Evaluation, review and competences


Evaluation and Review

Annual evaluation and review of the thesis 

Once the PhD student is accepted on the program, they must register every academic year (including the year when the thesis is deposited) in order to confirm their status. The subject registered for is called review, and it is an evaluation of the training received during the year and progress on the writing of the PhD thesis.

Each academic year the academic tribunal arranges a review, in which three PhD holding lecturers assess the progress made by the candidate in their research plan and activities document and the report by the thesis supervisor and academic tutor. In the report, the director and the academic tutor state, at least, that the candidate has fulfilled the number of meetings arranged between themselves and the thesis supervisor and has carried out the activities planned for that academic year.
Substitution of the oral presentation
In exceptional cases (research residencies or work camps), and with a previous report from the academic tribunal, the PhD committee may authorize substitution of the oral presentation in the presence of the tribunal for another format.
Failure to present an annual review
Failure to present an annual review with no justification will lead to the PhD candidates’ definitive withdrawal from the program, since positive evaluation during the review is an essential requirement for continuing on the program and registering for the following year. 
If the annual review is negative
If the annual review is negative the candidate may re-register for the same review within the registration calendar, make a new research plan and present for a new review the following March.
  • If the March review is positive the candidate must register for the next review in the same academic year.
  • If the March review is negative the candidate must withdraw from the PhD program.


Competences and abilities

As a minimum requirement, PhD student at the UAB are guaranteed the acquisition of basic competences through compulsory activities and their own research, with an annual evaluation of their training and the progress of the thesis, and a final assessment through the presentation and defense of the PhD thesis. The basic competences are the following:

  • Systematic comprehension of the field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research related to that field.
  • Capacity to conceive, design or create and put into practice and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  • Capacity to contribute to the breakdown of limits to knowledge through original research.
  • Capacity to carry out critical analysis and evaluation and to synthesize new and complex ideas.
  • Capacity for communication with the academic and scientific community and with society at large in their areas of knowledge in the manners and languages that are habitually used in the international scientific community.
  • Capacity for promoting scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advances in academic and professional contacts within a knowledge-based society.
Obtaining the qualification offers the PhD student great professional capacity in different areas and especially in those that require creativity and innovation. PhD candidates should also have acquired personal capacities and skills to:

  • Operate in contexts in which there is little specific information.
  • Find key questions to answer in order to resolve complex problems.
  • Design, create, develop and carry out new and innovative projects in their area of knowledge.
  • Work independently and in teams in an international and multidisciplinary context.
  • Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and make judgements with limited information.
  • Make intellectual criticism and defense of solutions.