of the experts it

   deems fit to consult, the Thesis Committee will decided on whether or not to authorise the defence

   of the thesis. Should authorisation be refused, the Thesis Committee will notify the candidate, the

   Director and the Supervising Department in writing, stating the reasons for its decision.


   Once the defence of the thesis has been authorised, the Thesis Committee will appoint the

   examiners.


   At the proposal of the Supervising Department and upon the recommendations of the experts that

   the Thesis Committee has deemed fit to consult, the members of the Board of Examiners will be

   appointed from seven doctors with proven research experience in the area of study in which the

   thesis has been produced, as provided for in these regulations, or in other related areas of study.


   A report on the suitability of each and every one of the proposed examiners, and their respective

   curricula vitae covering the last five years, will be attached to the departmental proposal.


   At the proposal of the Supervising Department, the Thesis Committee will elect the President and

   the Secretary of the Board of Examiners from among its members.


   There will be five examiners and two substitutes, all of whom must be Spanish or foreign doctors

   employed by a university, higher education institution or research institute. Board members will be

   appointed taking into account that:


   a)   there must not be more than two examiners from the same department or more than three

    from the same university;


   b)   the President, who must be a faculty member, will be the most senior and highest qualified

    examiner.


   All faculty members may be proposed as examiners, even though they are on sabbatical leave of

   any kind or retired.
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   Neither the Director nor the Tutor will be allowed to be an examiner, except when the thesis has

   been submitted within the scope of a memorandum of understanding or agreement with a foreign

   university envisaging joint supervision.


   Should an examiner have to resign for justifiable reasons, the President will appoint a suitable

   substitute.


   Once the examiners have been appointed, the Supervising Department/s will submit a copy of the

   thesis to each examiner.


   The defence of the thesis will take place within three months of submission, the President of the

   Board of Examiners establishing the time and place, which will be announced by the Secretary of

   the Thesis Committee by written notice submitted to the General Registry at least 15 calendar

   days before the defence. In special cases, the Thesis Committee may extend the three-month

   deadline.


   The defence of the thesis will be conducted, after being announced well beforehand, during a

   lecture period of the academic year in question.


   In the oral defence of his/her thesis, the candidate will present the research that he/she has

   conducted, including methodology, subject matter and conclusions, paying special attention to

   originality.


   After stating their opinion of the thesis, the examiners may ask as many questions and raise the

   objections that they deem fit, to which the candidate must answer.


   Likewise, the doctors present in the public may ask questions and raise objections, to which the

   candidate may answer, at the time and in the manner prescribed by the President of the Board of

   Examiners.


   Once the defence has been made and the thesis discussed, each examiner will make a written

   assessment of the thesis.


   After a secret vote, the examiners will assess the thesis using the following scale: unsuitable [no

   apto]; pass [aprobado]; merit [notable]; distinction [sobresaliente].


   Should the candidate be awarded a distinction by a minimum of four examiners, he/she will be

   considered for cum laude distinction for excellence.


   At all events, the mark will appear on the face of the appropriate degree certificate.


   If cum laude distinction is awarded by unanimous or majority vote, the possibility of nominating

   the thesis for the Outstanding Thesis Prize [Premio Extraorindario de Doctorado] will be recorded

   in the minutes. If this information is omitted, it will understood that it was by majority vote,
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   although the minutes may be amended to include the term “unanimous” at the request of the

   Secretary and in writing by all the examiners, confirming their vote.




Outstanding Thesis Prize

   Malaga University may award annually, at the proposal of the appropriate committees,

   “Outstanding Thesis Prizes” to theses defended at the University in the academic year in question

   that have been awarded cum laude distinction (or cum laude pass [Apto cum laude] for those

   regulated by Royal Decree 185/1985, of 23 January). There will be a maximum of one prize

   awarded for every five theses defended in each different area of study, with a maximum of three

   per doctoral programme. Should there be less than five theses defended in a given programme,

   prize nominations will be carried over to the following year, and so on and so forth.


