libraryThe following issues must be considered when preparing the Project Defence (no results will be required):

  • Objectives
  • Hypothesis
  • Methodologies

The oral defense must be in English. 



Forms & steps to follow

Where to submit

Before 15th  December

Present your

"Doctoral Thesis Project Committee (DTPC) Proposal"

On line Form 

(Keep in mind that if you submit your committee proposal outside of the ordinary period, you must notify by mail (to the following address: [email protected]) to be valued by the PhD academic commission)

From December 16th to January 15th Once submitted, your proposal must be approved by the PhD Program Academic Committee before the defence.  We will inform you of the Committes's decision by mail so you can continue with the project defence.

From January 16 to May

  • Arrange a meeting with your Committee
  • Send them a "Summary report" (free-format document) about your project.

PhD students are responsible for sendind the "Summary report" to all committee members (maximum two pages in length) before the meeting.

Before the end of May

"Committee report" (pdf)

"Committee report" (word)

· PhD students are responsible for sending the "Committee report" form to the Committee Secretary to be filled in and signed by all the Committee members.

· By the end of the meeting the Committee Secretary should hand over the “Committee report” to the PhD student and his/her supervisor.

· PhD students are responsible for uploading the signed “Committee report” resulting after the defence to the UPF AULA GLOBAL.



Doctoral Thesis Project Committee (DTPC) functions:

Each student's PhD Project Defence will be assessed by a Doctoral Thesis Project Committee (DTPC). The functions of the DTPC are:

  • To assess the viability of the project
  • To identify possible problems 
  • To provide alternative solutions to these problems

The DTPC draws up a Committee report which includes an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the project as well as specific recommendations for improving its implementation.

Recommendations by the DTPC must be responsible, realistic, feasible and constructive. The DTPC cannot limit itself to highlighting weaknesses or giving criticism. It must propose viable solutions or approaches to solve potential problems. If the DTPC finds serious problems such as conflicts between a student and supervisor or if it disagrees with the student or the supervisor, the DTPC will report such conflicts and seek advice from the Committee of the Doctoral Programme.

Please, note that this Committee supervises the progress of the Thesis Project but it doesn't have to be the same as the examining committee, or jury, at the oral examination of the thesis.


Regulations of the Doctoral Thesis Project Committee (DTPC):

The PhD student will present his/her future PhD research project to the committee.

The DTPC will consist of 3 researchers:

  • All three members must have a PhD degree and accredited research experience.
  • At least one of the 3 members of the DTPC will have an academic appointment with the UPF, such as senior faculty members including ICREA, research fellows (Ramon y Cajal, Marie Curie, etc.), postdocs or adjunct professors. In case that the PhD supervisor does not belong to the UPF, CRG, or the IBE, you may propose your UPF tutor as a member of the DTPC.
  • The Secretary must be affiliated to the same institution where you are developing your thesis research. He/she will be responsible for writing the evaluation report and handing it over to you and your supervisor by the end of the meeting.


The DTPC members will be proposed by the PhD supervisor on the appropriate form.

The DTPC will meet with the PhD student and his/her supervisor (the presence of the supervisor is mandatory) at the beginning of the course.

At the end of the meeting, the DTPC will meet with the PhD student and his/her supervisor separately in order to identify any possible problems.