Ph.D. in Software and Systems


General degree programme objectives

The profile of a PhD in Software and Systems graduate is a professional with advanced scientific and technological training, qualified to participate in and lead research projects in the software and systems field. Accordingly, the established general objectives are as follows:

  1. Form a core of people capable of addressing and solving scientific and technological problems in the software and systems field through independent and original research that pushes forward the frontiers of knowledge
  2. Disseminate research results through specialized peer-reviewed scientific publications with recognized impact factor ratings
  3. Supply society with people capable of putting together, assessing and/or appraising new scientific research and/or technological development proposals in the software and systems field
  4. Train professionals qualified for employment requiring a PhD degree, such as postdoctoral researcher, university professor, researcher at institutes or companies, and other jobs requiring creativity, leadership and management in the technological field
  5. Form an awareness of scientific activity as a profession and its ethical implications for society.

Student competencies

In conformance with R.D.1393/2007, a PhD shall be awarded to students who, apart from any other competencies stated in the Spanish Framework of Higher Education Qualifications (MECES):

  1. have demonstrated a systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the research skills and methods related to that field
  2. have demonstrated the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial process of research with scholarly integrity
  3. have made a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication
  4. are capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas
  5. can communicate with their peers, the larger scholarly community and with society in general about their areas of expertise
  6. can be expected to be able to promote, within academic and professional contexts, technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge-based society.

Additionally, PhD in Software and Systems graduates are expected to:

  1. be able to appreciate the importance of and manage documentary sources, and search for information to develop any research work
  2. be able to read, understand and catalogue publications within their field of study/research, as well as appreciate their scientific value
  3. have essential knowledge about research and technology transfer funding, as well as the legislation on data protection applicable to the conduct of research and the legal protection of results
  4. be able to acquire advanced scientific knowledge on the software and systems field in order to generate new ideas within a line of research
  5. be able to understand the procedure, value and bounds of the scientific method in the software and systems field, as well as identify, locate and obtain data required to research, design and lead analytical, modelling and experimental research, and critically appraise data and interpret findings
  6. be able to understand the state of the art in matters related to the design, construction, use and evaluation of complex software-intensive sociotechnical systems , as well as identify potential research problems, and formulate and implement innovative solutions
  7. be acquainted with relevant research problems and methods in the software engineering field related to the distinctive features of software
  8. have acquired an advanced level of knowledge in order to analyse and synthesize solutions to problems requiring innovative approaches to the definition of the computational infrastructure, processing and analysis of heterogeneous data types.