3. Access and admission of students

3.1. Information system prior to the enrolment and procedures for reception and orientation of incoming students in order to facilitate their entry to the university and to the teaching.

In the dissemination of information the Program websites of the Doctoral School and the University, and the promotion carried out through the three responsible organisations, will play a very important role: 

• Institutional dissemination by the University of Vigo: the general information on the Degree, along with the Degree’s guidebook, will have the usual public institutional dissemination of the University of Vigo (publication on the institutional web server of the university and distribution of printed guides within Galicia and North of Portugal territory). On the website of the University of Vigo it is currently available the following information: Institutional Dissemination of the Doctoral School. The PhD Programmes will be assigned to Doctoral Schools as stated in the Regulations of Doctoral Studies of the University of Vigo. Doctoral Schools take on the functions of organisation, planning, management and supervision of the doctoral studies, so that the relevant information will be enabled on the website of the corresponding School. The conditions, procedures and terms for processing the doctoral thesis defence at the University of Vigo are laid down in the Regulations for Doctoral Studies of the university (approved by the Governing Council in July 2012). All the information on this procedure will be available on the website of the Doctoral School, and until its activation, on the Department of Postgraduate Studies. It includes information on:

  • General information provided by the website of the University of Vigo.  On the homepage of the University of Vigo (http://www.uvigo.es), under “Study” it can be accessed “PhD Programs”. This internet address contains the list of PhD Programmes, constituting the updated range of postgraduate studies available at the university. It includes information on the formal name given to the PhD programme, nature of the programme (own or inter-university, indicating in the latter case the participating and coordinating universities), information on access and admission conditions to the PhD Programme, research topics developed in the programme, contact details of the coordinator, verification report and active link to the specific information of each PhD Programme. 
  • For information on the enrolment procedure, the information is active on the homepage of the University of Vigo website (http://www.uvigo.es), in the section “Shortcuts” in a field called “Matrícula curso 2013/2014”. That page contains detailed information on the call for enrolment for EHEA degrees, Master’s degrees and PhD programmes from the University of Vigo. In particular, regarding doctoral studies, it includes information with regard to:
    • Enrolment period and procedure for academic supervision of doctoral thesis (incoming students and continuation of studies) for the entire range of postgraduate studies available at the university. 
    • Information regarding public rates and tuition waivers 
    • Conditions of modification and/or cancellation of enrolment.
    • Stages for presentation of the doctoral thesis for its defence (procedures and terms)
    • Public information regarding doctoral theses on deposit, information with regard to the acts of public thesis defence , information on the procedure for the annual call for “Extraordinary Doctorate Awards”.
  • PhD Programme own webhttp://doc_tic.uvigo.es : it will be the main information system about the PhD Programme, including all the information deemed of interest concerning organizational, administrative and curricular aspects. There, it is available all the information needed by the student prior to the enrolment and it will also be the primary mechanism of information for students during the academic year. This webpage will also include links to the information and counselling services for students of the University of Vigo
  • International dissemination of information leaflets and posters: an awareness campaign will be carried out by post, addressed to universities and research centres in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, as these are the countries of origin of the students who have completed the Master’s degree from which this PhD programme comes.
  • Briefings at the School of Telecommunication Engineering, whose graduates may form part of the PhD student body.
  • Dissemination among former students of the Programme who, once completed their theses, may be in other universities where there might be new students interested in the programme.

Given the heterogeneity of the potential student body, in both their previous education and their geographical location, the type of information that should initially guide the prospective student through the webs and leaflets is the following:

  • Information regarding conditions of entry. At this point, special attention will be devoted to the recommended entry profile in order to guide mainly those applicants with foreign degrees and which are not adapted to the European Higher Education Area, since our previous experience denotes that they often find difficulties both to identify the level of the studies they expect to access and the validity and appropriateness of their degrees to apply for these studies.
  • Administrative information, such as enrolment procedures and modalities, fees or grants.
  • Information on the characteristics of the PhD Programme, such as content, skills to be developed, working methodology and evaluation criteria, among others.