   The committees entrusted with the award of Outstanding Thesis Prizes (hereinafter, the

   Committee/s) — one per programme — will be installed annually by the Rector, at the proposal of

   the Thesis Committee and upon the recommendations of the Faculties and University Schools.


   The five members of each Committee must be doctors and chair holders (senior full professors) or

   senior lectures, or chair holders (senior full professors) of one of Malaga University’s Schools.


   Neither the Director nor Tutor of the thesis being considered for a prize will be allowed to serve on

   the Committees.


   The Rector will appoint a president and secretary from the members of each Committee.


   The Thesis Committee will establish a scale for the award of Outstanding Thesis Prizes, evaluating

   the following factors: scientific output directly related to the subject of the thesis, scientific output

   unrelated to the subject of the thesis, periods spent in research centres other than Malaga

   University, participation in research projects, indicating the source of finance and the open call to

   which they are subject, research scholarships or equivalent, and other merits. No merit will be

   assessed more than once.


   The Committees will be entrusted with the evaluation of merits, provided that scientific output

   directly related to the subject of the thesis constitutes a minimum of 70% of the overall

   evaluation.


   Only those merits earned four years before and one year after the defence of the thesis will be

   evaluated.


   The Committees will be subject to the regulations established by the Thesis Committee, which will

   on no account oblige candidates to sit special exams or tests.
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   Each Committee will establish internal procedures for decision-making and draw up the minutes, in

   which adopted resolutions and, if applicable, dissenting votes will be recorded. The name of the

   candidate will also be recorded in the minutes.


   Each Committee member will submit a well-reasoned report on each candidate, which will be

   attached to his/her file.


   The Committees will submit a list of proposed candidates for Outstanding Thesis Prizes to the

   Rector of Malaga University, via to the Thesis Committee.


   The Committees may declare the prize void.


   After complying with all the aforementioned formalities, candidates will be notified of the

   resolution adopted by the University Council, which, if favourable, will be included in the transcript

   of records and the degree certificate of the party concerned, which will be issued free of charge.
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DEGREE CERTIFICATES

   Degree certificates will be issued on behalf of the King by the Rector of the university in which the

   thesis was successfully defended, as provided for in Royal Decree 778/1998, of 30 April, and the

   formal requirements established in its annexes.


   PhD degree certificates will be printed with the words “Doctor from the University of”, followed by

   the name of the university in which the thesis was successfully defended.


   PhD degree certificates will include the bachelor’s degree or degree in architecture or engineering

   or equivalent, or officially recognised or accredited studies, qualifying the party concerned for

   admission to a doctoral programme, as well as the name of the university where it was awarded

   and the place and date of issue. Likewise, certificates will include the title of the doctoral

   programme and the name of the Supervising Department.


   PhD degree certificates awarded and issued in compliance with the aforementioned provisions will

   be officially recognised and valid throughout Spain, have full academic effects and qualify the

   holder for teaching and research in accordance with statutory provisions.


   Until the degree certificate is issued and conferred to the party concerned, he/she will be entitled

   to receive a receipt of request for his/her degree certificate (supplementary degree certificate),

   provided he/she has paid the applicable fees.
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REGULATIONS OF MALAGA UNIVERSITY GOVERNING THE AWARD OF
EUROPEAN PhDs

   The Liaison Committee, an EU agency established to co-ordinate the different National Rectors’

   Conferences of the Member States of the European Union, adopted a resolution to authorise and

   support the award of European PhDs by universities of the Member States, in addition to the PhDs

   awarded by them, thereby recognising the importance of research conducted or training received

   by EU doctoral students in another Member State, assessed by means of a set of impartial criteria

   or requirements. Recommendations were presented to this effect by the Confederation of

   European Union Rectors’ Conferences at the Confederation Assembly meeting held in March 1993.


   What is intended is to achieve one of the most relevant aims of Basic Law 6/2001, of 21

   December, regulating higher education, by promoting mobility and the full integration of the

   Spanish university system in the European Space for Higher Education and Research.


