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Doctoral Thesis presentation


The presentation and defence of a doctoral thesis in the UAM is regulated by the “Procedure relating to the Panel, defence and evaluation of doctoral theses in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid” (see downloads area). We recommend reading this document carefully.

Presentation of the doctoral thesis consists of three phases:

  1. Deposit or submission of the definitive report on the doctoral thesis.
  2. Inspection and control of quality of the documentation presented and designation of the evaluation panel.
  3. Defence, in a public act, of the doctoral thesis.


Deposit of the doctoral thesis and of the associated documentation (see details at “Documentation for the defence”) at the UAM General Registry requires prior approval by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme. Each Programme establishes its own internal procedure for revision and control of quality of doctoral theses and therefore, before depositing the thesis, the steps and deadlines indicated in that procedure should be followed and respected.

Inspection and control of quality consists of: a period of verification by the administrative staff of the Doctoral School and, where applicable, correction of the documentation deposited; a period of exposure to the research community, of at least 15 days, so that any doctor can send comments on the contents of the thesis; and evaluation, by the Committee of Equivalence and Defence of Doctoral Theses, of the documentation and comments sent. This Committee is responsible for giving, where applicable, approval for Thesis defense and for formation of an evaluation panel for the defence (see the dates on which this Committee meets and the corresponding deadlines for depositing theses in the “Thesis deposit calendar”).

Defence of the doctoral thesis, in an act convened by the Chairperson of the tribunal and publicly announced, should take place at least within 15 days and six months after its approval by the Committee of Equivalence and Defence of Doctoral Theses.

After the defence and positive evaluation of the doctoral thesis, the new doctor should register in the Ministry of Education’s TESEO database of doctoral theses (see details in “TESEO Information Sheet”).