Basic competencies:

The doctoral studies will grant, as a minimum, the acquisition by the doctoral student of the following basic competencies:


  1. Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with that field.
  2. Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
  3. Ability to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  4. Ability to carry out a critical and assessment analysis and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  5. Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and society in general about their areas of knowledge in the ways and languages commonly used in the CB6.
  6. Ability to promote, within academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement in a knowledge-based society.


Personal abilities and skills:

According to the RD 99/2011, the obtaining of the Doctoral degree should provide a high professional capacity in diverse areas, specially in those which require creativity and innovation. Doctors had obtained, at least, the following personal abilities and skills:


  1. Knowing how to navigate in contexts where there is little specific information.
  2. Finding the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
  3. Designing, creating, developing and launching new and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  4. Working both in a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  5. Integrating knowledge, handling complexity, and making judgments with limited information.
  6. Execute criticism and intellectual defence of solutions.

Other competencies:

  1. Ability to acquire advanced knowledge in the areas of argumentation and logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of science and of technology.
  2. Ability to design a research project with which carry out a critical analysis and evaluation to prior contributions and in which they can apply their knowledge and work methodology.
  3. Ability to carry out a summary of novel and complex ideas that give place to a deeper knowledge in the researching environment where they work.
  4. Ability to elaborate material about their own research and broadcast the results.

Cross-disciplinary competences:


  1. Ability to present a scientific work.
  2. Ability to synthesise and analyse.
  3. Ability to solve problems.
  4. Ability to work in teams.
  5. Ability to generate novel ideas (creativity).
  6. Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.