Doctoral Degree

Once the implementation of the courses corresponding to the official degrees registered in the Register of Universities, Centres and Degrees (RUCT) has begun, ANECA or the assessment bodies determined by the law of the Autonomous Communities must monitor compliance with the project contained in the curriculum verified by the Universities Council. This is established by article 27 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, which establishes the organisation of official university education.

The monitoring period of an official degree covers the academic year following the registration of the degree in the Register of Universities, Centres and Degrees (RUCT) until the time when the degree must undergo the procedure for the renewal of its accreditation.

This monitoring process focuses the evaluation on the effective delivery of the doctoral programme since its implementation, with a twofold purpose. On the one hand, to determine or check whether the doctoral programme is meeting the objectives, previously defined in the applicable version of the verified report, in relation to its delivery, the resources used and the expected results. On the other hand, to issue a reasoned assessment of the delivery of the doctoral programme so that the universities can use this assessment as another element for the improvement of the training they offer, thus promoting a philosophy of action that contemplates the continuous improvement of the results of the doctoral programme.

This evaluation will therefore conclude with a report identifying the effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of the programme, identifying, where appropriate, those improvements that the programme could implement with a view to the subsequent accreditation renewal process.

Supporting documents and tools

Evaluation reports

The purpose of ANECA is to promote and assure the quality of the Higher Education System in Spain. In order to fulfil this task assigned to the Agency, the official degree evaluation report search engine has been created in the field of official degree evaluation. Through this search engine, ANECA provides all stakeholders, and especially students, with all the information about the official bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on which ANECA has carried out evaluation reports.

Assessment by committees

The evaluations are carried out by a panel of experts: a committee is made up of two experts from a field close to the doctoral programmes under evaluation. An ANECA technician acts as methodological guarantor of the process.

The panel of experts is responsible for analysing the documentation on the development of the doctoral programme provided by the university and for drawing up a proposal for a monitoring report. Subsequently, the Doctoral Report Issuing Committee will review all the proposals for monitoring reports and will issue the monitoring reports to the corresponding universities and autonomous communities.

This Committee is made up of experts from different academic fields in the 5 branches of knowledge (Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Health Sciences, Social and Legal Sciences). It is presided over by the Director of the Teacher and Institution Evaluation Division of ANECA. The programme manager will also be in charge of the technical secretariat. The proceedings of these committees are collegiate.

Composition of the Committee for the issuance of Ph.

  • Chair

    Director of the Degrees and Institutional Assessment Division

    • José Luis Aznarte Mellado
  • Vocales académicos

    Teaching and research staff of recognized academic prestige.

    • Juan Francisco Herrero Perezagua. Universidad de Zaragoza
    • Jose Luis Bonet Senach. Universitat Politècnica de València
    • María Mirella Romero Recio. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
    • Alberto Martín Pernia. Universidad de Oviedo
    • Inés Aguinaga Ontoso. Universidad Pública de Navarra
    • Juan Alberto Sanchis Llopis. Universitat de Valéncia
    • María Isabel del Hierro Morales. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
  • Secretario

    ANECA staff with experience and knowledge in evaluation processes, which acts as technical and methodological support for the Commission.

    • Eva Díaz Martínez
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