   The award of European PhDs, in addition to the PhDs normally awarded by Spanish universities,

   can be regarded as a quality indicator and, therefore, its regulation within the scope of programme

   reforms currently being undertaken is highly desirable. Considered to be a priority by Malaga

   University, the Thesis Committee has established the following requirements for the award of

   European PhDs — in addition to its own PhDs — as set forth under Article 128.1 of the University

   Statutes.


   I. Academic requirements and administrative formalities for the award of a European

   PhD from Malaga University


   At the proposal of the Thesis Committee, Malaga University may award, in such an event, a

   European PhD to theses defended at the University that satisfy the following requirements, in

   accordance with the procedure described further on:


   1.   Academic requirements


   a)   Candidates for a European PhD must have spent a minimum of three months, while producing

    their thesis, in another higher education institution or research centre belonging to and located in

    another EU Member State, conducting research or receiving training directly related to the central

    theme of their theses, under the supervision of a professor or researcher holding a PhD.


   Candidates must justify such periods by submitting the relevant certificate issued by the

   appropriate institution and signed by the supervising European researcher.


   b)   A minimum of two doctors, belonging to another higher education institution or research

    centre of a EU Member State other than Spain, must submit reports on the thesis in question.

    Reporters will on no account include the director of the thesis submitted for defence.
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   Each one of these reports must be submitted in a sealed and signed envelope, enclosing a brief

   curriculum vitae of the reporter. (Text amended in meeting of the Council of Malaga University

   held on 11 July 2005.)


   c)     External reports must be well reasoned, commensurate with Spanish law and the Statutes of

       Malaga University regulating Spanish reporters, and indicate whether or not the thesis in question

       satisfies the requirements for the award of a PhD.


   d)     The members (a minimum of one and a maximum of two) of the Board of Examiners must

       hold a PhD and belong to a higher education institution or a research institute of another EU

       Member State. Reporters will on no account be examiners.


   e)     Part of the thesis — at least the summary and conclusions — must be written and submitted

       in an official language of the European Union other than one of those of Spain.


   The public viva voce examination will be partially conducted, at the choice of the candidate, in an

   official language of the European Union other than one of those of Spain, including at the very

   least a summary and the conclusions of the thesis being defended. (Text amended in meeting of

   the Council of Malaga University held on 11 July 2005.)


   f)     Submission requirements and other formalities as regards the defence of a thesis not

       expressly provided for above will be subject to the regulations governing doctoral programmes at

       Malaga University


   2.     Administrative formalities


   a)     Candidates for a European PhD from Malaga University must submit the documents listed

       below, together with their thesis, to the Graduate Office:


         a written application for a European PhD;


         documentary proof of research conducted or training received at a higher education institution

       or research centre belonging to another EU Member State (see Section I.1.b.), certified by the

       institution or centre in question, together with a report submitted by the research supervisor;


         the favourable reports described in Section I.1.b.


   b)     In view of the documents submitted in accordance with the aforementioned requirements, the

       decision to award a European PhD will fall to the Thesis Committee. The candidate, the Director/s

       of the thesis and the Director of the Supervising Department will be notified of the Committee’s

       decision. If favourable, the President of the Thesis Committee will issue the appropriate certificate

       (which will be remitted to the Secretary of the Board of Examiners, via the Supervising

       Department, together with the two European reports and the administrative forms to be

       completed by the Board of Examiners).
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   c)   The thesis being considered for a European PhD must be accompanied by the minutes

    recorded by the Board of Examiners.


   d)   To qualify for certification, both the decision to award the candidate cum laude distinction and

    a European PhD must be unanimous.


   e)   After the defence of the thesis, the Secretary of the Board of Examiners will certify that the

    specific requirements for awarding a European PhD have been satisfied, above all that at least

    one of the examiners is from a higher education institution or research centre of another EU

    Member State, that the defence of the thesis has been made in an official language of another EU

    Member State and that the Board of Examiners is unanimously in favour of the award.


   II. Certification of European PhDs


   1.   The Rector of Malaga University will issue certification of European PhDs.


   2.   After receiving the relevant documents from the Board of Examiners, the President of the

   Thesis Committee of Malaga University will, in such an event, issue a certificate conferring the

   European PhD, and, in this case, attesting that all the aforementioned requirements have been

   satisfied.


