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Composition

Once the academic committee of the doctoral programme has approved the thesis proposal, a list of five or seven recommended candidates for the examination panel is submitted to the Standing Committee of the Doctoral School. The panel will be composed of three members and two substitutes or five members and two substitutes:


  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Member
  • Member (optional)
  • Member (optional)
  • Substitute
  • Substitute

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  • In the case of examination panels of three members and two substitutes, the ordinary member may act as a remote member.
  • In the case of panels of five members and two substitutes, two ordinary members may act as remote members.

N.B.:
The chair, the secretary and the doctoral student must always be present at the thesis defence.

Requirements for examination panel members

General conditions:

Examination panel members must be in possession of a doctoral degree and have proven research experience. The panel will consist of three members and two substitutes. If it is considered appropriate, the Academic Committee may extend the proposed panel to five members and two substitutes.


  • If the panel consists of five members and substitutes, a maximum of two doctors from the UPC may be included.
  • If the panel consists of three members and two substitutes, only one doctor from the UPC may be included.
  • If the author of the thesis has requested the International Doctorate certification, the examination panel must include at least one doctor from a higher education institution or research centre outside Spain. This examiner cannot be the supervisor of the period of study or research at the foreign institution.
  • If the examination panel proposal includes examiners who are not directly affiliated to the UPC or the partner university in the joint doctoral programme, the Academic Committee must provide a career summary outlining their suitability for the panel.

The examination panel cannot include:

  • The thesis director, co-supervisor, tutor or internal examiner (if applicable).
  • Anyone directly involved with the content of the thesis or subject to any other legal impediment.

External experts who have been asked to submit a preliminary report on the thesis are permitted to form part of the panel.


Retired university lecturers and university lecturers on extended leave are permitted to form part of the panel.


In the case that the examination panel has a member who is co-author of publications derived from the thesis, the academic committee of the doctoral program must ensure that such participation is well justified.