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Doctorates RD 99/2011

Programa de Doctorado en Psicología

Academic course

2014-2015

Co-ordinator

Juan Ignacio Pozo Municio, catedrático de Psicología Básica
nacho.pozo@uam.es

Contact Details

Secretaría Posgrado Psicología secretariaposgrado.psicologia@uam.es

About the program

Complementary qualifying courses:

In agreement with what has been occurring up until now, the majority of the students that have access to the current Doctorate programs (Ph.D) come from the research profiles in their respective Masters programs. Specifically, in the case of UAM, this is seen in the Master in Human Resources Management, the Master in Psychosocial and Community Intervention and the Masters in Educational Psychology. If and when all of the requirements that are listed below for admission are met, candidates coming from these Masters or equivalent national or international level Masters, including those who have completed a Master's Degree in the field of education, both the Initial Training Secondary Teacher as well as more specific programs that are offered as Postgraduate degrees in UAM, will not require any extra training for entry into the program.

However, there are other candidates that in order to be accepted into the program, and with regards to their previous knowledge, might be required to present additional information.

Complementary qualifying courses:

In agreement with what has been occurring up until now, the majority of the students that have access to the current Doctorate programs (Ph.D) come from the research profiles in their respective Masters programs. Specifically, in the case of UAM, this is seen in the Master in Human Resources Management, the Master in Psychosocial and Community Intervention and the Masters in Educational Psychology. If and when all of the requirements that are listed below for admission are met, candidates coming from these Masters or equivalent national or international level Masters, including those who have completed a Master's Degree in the field of education, both the Initial Training Secondary Teacher as well as more specific programs that are offered as Postgraduate degrees in UAM, will not require any extra training for entry into the program.

However, there are other candidates that in order to be accepted into the program, and with regards to their previous knowledge, might be required to present additional information.

In regards to the research in Development and Education: Formal and Informal Contexts and Basic Processes in Learning and Education, there may be applicants who received their specialization through a Masters Degree in a particular disciplinary field, but are interested in investigating the processes of development and learning that best enable understanding and improving educational and instructional interventions. In these cases, it is necessary to have received a complementary formation, because without it, it would be difficult to take maximum advantage in the Doctorates Program. They should therefore, take the following courses shown below:

-       Methodology and epistemology of educational research and innovation

-       Theoretical, methodological and professional perspectives in Educational Psychology

Likewise, they should also enroll in one of the following courses shown below, depending on the decision of the academic committee and taking into account the profile of each candidate:

-       Analysis and teaching design and learning situations in formal and informal contexts.

-       One of the electives of the Master of Educational Psychology, focusing on social and cognitive development.

 

In the following link you will find the course syllabus for all classes, which includes the skills, contents, results, teaching methodology and evaluation of each of these courses.

http://www.uam.es/ss/Satellite/Psicologia/es/1242664994247/listadoGuiasDocentes/Guias_docentes_Asignaturas_de_Master.htm

 

In relation to the research in Social Psychology: Development of basic knowledge and application contexts, we can identify a generic profile of types of potential students who might enter the Ph.D. program in Psychology.

This profile also includes students who come from the aforementioned Official Masters Programs, as well as those other students who have completed a Master's Degree in specific disciplinary areas, both in the field of Psychology as in other fields (most likely to be: Economics, Labor Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Law, etc.) and those that seek to focus their research both in basic psychosocial process studies or in the study of different application contexts (community, organizational, environmental). In this case, the Ph.D. program in psychology requires additional training to provide the student with sufficient resources to better understand the research program, facilitate fluid contact with various researchers and to be able to continue their research training process with the guarantee of a better use of the program.

With this purpose, those students who meet this profile would have to enroll in the three subject courses that are shown below:

-       Seminar on the Research Advances in Social Behavior.

-       Methodology of Social Sciences.

-       Advanced data analysis and Statistical Modeling.

 

The course syllabus for these classes that define the relevant skills, contents, results, teaching methodology and evaluation of each of these courses are available at the following link:

http://www.uam.es/ss/Satellite/Psicologia/es/1242664994247/listadoGuiasDocentes/Guias_docentes_Asignaturas_de_Master.htm

 

Required doctoral activities:

1.    Presentation and defense of a thesis project.

Each doctoral student must present and defend their research project to a committee formed by three researchers. This is the first activity that all the students enrolled in the program must do (whether they are enrolled part time or full time).