   3.   Certification of European PhDs will be included in the receipt of payment of the degree

   certificate, in the supplementary degree certificate as set out under Article 13 of Royal decree

   778/1998 and on the face of the PhD degree certificate. (Text amended in meeting of the Council

   of Malaga University held on 11 July 2005.)


   4.   In accordance with the resolution adopted by the Liaison Committee of the Confederation of

   European Union Rectors’ Conferences, the stamp or anagram of the European PhD consists of a

   circle of 12 five-pointed stars, the centre of which bears the inscription “European Doctor”, which

   will appear in the receipt, in the supplementary degree certificate and on the face of the PhD

   degree certificate. (Text amended in meeting of the Council of Malaga University held on 11 July

   2005.)


   5.   On being awarded the PhD degree certificate, students will receive a diploma issued by the

   Rector of Malaga University, in which the award of the European PhD will be specifically

   mentioned.


   6.   Through its Secretariat General, Malaga University will create and regulate a registry of

   European PhDs that will be separate and independent of other degree and diploma registries.
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REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE JOINT SUPERVISION OF THESES BY
MALAGA UNIVERSITY AND A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY

   The widespread and diverse links Malaga University has forged with foreign universities, not only

   in Europe but also the world over, particularly in Latin America, necessarily involves the internal

   regulation of the material and formal requirements for joint supervision of theses, in which

   researchers from Malaga University — whether they be doctoral students or directors —

   participate, as well as the necessary procedural formalities.


   The short-term objective of the regulations governing the joint supervision of theses in conditions

   of reciprocity is to earn a PhD from the two universities participating in the programme. The

   medium-term objective is to promote contacts between research groups at Malaga University and

   those working at foreign universities and, in such an event, promote both the execution of joint

   research projects and doctoral student mobility between both institutions. Without detriment to

   existing general agreements between Malaga University and foreign universities that envisage the

   possibility of all the parties concerned entering into further joint supervision agreements, only one

   partner university will be permitted to participate in the joint supervision of theses on the basis of

   a specific agreement signed to this effect.


   Article 1: Objective.


   The objective of these regulations is to establish the procedural and academic requirements for the

   production, submission and defence of theses, jointly supervised by an foreign university, at

   Malaga University with the purpose of earning a PhD from both universities.


   Article 2: Joint supervision agreements


   For the joint supervision of theses there must be a specific, previously signed agreement between

   Malaga University and the foreign university concerned.


   The Rector of Malaga University, at the proposal of the Thesis Committee, must sign specific

   agreements.


   The amendment of any of the articles of a specific joint supervision agreement will only be

   permitted in exceptional cases, subject to the authorisation of the Thesis Committee of Malaga

   University and on approval of the Rectors of both of the signatory universities.


   Article 3: Requesting joint supervision


   Doctoral students who wish to produce a thesis jointly supervised by Malaga University and a

   foreign university must complete the standard application form included in Annex II of these

   regulations, and submit it to the appropriate office of either one of the universities party to the

   specific agreement, which will process the application in compliance with the procedural formalities

   established in the said agreement.
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   At Malaga University, applications for joint supervision must be made to the Supervising

   Department of the doctoral programme in question. The said Department must submit a

   favourable report to the Thesis Committee, which will verify that academic requirements and

   procedural formalities have been satisfied as laid down in Spanish law, before adopting a final

   resolution.


   For the purpose of satisfying the aforementioned requirements, before adopting a final resolution

   the Thesis Committee must agree, if applicable, upon appropriate study recognition mechanisms

   for earning a PhD from Malaga University, as well as the complementary courses and/or exams

   that candidates must undertake or sit, as provided for in the regulations governing postgraduate

   studies at Malaga University and as set our under the articles of the specific agreement.


   Article 4: Registering the thesis project proposal for joint supervision


   Once the application for joint supervision has been accepted, the thesis project proposal must be

   registered.


