The Academic Committee is the body responsible for defining, updating and assuring the quality and coordination of the doctoral programme, as well as the progress of the research and training of each doctoral student. Its duties and internal organization are regulated by the UPF Doctoral School Regulations (resolution of the Board of Governors of 13 July 2011, amended by resolution of the Board of Governors of 20 March 2013).

Some of the Academic Committee’s most important duties include:

  • Appointing or changing each doctoral student’s tutor.
  • Appointing or changing each doctoral student’s thesis supervisor.
  • Authorizing or withdrawing authorization for joint supervision of a thesis.
  • Authorizing or withdrawing authorization for the co-tutoring of a thesis.
  • Authorizing doctoral students’ periods abroad.
  • Authorizing the submission of each doctoral student’s thesis.
  • Authorizing part-time doctoral studies.
  • Authorizing extensions of the deadline for submitting a thesis.
  • Approving temporary leaves for doctoral students.
  • Annually assessing each doctoral student’s activity record and the tutor’s and thesis supervisor’s reports.

The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme will assess the student's progress towards completing the doctoral thesis every year. This assessment is based on the annual academic activities, research plan and report by the thesis supervisor. In the event of a negative assessment, the academic regulations give the student the opportunity to be reassessed within six months. A second negative assessment will force the definitive withdrawal of the student from the PhD Programme in Political and Social Sciences.

The minutes of the Academic Committee are available in the intranet.

To send a request to the Academic Committee send an e-mail to: [email protected].

To contact with the PhD Coordinator send an e-mail to: [email protected].


Upcoming meetings

Notice that any requests must be sent at least two days before the date of the meeting of the Academic Committee.  Otherwise, it will not be included in the agenda. The agenda sets out the order of the meeting, and includes all accompanying papers which must be circulated by the secretary to all members of the AC.

Only in exceptional circumstances, provided the PhD coordinator agrees, may papers relating to matters on the agenda be tabled at the meeting.

These are the dates of the upcoming Academic Committee meetings at which doctoral theses are approved. You may want to take them into account in order to plan the submission of your thesis: 


  • 2 October
  • 6 November
  • 11 December (Yearly assessment - 2n. call)


  • 15 January
  • 5 February
  • 4 March
  • 8 April
  • 6 May
  • 10 June (Yearly assessment- 1st call)
  • 8 July


The PhD Program is currently bound to the Spanish Royal Decree (RD) 99/2011 that follows the guidelines for doctoral studies of the European Higher Education Area. To implement the requirements of the RD99/2011, the Board of Governors of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) released two regulations. More specifically, the Academic Regulations for Doctorate Courses and the Regulations of the Doctoral School released on February 19th, 2020.