2.     Attendance at conferences and research seminars.

The PhD student may attend conferences that are organized in the framework of the doctoral program as well as others related to their field of research. We recommend that the student attend two research seminars per semester (one per semester for those that are enrolled part time).

3.    Presentation of the status of their research in a seminar.

Annually, we are expected to organize a seminar of the doctoral program, in which the doctoral candidate may make a presentation of the status of their research project. This activity is recommended for both students that are enrolled full or part time.

4.    Attendance at national and international courses of scientific and technical specialization.

The student can attend specialized training courses that enable you to obtain a better understanding of the specific methods and techniques that will be used in the realization of the thesis later on. These training courses are organized by different institutions and entities. Whenever possible, the candidate will be encouraged to participate in courses worldwide, such as in laboratories in universities or research centers. While the participation in these courses is not mandatory, attendance is recommended in at least a specialized training course during the period of realization of the doctoral thesis for both full-time and part-time students.

5.    Attendance and presentation of papers at conferences and scientific meetings, whether national or international.

This is generally recommended for both part-time and full-time doctorate students: participation in at least three scientific conferences during the course of his/her doctoral thesis. It will be mandatory to participate in at least one scientific conference. These conferences must be considered prestigious in the field of doctoral research and at an international level. In these conferences the student will present a scientific contribution in the form of oral or poster presentation.

6.    Visiting and staying in laboratories at Universities or Foreign Research Centers.

It is strongly recommended that all students take, during their PhD, at least a stay of three months in a research center. The PhD student will join a new research group in order to learn new techniques, gain access to new techniques, attend courses and seminars and, in general, to develop part of their investigation.

This stay is considered very important in the training of future PhD, as it will help them gain knowledge of other educational systems and research, attend seminars and courses in other universities, improve their knowledge of a second language and create their own network of contacts.
This visit abroad is one of the requirements in order to receive an international mention to the title of doctor, which is what we would like all students to strive for.

7.    Preparation of papers for their publication in scientific journals.

The PhD student will actively participate in the planning and writing of articles showing the results of their continued research, and these will be published in scientific journals.

It is considered essential in the formation of the candidate, to acquire skills to organize their own publication, to review previous references and scientific information, to communicate and to synthesize the results, and to write in the English language. The candidate should also become familiar with the process of publishing a paper (telematic processes, contact with editors, reviewers, and the entire editing process). It will be required to have submitted at least one article on the subject of the thesis for it to be published in an indexed journal, at the time of presenting the thesis. This activity should be done by all students (whether they are part time or full time).

8.    Participation in outreach activities and community outreach.

Even though the realization of these activities is not mandatory, it is recommended for PhD students, whether they are part time or full time, to take part in dissemination and community outreaches to be carried out in the research center where the student is. Some examples are: participation in the Week of Science, other science fairs, cooperation in the municipalities in the northern part of Madrid, workshops in schools and training workshops with social services, etc. 

Research lines

Este Programa consta de 3 líneas de investigación fundamentales en que están involucrados los miembros de diferentes Departamentos de la Facultad de Psicología de la UAM (Dpto de Psicología Social y Metodología, Dpto de Psicología Básica y Dpto de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación), que, a su vez, se subdividen en líneas más específicas, en las que se podrán realizar los trabajos de investigación conducentes a las Tesis Doctorales:

Psicología social: desarrollo de conocimientos básicos y contextos de aplicación:

- Procesos de cognición social y metacognición.
- Influencia social y persuasión.
- Comportamiento social y afecto: categorización, expresión y regulación de las emociones.
- Conducta moral y prosocial.
- Dimensiones psicosociales de la dinámica organizacional.
- Estudio de los grupos y equipos de trabajo.
- Poder, competición, confianza y cooperación.
- Dimensiones psicosociales de las situaciones y comportamientos violentos.
- Comportamiento social y ambiente: percepción ambiental, actitudes y comportamientos proambientales y experiencia de la naturaleza animada e inanimada.
- Dimensiones psicosociales y comunitarias de la investigación e intervención social.
- Actitudes y comportamientos de riesgo para la salud

Procesos psicológicos básicos en aprendizaje y educación:

