Thesis Seminar

Within its Ph.D. programme, the Department of Political and Social Sciences organises a Research Seminar with the aim of easing the completion of the Ph.Dissertations. Students who have successfully completed their research proposal should present their work there at least once a year.


The research seminar is presently coordinated by Dr. Jorge Rodriguez Menes. Along with their Ph.D. students and their supervisors, the coordinator of the Research Seminar establishes a calendar of presentations at the beginning of the academic year. Research Seminars usually take place every fortnight.

Faculty in the department and Ph.D students are invited to attend the seminars, and special emphasis is made in the attendance of supervisors and faculty who are are specialised in the area or topic of research of the Ph.D. student, both in the department and in other departments of the university.

The Ph.D. student should send the draft of the paper/chapter to be discussed one week in advance of the seminar, so that the coordinator of the research seminar can distribute it among the faculty and Ph.D. students. At this time, the student should also indicate the name of the "discussant" that he or she has chosen for publicly discussing the paper after student's presentation in the same seminar. After this discussant's input the floor is open to the audience for questions and answers.

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