Regarding the procedures for reception of incoming students, they will be personalised, being the tutor the one guiding them in academic and administrative aspects and in the integration into the university system. Furthermore, at the beginning of the academic year there will be briefings in which all students can participate either in person or via video/audio conferencing in order to specify the information and to familiarise students with the organization and educational aspects of the PhD programme as well as the institution involved. 

3.2. Entry requirements and admission criteria

Access to doctoral studies 

  1. In general, for accessing an official PhD Programme, it is necessary to hold an official Spanish EHEA Degree, or equivalent, and Master’s Degree
  2. Additionally, those who are under the following cases, may have access:
    1. To hold an official Spanish University Degree, or from another country member of the European Higher Education Area, which qualify them for admission to Master’s Degree in accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of October 29, and to have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS in the overall of the official university studies, of which at least 60 must be of Master's level.
    2. To hold an official Spanish Graduate Degree, whose duration, according to rules under Community law, should be at least of 300 ECTS credits. These graduates must attend, on a mandatory basis, the additional training courses required by the Programme, unless the corresponding Degree includes research training credits, equivalent in training value to research credits from Master studies.
    3. The graduates who, after obtaining a training place in the corresponding entrance examinations tohealth care training, have completed with positive assessment at least two years of  a programme for obtaining the official degree of one of the specialities in Health Sciences.
    4. To hold a degree obtained under foreign educational systems, without the need of the recognition of the equivalence, after verification by the university that it accredits a level of education equivalent to the Spanish Official Master’s Degree and that it enables access to doctoral studies in the issuing country. This admission does not imply, in any case, the official recognition of equivalence of the previous degree of the applicant nor its recognition for other purposes than that of the entry to doctoral studies.
    5. To hold another Spanish PhD earned under previous university ordinances

3.     PhD students who have begun their PhD Programmes under previous university ordinances may access the doctoral studies governed by Royal Decree 99/2011, prior to admission under the provisions of the Regulations of Doctoral Studies of the University of Vigo. In any case, they must meet the requirements established, in general terms, for accessing doctoral studies, governed by Royal Decree 99/2011.

4.     The Graduates, Engineers or Architects holding the “Diploma de Estudios Avanzados” (Diploma of Advanced Studies) earned in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 778/1998, of April 30, or having the “Suficiencia Investigadora” ("Proficiency in Academic Research") governed by Royal Decree 185/1985, of January 23, may access doctoral studies. 

5.     The Graduates, Engineers or Architects holding an official Master’s Degree under the Royal Decree 56/2005 or the Royal Decree 1393/2007, amended by Royal Decree 861/2010, or having completed 60 ECTS of studies of official Master’s Degree, may access doctoral studies.

6.     Those holding a Technical Certificate, Technical Architects or Technical Engineers who accredit having completed 300 ECTS credits in the overall of the official university studies,  of which at least 60 must be of Master's level, can also access doctoral studies.

 

Admission to Doctoral Studies

In the case of the PhD programme in question, the recommended entry profile is: Telecommunication Engineer, Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering, Master’s Degree in Signal Theory and Communications, Master in Telematics Engineering or Master in Radio Communications and Electromagnetic Engineering from the University of Vigo.

For those students with national or foreign Master’s Degrees related to Information and Communication Technologies, their affinity will be considered by the Academic Committee of the PhD Program. The skills of the Official Spanish Degree will be taken as reference.  In this cases the Academic Committee may subject the admission to the successful completion of specific additional training courses that will be established in each case within the master’s teaching offer in the field of ICTs from the University of Vigo.

As some compulsory activities will be taught in English, the accreditation of linguistic competence in this language (B1 level) is a requirement, by means of a certificate from the “Centro de Linguas” (Language Centre) or equivalent. In case that the competence cannot be accredited, this requirement can be replaced by the Academic Committee by others which ensure that this competence in English language will be achieved within the first year.

Those students willing to form part of this PhD Programme shall present their application in the manner determined by the rules of admission and enrolment approved by the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme for each academic year, which, in turn, will address that established by the University of Vigo. To this end, students must meet the requirement and hand over the supporting documentation.

