Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Second International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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A Descriptive Analysis of Doctoral Studies in Spain: Recent Changes
Magdalena Jiménez Ramírez

Last modified: 06-06-2016


The adaptation of Doctoral studies to the European Higher Education Area has involved a complex regulatory change in Spain, with the aim of harmonizing this stage of training with European guidelines. Royal Decree 99/2011 established a new organizational structure for the Doctorate and sets out the guidelines, conditions and procedures that are to regulate the new Doctoral studies. In this paper we describe some of the most significant changes, including, among others, the novelty of the creation of Doctoral Schools, and we likewise present a succinct descriptive overview of some data resulting from the implementation of the regulations on the configuration and putting into practice of the new Doctoral studies. We conclude that these transformations are complex at the levels of management, organization and operation, although they have involved a move towards training that qualifies candidates in research competencies within a setting of internationalization and European mobility.

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