Doctorado en BiologĂ­a y BiotecnologĂ­a Vegetal

After registration

  • Steps to follow

    When PhD students have registered they need to use the UAB Intranet self-enrolment system or follow the instructions of the program coordinator or administrator to produce the statement of commitment, the activities documentand the research plan.This section describes the nature of these documents and the way in which they should be prepared.
    There is also other information that should be taken into account when carrying out doctoral research, such as the annual review, part or full-time study and cases of withdrawal from the program.

    • Statement of commitment
    • Activities document
    • Research plan
    • Annual monitoring
    • Other aspects to be taken into account: full time or part time, code of good practice, withdrawals and non-continuation

    The tutorial for the UAB self-enrolment system explains how to access the system and manage your PhD transcript.
  • Statement of commitment

    The statement of commitment is a written agreement that establishes the relationship between the PhD candidate, the supervisor, the academic tutor and the UAB, and the rights and responsibilities of each.

    Within a maximum period of three months from the date of admission to the PhD program, and when the coordinator has assigned the PhD student a supervisor, the conditions are negotiated between the student, the supervisor and the academic tutor, agreeing the conditions of collaboration between the student and the thesis supervisor, their obligations, the corresponding dedication of the student, supervisor and tutor, and systems of resolving conflicts etc. , through a statement of commitment which must be signed by the PhD student, the thesis supervisor and the academic tutor and program coordinator.

    As far as the signing and custody of the document is concerned the indications established by the program coordinator or administrator should be followed but, in any case, when the document is signed, the PhD student must digitize it into Sigma, in the "Research Plan" tab. In the tutorial for the UAB self-enrolment system you will find instructions on how to attach it.

    Where the statement of commitment cannot be completed as a result the circumstances of the PhD student, the registration will be cancelled and there is no right to a refund of the fee.

    Statement of commitment
    (Document format MS Word)



  • Activities document

    During the preparation of the doctoral thesis the student must carry out a series of activities that will help their academic development, and which have been previously identified by the academic tribunal of the PhD program. There are two kinds of activity: Compulsory and optional.

    The activities document is the individual register for controlling the PhD activities.

    Within three months from the date of admission to the PhD program, the PhD students must agree with the program coordinator the activities they will undertake during the preparation of the thesis. The compulsory activities are already included in the activities document; however, the optional activities must be registered for according to the procedure indicated by the program coordinator or administrator.

    The type and number of activities may be modified later using the same procedure, but they must be approved by the thesis supervisor and the academic tutor and also have the approval of the PhD programme coordinator, and recorded in the activities document.

    To justify that the activities have been successfully completed the PhD student must hand over a certificate to the supervisor and, where necessary, follow the indication of the coordinator or administrative staff to include the certificates in the activities document.

    Since in order to deposit the PhD thesis, the academic tribunal requires the PhD candidate, among other things, to have done all the activities included in the activities document, it is a good idea for the PhD student to ensure that they are duly recorded and marked as having been completed in the activities document.

    The tutorial for the UAB self-enrolment system explains how to introduce activities in the activities document. It can be accessed through the UAB Intranet self-enrolment scheme.

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  • Research plan

    Research plan
    The PhD academic coordinator establishes the content of research plan for the PhD program, including at least the methodology and objectives to be achieved by the PhD candidate and the means and timescale planning for the research.

    Once it has been written it must be attached to the PhD transcript through the UAB Intranet system for approval by the thesis supervisor and the academic tutor. In the tutorial for the UAB self-enrolment system you will find instructions on how to attach it.

    Finally, it must be presented jointly with the research plan approval request form, filled in and signed, to the academic tribunal of the program which will undertake to evaluate and, where appropriate, approve it.

    The research plan may be improved, have details added or be corrected during the PhD program. Where this is the case the same procedure must be followed but using the research plan modification request form

    Research Plan Documents

    Research plan request form
    (Document format MS Word)


    Research plan modification request form
    (Document format MS Word)
  • Annual monitoring

    Every academic year, the academic tribunal of the program organizes a review in which s panel of three PhD lecturers evaluates the progress of the PhD candidate in their research plan, the activities document, and a report by the supervisor of the PhD thesis and the academic tutor.
    Information about the annual review for this PhD program is available in the "Review" section of this program website.

    The tutorial for the UAB self-enrolment system explains how to access the system and manage your PhD transcript.
  • Other aspects

    Full or part time

    The PhD program is a minimum of two years full time and a maximum of three years full time counted from the date of admission to the program to the deposit of the thesis in the School for Doctoral Studies.

    However, the academic tribunal for the PhD program may authorize the student to undertake the PhD on a part-time basis, which means a maximum duration of five years from the date of admission to the deposit of the PhD thesis.

    During the first two years of the PhD, counted from the date of admission, the PhD student may request a modification of the dedication to the program from the academic tribunal, as long as this can be justified. If authorization is granted, the academic tribunal will inform the School for Doctoral Studies of this change.

    However, in exceptional and documented cases the Doctoral Committee may approve a change outside that time period.

    Whether the PhD candidate participates in the program on a full time or part time basis is approved and recorded when registering, in the statement of commitment and in the research plan, and any variation thereof must be made in accordance with the procedure established in the research plan.


    Code of good practice

    The UAB is committed to the objective of achieving excellence in teaching, research and knowledge transfer, and supports the development and use of learning methodologies adapted to each stage.

    The School for Doctoral Studies, as an integral part of the UAB, subscribes to that commitment and sets it out in the code of good practice, which is understood as a code of values and principles that inspire its activities and adhered to by all those taking part in them. It should therefore be understood that the School for Doctoral Studies has an internal set of rules including the rights and responsibilities of the supervisors, academic tutors and PhD candidates.


    Non-continuation and withdrawals

    Regardless of whether the PhD program is followed on a full or part-time basis, the calculation of research activity does not include sick leave, maternity leave or any other cause contemplated in the current rules for doctoral studies. Where PhD students find themselves in any of these situations they must communicate this to the academic tribunal of the PhD program, which will inform the School for Doctoral Studies so that the total time spent on the program may be calculated.

    Additionally, the PhD student may request temporary leave for a maximum period of one year, extendable to two years. The request must be justified and sent to the academic tribunal of the PhD program which will decide whether or not to grant the leave. Each PhD program has its own conditions regarding the reincorporation of the student to the program.


    Tutorial for the UAB self-enrolment system

    The tutorial for the UAB self-enrolment system explains how to access the system and manage your PhD transcript.