- Procesos de aprendizaje e instrucción en diferentes contextos educativos formales e informales
-Procesos de aprendizaje e instrucción en diferentes dominios de conocimiento (matemáticas, ciencias sociales, historia, lengua, música, ciencias, deporte, arte, etc)
- Procesos psicológicos básicos que influyen en el aprendizaje y la educación (entre otros percepción, atención, memoria, lenguaje, pensamiento, metacognición, creatividad)
- Procesos de aprendizaje perceptivo
- Estudios sobre motivación, evaluación y aurregulación
- Alteraciones en el desarrollo de los procesos psicológicos y su influencia en el aprendizaje y la educación
- Concepciones, estrategias y prácticas de aprendizaje, enseñanza y evaluación
- Perspectivas culturales en el estudio del aprendizaje y la educación

Desarrollo y educación: contextos formales e informales:

- Desarrollo temprano, sistemas semióticos y prácticas comunicativo-educativas. Desarrollo comunicativo y lingüístico.
- Desarrollo de la regulación emocional y motivaciónal en la Educación Infantil y Primaria
- Procesos psicológicos y relaciones interpersonales en contextos educativos formales e informales (cooperación, agresión, intervención inclusiva y participación del alumnado).
- Necesidades y derechos de la infancia y la adolescencia: aportaciones desde la psicología evolutiva, educativa, contextual y cultural. Menores en riesgo de exclusión.
- Etnografía de la educación, infancia y adolescencia.
- Socialización y prácticas expresivas en diferentes contextos de desarrollo.
- Desarrollo de la comprensión del mundo social (las instituciones, la nacionalidad, las leyes, la economía).
- Equidad y educación inclusiva: evaluación y mejora de culturas, políticas y prácticas escolares. Calidad de vida familiar y discapacidad.
- La construcción del género.
- Los procesos de asesoramiento psicopedagógico: concepciones y prácticas.
- Metodologías de investigación en desarrollo y educación: perspectivas cuantitativa y cualitativa.

Entry and admission requirements

Requirements to enter the program:

In general, to access and be admitted to the doctoral programs, we will apply the provisions of 6 and 7 of RD 99/2011 of the 28th of January, which regulates all official doctorate teachings, and Articles 8 and 9 of the regulations of Official Doctorate Learning of UAM. http://www.uam.es/normativadoctoradoUAM.

 

Criteria for admission:

The party responsible for the admission process is the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program in Psychology. Admission to the program of those students who meet the entry requirements will be lead by the following criteria:


1. The grades of the candidate in their Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) and Master.
2. Prior knowledge specifically in relation to research activities (collaborative research projects, whether competitive and noncompetitive, courses taken with special focus on research and training in research methodologies, Final Master’s Thesis with a research profile, etc.).
3. The publications, participation in conferences and/or scientific meetings and other activities in their Master Studies.
4. Education courses (different from the Master) specializing in the research lines of the PhD program.
5. Level B1 in English (which must necessarily be credited).

 

The PhD program in Psychology aims to develop PhD studies part time, according to the RD 99/2011 and as seen in the norms for completion of a PhD in Psychology and UAM on the webpage: http://www.uam.es/normativadoctoradoUAM. In these cases, the student has a limit of five years since his/her admission into the program and until the presentation of the Doctoral Thesis.

The admission requirements will be the same for students who apply full time and those that apply part time. They may also change from a full time program to a part time program and vice versa, with the consent and approval of the Academic Committee.

In any case, the Academic Committee will examine each case of admission and will evaluate whether the student has enough knowledge and formation to have access to start conducting their own research.

Specific documents required for the application:

The following documents are mandatory:

-       Master’s Degree or equivalent

-       Academic certificate with the grades received in the Master’s Degree

-       Academic certificate with the grades received in the Undergraduate Studies

-       C.V. with the possibility of including:

o   Publications (fully referenced), participation in conferences and/or scientific meetings and other scientific activities

o   Participation in research projects, whether competitively or not (indicating the responsibility the student had in such projects)

o   Courses completed with focus on research and formation in research methodology, a Final Master’s Thesis with a research profile, etc.

-       Copy of passport or ID

-       B1 level of the English Language (certified)

-       A document of about 300 words (approximately one page) explaining the subject matter that you wish to investigate in and a justified explanation of why you have that interest. Also, where possible, write about the goals/objectives that you wish to be reached and the possible methodology used to study the problem.

 

The following documents are optional:

-       Recommendation letter of a researcher that is part of the PhD program