   Registration must be carried out at both of the universities party to the specific agreement, as

   provided for in the regulations of both the educational systems concerned.


   Article 5: Producing the thesis


   The thesis must be produced under the control and supervision of a director (co-directors) from

   each one of the universities party to the specific agreement, appointed in accordance with the

   requirements of both institutions.


   The research for producing the thesis will be conducted alternately at both the universities party to

   the specific agreement. Periods of research at both universities must last a minimum of nine

   months, to be completed uninterruptedly or at different times.


   The production of the thesis must on no account take more than four years or less than two

   starting from the date of registration.


   If the official language of the foreign university party to the specific agreement is not Spanish, the

   thesis must be produced, at the choice of the candidate, in that language or in Spanish, together

   with a summary written in the language that has not been chosen.


   Article 6: Examiners


   The examiners assessing the thesis will be appointed as set out under the articles of the specific

   agreement, without detriment to the regulations governing appointments of this kind in both the

   educational systems concerned.
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   Should the defence of the thesis be conducted at Malaga University, external examiners will

   receive the same per diems as the Spanish ones, and the same international travel costs as a

   visiting professor.


   Article 7: Defence of the thesis


   The submission of the thesis for defence must be made in accordance with the procedural

   formalities and academic requirements as set out under the articles of the specific agreement and

   as provided for in the regulations of both of the signatory universities. At all events, should the

   candidate chose to defend his/her thesis at Malaga University, he/she must also produce a official

   certificate for research conducted at the foreign signatory university (minimum of nine months)

   and a summary of the thesis in the official language of one of the universities party to the specific

   agreement that has not been used to produce the thesis.


   The signatory university at which the thesis is to be defended will be chosen as set out under the

   articles of the specific agreement.


   The candidate shall pay, if applicable, the established fees for the defence of his/her thesis only at

   the signatory university at which it is to be conducted.


   Article 8: Issue of PhD certificates


   After the defence of their thesis, successful candidates may apply for the appropriate degree

   certificates from both of the universities party to the specific agreement, as provided for in the

   regulations in force at both institutions and as set out under the articles of said agreement.


   Regulations governing the issue of official degree certificates permitting, reference will be made in

   the PhD certificate to the fact the thesis has been jointly supervised by the foreign signatory

   university.
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ANNEX TO CHAPTER 1

Admission           to   doctoral       programmes           with      a   bachelor’s          degree      or
equivalent earned at a foreign university or higher education institution

   Spanish or oversees students holding a bachelor’s degree or equivalent earned at a foreign

   university or higher education institution will be admitted to doctoral programmes at Malaga

   University on receipt of official recognition of their academic qualifications (provided that they

   satisfy the academic requirements of the programme in question), in accordance with the

   regulations in force.


   They may however gain admission to a doctoral programme without having their academic

   qualifications    officially   recognised   beforehand,   provide   that   they   satisfy   the   following

   requirements:


   1.   Applications must be made in writing to the Rector of Malaga University, who, after verifying

   that the foreign degree submitted by the party concerned is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree (see

   footnote in Introduction) or a degree in architecture or engineering, will adopt a provisional

   resolution as regards admission.


   2.   Applicants who are nationals of countries where Spanish is not the official language will have

   to sit the language exams the University deems fit.


   3.   Admission will on no account imply official recognition of the foreign degree in question, nor

   its recognition for any other purpose than that of undertaking a doctoral programme.


   4.   A PhD earned in compliance with the requirements described in this section will not have full

   legal effects as provided for both in Royal Decree 7781/1998 and in other regulations in force, a

   reference to which will be made in the degree certificate.


   For the PhD to have full legal effects as provided for in Spanish legislation, it will be necessary to

   obtain official recognition of the aforementioned bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Should official

   recognition be granted, the party concerned must comply with all the formalities for it have full

   legal effects as provided for in Spanish legislation.




Procedures

   Applicants holding a higher education degree issued abroad, which has not been officially

   recognised, must apply to the Rector for admission, attaching the following to the application

   form:


       a recent photocopy of his/her passport;
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         an authenticated photocopy of his/her undergraduate degree certificate;


         his/her official transcript of records, including modules, duration and assessment.