 

Regarding the selection, it will follow the principles of objectivity, fairness, merit and ability, and will take into account the following criteria:

  • CV of the applicants, taking into consideration:
    1. Previous studies of the applicants. The degrees completely related are Telecommunication Engineer, Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering, Master’s Degree in Signal Theory and Communications, Master in Telematics Engineering or Master in Radio Communications and Electromagnetic Engineering from the University of Vigo

For those students with other Master’s Degrees related to Information and Communication Technologies, and for foreign degrees with related contents to the PhD Program, the treatment will be similar, that is to say, this affinity will be studied. In this cases, the Academic Committee may subject the admission to the successful completion by the applicants of specific training complements that will be established in each case within the Master’s teaching offer in Telecommunications Engineering, Signal Theory and Communications, Telematics Engineering or Radio Communications and Electromagnetic Engineering from the University of Vigo.

2. Academic record

3. Professional experience in the field of the PhD Programme

  • Letters of recommendation from Professors of previous degrees
  • Other academic and/or professional merits
  • If deemed necessary, a personal interview

In any case, the admission and selection will be restricted to the number of available seats established for the PhD Programme. Initially, the following criteria are established:

  • The CV of the applicants will have a minimum value of 80 per cent. The assessment of the academic records will consider the average values of the respective degrees.
  • The recommendations, the personal interview and other merits will be assessed up to a maximum of 20 per cent.

The Academic Committee of the PhD Programme may establish new criteria consistent with the above mentioned in order to specify the application of the principles and criteria stated.

Regarding the adaptation of systems and procedures for admission to students with special educational needs derived from disabilities, the University of Vigo, in order to support students with disabilities and to promote equal opportunities and full integration into university life is running PIUNE programme (Integration Support Programme for Students with Special Needs). Through this program students will receive: 

- Attention, welcome and advice from SIOPE (Section of Information, Guidance, Student Promotion, Volunteering and Disability)(http://www.uvigo.es/uvigo_gl/administracion/extension/funcions/) in coordination with the university’s psycho-pedagogical department.

- Study support (curriculum adaptations, technical support resources, etc…)

- Assistance in a range of activities by volunteers from the University of Vigo.

The details of the scope to the attention to disabilities at the University of Vigo are available on the Internet at:

http://extension.uvigo.es/extension_gl/discapacidade/

3.3. Students 

This programme comes from the transformation and grouping of the doctoral programmes on Signal Theory and Communications (TSC) and Telematics Engineering (IT) and Communications Technologies (TC). Currently these programmes are in line with RD1393/2007, and heirs of those programmes according to RD778/1998. The Programme Communications Technologies was in line with RD778/1998, but it has no students in thesis period at the present time. 

 

 

Year

 

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13 

  IT

Total

New 

Defending Thesis

Dropouts

20

20

2

7

22

11

5

11

18

12

5

4

38

29

2

10

47

21

2

11

40

6

 

TSC

Total

New 

Defending Thesis

Dropouts

15

15

4

4

10

3

1

0

14

5

4

0

24

14

3

0

30

9

3

4

27

4

 

 TC

Total

New 

Defending Thesis

Dropouts

6

6

2

0

4

0

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

 0

0

 

TOTAL

Total

New 

Defending Thesis

Dropouts

41

41

8

11

36

14

9

11

33

17

10

4

62

43

5

10

77

30

5

15

67

10

 

 

22 (32,8%) out of the 67 registrations of the current academic year are from other countries 

 3.4. Additional training courses

In the event that the students lack the complete previous training required by the programme, the admission may be conditioned to the completion of specific additional training courses.

If so, the programmes, through their memory, shall determine the additional training courses for each student, which must be specified by the Academic Committee of the PhD programme without exceeding 15 ECTS. The completion of these additional courses will be prior or simultaneous to the enrolment for academic supervision of doctoral thesis. If its prior to the enrolment, they will only enrol in these additional courses and the supervision commitment will not be signed nor will the “Document of activities” of the PhD student be opened, until their completion.

The additional training courses must be completed within three consecutive “four month term”, otherwise, they will be removed from the programme.

Those specific additional training courses may consist of subjects or modules from master or EHEA degrees and they shall be considered as doctoral level training, for the purpose of public fees, award of grants and financial aids for study. In the case of being carried out prior to the enrolment, its development will not compute for the purposes of the established deadline for the completion of the thesis. These credits will not compute for the purposes of the ordinary requirements of entry to the PhD Programme.