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The BioHC Doctoral programme defines a common foundation in which all doctoral candidates must build on regardless of research topic and institutions. This common foundation is the following:

  1. Co-tutelle thesis, including study periods with at least two partner institutions.
  2. Success completion of the training activities (60 ECTS). All training activities will be evaluated by the professors involved. Activities will be evaluated in the partner university where they are performed.
  3. Attendance at the Annual BioHC Spring Schools (3). Doctoral candidates must write a report summarizing their activities at the end of the training period, which should cover both the academic and research work performed. These reports will be publicly defended during the annual Spring School and evaluated by the Scientific Committee (which may enlist the advice of experts if deemed necessary).
  4. Publication or acceptance of at least two articles in a peer reviewed journal, ie listed in Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and attendance and contribution at least to two international scientific conferences (with poster or oral presentation).
  5. Success completion of the research period with a final dissertation’s writing and a thesis defense in English.

Supervision. Student research will be supervised by their two supervisors (Supervisory  Committee). The Supervisory Committee shall annually submit a progress report and promptly communicate any critical issues concerning the candidate to the Scientific Committee. The evaluation will consist in a report written by the students summarizing his/her activities over the year, comparing the progress made with the year’s work plan and establishing the following year’s objectives. As mentioned previously, Doctoral candidates must attend the annual BioHC meetings, where they will defend their reports publicly? The candidate’s progress will be evaluated by the BioHC community and they and their supervisors will receive pertinent feedback.
Training activities. Evaluation procedures will be specific to each training activity. Exams may be written or oral, or be replaced by term papers. Examinations will be designed as to be able to be performed on-line via e-learning platform on BioHC Website. The e-learning platforms have these capabilities built in and, thus, facilitate enormously that task of ensuring equity of conditions to all Doctoral candidates. In terms of grading scales, all grades obtained by the Doctoral candidates will issued internally to the consortium in percentage points and officially translated to both the national marking system and ECTS grading scale.
Student eligibility to defend their thesis. The Scientific Committee will verify student eligibility to defend their theses (as described above). The decision on whether or not a thesis is fit to be defended is likewise incumbent upon the Scientific Committee, to which Doctoral candidates must therefore submit their dissertations. The viva voce examination will be judged by a Thesis Committee. The number and quality of the members of the Thesis Committee and the procedure are determined following joint criteria of both universities in accordance with local regulations. All Thesis Committee members will be selected on the grounds of their international experience and academic excellence in the subject addressed in the thesis. 
Thesis defense. During the examination, Doctoral candidates will present their thesis, highlighting the research problem/question, approach, the contributions made and implications of the findings. Presentations may last no longer than 50 minutes. After their presentations, Doctoral candidates will have to answer the thesis committee’s questions. Examinations are fully recognized by all consortium institutions following the mutually agreed the EMJD BioHC regulations. The degree is awarded by the institutions awarding the ECTS leading to the degree. After a Doctoral candidate has successfully obtained credits according to the programme and after a successful defence of the PhD dissertation, the Supervisory Board will recommend the relevant body of the institution authorised to issue the respective degrees.