The UPM PhD Program in Software, Systems and Computing, which complies with the provisions of Royal Decree 99/2011 (amended by Royal Decree 534/2013), is the result of the merger of two official PhD programs, accredited according to the provisions of Royal Decree 1393/2007, namely, the PhD in Software and Systems and the PhD in Advanced Computing for Science and Engineering. Both are accredited PhD programs awarded an Excellence Mention by the Ministry of Education (PhD in Advanced Computing for Science and Engineering, MEE2011-0063; and PhD in Software and Systems, MEE2011-0242).
The mission of the PhD in Software, Systems and Computing (PSSC) Program is to train researchers and professionals who lead research groups in business, higher education institutions or research centers specializing in any branch of science or technology. To do this, the research lines of this PhD program are designed to explore two avenues, covering, on the one hand, the scientific and technological groundwork of computer systems development and, on the other, the relationship and application of computer systems for problem solving in other branches of science and engineering. Consequently, the recommended profile of incoming students is broad, and both students whose previous experience focuses on the study of information systems as an end in itself (graduates in computer science and specialties closely related to computer and telecommunications systems and mathematics) and students qualified in the use of advanced computing capabilities in science and engineering whose methods of research are of great importance are eligible. Students who do not meet these conditions may be conditionally admitted to the PhD program, provided that they take bridge courses, lasting from 6 to 12 months, specified depending on their previous training to assure that they learn the competences that they will require in order to properly develop their research.
The figure illustrates the PhD in Software, Systems and Computing Program structure. The regular period of PhD thesis development lasts three years, during which the candidate will be primarily concerned with thesis development. During the first two years, however, students are required to engage in the formative research activities, such as scientific seminars and cross-curricular training seminars (management of bibliography, writing of scientific-technical documents, industrial property...), proposed by the PhD program in order to acquire all the necessary competences.
RD 99/2011 accounts for the possibility of the PhD program academic committee granting a one-year extension that could exceptionally be extended for an additional year for students who have not submitted the application for thesis deposit at the end of the regular three-year period.
The maximum duration of the regular period for part-time students admitted by the committee is five years from admission to the program to submission of their PhD thesis. Part-time students may be granted an extension of two more years, which could exceptionally by extended by an additional year.