The UPF Academic Regulations for Doctorate Courses establish in their Article 4 that the ordinary regime for undertaking doctoral studies is on a full-time basis. However, at the request of the doctoral student, the AC of the doctoral programme may authorize the doctoral student to enrol the PhD programme on a part-time basis, in accordance with the provisions of Article 3 of the RD 99/2011.
Because the part-time regime is extraordinary, the AC of the PhD Programme will allow only a limited number of part-time enrolments and consider only applications of doctoral students under one of the following circumstances: (1) students without research grant; (2) students with children under 7 years of age, (3) students in charge of dependant ascending line relatives, (4) students with disabled children, i (5) students with disabilities. Students under one of these circumstances are eligible to apply for part-time enrolment by submitting to the PhD programme secretariat the following documentation:
- Application Form for part-time enrolment.
- For case (2) students, copy of the family book. For case (3) students, legal accreditation of the disability level of the child. For case (4) students, legal accreditation of being in charge of dependant ascending line relatives. For case (5) students, legal accreditation of their disability level.
- Report by the thesis supervisor giving explicit support to the application and including a work plan that ends with the deposit of the doctoral thesis before the end of the ordinary period for part-time doctoral studies, the 5 th doctoral year, as established by the RD 99/2011.
The application can be submitted once the student has been admitted to the PhD programme and no later than the end of the second year of enrolment. Applications submitted after this period will not be considered by the AC. When an application is approved, the enrolment of the student will change automatically to part-time and it will not be possible to change it back to full-time. When the application is rejected, if the student was already enrolled in the PhD programme, he/she will remain enrolled as a full-time student. If the student was not yet enrolled, he/she will be able to enrol only as a full-time student.