   All documents issued in a foreign language must be accompanied by an official Spanish translation.


   At all events, applicants will be obliged to produce the additional supporting documents that the

   Thesis Committee or departments involved in the admission procedure deem fit.


   The member of the Thesis Committee representing the Faculty or University School in question will

   submit a report stating whether the foreign degree held by the party concerned is equivalent to a

   Spanish bachelor’s degree or a degree in architecture or engineering, satisfying course load,

   curricula and qualification requirements. (First Additional Provision.2 of Royal Decree 778/1998,

   regulating doctoral programmes.)


   Applications failing to satisfy these requirements will be rejected.


   Successful candidates should bear in mind the following when registering:


   a)     in all doctoral programme study or attendance certificates it will be expressly stated that

       admission has been granted without first having obtained official recognition of undergraduate

       studies;


   b)     once the doctoral programme has been completed and the thesis successfully defended, it will

       be expressly mentioned in the PhD degree certificate that it has been awarded without having

       obtained official recognition of undergraduate studies.




Formalities for official recognition of foreign degree certificates

   Formalities depend on the county where the degree was awarded:


   1.     Signatory Countries of The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961


   For countries party to the Hague Convention, documents must be legalised with an apostille in the

   country of origin by the appropriate authorities:


   Members of the European Economic Space, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia,

   Australia, Bahamas Islands, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei

   Darussalam, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Federal

   Republic of Yugoslavia, Fiji, Hong-Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lesotho,

   Liberia, Lithuania, Macao, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall

   Isles, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Niue, Panama, Puerto Rico, Rumania, Russian

   Federation, Samoa, San Cristobal and Nieves, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa,

   Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, USA and Venezuela.
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   Extensions: The Netherlands (Dutch Antilles), UK (Bailiwick of Guernsey, Bermuda, British

   Antarctic Territory, Caiman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Jersey, Montserrat, St

   Helen, Turk and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands).


   2.   EU Member States or members of the European Economic Space


   Authentication of documents issued in the countries listed below will not be necessary (Order

   ECI/3686/2004, of 3 November, by which regulations for enforcing Royal Decree 285/2004, of 20

   February, regulating the official recognition of qualifications concerning higher education [BOE of

   15 November 2004] were promulgated):


   Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy,

   Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (by means of a bilateral

   agreement with the European Union) and UK.


   From 1 May 2004: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland,

   Slovakia and Slovenia.


   3.   Countries party to the Andres Bello Convention:


   Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Spain and Venezuela (when the country in

   question is also party to The Hague Convention, the simpler procedure of the latter may be used).


   All the supporting documents listed below must be legalised through diplomatic channels:


   1.   in the case of academic supporting documents, authentication of the signatures of originals by

   the Ministry of Education of the country of origin;


   2.   legalisation of the aforementioned authentication by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the

   country of origin;


   3.   official recognition of the aforementioned legalisation by the Spanish Consulate in the country

   of origin;


   4.   Other countries


   1.   in the case of academic supporting documents, authentication of the signatures of originals by

   the Ministry of Education of the country of origin


   2.   legalisation of the aforementioned authentication by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the

   country of origin;


   3.   official recognition of the aforementioned legalisation by the Spanish Consulate in the country

   of origin;
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   4.   official recognition of the signature of the authority or public official of the aforementioned

   consulate by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (General Pardiñas, 55, 28006 Madrid. Tel.: +

   34 91 379 16 06).


   All documents issued by the consular services of a foreign country in Spain must be legalised by

   the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Spanish translation of documents issued in a foreign language


   Documents issued in a foreign language by the appropriate authorities of the country of origin

   must be accompanied by a Spanish translation, which will be exempt from legalisation, issued by:


   a)   any Spanish diplomatic or consular service abroad;


   b)   the diplomatic or consular service of the country of origin of the party concerned or, if

    applicable, of the document in question, in Spain;


   c)   a sworn translator.

				
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